O little town of Carrboro, how high will we see thee rise? The Carrboro Citizen reports the town’s Board of Aldermen approved a five-story condominium project Tuesday night, while deciding to continue the conversation on next-door property 300 East Main, which the paper calls “one of the largest redevelopment projects in Carrboro history.” The proposed redevelopment of the well-worn strip mall that currently houses the ArtsCenter and Cat’s Cradle would create a new home for those venues and add a Hilton and a five- (or maybe six-?) story parking deck. The Daily Tar Heel‘s story includes a rendering of the proposed development. The Chapel Hill Herald also has this report (registration required). (For a much more detailed look at the proposal, check out this large PDF from the town’s site.)

The long debate about the future of the former mill village–how high to build in a town that loves being small, how many cars to accommodate in a community that’s proud to be walkable–seems to be coming to a head.