By Susan Dickson
CARRBORO â€“ After a multi-year groundbreaking delay, 300 East Main is back on track and staying on schedule, with completion of the projectâ€™s first phase slated for May.
Construction of the downtown development began in March, but the long-awaited groundbreaking was several years in the making, with the Carrboro Board of Aldermen giving their stamp of approval in 2008.
â€œItâ€™s progressing well, said Laura Van Sant of Main Street Properties, the projectâ€™s developer. â€œI think weâ€™re pretty much on schedule still to open up in the spring.â€
The massive project includes the redevelopment of properties extending from the intersection of Main and Boyd streets near Nice Price Books to the municipal parking lot on the corner of Main and Roberson streets. Construction is underway on the first phase of the project, which includes a 142-room Hampton Inn and Suites â€“ Carrboroâ€™s first hotel â€“ and a 500-space, six-level parking deck, also the first of its kind in town.
The hotel building will include 18,100 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor, room for six to nine tenants. Additional phases of the project will include a five-story retail and office space near the train tracks and redevelopment of the building that houses Catâ€™s Cradle, Fleet Feet and Amante Gourmet Pizza.
Van Sant said the crane will likely remain on the construction site through September, when work will begin on the hotel interior and construction of the parking deck will start.
â€œThe deck is a lot quicker to build,â€ she said, adding that completion of both the hotel and parking deck is estimated for early May.
Van Sant said they arenâ€™t yet ready to announce any potential tenants for the ground-floor space, but that they have â€œgotten a lot of strong interest from a lot of great businesses.â€
While the first phase remains under construction, the sidewalk on the south side of East Main Street between Padgett Lane and 406 E. Main St. is closed. Pedestrians can access the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street by following the signed detour route directing pedestrians to existing crosswalks at Lloyd and Rosemary streets. For more information, visit 300eastmain.com