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By KELLY JOHNSON
A downtown insurance company's
request to construct a five-story
building on Rosemary Street gene
rated few complaints from Chapel
Hill Town Council members and
residents at a public hearing Monday.
The council heard the Investors
Title Company's request for a special
use permit to begin construction of
a 69,700-square-foot building at 135
and 137 E. Rosemary St. The build
ing would be located on the property
'of the company's current offices and
the connecting lot.
Several thefts reported
In Student Union offices
By BRIAN MCCOLLUM
A series of thefts in the Student
Union during the past three
months has left Union officials
puzzled and raised many questions
about security in the building.
Campus police acknowledge
that thefts have risen slightly, not
only in the Union but campus
wide. The most recent thefts include
more than $1,500 worth of pho
tographic equipment stolen from
the Yackety Yack office in two
Shea Tisdale, Yackety Yack
photography editor, said a camera
and motor drive were taken from
the equipment locker on Aug. 28.
Tisdale also, said two lenses were
discovered missing last week. The
equipment was taken despite two
deadbolt locks and a locked door.
During the summer the Student
Government office on the upper
floor was also the scene of two
Jody Beasley, student body
treasurer, said a $200 typewriter
was stolen from his office in July,
and in late August an AMFM
radio was stolen from Student
Body President Brian Bailey's
Archie Copeland, Student
Union director, said there have
always been problems with theft
and security in the Union, but with
more expensive equipment, more
Dining service sponsors
Southern food festival
By MANDY SPENCE
Barbecue, com bread, fried okra
. . . These foods usually bring to mind
Southern home cooking. When stu
dents hear of such foods after today,
however, they may think of Chase
and Lenoir dining halls instead.
"Taste of North Carolina," a
celebration of foods native to North
Carolina, will be held today from 4
p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in Lenoir Hall and
from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Chase
Hall. The N.C. Department of Agri
culture and Carolina Dining Services
are sponsoring the program.
At 4 p.m., State Commissioner of
Agriculture Jim Graham will be at
Lenoir to meet students and promote
The program's main feature will be
a variety of Southern foods available
in the dining halls. Students will have
the opportunity to sample regional
dishes such as pork barbecue,
Calabash-style seafood, Brunswick
stew, sliced turkey breast and
Other Southern specialties to be
offered include okra, yams, corn
bread, hush puppies, peach and apple
cobbler, pecan pie and apple cider.
In addition to the special menu, the
N.C. Department of Agriculture will
sponsor a booth at both dining halls.
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The proposed building would
contain mostly office space, some
retail space and a restaurant, said
Roger Waldon, planning director of
the Chapel Hill Planning Board.
A special-use permit is required for
construction to begin because the
proposed building has more than
20,000 square feet of floor space. The
building would be constructed on two
ground levels of parking, with a
parking deck on the side.
Council member Nancy Preston
said she was concerned that the
building would be too tall for the
neighborhood although the architect
thefts should be expected.
"More sophisticated equipment
is a greater temptation than a
pencil and notebook," Copeland
said. "The more equipment, the
tighter the security that we need."
The theft rate on campus is "a
bit worse than average," said Sgt.
Ned Comar of University police.
He cited figures showing the
number of larcenies on campus in
summer 1987 to be higher than in
1985 or 1986.
Although police have no defi
nite leads in any of the cases,
Comar said there does not seem
to be any connection between the
Several minor thefts have also .
occurred during the last few
More than $35 in cash was
stolen in June from the Student
Legal Services office. The staff
said it has purchased new locks
for its computer system to prevent
it from also being stolen.
Three movie posters worth $30
each were stolen Sept. 20 from the
upper gallery of the Union.
Items ranging from a wallet to
a $262 VCR were all reported
stolen in the Union during August.
Beasley said security measures
are beginning to improve. "It's
gotten better for sure," he said. "A
few loose ends were there, but with
a joint effort from the Union and
Student Government we're getting
rid of them."
The booths, with the theme "Good
ness grows in North Carolina," will
feature different types of regional
Charles Hackney, manager of
Marriott Dining Services, initiated
"I wanted something different that
the students could have a lot of fun
with," Hackney said. "I chose this
idea because North Carolina has a
wonderful heritage of foods and
regional cooking particular to the
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had done a good design job.
Council member Julie Andresen
agreed. "I'm a little concerned about
how this building, which is supposed
to be 65 feet (tall), will look next to
the houses that are on North Street,"
But Josh Gurlitz, an architect for
the Investors Title Co., said the
proposed complex was designed to
match surrounding buildings.
