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Affordable hotDsoog project
By JESSICA LANNING
: The Chapel Hill Town Council has
assigned high priority status to a plan
to develop affordable housing in
Chapel Hill with hopes of a summer
; The Affordable Housing Project
(AHP) is designed to build decent,
affordable houses for people who
carv't pay the housing prices of the
Qhapel Hill market and to ensure that
these homes remain affordable
through a series of owners.
'. AHP has bought 25 acres of land
on Culbreth School Road and plans
to create 50 small, single-family
homes, pedestrian pathways and a
playground on 1 7 acres of the tract.
: The corporation predicts the
houses can be built for $20 a square
foot less than the average cost for a
Class A house. The houses would sell
' In its proposal to the Chapel Hill
Town Council, the corporation asked
the town to provide a subsidy of
$25,000 a house. This would bring
the cost of each house to $85,000.
The reduced cost of the homes
would make lower-income families
able to buy these houses.
The corporation also wants to turn
the land over to the town so the town
can maintain the affordability of the
houses. The town would then own
the land and lease it to the
homeowners for $ 1 a year.
By BLAKE DICKINSON
The Landmark 89 hit the news
stands, barbershops and local stores
last week, and its appearance marked
the return of colorful, conservative
and controversial Bob Windsor to
After a three-year absence, Cha
tham County writer and publisher
Windsor, 59, is again distributing his
unique brand of journalism.
"I used to raise a lot of hell with
the old paper, and I'm fixing to do
it again," Windsor said in a telephone
'.The early response to Windsor's
paper was strong. With most copies
of his first delivery gone by Thursday,
Windsor made a second printing
Friday and planned to make deliv
eries early this week, including one
drop at the Student Union.
'According to Windsor, The Land
N.C. secretary of state
sets goals to improve
By KARI BARLOW
' Staff Writer
Something strange happened in
Thad Eure, after serving more
jhan 50 years as N.C. secretary of
.state, did not run for re-election.
Kufus Edmisten defeated Repub
lican opponent John Carrington
to fill Eure's shoes.
y Edmisten is settling into his
position easily and has a list of
priorities outlined, said Glenn
Wells, special deputy secretary of
c Edmisten differs from Eure in
that he puts more emphasis on the
.securities issues of the office, Wells
. "He came in with several prior
ities in mind," Wells said. "He has
already set forth on getting harder
pn penny stock companies."
Penny stocks, low-priced secur
ities, are a problem throughout the
country as well as in North Carol
ina, said Stephen Wallis, state
deputy securities administrator.
"Penny stock is pretty much
something that sells for under $3,"
Wallis said. "Recently the secre
tary announced a crackdown on
the sales tactics of the penny stock
brokers. I think that investors
ought to be aware that there is an
awful lot of risk in this area of
Penny stock companies, which
are often located out of state,
usually contact potential investors
over the telephone and use high
pressure sales tactics, Wallis said.
People who have questions
about any particular company can
contact the securities divisions of
Runyon Woods, founder of AHP,
said he did not have profit-making
intentions, but he wanted to make a
small profit so similar projects can
be developed in the future.
Woods said he has designed and
built many houses and restaurants in
the area and has been frustrated with
the increase in housing costs over the
past several years.
"It's not all due to the increase in
cost of building," he said. "We (AHP)
do not like the way the make-up of
the town is changing, and we want
to get it back to the way it was."
"We're just fooling around with the
marketplace and doing something
that is socially redeeming at the same
time," he said.
Chris Berndt, long-range planning
coordinator for the Chapel Hill
planning department, said the fam
ilies eligible for this housing would
be considered lower-income families.
Low-income families are those
with incomes less than 80 percent of
the median income in Chapel Hill
($36,600), Berndt said.
This would include families earning
$29,300 or less a year, but not those
who earn less than $25,000, since
those families would not be able to
afford the houses, she. said.
The houses would be single-family
homes occupied for a considerable
length of time. "The houses would
be more family-oriented than
student-oriented," Berndt said. "The
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mark 89 is an attempt to give the
conservatives a voice in an increas
ingly liberal media. "If the conserva
tives don't step out and fight, nobody
is going to give a damn," he said.
