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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Carrboro This Week

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Cobb Street Wall Raising

Affordable Housing Coming to Cobb Street in Carrboro

Friday, April 16, was BRIGHT DAY for new affordable housing in Carrboro! Thanks to Carrboro Town Council (left to right) Members Damon Seils, Susan Romaine, Barbara Foushee (Mayor Pro Tem) and Randee Haven-O'Donnell for volunteering alongside many hardworking community members including Quinton Harper of the Town's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and future homebuyers on this Habitat for Humanity project. 

The Carrboro Town Council granted $100,000 from its Affordable Housing Special Revenue Fund in support of the construction of four new units (two duplexes) on Cobb Street in the Northside neighborhood. These homes will be energy-efficient and affordable to households earning between 30-80% of the area median income.  The two ground-floor units will be built ADA-compliant. 

The project is a culmination of a collaboration between the Compass group, Northside Neighborhood Initiative, including the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and Self Help Ventures Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and the Town of Carrboro.

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Perry Place Groundbreaking

CASA breaks ground on affordable housing community, Perry Place

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – CASA is pleased to announce that they have broken ground on their newest community in Orange County. The site is located along South Merritt Mill Road and straddles the border of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. When completed, the community will be named Perry Place in memory of Northside leader and activist, Velma Perry. 

CASA was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) for this community, as well as a 0% interest Workforce Housing Loan. Additional funding for the land and predevelopment costs for Perry Place were provided by Orange County, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, and Strowd Roses, Inc. 

When completed, CASA's Perry Place community will provide safe, affordable, permanent apartments to 48 households. The community will consist of 48 one- and two-bedroom apartment units for individuals and families living under 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). A portion of the apartments will be reserved for people living with disabilities. 

Get the rest of this story at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1683 

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FreightTrainBluesPromoPoster

Town of Carrboro and Music Maker Announce Freight Train Blues 2021!

CARRBORO, N.C. -- The Town of Carrboro, the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, WUNC, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Soul Bag, and Artarie will present a livestream version of the annual Freight Train Blues Music Series, featuring concerts by “artist on the rise” (NPR Music) Amythyst Kiah, “enchanting new Appalachian voice [that] sounds like the soul child of Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton” Alexa Rose, sacred soul guitar master Johnny Ray Daniels, GRAMMY-nominated trio The Hamiltones, and Harvey Dalton Arnold, of southern rock legends The Outlaws each Friday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time beginning May 14th.

The series, which typically takes place at Carrboro Town Commons, was filmed at The Fruit in Durham, NC and will be broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube is hosted by Hillsborough, N.C.-based nonprofit Music Maker Relief Foundation, whose mission is to tend the roots of American music. The series will also be streamed on Soul Bag (https://www.soulbag.fr/) and Artarie (https://www.artarie.com/)

More at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1684

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NCDOT

Traffic to Shift to Roundabout Next Week

Note: Crews plan to be at work on Saturday, April 17, in preparation for the traffic shift. 

CARRBORO, NC – N.C. Department of Transportation contractors plan to shift traffic next week onto a new roundabout at the intersection of Greensboro Street and Estes Drive.

The shift is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. 

Once open, approaching drivers will yield to any vehicles or bicyclists already in the roundabout. Drivers should also use turn signals when exiting and yield to pedestrians using crosswalks at the roundabout. Drivers should be cautious as they grow accustomed to this new traffic design and be mindful of crews that will still be working in this area to close out the project.

More at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1687 

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Flyer Final - Earth Day

Earth Day Event at Town Commons

Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day. To celebrate Earth Day and promote the Carrboro Community Climate Action Plan, join in the Earth Day Food Footprint Food Sale. A primary goal of Carrboro's Community Climate Action Plan is to reduce carbon emissions. Reducing ones' food footprint reduces carbon emissions. At the Food Footprint food sale you can enjoy and explore our local plant-based food choices and the businesses that provide them.⠀

Access the Community Climate Action Plan at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/928/Community-Climate-Action-Plan 

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Carrboro Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Racial Equity Commission

The Town of Carrboro is recruiting for the newly established Racial Equity Commission. 

The Racial Equity Commission is empowered to make short, mid- and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism, boosting economic mobility and opportunity, and creating generational wealth in the Black community. 

More at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1685 

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Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at townofcarrboro.org/signup

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community.  Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views and questions at council@townofcarrboro.org

Coming Up
The Town Council will meet virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, to consider the agenda bit.ly/3uTSCZW that also will be posted at carrboro.legistar.com     

To view, livestream at carrboro.legistar.com or YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). To speak at the meeting, email publiccomment@townofcarrboro.org 

To view the summary of the April 13 meeting, please visit https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1688 

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Shredathon

Free Shred-a-thons

Orange County Solid Waste Management will hold two free Shred-A-Thons for confidential paper this spring. Bring your confidential papers for free, safe, and contact-free shredding.

The event is open to residents of Orange County and Carrboro, small businesses, and local government employees.

Shred-A-Thons will be held on the following days:

  • Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eubanks Road Park and Ride Lot, 1768 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill
  • Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recycling site behind Home Depot, 625 Hampton Pointe, Hillsborough

There is a limit of four boxes per person. Remove any plastic or metal items--staples are okay. Wearing a mask is required, and you must handle your own paper. No on-site help will be available. 

Please bring confidential papers only (no newspapers, magazines, or catalogs). Recycle non-confidential paper in blue carts or at recycling drop-off sites.

For more information on recycling, visit orangecountync.gov/795/Solid-Waste-Management

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COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing Available

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, has been around people outside of their household or thinks they have been exposed to the virus should get tested. 

  • Monday-Saturday Testing Chapel Hill:
    COVID-19 testing is available every weekday Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern Human Services Center at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Testing will take place in the large conference room inside the front entrance.
    Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done online: https://lhi.care/covidtesting  
  • Weekday Testing Hillsborough:
    COVID-19 testing is available every weekday Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whitted Human Services Center at 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough NC 27278. Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done online. Select Orange County when registering: https://unityphm.com/campaigns/starmed 

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Square - 2021 Joint Cleanup

The 2nd Annual Joint Creek Cleanup Ends on April 17

The Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill are inviting residents and businesses to help clean our urban streams this spring.

So far, 60 residents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro have removed over 1,500 pounds of trash from our local watersheds! Join your neighbors and help us top 2,000 pounds.

Litter in a stream does not always start at the streambank, but it will end up there. If it is on the ground, chances are that it will end up in our local streams and creeks. By cleaning up trash around your neighborhood or business, you are helping protect our local waterways from pollution.

 Learn more about the 2nd Annual Creek Cleanup at http://bit.ly/JointCleanup

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