The building would be the same
height as nearby buildings because
the designers used the top of the
NCNB Plaza as their horizon line,
said Phil Post, a design task force
Condemned fraternity seeks legal advice
By LEIGH ANN MCDONALD
After failing a building inspection
for the second time, the Kappa Sigma
fraternity has hired a Chapel Hill
lawyer to handle future house
"We are not dealing directly with
the inspection department any more,"
said David Clary, president of Kappa
Sigma. "Our lawyer will be present."
Clary declined to name the lawyer
that his fraternity has hired.
The fraternity, located at 204 W.
Cameron Ave., has also hired a
contractor to make the repairs cited
Town chosen as affordable honsing standard
By LINDSAY HAYES
The U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development has chosen
Chapel Hill as one of 40 demonstra
tion cities nationwide to serve as
examples for other city governments
considering affordable housing
Chapel Hill was selected for the
HUD Joint Venture for Affordable
Housing because the town govern
ment built the Tandler affordable
housing project in a joint effort with
local development company Capri
corn Isler Inc., said Chris Berndt,
long-range planning coordinator for
the Chapel Hill Planning
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"We think that well be de
emphasizing the size of the building,"
Post said. ,
Two area residents endorsed the
building at the hearing.
"I heartily approve of this project,"
said James Webb, whose property is
less than a block away from the
Webb was one of the 16 residents
who opposed the Rosemary Square
project and unsuccessfully sued to
Joe Herzenberg of 6 Cobb Terrace
said,MI do not oppose this project, and
by housing inspector Darrell Wall
during his second inspection of the
"We had everything on his initial
list finished," Clary said. "Wall cited
us for no window screens and some
other minor things."
Wall said he had not noticed that
window screens were missing during
his first inspection.
"As I recall this was the only new
citing," Wall . said. "They hadn't
repaired basically anything."
Clary said the contractor is now
working on the repairs and the
fraternity is also making additional
of project we could do again in
Chapel Hill," she said.
The Tandler subdivision enabled
Chapel Hill to meet the three require
ments of a demonstration city in the
HUD program: ability" to meet local
design standards, use of innovative
building materials and the town's use
of expedited processing, she said.
Local design standards were mod
ified for the project to save money
without compromising standards to
an unacceptable level, she said.
The project design used innovative
building materials such as energy
efficient insulation, she said.
The expedited processing, which
was completed in about six weeks,
was "next to a miracle in Chapel
Hill," Berndt said. Expedited process
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But he added that he was not a
spokesman for the neighborhood.
A traffic impact report has indi
cated that the number of cars entering
and exiting the area would not be
great enough to cause additional
problems, Waldon said.
Town Manager David Taylor, the
Chapel Hill transportation and plan
ning boards and the Appearance
Commission have recommended that
the council approve the project, with
some conditions attached.
Taylor and the transportation
repairs that the inspector did not cite.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity has no
definite extension at this time.
"We do not know when the house
will be finished, but it will be
completely repaired when the inspec
tor comes again," Clary said. "There
is no way they are going to shut us
Wall said he will reinspect the
Kappa Sigma house when one of the
members calls him.
The inspection department will
decide to grant or deny fraternities'
requests for extensions on a case-by-
ing usually requires six to eight
months, she said.
This process includes considera
tions such as the length of time town
agencies take to process an applica
tion for development and pass it to
the town council for review, she said.
Chapel Hill worked closely with
the project architect to speed up the
expediting process, she said. The
council approved the project July 13,
which was six weeks after the plan
was first submitted to the town.
Before council approval, the project
had to meet development ordinance
Without the town's concern for
housing, the open market would not
provide affordable housing, she said.
Chapel Hill has been concerned about
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board recommended that Investors
Title Co. pay to improve the traffic
signal at the intersection of Columbia
and Rosemary streets to offset any
increase of traffic.
The planning board suggested that
the developer pay 15 percent of the
signal improvement cost, said Alan
Rimer, chairman of the planning
board. He estimated that work on the
signal would cost under $ 10,000.
The planning board also recom
mended that the company participate
in a ridesharing survey to inform their
employees of transit options.
case basis as they are inspected, Wall
said. There will be no meeting
between inspection department offi
cials to decide the fate of the houses.
He said he has reinspected every
house, but St. Anthony Hall is the
only fraternity that has house repairs
close to completion.
Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Phi
and Delta Upsilon have not yet been
"We are in the process of inspecting
the other three," Wall said, "but we
are trying to get the others taken care
the lack of affordable housing for a
number of years, she said.
The Tandler single family homes
will fall in the $50,000 to $60,000 cost
range. These 900- to 1,250-square-foot
homes will have two to three
bedrooms, she said.
The town will place a deferred lien,
which is a second mortgage, on the
property to cover the additional costs
of $20,000 to $25,000, she said.
Homeowners will not have to pay
back the deferred lien until the
property is resold.
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