Windsor's earlier publication, The
Landmark, ran from. June 1982 to
February 1986 and stirred up a
number of controversies.
From calling former N.C. Gov. Jim
Hunt "sissy, prissy, girlish and
effeminate" and questioning Hunt's
sexual preference, to uncovering and
closing a bar in the Ram's Club
Kenan Stadium meeting place, the
1954 UNC graduate has fought for
"the Wee People the ordinary
people who do the work, raise the
family, send the kids off to war, but
don't have a group (voice)," Windsor
By 1986, his paper had subscribers
in every county in the state, every
state in the country and in 20 foreign
the secretary of state's office and
request a disciplinary history of
the company, he said..
Edmisten is also planning to
streamline his office's operation by
increasing staff and updating
equipment, Wells said.
"We need more help. The secre
tary of state's office handles lots
of different things," Wells said.
"We are grossly understaffed."
Improving the business climate
in the state is also a goal of
Edmisten, he said.
"The number one priority other
than the securities area is the
business environment in . North
Carolina," Wells said. "He's put
ting a great deal of emphasis on
helping young fledgling businesses
in North Carolina."
Edmisten wants to make it
easier for state residents to get
information on starting and main
taining a business in the state, he
Rep. John Hasty, D-Robeson,
said he hopes Edmisten will intro
duce legislation to protect N.C.
businesses from hostile takeovers.
"Having been a former attorney
general, he understands what the
public wants and needs," Hasty
said. "I think he will supply it."
Rep. Fred Bowman, D
Alamance, said Edmisten could
. help lure national corporations to
the state as well as cultivate new
businesses in North Carolina.
"He seems to be taking an
interest in the business licensing,
and I appreciate that because the
only way you keep from increasing
taxes every year is increasing
business," Bowman said.
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houses are for purchase, not to rent."
"One of the features of this plan
is that the person would only buy the
house," she said. "The land would be
a lease, and the land would be
Making the town the owner of the
land is a way to reduce the occupants'
housing costs, Berndt said. Normally,
the purchaser buys both the house
and the land it sits on.
The town is looking into the idea
of taking over the land after the
developers are finished, she said.
Maintenance of the land would
probably be the responsibility of
some other party, and arrangements
would be made in the lease, she said.
Berndt said she supported the
project and thought it would affect
many people in Chapel Hill.
"I think any project that puts more
housing that is of a smaller square
footage into the market will be
helpful," she said. "$140,000 is the
average price for sale, and there is
little built on the private market
under $100,000. It will give house
holds more choice in the housing
Families need an average income
of $50,000 to afford a house in Chapel
Hill, Berndt said. "There are few
lower-income houses being built, and
the number of existing houses is
limited," she said.
"Another unique feature about the
proposal is the owners are interested
countries, Windsor said. He used this
forum to take aim at homosexuals,
people who supported abortion,
liberals and others while supporting
Sen. Jesse Helms and other
"You've got to be willing to tell the
truth, regardless of who you step on,"
Windsor said. "The greater good will
be done for the University (and
others) by telling the truth."
Windsor's efforts attracted writers
from Time magazine and an NBC
news crew. Then, as he mentions in
By JAMES BENTON
A snowball fight on Connor Beach
Saturday afternoon led to a traffic
accident on Raleigh Street, and
according to witnesses, a University
police officer warned participants
that the incident could cost Hender
son Residence College its noise
permit for Springfest, '
According to Chapel Hill Police
reports, Ravisankar Awa of E-l
Village Green, Chapel Hill, was
driving his 1985 Toyota north on
Raleigh Street past Connor Resi
dence Hall at about 3:10 p.m., when
his vehicle was struck by 30 to 50
Awa lost control of the car and
struck a rock wall about 500 feet from
where the car was hit, Captain Ralph
Pendergraph of the Chapel Hill
Police Department said. The car
sustained about $2,000 worth of
Residents posh for '
By KATHRYNE TOVO
Public parking along North Boun
dary Street may soon be restricted
as a result of two petitions submitted
to the Chapel Hill Town Council last
Gerry Barrett, owner of the Little
Creek Company, submitted a letter
requesting that parking along North
Boundary Street and Campbell Lane
be eliminated or restricted to permit
Barrett's letter was one of two such
petitions submitted to the council.
