All posts in category 140 West

New year resolutions?

Council meetings resume one week from tonight. Here’s a glimpse of what may grace the agenda in 2012: Homeless shelter’s Good Neighbor Plan: A Better Site representatives are participating in the meetings, but IFC won’t allow the proceedings to be recorded. A Better Site wants teeth to the plan, consequences if the tenets are violated; […]

Condo giveaways

You can tell that the real estate market has tipped from a buyer’s market to a seller’s once builders and developers begin to give gifts to buyers who close on one of their homes. The last time the real estate market edged away from the seller’s end of the spectrum, and builders were looking at […]

Wall Street of the mind

The folks with J&D Tree Pros out of Apex have begun cranking up their chain saws and taking down the trees and shrubs at Municipal Lot 5. Half the property has been cordoned off with yellow tape, sort of like a crime scene, to set it off from the other half, where parking is still […]

High hopes

Anyone who has listened to WUNC Radio in the last couple of months has heard the ad for the 140 West project. The ad, which can run as many as four times a day, says that the project “is now rising in downtown Chapel Hill.” Last I checked nothing is rising on the spot where […]

All quiet on the western front

Here’s some news: Parking lot #5 is full of cars. Not cranes or backhoes or bulldozers. No orange netting or even any signs heralding the day the lot will close forever. And we’re fast approaching June, the month construction was to begin on the 140 West Franklin condo high-rise. The lawyers among you will point […]


Town manager Roger Stancil, town attorney Ralph Karpinos and town mayor Mark Kleinschmidt are giving government workers a bad name. A couple weeks ago, I sent an e-mail to the three asking what it would cost the town to walk away from the contract with RAM Development for the 140 West Franklin project. A few […]