The 203 Project

Upcoming Meeting: Public Engagement Session September 20, 2018
​A public engagement session on The 203 Project next Thursday evening, September 20th, at 7:30 pm. The 203 Project is the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library, new Town Recreation and Parks spaces, The ArtsCenter, WCOM radio, and more.

The meeting is currently scheduled to take place at Town Hall, 301 W. Main Street. We have been working to obtain an alternative venue; the storm preparation this week delayed final approval of that location. If there is a change in the location, you will receive an email update. The session will include a presentation on the process to date, the public input sessions, and the schematic design by the design team from Perkins + Will. Following that, there will be break-out stations on four topics: • Station 1: Site design /site analysis • Station 2: Building design • Station 3: Parking proposed on site • Station 4: Teen Center features This session provides the opportunity for you all to ask questions and provide comments at this stage in the design process. We look forward to your participation. Should you not be able to make it to the session, a public input survey that provides a way for comments to be provided will be made available afterwards. Additional information about the project and materials from the public engagement sessions that have taken place to date is available at . Please take a look. Hope you’ll be able to join in, and thank you very much for your service on a Town advisory board.

203-Logo-WEB-transbg (2)You may be asking, "What exactly is The 203 Project?"

This project will be the future home of the of the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department, the Orange County Southern Branch Library, the newly relocated ArtsCenter, WCOM and much more! The 203 Project is a combined effort that will offer a community based facility that will provide opportunities for education, art, and togetherness. This building will be accessible to all individuals and will enhance the quality of life in our area.

The 203 Project is seeking the public's input! 


Take Survey Here






Come meet your neighbors and dream big while we plan and design the future together!
Orange County Public Library  /  The ArtsCenter  /  WCOM  /  Carrboro Recreation & Parks

203 Project meeting
The agenda for these meetings will be tailored based upon the information gleaned from Workshops 1 & 2.

It might generally consists of:

  • Project Scope and Process Overview Update
  • Recap Stakeholder Workshop #2 Findings
  • Program and Planning Scenario Presentation
  • Storytelling through architecture and experience
  • Parking + Mobility Strategy Update
  • Project Progress Updates

Following the public workshops will be a series of public presentations to update stakeholders on the design process. The design team will work closely with the Project Steering Committee to schedule these presentations.

Click here to view previous meeting videos:

June 13, 2018 Public Input Session

July 23, 2018 Public Input Session

Perkins + Will Public Presentations

Background Information

In 2016, the Town began actively exploring development of the existing parking lot at 203 S. Greensboro Street in response to a request from Orange County to locate the new Orange County Southern Branch Library there. After completing a study of Town facilities conditions and the need for future space, as well as hearing of other compatible users, interest in building new space for Town and related uses was identified.

203 Project map

Additional Information

Architectural Design Services Selection

The Town released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for professional architectural/engineering services for the 203 S. Greensboro Project on November 19th (Attachment A). Eight written responses were received by the December 5th deadline.

Consistent with the Development Agreement between the Town and Orange County (linked below), a staff panel was established to review the submittals and identify the top two design teams for consideration by the Board of Aldermen in early February.

Board of County Commissioners receipt of staff panel recommendation

Board of Aldermen Presentations and Interview #1, February 13, 2018:

Agenda materials  /  Video  /  Design Team Presentation 1 and Presentation 2

Board of Aldermen Interview #2, March 6, 2018:

Agenda materials  /  Video

Concept Planning

Agenda item links for Board of Aldermen public presentations and hearings on concept plans for site development (see items 17-213 & 17-298):

Item 1  /  Item 2

Town of Carrboro Space Planning Presentation by Spencer Architects:

Space Planning Presentation (6/20/17)

Space Planning Presentation (9/19/17)

Development Agreement with Orange County

Agenda item for consideration of Development Agreement with Orange County (see item 17-315)

Agenda item for Development Agreement (see item 17-205)

Signed Development Agreement

Town Space Needs and Facilities Condition Assessment

Agenda item for the Town’s Space Needs Analysis (see item 17-049)

Creech and Associates Space Needs Analysis Presentation

Background Information – Orange County Southern Branch Library

Orange County Southern Branch Library

Budget and Capital Improvement Planning Information

Agenda item to Budget ordinance approval for project (see item 211, Attachment I)

Agenda item link to CIP (See item 17-214)