No, actually, fraternity houses aren’t allowed in College Hill



The young scholars pictured above moved into 220 South Tate Street on Friday. Their apparent intent to use the residence as a fraternity house got some neighbors to thinking, Section of zoning map“Isn’t College Hill zoned R-7? And aren’t frat houses allowed only in zoning categories RM-18 and higher?”

Yes and yes. The Zoning Enforcement office has been invited to come out on Monday and sort it out.


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Rescued! Fire-damaged 919 Spring Garden begins a new life; sale closes, extensive single-family home renovation under way

Front view of 919 Spring Garden

919 Spring Garden Street, now owned by Richard and Susan Stone, will no longer be divided into apartments.

A prominent College Hill home has been saved, three years after a fire nearly led to its demolition. The sale of 919 Spring Garden Street closed on Monday. The buyers are Richard and Susan Stone.  They will renovate it as their home; it had been divided into apartments for 50 years or more.

Rear view of house

Fire-damaged rear addition is already being torn down (click to see a larger image)

Demolition of the fire-ravaged rear section of the home is already well under way. The Historic Preservation Commission signed off on the project before the sale closed. Click here for details on the house and the renovation (PDF).  The house is located at the corner of Spring Garden and Joyner Street, one block from UNCG.

The 1907 home was saved by an unprecedented collaboration led by the City of Greensboro, Preservation Greensboro and the College Hill Neighborhood Association. The home’s previous owner, College Place United Methodist Church, had planned to tear it down if a buyer couldn’t be found, but graciously extended its deadline and its patience to allow time for the rescue effort to be completed.

Saving the house required amending the city’s rules on Municipal Service District funds, the special tax paid by property owners in the College Hill Historic District. The change allows MSD funds to be used to buy historic-district properties such as this one for renovation. City Council member Zack Matheny and Mayor Nancy Vaughan were instrumental in winning City Council approval for the change.

With $25,000 in MSD funds and $25,000 from the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission, the city bought the house from the church and turned it over to Preservation Greensboro to sell. Finding a buyer with the requisite resources and interest in preservation was no small feat. The Stones have rewarded everyone’s work and patience with their vision and commitment to restoring the home.

A large group of people and organizations made this effort successful — Matheny and Vaughan, Dawn Cheney and her colleagues on the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission, Mike Cowhig and Stefan-Leih Geary of the Historic District Program, Benjamin Briggs of Preservation Greensboro, Marsh Prause of the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, the Rev. Dr. Jason Harvey and College Place UMC, Steve Johnson of A408 Studio (architect and contractor), Ann Bowers and the Historic Preservation Commission, James Keith and the College Hill Neighborhood Association, and the State Historic Preservation Office all made essential contributions.

And especially Richard and Susan Stone. Like everyone else, they’ve done a great amount of work to secure the future of their home. Unlike everyone else, they still have much work ahead of them. We welcome them to the neighborhood and look forward to having them as neighbors.

One last thing … an “if-you-see-something-say-something” request to the neighborhood from the contractor on the project (the home, sitting empty for three years in a very prominent location, has been boarded up for a reason):

Note to neighbors from A408 Studio in re watching out for intruders at 919 Spring Garden


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5th Annual Run 4 the Downtown Greenway in College Hill

This past Saturday, the 5th Annual Run 4 the Downtown Greenway ran through College Hill. A group gathered ahead of the race at Springdale Park. During the race, residents help cheer on the runners and welcome them to College Hill. Thanks to Joe Wheby for providing these photos.

Gathering at Springdale Park

Running thru College Hill

The Woods Root for Runners

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Upcoming Events at College Place United Methodist Church

What do Ninja Turtles, spaghetti, and warm socks have in common? They all relate to upcoming events at College Place United Methodist Church. See the attached flyer for details. All these events are open for all.

Happenings at College Place 9-8-14

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Office space opens up on Tate Street as leasing office moves

Movers put boxes into truck

Leasing office for The Grove apartments moves out of 328 South Tate Street on Tuesday.

