Carrboro Alderman Dan Coleman wants more discussion of parking in the 300 East Main Street project we wrote about in Sunday's Chapel Hill News (part of the article appeared in today's N&O Business section).
In an e-mail to the town before Tuesday's public hearing, Coleman said he is concerned about plans for valet parking. In our interview, Main Street Properties spokeswoman Laura Van Sant said the project would have valet parking on busy weekends so that cars could be double parked in the planned deck.
The project has only 800-plus spaces. That's less than then 1,100 the town would normally require for a project this size. Coleman said without valet parking guaranteed for the life of the project, he worries about another parking dispute like that at Chapel Hill Courtyard. Problems there recently led to the departure of 3Cups Coffee (an office favorite).
Carrboro also thinks the town doesn't have enough information to adequately gauge how many parking spaces the project needs. "I am concerned about the assumptions we are being asked to accept about parking given that the size of the buildings and their uses are not specified," he writes. "It seems to me that assumptions that reduce the required parking should, in this case, be based on maximum sizes and uses rather than on averages. I would like staff perspective on this point."
The hearing gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.