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Posted on: September 16, 2022

The 203 Project Update: September 2022

203 Project Update

Construction has recently begun on the 203 Project at 203 S. Greensboro St., currently the site of a Carrboro municipal parking lot across from Open Eye Cafe. The project to complete a new library and civic building will be underway through spring 2024. 

After conducting subsurface utility locating, excavation for the stormwater system began the week of Aug. 22, 2022, in the southwest corner of the site. Barnhill Contracting Co. constructed one stormwater junction box and installed about 50 feet of stormwater pipe. Utility coordination is ongoing among Dominion Gas, Spectrum/Charter and AT&T to accommodate construction. 

Currently, the eastern section of the parking lot is closed and barricaded off. Full closure of the parking lot is pending utility work with a date TBD. Signage has been ordered to notice the public of the lot closure date. Notification will be provided two weeks prior to the closure. Please find alternative parking locations at http://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map

At its Sept. 13, 2022, meeting, the Town Council heard from Barnhill Contracting Co. about their procedures for mitigating noise disturbances connected to construction. The project will require about eight early morning  (deemed after-hours) concrete pours to complete construction of the building and parking deck.  These pours are expected to take place prior to 7 a.m. 

Barnhill will notify the Town one week in advance of expected after-hours concrete work and will work with Town staff to notify residents and businesses of upcoming work. No more than two after-hours concrete pours will be permitted in a given week, and they will not fall on consecutive nights. No after-hours work will be permitted on Sunday.  The Council directed staff to expand the radius of neighborhood notification to inform of pending disturbances related to construction. 

The development will be the future home of Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources; Orange County Southern Branch Library; Orange County Skills Development Center; WCOM Radio; a teen center and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection. 

Find more information at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project 

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