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.