October 25, 2018
Hello, Chathamites. Happy Thursday!
Your Highlights: This Week’s Pittsboro Commissioners Meeting
Chatham Park Hotel Incentive
The board agreed to a deal with the developer of Chatham Park’s “Mosaic” area that is meant to help attract a hotel to the site.
The developer will get a property tax rebate of 40-53% over the first five years of the proposed hotel’s operation. The hotel is expected to generate nearly $61,000 in annual property tax revenue for the town after that.
The hotel would also get a 60-90% break on its county property taxes, under a separate deal it made with county commissioners.
In exchange for its PIttsboro tax break, the developer promises to “make every reasonable effort” to:
- hire a third of its employees from people living in the 27312 ZIP code;
- pay those people an “average minimum” annual salary of just more than $31,000;
- use local contractors;
- provide a free shuttle bus to downtown Pittsboro;
- have at least 100 guest rooms;
- promote Pittsboro business and events in its lobby and on its website.
The deal has been in the works since a February 2017 request from ECO CP Partners.
Chatham Park “Park Land”
Public park land as a part of the Chatham Park development was a hotly contested topic at the meeting. Let’s break it down:
Chatham Park is proposing “mini parks” which would be funded and maintained by the Chatham Park developers, but the park land would be under ownership of the town of Pittsboro.
Issue #2: Impact Fees
Chatham Park has agreed to dedicate 667 acres of the development as “park land”. In exchange for giving the town ownership of this 667 acres, Chatham Park is proposing that there be no impact fees for the land.
Issue #3: What can be built on “park land”?
Bonitz and Commissioner Bett Foley said they were concerned the criteria for what can be built on “park land” is too broad.
Check out the primary sources informing the debate:
- Chatham Park’s proposal to the Pittsboro Planning Department on the Public Facilities Element
- Pittsboro Planning Department’s recommendation to the Board of Commissioners
Notable + Quotable
Get out and vote!
Where you can vote early:
- Board of Elections Main Office in Pittsboro
- Northeast District Park in Chapel Hill
- Earl B. Fitts Community Center in Siler City
- Goldston Town Hall.
- Monday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Because, democracy.
- Find out where and when you can cast your ballot on Election Day.
- Check out the Chatham County sample ballot
→ Pittsboro’s Food Lion will launch their “to-go” grocery pick-up service on Oct. 29.
→ Capital Ready Concrete Mix, originally from Knightdale, is converting a former Pittsboro chicken plant into their new HQ. “The project entails a $5 million renovation on a 20-acre site and will create between 45 and 50 jobs.” Find out more.
Around Your County
- The event is free and open to the public.
- The event is a way for local businesses to showcase their products and services, providing residents an opportunity to learn what’s available to them.
- Exhibit times will run from 12 – 5:30 p.m.
- Over 50 local businesses will be present, and the following activities are free to enjoy:
- Special Salon Services – This is it Cuts
- Health Screenings – Chatham Hospital
- Fitness Activities – Chatham YMCA
- Cornhole Toss – Chatham Sheriff’s Office & Pittsboro Police Department
- Taste Samples – Local Restaurants & Caterers
- Door Prizes throughout the day and more
Local businesses wanting to host an exhibit at the showcase should contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce at 919-742-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Pittsboro Fall Street Fair will be on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro.
- Park and ride available from the Alpha Install (697 Hillsboro Street) parking lot
- No pets allowed at the event
- You can view the list of 150+ vendors and what they’re offering at the Street Fair
“You won’t want to miss this year’s huge variety of unique, interesting and fun offerings from over 150 crafters, artists, food vendors, and non-profits with free children’s activities are planned. Bring a chair and enjoy some terrific entertainment in the great Town of Pittsboro.”
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