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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004
Northside residents share woes
Want University help with problems
BY ERIN GIBSON
Loud noises, late-night parties
and recycling bins overflowing
with beer bottles are only a few of
the problems Northside residents
say have gotten them up in arms
against their student neighbors.
A community watch meeting at
Hargraves Community Center on
Tuesday focused on the challenges
of incorporating UNC students
into the community.
Many residents think the situa
tion has gone too far. Several peo
ple said they have to call the police
nearly every weekend to break up a
“This is out of hand,” said
Northside resident Estelle Mabrey.
“There are recycling bins full of
beer bottles, parties until 2 a.m.
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be committed to the neighborhood.
Bailey chairs the Northside
District Advisory Committee
which brings together investors
and residents to make zoning rec
Bailey acknowledges that it’s not
an easy job and that it will be dif
ficult to reach compromises
between developers and longtime
“There’s no magic bullet solu
tion out there,” Chilton said, noting
that the future of the neighbor
hood is controversial.
Bailey’s opponents over the
issue of development in Northside
include Mark Patton, a resident
and investor in the Northside com
munity, who owns several rental
Patton disagrees with Bailey’s
vision for the community, claiming
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and people stealing my property.”
The residents want the universi
ty to intervene.
Melissa Exum, UNC dean of
student affairs, said she is willing
to do her part. “I will respond as far
as the law allows, then as far as I
can as dean,” she said. “Where the
law ends, I can take over based on
principles and standards.”
Exum said she is willing to work
on ways to prepare students for the
transition between living on cam
pus and in neighborhoods with
information about what is expect
ed of them as community mem
The University and community
want to work together to have a
back-to-school block party next
fall. The goal is for the families and
students to meet each other, put
she risks infringing on residents’
property rights as she tries to deter
developers. “It’s an inappropriate
goal,” he said.
Despite opposition, Chilton said
that at least Bailey’s commitment
“There are dozens of people
involved in trying to advocate for
that neighborhood, but I don’t
know if all those people would
have crystallized around the issue
Bailey attributes her effective
ness to her straightforward nature.
“I’m not afraid to speak in front
of a mic,” she said. “I’m not afraid
to open my mouth.”
Chapel Hill Town Council mem
ber Edith Wiggins also said Bailey
has an impact on local leaders.
“When she comes to the council
with residents from Northside, we
listen, and we listen hard,” Wiggins
Bailey is not only articulate,
Wiggins added, byt also a caring,
faces to names, welcome everyone
into the community and develop
more respectful relationships.
“I think a lot of it is that stu
dents maynot be any more com
fortable in the situation and just
as hesitant as the other residents,”
said Chapel Hill Police Chief
Some residents expressed inter
est in having the University take
disciplinary action against the stu
“We will show up at 2 a.m. if the
police call us,” Exum said. “We
won’t deal with trash problems,
but if a police report is generated
we can deal with it more directly.”
Jarvies explained the limita
tions placed on University
“Anytime there are alcohol
offenses involved, students are vic
tims of sexual assault or there is a
criminal activity arrest the
committed and energetic young
woman. “I personally would like to
see her on Town Council,” she said.
Bailey said that right now her
two daughters, ages seven and
nine, are the reason she hasn’t
jumped into the political arena.
“Honestly, I think that’s the only
thing that holds me back,” she said.
“They’re my priority.”
Bailey’s concern for her chil
dren, though, is largely her moti
vation to work for a better
“It’s personal because it’s where
my children grow up,” Bailey said.
Bailey’s passion also stems from
a long-time personal connection to
the community. She grew up in
Durham County but worshiped in
Northside and had family who
She now lives in what was once
her uncle’s home on North
Graham Street. She moved there
when she was forced to leave her
home in Durham County to make
room for the Friday Center and
Furthermore, the neighborhood
is critical because it contains much
of the last low-income housing in
Chapel Hill, she added.
“I don’t know anywhere else in
Chapel Hill we could afford at this
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University can be notified,” he said.
“Traffic offenses including DWI,
shoplifting and most noise viola
tions will not be reported.”
The excessive noise level and
late parties were residents’ primary
concerns, and police officials said
residents should continue to call
them to handle the problem.
If two complaints are made in
30 minutes, the residents will be
given a warning. An additional call
will result in a citation.
Mabrey is especially worried
about the screaming that takes
place outside of her home.
“If those women were being
hurt I wouldn’t know the differ
ence,” she said. “I don’t want
women being attacked or raped,
but it is a reality, and they are cry
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with his wife Wanda and children,
Scott and Kimberly.
Moeser said he is confident
Williams’ involvement will be sig
nificant for the program.
“I think having him identified
with the Covenant, people will
notice it all more, and it will help
communicate across the country
that Carolina is accessible regard
less of financial situation,” Moeser
said. “I believe it will inspire many
others to make a contribution.”
