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Chapel Hill, UNC Officials Butt Heads Over School's Master Plan

Posted March 21, 2001 7:00 a.m. EST
Updated September 4, 2007 11:18 p.m. EDT

— Chapel Hill town leaders and officials at UNC are butting heads about the school's growth plan.

UNC's Board of Trustees approved the school's master plan Thursday. The plan calls for a controversial reduction of a buffer zone near the Dean Smith Center, making way for more construction.

The blueprint suggests tearing up parking lots and putting them underground, plus putting bridges between buildings, which would make it easier to get around campus.

Those plans, as well as the construction of dozens of other buildings, hinge on the approval of the Chapel Hill Town Council.

Councilman Kevin Foy says that can happen, as long as UNC understand that the master plan is not set in stone.

"We are continuing to work with Chancellor [James] Moeser, and I think we will be able to come to an agreeable solution," he said.