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11 Development Projects Underway in Downtown Chapel Hill and Five New or Expanded Businesses

11 Development Projects Underway in Downtown Chapel Hill and Five New or Expanded Businesses

An Update on Downtown

By Katie Loovis on March 10, 2022

A lot is happening in Downtown Chapel Hill, including eleven development projects and five new or expanded businesses. The following is a summary provided by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, which is a nonprofit organization with a mission to be a champion and advocate for downtown Chapel Hill through programming, marketing, business support, and community building. 

Development Projects: There are eleven development projects underway in Downtown Chapel Hill. The following summarizes what each project is and its status.   

  1. 500 W Rosemary Street (four apartments): In planning.
  2. 137 E. Franklin/136 E. Rosemary (100,000 SF office): Exterior planned complete 1/22; Interior planned complete 8/22. 
  3. East Rosemary Parking Deck (1,100 parking spaces): Under construction; planned complete 3/23. 
  4. Wallace Deck (250,00 SF office): In planning, demolition planned 3/23. 
  5. Old PNC Bank (21+ Age restricted multifamily): In Planning.
  6. Rosemary/Columbia Hotel (Extended Stay Hotel): 2023.
  7.  Amity Station/Former Breadmen’s: In Construction.
  8. Orange County Visitor’s Bureau (New visitor’s building): Complete. 
  9. Well Dot Building (office building): In planning. 
  10. Topo Distillery Building (Distillery staying under new owner until can be moved): Sold. 
  11. The PIT Building/462 W. Franklin (retail incubator): Complete. 

Business Growth: There are five businesses starting or growing in Downtown Chapel Hill and three more to announce soon. 

  1. Still Life, Spring 2022
  2. Raising Cane’s Chicken, TBD
  3. Prologue, Epilogue expansion
  4. Purple Bowl, Expansion
  5. Basecamp, Spring 2022

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