Carboro Council Approves Building on Vacant Land, 2023 City Budget

A half acre of weeds and pavement surrounded by a chain link fence will give way to a modern office and retail building in the heart of downtown Carrboro over the next few years.

Carrboro City Council unanimously approved plans Tuesday for the three-story, 16,186-square-foot commercial building and adjacent 40-space parking lot at 201 N. Greensboro St. The building would be approximately 42 feet tall and would have wider sidewalks than what is currently there today.

The site, often a location for protest signs, some of which commemorated black lives lost to police brutality, is across from Weaver Street Market and the city’s Century Center building.

A masked protester who went by the name of Johnny Moran and claimed to be an anarchist speaks outside the building at Greensboro and Weaver streets that a group of protesters briefly occupied on Saturday to protest a planned CVS store in downtown Carrboro. At right, Carrboro Police Chief Carolyn Hutchison and Mayor Mark Chilton (far right in profile) listen. No arrests were made as protesters obeyed instructions from the mayor and police to leave or be arrested. MARK SCHULTZ – [email protected]

Potential tenants could include a restaurant and certain retail businesses, however, a restrictive covenant prohibits tenants from operating a business that competes with CVS Caremark Corp., such as a health and beauty store, pharmacy, or vitamin store. It also prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages, general merchandise or everyday consumer items.

Real estate owner CKE III LLC accepted the pledge when it purchased the roughly half-acre site from CVS Caremark subsidiary Revco in 2019.

CKE III is a subsidiary of Chapel Hill-based developer Beacon Properties.

Council members did not comment before approving the project on Tuesday. Public hearings were held on April 26 and June 7.

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Beacon Properties Group has proposed a three-story, 16,186 square foot office and retail building at the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver streets in downtown Carrboro. Cline Design Associates Contributed

Here are more details about the project:

201 N. Greensboro St.

Developer: CKE III LLC (Beacon Properties)

Location: About half an acre at North Greensboro and West Weaver streets

Story: The site, which previously housed a bank and then a community radio station WCOM, has been vacant for more than a decade. In 2010, Revco, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corp., paid Weaver Street Market $1.35 million for the project site and a house on Center Street.

The company’s plans faced community opposition, and activists briefly occupied the building until they were threatened with arrest in 2012. CVS barricaded the building and erected the fence. In 2013, the company withdrew its rezoning request.

In 2017, the building was demolished after the city council approved rules for managing degraded buildings.

Proposed use: Commercial building of 3 floors and 16,186 square feet with shops and offices

Car park: 40 places

Carboro 2023 budget, property taxes

Carboro Council also approved a municipal budget of $90.5 million.

The 2022-23 budget includes $50.8 million for major purchases and construction projects, such as the new civic and library building at 203 S. Greensboro St.

The budget establishes a property tax rate of 60.44 cents per $100 of property value. The municipal tax bill for the owner of a house valued at $400,000 will be $2,417.60. Carrboro property owners also pay Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools County and District taxes.

The budget also sets a living wage of $15.85 an hour, grants raises of up to $3,000 to all part-time and full-time employees, and grants elected officials a 2.9% raise in office. of the cost of living.

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Tammy Grubb has been writing about Orange County politics, people, and government since 2010. She is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill and has lived and worked in the Triangle for more than 25 years.