Expansion Planned at NC Beta
By Steven Bell ’67, N.C. Beta Board Member and Finance Chairman
Committee – Steve Bell, Bob Page and Tom Kerns
The N.C. Beta Beta Foundation Board approved plans on Feb 28, 2012, drawn by architect Edgar Tom Carr. With some minor revisions to the first and second floors, the expansion will include the living room, adding six new bedrooms, bathrooms and an elevator. The new proposed wing will be on the north side of the house, next to the Chi Phi house. Included in these plans are a complete renovation of the kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator and freezer and an expanded dining room.
We have some hurdles to overcome such as approval from Chi Phi, the Historic District and the Town of Chapel Hill Council, which will be difficult to ascertain.
The plans are generous indeed but we feel that the added revenue from the rooms will be enough to pay for about half of the cost of construction. We had a meeting with the Chapter and they endorsed the plans, saying the upperclassmen would rent the new rooms because of their prime location.
We also envision adding some additional parking by eliminating some of the landscape buffers on the south side of the parking lot.
As of today, we do not know when we can get started, but in order not to lose revenue from the Chapter, if we are approved, could start in Dec. 2013 and be finished by August 2014, this would not happen.
We plan to start talking with fundraising group recommended by National and hope that all alumni with help with this project. We will label the dining room, new bedrooms, study halls and the expanded living rooms. We hope that 85 per cent of the new donations will be tax deductible to you, as well will use our 501(c)(3) Corp. Beta Chapter of PDT, Inc. as the vehicle for these funds.
Additional pictures of the plans can be seen in the photo albums.