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7 Story Buildings at Farrington and Hwy 54?

I’m sure you’ve noticed the 3 story building going up at the NW corner of Hwy 54 and Farrington Rd. It’s difficult to miss. The developer is also considering building two additional 7 story buildings and a parking deck directly behind this -- where the church now sits. No roadway improvements are being proposed even though this area is identified for some major changes by the Hwy 54 Corridor Study. The developer is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Saturday, March 10 at 2pm, on the site at 5436 Farrington Rd.

Public Input Opportunities for the Hwy 54 Corridor Study

The final public information session on the Highway 54 Corridor Study will be held Monday, February 13th at Chapel Hill Town Hall in the first floor conference room. The informal session will be open from 3pm to 6pm, and anyone who wishes to learn more about the project may drop-in at any time during the session.

The Hwy 54 Corridor Study will be reviewed by the Durham Planning Commission on Tuesday, February 14, the following night, at 5:30pm in Durham City Hall. Any member of the public may attend and sign up to speak at this public hearing.

Light Rail and Hwy 54

The Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Transportation Advisory Committee has approved the routing of a future light rail corridor connecting Durham and Chapel Hill through the Hwy 54 Corridor. There are two options for this route, known as C1 (through Meadowmont) and C2 (along Hwy 54 and across the intersections with Barbee Chapel Road and Downing Creek Parkway), and both of these will be advanced for further analysis. It may be several years before the actual route through the area will be determined.

Water Service for 751 South

The Durham City Council will be voting on February 20th on whether to extend city services to the 751 South project. This project has been vocally opposed by many South Durham residents due to environmental concerns, lack of committed elements to require the developer to actual build what they advertised, lack of transportation infrastructure, and the costs to Durham tax-payers. The project was previously approved by the Durham County Commissioners despite barely legal actions by the developer to block the protest rights of neighboring Durham residents.

Highway 54 Corridor Study and Light Rail Alternative Routes

Here are a couple alternatives for providing input on the future development and changes along Highway 54. While these topics are certainly related, there are different groups driving each project, with separate schedules and decision to be made. Obviously at some point these plans will need to come together, but at this point it's important to make sure your comments are directed to the proper group.