The Covenant is the first pro
gram of its kind at a public univer
sity. Other schools such as the
University of Virginia are putting
together similar programs.
In a release Tuesday, UNC offi
cials said they will use the
Williams spot in future televised
games and show it in other venues
including the Smith Center.
Shirley Ort, UNC’s director of
scholarships and student aid, said
she is grateful for Williams’ con
tribution to the Covenant.
“I was so excited about it when
I heard of his gift,” Ort said. “It will
help fund and get the word out. It
is symbolic of how important it is
to provide access to low-income
students who want to come.”
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BY ASHLEY DUNCAN
Businesses owners and town
officials voiced concerns Monday
about the impact of a 10-screen,
1,600-seat movie theater at the
Village Plaza Shopping Center on
South Elliot Road.
Eastern Federal Corp., a
Charlotte-based movie theater
company, presented anew concept
plan for the Village Plaza theater at
Monday’s Chapel Hill Town
The Town Council initially
approved a Special Use Permit for
the movie theater on Jan. 27,2003,
but the new proposal involves
changing the original permit.
The first permit was approved
with a condition that Eastern
Federal would improve an access
road into the shopping center
along Elliot Road. This road, called
Driveway D, is located on the adja
cent property owned by Guinn and
The permit required Eastern
Federal to make Driveway D, as
well as one another driveway, 30
feet wide, with striped left and
right exit lanes, an entrance lane
and stop signs.
Richard Gerlitz, the project
architect, said Driveway D is not
on the Eastern Federal property.
“The driveway should have been
deleted (from the Special Use
Permit), but it was left in through
an error and approved by the
council,” he said.
Neighboring property owners,
Guinn and Company and Mark
Properties are concerned about the
theater’s possible effect on traffic
circulation and shoppers parking
in the lots outside their tenant’s
Richard Ortiz, attorney for
Guinn and Company, said deleting
the requirement to improve
Driveway D shows the lack of
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build the structure on the inter
section of Franklin Street and
“I’ve been pretty fortunate to
have business in Chapel Hill,”
Riddle said. “I have a good rela-
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to deal with any other property
“A cross access stipulation needs
to be acceptable for all tenants,” he
“All traffic is headed into Mr.
Guinn’s property. To protect our
customers, the access cannot be
free-flowing. We must be able to
put up some barriers.”
Roger Waldon, Chapel Hill
town planning director, said the
special use permit shows unim
peded access between the two
Jim Groot, owner of Red, Hot
and Blue in Village Plaza, said he
fears that Eastern Federal will
make the theater profitable by
directing their customers to park
in other parts of the shopping cen
ter after the theater spots fill up.
“The question is, Where will all
the cars go?’” he said.
Rosemary Hargrove, owner of
The Cotton 8011, said she also is
concerned that overflow traffic
from the theater will be directed to
park in front of her store.
“I already have complaints
about parking and people who say
they don’t come to my store
because they can’t find a place to
These complaints concerned
council member Jim Ward.
“This could jeopardize the suc
cess of very successful town busi
nesses,” he said. “Unless I can feel
confident that this project can go
ahead without jeopardizing exist
ing businesses, I cant support it.”
Throughout the meeting, Mayor
Kevin Foy reminded the room that
the purpose of the discussion was
to examine the concept plan. There
won’t be a vote until the public
hearing, scheduled for March 15.
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tionship with the town. They’ve
been pretty supportive of me, and
we’ve been trying to get new ideas.
“I hope to do something that
looks as good as Top of the Hill. I
want people to say it’s a great
Aaron Nelson, executive direc
tor of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce, said he
expects the development to have a
positive impact on Chapel Hill’s
“(Downtown) has been getting
a lot of negative press lately,” he
said. “But things are really turning
Riddle said he doesn’t want to
take business away from other
merchants, but instead wants to
add something different.
“I don’t want to do anything to
hurt other people,” he said. “I want
to bring something new.”
West Franklin Street includes
several high-end restaurants as
well as bookstores and venues
such as The Cave and Local 506.
The Chrysler-Plymouth build
ing, located across the street from
a University business office, is rec
ognizable by a bright mural of
nature scenes on its east wall.
Riddle already has begun plans
for the building, but said it will be
several months before he actually
works on the land.
“Anytime you build a building it
takes a little while,” he said.
“We still have to get approval
from government agencies. It’ll
probably be six months before I
break ground. But it still won’t be
fast enough for me.”
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of person votes in student govern
ment elections. “Obviously these
are people who are involved on
campus, people who feel they have
something invested in student
West added that she would like
to see the inclusion of students
who normally do not vote in the
Nonetheless, all of those
involved in the election saw the
increase as a positive step toward
more student involvement,
“I’m just glad that we got more
people involved,” former candidate
Matt Compton said. “It shows that
people really care about this school.”
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