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Town of Chapel Hill could sell off historic property

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Since the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, Bassett said the town could put covenants in place that would prevent the building from being demolished. Since the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, Bassett said the town could put covenants in place that would prevent the building from being demolished.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

Chapel Hill could be selling off a piece of history in an effort to bring in extra revenue for the town.

The building at 100 West Rosemary Street was built in 1938 as the home for the Chapel Hill Town Hall.

It now serves as home for around 50 homeless men a night.

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service moved in to the building in 1985 and started operating “Community House.”

Judy Klimcheck, residential services director for IFC, said the beautiful building has served the group well but the Community House is being moved to a new location.

The building left behind has mold and is cracking in some places.

"The men do not complain. They are so grateful to have a roof over their head, but it isn't ideal," Klimcheck said.

The Town of Chapel Hill has six properties it is considering to sell.

Dwight Bassett serves as the economic development officer for the Town of Chapel Hill.

"It's not going to come anywhere close to meeting the needs that the town has," Bassett said.

It is predicted the sell of all six buildings could generate somewhere between $10-20 million. That money could help cover the $180 million requested for capital projects.

Bassett believes the old town hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, as a key to reimagining Rosemary Street.

"We believe this could be one of those anchor sites to help set the future tone," Bassett said. “When you couple it with the additional acreage that could be acquired around it and the town parking lot, that creates a pretty significant gateway opportunity. It could be mixed use. It could provide some additional retail."

Since the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, Bassett said the town could put covenants in place that would prevent the building from being demolished.

People interested in buying the sites can submit proposals to the town by end of July. In August, town staff will review the proposals and make a recommendation to the manager on how to proceed.

Six properties potentially for sale

• 100 W. Rosemary St.
• 2200 Homestead Road (former Sport Arts Building)
• Weaver Dairy Road Ext. at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Fire Station No. 4)
• E. Franklin Street at Elliot Road (Fire Station No. 3)
• 200 Plant Road (Parks and Recreation Offices)
• West Rosemary Parking lot (public parking lot behind Inter Faith Council)

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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