The leasing office for The Grove apartment complex has moved out of its Tate Street office. The Grove was the first office tenant for the space at 328 Tate Street after the longtime pool hall-bar-private-club building was converted to offices. That was a positive development for the neighborhood after a string of problematic businesses there (remember the poker bust last year? and the fatal shooting in 2011? yeah, that place). Now the space is available.

The Grove’s leasing office presumably has moved into the complex, not far away off Freeman Mill Road, I think. For what it’s worth, the complex’s website contains a list of amenities that includes the usual (pool, fitness center, indoor tanning) and something labeled a “Harvard-style library.” I didn’t go to Harvard, so I don’t know what the oldest library in the United States, the largest private library in the world, and its 18 million volumes have in common with the library of a new student apartment complex. But whatever they’re getting at, that’s some first-class marketing talk.

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Reminder: You’re invited to two College Hill parties this week

College Hill’s September calendar is full of opportunities to get out with your neighbors, and it starts with two events this week.

Wednesday night at 7, our friends at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant have invited us over for an ice cream social.

And on Saturday, the neighborhood is celebrating the Run 4 the Greenway with a party at Springdale Park. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. We’ll be there by 4 p.m. or so. Bring the kids, the neighbors, the well-behaved dogs. We’ll bring soft drinks and snacks. Come and cheer the 300 or so runners as they race past the park.

And make your plans for the rest of the month … concerts at UNCG, the Tate Street Festival and more.

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UNCG’s Lee Street underpass is worth seeing

Underpass entrance on Lee Street

View of the UNCG underpass from the Lee Street side

White, blue and gold tiles

Ceiling of the UNCG Lee Street underpass

UNCG’s underpass to Lee Street, under the railroad tracks at the end of Forest Street, provides a more pleasant passage to Glenwood than we’ve had before. It’s an asset to the campus from both a functional perspective and from an aesthetic point of view.

The construction project recently won a regional award as the best construction project of the year under $10 million. Degree of difficulty was a consideration: New Atlantic Contracting had to tunnel under the tracks with 34 trains rumbling overhead every day.

The underpass opened in April. The new UNCG police station is under construction at the Lee Street entrance.

Triad Business Journal has some good pictures of the structure along with an article on the award.

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Ellis & Jason Marsalis in concert, September 12 at UNCG

Graphic advertising Marsalis concertELLIS & JASON MARSALIS IN CONCERT
September 12, 2014
Aycock Auditorium
Ticket Prices: $20/$15, UNCG Students $5

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UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series presents Ellis Marsalis, the legendary music educator and acclaimed jazz pianist, and his son Jason, an innovative percussionist.

NPR has said “When the subject of jazz comes up these days, the name Marsalis is soon sure to follow.”

The father-and-son duet, bookends of a New Orleans jazz dynasty, will combine for a performance at Aycock Auditorium Friday, Sept. 12.

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a combination of jazz tradition from Ellis Marsalis, and modern, percussive interpretations of that tradition from his son — together, in a single performance.

Buy online at or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336 272-0160.

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Who is John Galt, and where did his badly parked Toyota go?

Tow truck, badly parked car, police car

A tow truck driver hooks up a RAV4 that was blocking a driveway on Carr Street this morning.

Note to sovereign citizens and others who would leave their clumsily parked cars blocking driveways: The parking laws don’t bend that far.

And if you’re a Libertarian looking for your RAV4 today, check with the police. A blue RAV4 with a Ron Paul for President bumper sticker was parked blocking the driveway at 919 Carr Street this morning. The passenger-side tires were actually up into the driveway — must have been a rough night.  And it must have been a slow morning for crime in Greensboro. Two police cars showed up and had that thing yanked out of there in no time flat.

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Update: Make that 3 cars stolen from the Province

Today’s report from contains news of a third car stolen from the Province on Thursday. This one was taken from the 800 block of Province Spring Circle, which is actually within the apartment complex. Three stolen cars in one day. Do they have any kind of security there at all?

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