Parking is now allowed along one
side of the two streets, but seven
residents signed the letter requesting
a change in this ordinance.
The letter said: "These narrow
residential streets are being used as
a parking lot for UNC students.
Many of the cars are parked Monday
morning and aren't moved again until
David Frankstone, of 304 N.
Boundary St., said he has two young
children and is concerned that the
cars parked on the road could block
in providing housing for low-income
families," Berndt said. "They have
laudable motives. This is one of the
few times people in the community
have to get together to solve the
community's housing problems.
"That's the kind of effort that is
going to be needed to solve housing
problems in the town."
Families who can't afford to live
in Chapel Hill are forced to live
farther out and commute into town,
live in substandard housing, live in
overcrowded housing or pay more
than 30 percent of their income for
rent, Berndt said.
Any family living in any of these
conditions is considered part of the
1,800 lower-income households who
need rental assistance according to
the Housing Assistance Plan, she
said. "These are all real problems
Chapel Hill Town Council member
Art Werner said he also supported
"I think it's very gratifying to see
the affordable housing project com
ing from the private sector," Werner
said. "It's a terrific initiative."
Having moderate-income housing
is a way to offer a diversity of people
in Chapel Hill, such as teachers and
University employees who cannot
afford housing costs in the town, with
cheaper places to live, Werner said.
his current edition, colon cancer,
heart problems and high blood
pressure caused Windsor to take a
Armed with his word processor,
Windsor writes and produces his new
edition from a corner of his bedroom.
The format of The Landmark 89 is
different, but the philosophy of the
paper has remained true to its
In an article on the new N.C.
Democratic Party chairman, Wind
Kurt Seufert, Henderson Resi
dence College (HRC) governor, said
the fight took place between two
front of the Union so they would
disperse. The crowd complied after
he told them, Cagle said. The officers
warned the crowd that anyone caught
throwing snowballs at cars would be ;
The investigating officer could not
be reached for comment Monday.
Sergeant Ned Comar of University
police said he could not comment
because he' had not received any
report of a snowball fight last
"None (of the reports from this
weekend) was turned in until the
middle of this morning," Comar said
Monday night in a telephone inter
view. This weekend's snow resulted
in numerous reports of incidents to
the visibility of drivers as they travel
up the slope.
Campbell Lane resident Anne
Wright said the streets are very
narrow and she is not sure that larger
emergency vehicles would be able to
travel on them.
The parking issue should be
reviewed by the town, she said. "I
rather like the young people who park
there. I sympathize with their situa
tion it's a tough problem."
Theresa Schreiter, who also signed
the petition, said she would like
parking to be prohibited along the
Schreiter said when she moved to
the neighborhood four years ago, the
area was like a small forest. Now, cars
are always parked along the side of
the road, and cans and other pieces
of garbage are often thrown out of
the car windows.
Residents of the 200 block of North
Boundary Street also submitted a
letter requesting parking restrictions
along North Boundary Street
between Rosemary and North streets.
The Daily Tar
Chapel Hill Police Roundup j
D A suspicious vehicle investi
gation turned into a drug bust for
police Saturday at the Tar Heel
Motel on U.S. 15-501.
Keith Edward Florence of
Chapel Hill was charged with
possession with intent to sell and
deliver, possession of a stolen
vehicle and misdemeanor posses
sion of a schedule VI drug. He was
placed under $30,000 bond.
While on routine patrol, an
officer noticed four occupants in
a gray Pontiac parked at the
motel. Police discovered the veh
icle was stolen and arrested
They searched the car and found
a leafy green vegetable material,
which was identified as marijuana.
