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    UNC Eastowne

A Chapel Hill Gateway

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill are partnering on a master plan to develop a visionary gateway to the town that will be used by thousands of residents, employees and visitors every day.

UNC Health Care is developing a nearly 50-acre parcel of land at the intersection of I-40 and US 15-501 to support our mission of providing health care that is accessible, affordable and patient-centered. Through an interactive planning process including UNC Health Care, the Town of Chapel Hill and the local community, we will define a long-term vision for this area that aligns with the values expressed in the Town of Chapel Hill Strategic Plan and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Stay up to date on the UNC Eastowne project by visiting this site often, attending public workshops and town meetings and providing feedback throughout this 18-month process.

About UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care’s roots in Chapel Hill go back to 1879, when the University of North Carolina created a formal medical education program. In 1952, UNC Health Care opened the doors to the new N.C. Memorial Hospital, dedicated to improving the health of all North Carolinians. The first class of four-year MD candidates graduated in 1954.

Over the years, the town of Chapel Hill and the UNC Medical Center have grown tremendously. UNC Health Care employs more than 11,000 coworkers in Chapel Hill, and 30,000 coworkers across the state. Chapel Hill is the academic heart of the statewide UNC Health Care system, which is comprised of UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians, UNC Physicians Network, the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine. Additional hospital entities and health care systems include UNC REX HealthcareChatham HospitalJohnston HealthPardee HospitalCaldwell MemorialNash UNC Health Care, Wayne MemorialUNC Lenoir Health CareUNC Rockingham Health Care, and Onslow Memorial Hospital.

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Project Phases

January 2019 - June 2020

Download a detailed project plan.

Phase 1

January - June 2019

  • UNC Eastowne Medical Office Building construction begins (approved in 2018)
  • Initiate Master Planning Process
  • Visioning

Phase 2

July - October 2019

  • Plan Scenarios

Phase 3

November 2019 - February 2020

  • Plan Refinement

Phase 4

March - June 2020

  • Final Master Plan

Upcoming Events

April 4th Project Kick-off

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill kicked off an approximately 18-month master plan process on April 4, 2019 for the Eastowne development project in Chapel Hill.

Open House PDF

Sustainability Workshop PDF

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the project? What will it do?

The Eastowne project is the redevelopment of a 47.5-acre parcel of land at the intersection of I-40 and US 15-501.

The project is one part of a wider expansion by UNC Health Care that’s aimed at improving care and access for our patients and their families.

The first phase is a 150,000 square-foot, six story medical office building and parking structure. The building will house specialty practices such as cardiology, pulmonary, endocrinology, hematology and more. There will be a urology clinic, outpatient imaging and pharmacy.

The goal is to relocate more outpatient services from the congested main campus at UNC Medical Center to a setting with easier parking and access.

UNC Health will complete a Master Planning process of the area, working with the town of Chapel Hill, before any other development projects come forward on the property.

Who's involved in the Master Planning process?

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill have begun an 18-month master plan process. We are seeking input from lots of stakeholders about how to shape the future of the Eastowne site.  UNCHC will work closely with related agencies to conduct the necessary studies, including a comprehensive traffic analysis.

Are people excited?

We are receiving very positive feedback from the town and residents.  Residents in the nearby apartment complex are excited that we are improving the look of the campus and getting rid of the extremely outdated, and unattractive, buildings that exist now.  Town staff has been very supportive of this project and we look forward to continuing to partner with them as we move forward.

Our physicians and employees are very excited to practice and work in a modern medical office campus.

How has the town been involved in the process?

The town has been involved every step of the way, from approvals of design and construction, and holding hearings to gather input from residents. The town is working closely with UNC Health on the master plan over the next 18 months.

UNCHC has committed to a comprehensive master planning process in partnership with the town for subsequent phases of this project.  On April 4, UNCHC hosted a walking tour of the campus, sustainability workshop and public open house.  These are the first of many events that will be held in partnership with the town and open to the public as the project

What have some of the challenges been?

This is a large, very visible project. One challenge has been a deliberate pace that’s required to ensure that all stakeholders are heard, and that plans accommodate concerns about traffic, appearance and more.

Does the development have any benefits to the surrounding community?

Absolutely, this project is expected to be a visionary gateway to the town used by thousands of residents, employees and visitors every day. It will improve access to medical care, improves the overall appearance of the area.  We hope to include some transit stops and enhance accessibility in the future.

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