Get Ready for Some Fireworks!

The folks at UNCG want their College Hill neighbors to be aware that fireworks are planned for the end of the UNCG soccer game this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.  A professional fireworks company is managing the display which should start between 9 to 9:30 p.m. The noise will last about 20 minutes. As with all fireworks, you can expect flashes, loud noises, and aerial explosions.

Our advice: Relax and enjoy a free fireworks show!


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Springdale Park’s venerable owl and rabbit are freshly painted thanks to the brothers of UNCG’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

The newly painted Springdale Park owlThe newly painted Springdale Park rabbitIMG_20140928_090130200The fine young men of UNCG’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity have adopted Springdale Park as a service project, and we can thank them for a long overdue painting of the park’s classic concrete animals. The owl and rabbit have been the subject of much talk and good intentions over the years, but, for some reason, actually getting them painted has been a project no one had ever gotten around to. We thank the bros of Pi Kappa Alpha for getting it done, and in an appropriately colorful style, too.

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How One Community Deals with “the College Students Next Door”

Below are two links to articles about how one Baltimore neighborhood works with residents who are also college students. NPR Radio carried this story. Thanks to Joe Wheby for sending us the links!


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College Hill Neighborhood Assn meeting Monday, 9/22, 7 p.m.

The September meeting of the College Hill Neighborhood Association will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall St.  The Community Watch report will be given at the meeting. All College Hill residents are welcome to attend. A link to the draft minutes of the August meeting is below. The meeting agenda is under development and will be available at the meeting.


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More runners will be racing through this Saturday afternoon

Late Saturday afternoon, another road race will come through College Hill. The 2014 Race the Bar 5K and 8K will begin Saturday at 4 p.m., downtown on South Elm Street.  Streets affected in College Hill will include Spring Garden, Tate, Walker, Carr, Mendenhall, McGee, Cedar, and Fulton.

Race organizers expect runners to reach the neighborhood by about 4:10 p.m. and be gone by 4:40. Police will be stationed along the way.

Maps of the routes are below. They’re similar but not exactly the same.

Map of 8K race

The 8K race comes up Spring Garden, goes right on Tate, then down Carr and onto campus. Runners will return from UNCG by coming up Carr to Mendenhall, then right to McGee, left to Cedar and back to downtown on Spring Garden.

Map of 5K race

The 5K course comes up Spring Garden to Tate, down to Walker Avenue, up Walker and all the way down to Fulton, and then out to Spring Garden again and back downtown.

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College Hill receives Ecology Award from Greensboro Beautiful

Two neighborhood association presidents, all dressed up.

James Keith of College Hill and Linda Fusco of Aycock receive the Greensboro Beautiful Ecology Award.

The College Hill Tree Inventory has been honored with an award from Greensboro Beautiful. The volunteer organization presented its annual Ecology Award to the College Hill Historic District and the Aycock Historic District for the two tree inventories funded by the neighborhoods’ Municipal Service District funds.

Click here to see the College Hill Tree Inventory.

Click here to see the Greensboro Beautiful fall newsletter.

Special thanks to Joe Wheby for nominating College Hill for the award.

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Update on the College Hill Neighborhood Plan: Revisions available for review

From Jeff Sovich of the Greensboro Planning Department:

This is just a quick note to thank all of you who took the time last Friday, to stop by (at either Tate St Coffee, Taste Yogurt Bar, or Slices Pizza) and share your comments, concerns, opinions, and preferences!

If you haven’t already had an opportunity to review the current draft of the College Hill Neighborhood Plan, you can find it on the project website at:

Text shown in red indicates that it has been changed since the version that was presented in July. The future land use map has also been revised.

But rest assured that this is not the final version of the Plan, nor has the planning process reached the final steps of Public Hearing and Adoption. Planning Department Staff will continue working to find ways to incorporate as many of your concerns as possible into the next draft of the Plan, which will also be made available on the project website.

At this time, the Plan has not been scheduled for a Public Hearing before the Planning Board. It is not yet known when such a hearing would occur, but the Planning Board’s October 15th meeting is the earliest date possible (however, the agenda for that meeting has not yet been assembled). In short, there is still plenty of time to participate in the planning process and help make the College Hill Neighborhood Plan the best it can be, for the benefit of all concerned.

You can stay informed about what’s happening in the planning process and comment further by visiting the project website:

Or by downloading the app on your smartphone at or by pointing your smartphone at:


Or by contacting me at the phone number or email address shown below.

Please feel free to share this message with others in College Hill who may find it of interest.

Thank you,

Jeff Sovich, AICP
Neighborhood Planning Coordinator
Planning Department
City of Greensboro
300 West Washington Street
P.O. Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
Phone: 336-433-7264 Fax: 336-412-6315
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Word from the Delta Sigma Phi national office in re 220 South Tate

The house at 220 South Tate isn’t a Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house, according to the fraternity’s national office. An email sent Saturday to the frat’s executive director brought this response Monday from Cameron Blair Warner, director of risk management and housing:

“Thank you very much for bringing this concern to our attention. According to our inquiry, the local chapter at UNC Greensboro does not have a chapter house. Rather, it is our understanding that an alumnus who lives on South Tate Street hosted a dinner for undergraduate members and temporarily placed signs on the building to help identify the property. If this is incorrect, please do not hesitate to let me know. I’m happy to work with the alumnus and undergraduate chapter comply with local zoning and neighborhood expectations. Thank you again!”

That’s good to hear. Also responding to a weekend email, the Greensboro Zoning Enforcement Office confirmed on Monday that they’ll check the house. That’s good to hear, too.

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Police to step up traffic enforcement on Spring Garden

The Greensboro and UNCG police have announced a nine-week campaign to reduce accidents and crime on Spring Garden Street. The effort will start Tuesday September 16.

The target area is from Mendenhall Street west through the campus and out to West Market Street, a distance of about four miles. Marked and unmarked cars will be used, so watch it.

Here’s the text of the announcement:

“On September 16, two local police agencies will begin a traffic safety initiative on Spring Garden Street. Officers from the Greensboro Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro Police Department will initiate a nine-week campaign to increase safety along a four-mile segment between W. Market Street and Mendenhall Street.

“ ‘This roadway is a primary thoroughfare for students, faculty, and motorists traveling to and from the downtown business district,’ said GPD Officer R.B. Smith. ‘The goal of this combined effort is to reduce crashes and improve overall traffic safety while decreasing area crimes.’ ”

“Officers from both police departments will use marked and unmarked vehicles, along with overt and covert enforcement methods.

“As with prior traffic safety campaigns, the location was chosen based on crime data and crash information spanning one-quarter mile off both sides of the enforcement area.

“As a point of comparison, an analysis of data from the campaign area the same nine-week period in 2013 shows:

  • 29 reported crashes involving 81 occupants, five whom sustained injuries
  • Four cases of breaking and entering
  • Two robberies
  • 36 larcenies
  • Two auto thefts

“At the conclusion of the campaign, police and crime analysts will review the traffic and crime data to determine what effects the initiative had on traffic safety and crime in the area.”

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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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