Police then searched Florence's
motel room and found 15 grams
of a schedule II drug in the
window. Police planner Jane
Cousins said it appeared to be
o Robert Gregory Brice of
Chapel Hill was charged Monday
morning with D WI, going 40 mph
in a 20 mph zone, transporting
liquor and possession of a ficti
tious driver's license.
n A Chapel Hill woman advised
police Thursday she was having
problems with squirrels eating the
wood siding on her house. Police
set two traps to try to catch them.
"Perhaps Lawrence Davis III is an
exorcist and will drive the demon
queers, dykes, abortionist and hum
anist liberals out of the Democratic
party. Let us Pray. Amen."
The threat of a lawsuit has never
worried Windsor. "IVe had lots of
people threaten to sue me," he said.
"Nobody ever did. I even challenged
them to in my paper."
Windsor said his next target would
be education. "The biggest problem
University polce, Comar said, so the
report might not yet have been filed
or may have been filed but not
Seufert said he could not recall if
the car was hit by snowballs. He also
said snowballs flew mainly between
the groups on the street, and the
wreck was not caused by the crowds
involved in the fight.
"A few people were aiming for the
cars, but I don't think they were HRC
people," he said. "We could not have
caused the wreck because the wreck
happened 200 yards down the street."
One car drove through the fight
without being hit because it was
moving too fast to hit for those who
were aiming at cars, he said.
Seufert said he didn't know why
the officer made the comment.
"I think it was just a threat to get
the people on the other side of the
street," Seufert said. "To connect
something in February with a group
of people and a spring event doesn't
make much sense."
The town issues noise permits for
events, but also has the power to take
them away, Pendergraph said. Stu
dents must apply for noise permits
for on-campus events ' through the
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Heel Tuesday, February 21, 19893 ;
o Three different sets of vandal
ism to cars occurred in Chapel Hill
over the weekend.
The worst incident occurred on
the west side of Elizabeth Street.
Seven cars had a window broken
out, but nothing was found miss
ing from any of the cars. Damage
to each car was estimated at $200.
A 1984 BMW had the driver's
window smashed, and a 1988
Oldsmobile's right passenger win
dow was smashed. The two cars
were parked on Senlac Road
Two cars parked at the NCNB
parking deck Sunday morning
were also vandalized. Property
was missing from one of the cars.
D Wilber Fearrington Jr. of
Chapel Hill was arrested and
charge with assault Saturday. An
officer first arrested Fearrington
after he allegedly refused to stop
and answer questions about a
disturbance at his father's home.
The officer charged Fearrington
with assault when, according to
the arrest report, Fearrington
began kicking and biting the
officer while he was being arrested.
B Someone broke the front
window of Carolina Opticians on
West Franklin Street with a rock
Friday. Several pairs of sunglasses
compiled by Larry Stone
weVe got is the lack of education in
this state," he said. "We're sending
out teachers that can't teach and
students who can't read or write.
Brick and mortar don't educate
young'uns, good teachers do."
Windsor is proud of his journalistic
"I put my money and my butt
where my mouth is," Windsor said.
"IVe caused things to happen."
And Windsor has simple aims for
The Landmark 89.
"I want to do good with my paper." ' j
Office of Student Affairs in Steele ,
Building, but Chapel Hill Police and
the town must be consulted as well,
groups of people on opposite sides
of Raleigh Street. A group of about
100 people was on Connor Beach,
and a group of about 30 people was
in frpnt of the Student Union, ' J'f, " s
Thirty minutes later, a University
police officer investigating the snow
ball fight approached the crowd on
the Union side of Raleigh Street and
asked them through a bullhorn to
cross the street to the HRC side. The
officer threatened to cancel Springfest
if the people did not cross the street,
The policeman also said he would
sit in on the next Chapel Hill Town
Council meeting and push to have the
noise permit for the April 8 party
revoked, he said.
Bobby Cagle, president of Winston
Residence Hall, said, "They (police
officers) said they would try to see
to it that the noise permit for
Springfest would be cancelled. I don't
know if they were using it as leverage
Cagle said the officer asked him
to relay the message to the crowd in