While driving on 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill on Sunday, drinking some coffee, listening to the radio, I turned to look at the old Blue Cross building and this was the sight. The lovely, now-classic campus was — it looked like it was being destroyed!
This was sad, and nausea-inducing. This is awful.
Blue Cross sold this building — is it a spaceship? It is very “Star Trek”-y — in 2015. State Employees’ Credit Union snapped it up. Blue Cross left in 2016.
So I contacted SECU to see what was going on at the site.
SECU said I should contact Chapel Hill and N.C. Department of Transportation.
So I emailed Chapel Hill, the public information officers for which said the clear-cutting was being done for a joint development between SECU, Wegmans, Chapel Hill and N.C. DOT.
Well, here are the plans.
Six-lane entrance from 15-501 cutting into the old Blue Cross campus, swerving through where the trees used to be so it can come out the other side to create a connection with the new Wegmans, under construction also on 15-501.
As the song goes, “They paved paradise, put up a … .”
Upset and sad and still nauseous, I emailed SECU back to say, Well it is a SECU project after all, and ask why they wanted to clear-cut trees on a landmark building and campus they sought to buy.
SECU had no comment.
Thank you for working to find out why this tree massacre happened. It sickened me the same way it did you. That was such a beautiful place to spend time, a pretty little campus with all those enormous old trees and stretches of green grass. I hate how nature is destroyed so make way for cement, asphalt and traffic. I had a feeling it had something to do with Wegmans. Grrr!