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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, September 24, 1987, Page 3, Image 3

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(C5feeeeek pplblfc hemiiig on Mosem suryS The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 24, 19873 qraiir e project Oy SANDY DIMSDALE Staff Writer ; 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 tp 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 spaces. "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 know." 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 to be "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 it." 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 Staff Writer l ! Student Congress allocated a total 0f $4,094 to three different student Organizations at a regular meeting Wednesday night. ;; 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 debate. 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 countries. 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," he said. ' 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 2 vote. "I dont know what it would cost us, or whether we would want to (back out of the contract) or not," she said. 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 Friday. "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 government." 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 lawyers fees. "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. Wagner said. "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 equipped theatre." 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 it brings out the best in all of us. 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