FROM THE HILL
One outcome of the debate - which
often centered around the concerns of residents along the southern edge of the cam-
pus who could be displaced for new student housing - was an end to a town
restriction on UNC's maximum square
footage. That rule would have limited the
University to 14 million square feet ofbuilt
space; it already is at 13. 6 million, and
growth plans laid out in the master plan
and bolstered by UNe's $500 million share
of the bond issue approved last fall by
voters call for adding nearly 6 million more.
The council this surruner substituted a
new zoning district for the some 550
acres of the main campus. The new zone,
approved in an 8-1 council vote, set standards on environmental impact, traffic and
noise. It is purposefully vague on building
heights, setbacks, square footage and other
details. UNC must submit development
plans that address the standards. The first
such plans face public hearings and an
expected vote this fall.
The University's voluminous building
plans, for which the design firm Ayers
Saint Gross drew the blueprints over the
past two years, are intended to expand
research space, upgrade classrooms and
libraries with the latest technology, modernize the campus' aging buildings, and
accormnodate an enrollment increase over
the next decade. Carolina lives in a town
famous for confounding land developers
with strict controls - which many people believe is a lynchpin ofthe area's high
Establishment of the new zoning
district allows UNC to avoid a much-feared
scenario with nine separate town council
votes on different parts of the master plan.
What's less clear is how well it will calm
the concerns ofresidents whose properties
could be taken by the University. The
master plan calls for demolition of the
Odum Village married student housing, to
be replaced by several new buildings
between the Smith Center and the
Kenan-Flagler Business School and private
homes along Mason Farm Road.
Ken Broun, longtime UNC law pro-
fessor and a former Chapel Hill mayor
both sides learned from the process. I think
things are going on a positive course now."
Waldorf, who holds three degrees from
the University, said: "It's important to keep
in mind the scope of what we're dealing
with here. The University's plan is more
significant than anything the town has
ever seen. It will have a huge impact and
place a huge load on the community's
Moeser pointed out that Carolina is
the town's primary green space. "In
another way, we're the town center," he
said. "As I read my history here, town-
gown relations have been an issue" going
back at least to the administration of
Chancellor Ferebee Taylor ' 42, or some 25
years. "This is not a new phenomenon."
Waldorf, who will not seek re-election
this fall but expects town-gown to be a
major issue for mayoral and council candi-
dates, said, "We are not going to agree on
everything, but we will cooperate.
Reviewing the development plan is a
continuing exercise in trying to understand each other."
KENAN SATURDAYS No FUN?
GAME DAY CHANGES SOUGHT
As Carolina pursues its master plan for growth,
Chapel Hill asks, how much is too much?
who lives in the Mason Farm area, has
been among the harshest critics, calling
the University a corporate entity that has
breached its faith with its neighbors.
In separate interviews, Moeser and
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf ' 73
talked about the war of words and what
each might expect of the other in the
"In all candor, 1 think I was surprised
by the degree of the interest and the
intensity with which our interests are
monitored in the town," said Moeser, who
added that he had not had analogous
experiences at the universities of South
Carolina and Nebraska, which reside in
much larger cities.
"I think we knew it was going to be
tough, and at one point it looked like it
was going to be almost impossible. I think
A16-18 record on the field over the past three years isn't all that's eat- ing at some Carolina football fans.
"People are telling me, 'It's just not fun
anymore,'" said Bill Lackey ' 58, a retired Air
Force general and a member of the UNC
Educational Foundation's board of directors.
"That's a shame. It shouldn't be that way."
Added Mel Lewis '69: "It is time for
an 'attitude adjustment' in Kenan Stadium.
A lot of the excitement and hype of
Kenan Stadium Saturdays had vanished
over the years, and it was because of
things that had nothing to do with success
on the field. The environment had
become too sanitized."
Dovetailing with the arrival of first-year head coach John Bunting ' 72 are the
efforts by Lackey, Lewis and first-year
UNC Director of Sports Marketing Nor-
wood Teague ' 88 to revitalize the
experience of a football Saturday in Chapel Hill.
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