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By SHARON KEBSCHULL
As UNC faces its bicentennial, the
town of Chapel Hill is busy preparing
the town for transportation problems
in the next decade and working with
the University to solve its problems
through a decrease in one-auto
transport and an increase in mass
transit use, officials say.
The problems the town faces
demand a variety of solutions, all
aimed at keeping more cars off the "
roads at least in the main part of
town and increasing transit use
through buses and rail systems, with
which the town expects the Univer
But officials disagree on the state
of the relationship between Chapel
Hill and the University.
Al Rimer, chairman of the Chapel
Hill Planning Board, said town-gown
relations demand improvements.
"Most significant is that there's
very little, if any, coordination
between the town and the University.
That's how townspeople feel about
the University, unilaterally taking
action without considering the town.
"If the University does not want
to go through the town, it goes to
the General Assembly tdget around
it," Rimer said.
"Transportation is the single larg
est issue of planning in the town, not
only for the University but for the
town, too, he said. "We are going
to have to widen some roads, provide
additional parking on campus, mod
ify the bus service and provide more
park-and-ride lots. Each of those
solutions costs megabucks, and we
don't know what the trade-offs are."
But Chapel Hill Mayor Jonathan
Howes, who is also the director of
UNC's Urban Studies Center, said
town-gown relations have improved
because of the efforts of former
Chancellor Christopher Fordham.
The town also has good expectations
of Chancellor Paul Hardin, who
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Due to a lack of traffic, the
Carrboro branch of First Union
National Bank is closing, officials said
in July, and business will be trans
ferred to branches in Chapel Hill.
First Union found that customers
with accounts at the Carrboro branch
were doing their everyday banking at
branches around Chapel Hill, said
Marshall Hester, the state media
manager for First Union.
"First Union has undergone a lot
of growth. In 1985 we merged with
the Northwestern Financial Corpor
ation. This merger provided branches
in excess of what we needed," Hester
said. "Over the past two years, we
have looked for opportunities to
streamline the corporation."
By consolidating the Carrboro
branch into the Chapel Hill main
office on Elliott Road, First Union
also saw a way to pass savings along
to First Union's customers, he said.
The six employees of the Carrboro
branch will be relocated to positions
within the three First Union branches
in Chapel Hill, Hester said.
Competition from other banks did
not influence the move, Hester said.
"If that were the case, we would have
maintained a physical presence in that
area," he said.
Phillip James, a UNC graduate and
branch manager of the Chapel Hill
main office, said the six Carrboro
employees will be added to the other
"The only main impact the move
will have will be to increase traffic
in the other branches. It's nothing but
a positive move," James said. But no
accounts will be transferred to the
Franklin Street branch, since it is
operating at full volume, Hester said.
Jim Holland, the Chapel Hill
branch administrator for North
Carolina National Bank, said the
closing would probably have little
impact on area banks.
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came into office in July.
"The basis is there for cooperation
between the town and University.
We're on a new footing and a very
positive one," Howes said.
Hardin was unavailable for
. Decks an expensive option
A partial solution to transportation
problems on can . pus is the construc
tion of parking decks. Although the
suggestion has been tabled, town and
University officials expect the issue
to come up again.
Student, faculty and staff responses
to a 1987 survey by the UNC Depart
ment of Transportation and Parking
Services varied according to travel
distances, but they all agreed on one
thing: More parking is desperately
needed, preferably close to offices or
Student respondents to the survey,
which was published in the spring,
strongly supported construction of
parking decks, but said there should
be a permit price increase of less than
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