NEXT is launching our Spring education series on how we can impact climate change and equity by addressing local issues.
Join us at Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill) for one or more of these free community conversations. Everyone is welcome!
Scroll to the bottom of this page for tips on commuting to Carolina Square.
Spring 2019 Sustainable Communities Series:
Please RSVP for each event you plan to attend. Scroll below for additional details.
Prioritizing Diverse & Affordable Housing
Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Diverse and affordable housing is an important part of a sustainable community. Join NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro in Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio to learn about the wide range of options we have for creating affordable housing, from low-income tax credits to tiny home initiatives, and which currently exist in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Participants will engage in an interactive simulation to better understand which types of affordable housing options fit the needs of various community members. Refreshments will be served. Make plans to join us!
* Delores Bailey, Empowerment, Inc
* Corey Root, Orange County Homeless Services Coordinator/ Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness
*Cain Twyman, Carrboro Affordable Housing Advisory Commission and Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board
* Melissa McCullough, Sierra Club
* Matthew Norchi, UNC Law School and Department of City and Regional Planning
Designing for Vibrant Communities
Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Being intentional about how we build our communities can have positive impacts on building equity and acting on climate change. On March 21, NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro sponsored a Downtown Walking Tour in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, part of a dialogue about the successes and opportunities to develop dense, walkable/bikeable, affordable downtowns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Join us on June 6 to continue that discussion: reviewing current and recent local initiatives; and discussing how plans for more dense development can be designed to align with community character.
This will be a workshop format, taking place in Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street). Three presentations will be offered, followed by a moderated question and discussion period, followed by more detailed discussion in breakout groups.
Three presentations will be offered to kick-off discussion:
- Summary of approaches to design and density currently in practice in communities across the Triangle.
- Description of innovative approaches to incorporate affordable housing options into new development projects.
- Exploration of ways that projects of higher densities can be designed to align with and enhance community character.
- Josh Gurlitz, Chapel Hill Architect, talking about options for design of new development, including higher density, that aligns with community character.
- Trish McGuire, Carrboro Planning Director, to present the current status of planning initiatives in Carrboro.
- Dan Jewell, Landscape Architect, to discuss density and design themes actively being pursued in the Triangle area, and how those themes can be applied to projects currently being planned for Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Join this important finale to our Sustainable Communities Series on June 6!
VISITING CAROLINA SQUARE:
- The Current Studio is easily accessible by foot, bike and public transportation: Chapel Hill Transit, GoTriangle and Orange Public Transportation, and Chapel Hill Transit.
- Many bus lines have stops within a block of Carolina Square: On Chapel Hill Transit (NS, T, CW, J, F, CM, A, G), GoTriangle (400, 405), OPT (420)
- At Carolina Square, there are both in-door/covered and exterior bike racks. There are also electric charging stations for electric vehicles at the entrance of the parking deck.