Rachel Nash | Chapelboro

The Edge Area Map

Chapel Hill, NC – “Junior box” stores could be coming to north Chapel Hill as part of the proposed development, “The Edge,” to be located along Eubanks Rd. Previous developers of the project attempted to attract “big box stores,” but that idea proved unsuccessful.

Now representatives from Northwood Ravin, the project’s current developer, said the area can’t support superstores but could attract smaller retailers such as Total Wine or Pet Smart.

During a public information meeting Monday night, several Northwood residents said that they are worried about the potential increased noise and traffic issues which could be created by the proposed mixed-use development.

Though it is still in the early stages of planning, The Edge would be a 55-acre site adjacent to I-40 and the Town’s Park and Ride lot, with residential, commercial, and office spaces. Developers are currently seeking a Special Use Permit for the project.

Northwood neighbor Carolyn Stuart was one of the few residents who attended the meeting.

“Those are my main concerns—the noise and the traffic on Eubanks—and the increased general activity,” Stuart said.

Town Staff explained that a sound-impact study won’t be conducted, as it is not required by the town.

Adam Golden is the vice-president of development for Northwood Ravin, the firm has that has been on the project for more than a year and are behind the apartments of Chapel Hill North and Chapel Watch Village. He said they are currently exploring plans for the project, which could include a hotel and a grocery store. {….}