Around 25 people were in attendance for the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. The meeting started at 7:04 p.m., beginning with a moment of silence as well as the pledge of allegiance.
The meeting conducted four public hearings. The first hearing concerned a Community Development Block Grant for the EG-GILERO Building Renovation project. The application was later approved by commissioners, pending a slight change in language to the legally binding commitment. Two of the hearings were dedicated to the rezoning of properties.
This week’s question goes to Mike Cowell, who asked, “What is planned for the old Piggly Wiggly store?”
This Piggly Wiggly was located at 386 East Street, in Pittsboro. It opened its doors on October 15, 2007, and served its customers for over 10 years before it announced its closureon Facebook this past July.
Now the storefront of the defunct Piggly Wiggly is left with scratched-off letters where its sign once stood. According to Victoria Bailiff of the Pittsboro Planning Department, the Piggly Wiggly spot won’t have a successor anytime soon. “Right now, we haven’t had any plans submitted,” said Bailiff. According to the Chatham County, NC Land Use & Planning viewing application, the land’s deed belongs to Piedmont Center Investments LLC.
additional reporting by Adrianne Cleven and Eric Ferkenhoff. There was a lot of talk of history in Pittsboro Monday night. What was true and what were lies? Who did what when? Whose history mattered?
Notes from the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 8
A crowd of roughly 50 people gathered in Town Hall for the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. The meeting, which lasted nearly three and a half hours, included discussions of the Chatham Park tree protection plan, a town ordinance which prevented glass containers from being used for special events, rezoning for a property on Chatham Business Drive, a preliminary plat approval for a property on Cedar Lane and sewer allocation for Mill South Homes. The meeting began shortly after 7 p.m. with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance and a public comment section. Several residents from Potterstone Village came and spoke out against the proposed concrete plant, citing its noise and potential environmental and health risks. One of the speakers provided the commissioners with a petition from 250 voting-aged residents of the development, asking for the concrete plant to be moved.
As the Chatham Park development publicly shared plans with the Town of Pittsboro leadership, the development company is trying to even the debate with environmental groups looking to protect the tree population, which they say could be reduced to a minimum under the current plan. Environmental issues are a hot point of debate in the community, with parts of the discussion centering around the issue of tree protection in the Chatham Park development area. Another area of concern is protection of the Haw River. Continuing the back-and-forth of the debate, the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners scheduled a public workshop on March 18 to discuss the Chatham Park Tree Element. Chuck Smith is a representative for Preston Development Company, the development firm behind Chatham Park.