By Tammy Grubb
The Chapel Hill and Carrboro Human Rights Center closed the deal Thursday on a $155,000 house at 107 Barnes St., just blocks from its Abbey Court home on Jones Ferry Road.
Director Judith Blau said the group will march at 12:45 p.m. Saturday from Building E in Abbey Court to the 1,075-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch house. After the necessary permits are secured, the center’s afterschool program and other activities will move to Barnes Street. The property is zoned residential, but town officials have indicated the programs might be allowed to continue with a Home Occupation permit.
Center officials also will ask the town to allow a new workers’ center, where day laborers can have a safe, comfortable place to find work, learn job skills and get help with wage theft and other employment issues. Interim Town Manager Matt Efird has said the exact requirements, whether that means a permit or a rezoning, will depend on the information the town receives from the center, possibly by early spring.
In emails to town officials, Blau has said moving the afterschool program will be the “highest priority,” followed by the adult programs.