CHAPEL HILL — Residents can chime in Monday on plans for a hotel, apartments and a different mix of retail and office uses at Southern Village.
Developer Bryan Properties has proposed building a hotel in the community before – on a parking lot in Southern Village’s central business district – but neighbors rejected that plan.
This time, a 112-room, five-story hotel with 90 parking spaces is proposed for a 4.14-acre strip between the edge of the village and U.S. 15-501, across the highway from Strata Solar.
The project would replace three ranch-style rental homes on 15-501, just north of Market Street. The hotel would have two entrances: One for cars would be located along the highway; the other would be a pedestrian-only entrance that empties onto Barksdale Drive inside Southern Village.
The apartment building would be part of a future phase. It is slated for a strip of land behind the existing Southern Village Apartment District and would return to the council as part of a separate special-use permit application, the developer said.
Before the council can approve the hotel project, it must agree to reduce an approved buffer between Southern Village and the homes along 15-501 and increase the size of the combined properties slated for development by transferring 1.8 acres from Southern Village.
The residential properties, which are under contract, will need to be rezoned to a mixed-use village designation that would allow taller buildings, dense development and more square footage.
Developer D.R. Bryan also has submitted a separate petition asking the town for more flexibility in how much floor area must be dedicated to retail or office uses in the Southern Village core.
The current master plan permits the development of 370,000 square feet of space: a maximum of 145,000 square feet for office, 62,000 square feet for retail and 162,500 square feet for residential.
If the council agrees to the new plan, the new space requirements would be a minimum of 46,250 square feet each for office and retail, and 92,500 square feet for residential.