Growth and Development

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

When people think about Carrboro, a lot of people and places come to mind. Now, the town is working hard to ensure a certain color comes to mind: green. “If there is any place that can adopt the radical changes that climate change calls for today, I think that it’s Carrboro,” said Alderman Sammy Slade. “And we can hopefully be… Read more →

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Compassionate Carrboro. That was one of the buzzwords that residents, both for and against the proposed Inter-Faith Council food pantry in downtown, used to describe Carrboro on Tuesday, March 22, at the Board of Aldermen’s public hearing. The public hearing was held as part of the city’s rezoning process, which if approved would allow social services like IFC to provide… Read more →

IFC discussion part 2: Q&A with Matt Neal

IFC discussion part 2: Q&A with Matt Neal

Matt Neal is no stranger to the restaurant industry. His father, the late Bill Neal, built a legacy for himself in the culinary world. Bill, alongside his wife, Moreton, opened La Residence in 1976, and later left to take over Crook’s Corner, a local favorite for southern inspired cooking. Moreton continued to run La Residence until 1992, when she left… Read more →

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

The Board of Aldermen heard positive feedback on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for a proposed Hilton Garden Inn on 107 Padgett Lane. If the proposal passes, the Hilton would be the second hotel in the town, preceded only by the Hampton Inn & Suites, which opened to the public in September of 2013. Trish McGuire, planning director for Carrboro, has witnessed the success of… Read more →

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

After five years in the San Francisco sun, Gabe Barker is back in the Carrboro area. Two weeks ago Barker and his parents opened Pizzeria Mercato at 408 W. Weaver St., just steps from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, which the restaurant draws upon for produce and inspiration. “A little over a year ago I came home for Christmas for the first… Read more →

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

The town of Carrboro prides itself on its walkability; however, there are times when both visitors and residents need to drive. With driving comes the need for parking. According to town officials, Carrboro currently has five municipal lots, with a total of 600 parking spaces downtown that are for public use. Of the 600 public spots, 350 spots are a… Read more →

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Between the various coffee shops, restaurants and thrift stores in Carrboro, on any given day the streets of downtown are bustling with people. “Carrboro is an extremely walkable town,” said Linda Haac, chair of the Transportation Advisory Board. “People are always walking or biking.” At a Board of Aldermen meeting in 2014, the issue of pedestrian safety in Carrboro was… Read more →

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

  Residents on Tuesday seized another opportunity to weigh in on a proposal for Carrboro to contribute $7.5 million toward a new building to house the ArtsCenter and a local children’s museum. People packed Carrboro Town Hall for Tuesday night’s public hearing, the second in as many weeks as the Board of Aldermen sought public input on the proposed public-private… Read more →