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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 24, 19873
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Oy SANDY DIMSDALE
; A group of citizens submitted a
petition of about 900 names to the
town manager's office Wednesday
requesting a public hearing for the
proposed Rosemary Square project
instead of the Oct. 1 work session
planned for the Chapel Hill Town
Council, town staff and developers.
The citizens want another chance
voice their opinions on the pro
posed $30 million hotel, retail and
parking complex, said John Graham,
head of the petition committee and
qtne of the 16 plaintiffs in the unsuc
cessful lawsuit against the town and
the Fraser-Morrow-Daniels Co. of
Research Triangle Park.
Graham said the public hearing at their Sept. 28 meeting
was a last-chance enort. ine in..
Supreme Court voted Sept. 3 to
uphold the legality of the private
project, which the town had agreed
to subsidize in exchange for parking
"We really don't have many
recourses," Graham said. "The only
thing we can do is elect people who
are sympathetic to our points of view.
There is an election coming up, you
Greg Feller, an administrative
assistant to the town manager,
confirmed that the petition was
submitted by the noon Wednesday
deadline and would be included in
the council members' agenda packets
"It is the council's decision
decide whether any action will
taken," Feller said.
Council member Jonathan Howes,
a candidate for mayor in the Nov.
3 elections, said, "I dont think it will
be on the agenda. I think it will be
placed under petitions, and if it is,
the council will not have to act on
He added that the council would
probably act on the petition anyway.
The thing about the public hearing
is that there will have to be people
there who favor the project as well,"
Howes said. "It would have to be a
very open forum where both sides
could be heard."
Coesress feeds Lab Theatre
Py JUSTIN McGUIRE
! Student Congress allocated a total
0f $4,094 to three different student
Organizations at a regular meeting
;; lne congress appropriated i,U5Utnings.
to the Lab Theatre for 10 flats and In other business, the congress
a scrim. approved a $1,260 request from
I Doug Wagner, director of the Lab Student Television. The money will
board, told the congress that flats are be used to buy a videotape player to
funding)," Davis said. "We should
wait and see how well they do."
Lewis said the need for the mate
rials is immediate. "The first (Lab)
productions are coming up in weeks,
and-they won't work without these
The third organization to receive
funding was Sangam, which received
$1,784. Sangam is a student group
dedicated to bringing together natives
of India, Pakistan and other
Even if a public hearing is held,
town officials must still have some
type of work session with the devel
opers either before or after the
hearing, Howes said.
"One reason for the work session
was so the council, the town staff and
the developer can meet and see what
alternatives are open to the town,"
' Council member Nancy Preston
said it has been more than 18 months
since the last public hearing on the
project. She said she made a motion
for a public hearing in January 1985,
but the council overrode it with a 6
"I dont know what it would cost
us, or whether we would want to
(back out of the contract) or not,"
Preston said she now supports a
public hearing. "I would like to hear
from the public, and I will be
interested in hearing what the other
council members say," she said. "I'm
sure we will try to accommodate the
public and do what we feel is best."
Helen Urquhart, who was in charge
of distributing the petition and has
worked at the petition table at the
Franklin Street Post Office, said the
group was pleased with the number
of signatures gathered. Members did
not start circulating the petition until
"I dont think they would dare (not
open up the meeting)," she said. "We
have a right under the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights to petition our
Whit Morrow, president of Fraser-Morrow-Daniels
Co., said he plans
to be at the Oct. 1 meeting
whatever it is "with bells on."
"One reason (for the session) is
political, because there are still lots
no, some residents who are still
excited about growth in downtown
Chapel Hill and uninformed about
Rosemary Square," Morrow said.
"They can learn and express their
opinions that they haven't yet
expressed in the hundreds of oppor
tunities they have had in the last five
or six years."
Morrow said if the town backed
out of the agreement to subsidize the
project now, the company would seek
restitution of about $2 million for
expenses incurred during the last six
years, including accountants' and
"There are some very knowledge
able people spurring this thing along,
and they are being very irresponsible
... we would have no choice but to
seek recourse from whomever costs
us that money."
Mayor Jim Wallace, who has
opposed the Rosemary Square pro
ject from the start, said the public
hearing request was fair.
"The reason was, and is, because
the work session involves only the
council, and a public hearing would
involve the whole community you
know, democracy and all that," he
said. "My judgment is that upon
request, the council will re-name the
meeting a public hearing and that we
will have a public hearing Oct. 1."
Wooden frames used in scenery, and
scrims are large pieces of gauze fabric
also used for scenery.
The Lab now has only cardboard
flats, which have suffered tremendous
be stationed in Swain Hall.
Adam Rice, representing STV, said
the station has reached an agreement
with National Campus Network,
which will cause an increase in their
Water damage over the last 12 years, broadcasting hours.
"These (flats and scrims) are things
theaters are expected to have," he
said. "We need them if we're going
to revise and improve our look, and
bring it into the status of a good, well
Brien Lewis (Dist. 16), said he
works with the Lab. He confirmed
the need for the equipment.
But Gene Davis (Dist. 18) said the
congress should wait on the funding.
"This is their first year (of congress
We can't tie up Swain's materials,"
he said. "But it's very important for
our growth to have this player." -The
money was allocated without
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