The Fordham Boulevard Apartments will be a single building split by a motor court and pedestrian pass-through (at left in background). Anacristinaa Contributed
The Fordham Boulevard Apartments will be a single building split by a motor court and pedestrian pass-through (at left in background). Anacristinaa Contributed

Orange County

Another multi-story building is coming to Chapel Hill’s Blue Hill District

By Tammy Grubb

tgrubb@heraldsun.com

December 06, 2017 07:41 AM

CHAPEL HILL

Another 272 apartments will be available for rent in a few years along Fordham Boulevard in the town’s Blue Hill District.

Town Manager Roger Stancil gave the final approval Dec. 1 to developer Ram Realty’s Fordham Boulevard Apartments planned for the corner of South Elliott Road.

The building will have two sections – five stories on one end and six on the other – and a central motor courtyard and pedestrian pass-through, connecting the project to a future public greenway and green space along Booker Creek.

The town’s Community Design Commission approved the 3.4-acre project in October. The Town Council does not hold hearings or vote on projects in the Blue Hill (Ephesus Fordham) District, where development is guided by a form-based code.

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A pedestrian pass-through will connect residents and the public to the future Booker Creek Greenway behind the Fordham Boulevard Apartments.
Anacristinaa Contributed

Ram Realty also will build an 18-foot pedestrian alley between the new building and the Mariakakis Plaza shops that could be widened and opened to traffic if the Mariakakis Plaza property is redeveloped in the future. Additional sidewalks and paths will connect pedestrians and cyclists to surrounding properties.

The developer will pay the town $111,000 toward developing park spaces in the district.

The Fordham Boulevard Apartments replaces an existing Days Inn and an undeveloped field, both of which back up to Booker Creek, and have to meet federal construction standards, because the project is being built in the floodplain. The developer also will time the project to coincide with the town’s planned construction of the adjacent Elliott Road flood management project.

The Elliott Road project is the town’s top priority for dealing with storm-related flooding in the district. It will involve digging out an existing gully so that more water can collect there and be released slowly downstream. The project is expected to reduce the potential for flooding near the Franklin Street and Eastgate Crossing culvert.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb