Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

New Visitor Developments

Listed below are some changes and renovations expected with existing visitor-related features in Durham as well as new items currently under development or in the planning stages. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these visitor developments, contact Shelly Green, President & CEO, at [email protected] or (919) 680-8302 (primary), or Heather Darnell, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at [email protected] or (919) 680-8326.

NameLocationDescriptionStatus
21c Durham111 Corcoran StThe 17-story Hill bank building is being converted into a 125-room boutique hotel restaurant/bar and museum showing curated, rotating exhibits of "museum-quality" contemporary art that is open free to the public 24 hours a day, similar to other 21c museum hotels. The hotel will have a restaurant, named the Counting House, focused on North Carolina’s seafood heritage and led by Executive Chef Josh Munchel (formerly of Cincinnati restaurant, Metropole). The restaurant will showcase a variety of rotisserie and roasting techniques in addition to fresh seafood. A spring, 2015 opening is planned for the hotel and the restaurant.Under Construction
320 E. Chapel Hill Renovation320 E. Chapel Hill StPlans to renovate the exterior of the historic three-story building at 320 E. Chapel Hill St. to allow for two condos, office space and two different café/bar businesses on the building’s ground floor. Under Construction
54 PlazaMiami Blvd and NC 54A new commercial plaza is slated for the intersection of Miami Boulevard and NC 54 and will have about 33,000 square feet of commercial space. Ledo Pizza and Fireshouse subs are both slated to be tenantsUnder Development
764 Ninth Street764 Ninth StreetA nearly century-old, two-story white brick building at 756 Ninth Street will be getting a complete makeover to convert the 4,000-square-foot building into mixed-use space with retail on the bottom and two rental apartment units on the second floor. Construction is set to begin in June, 2014. Architect Scott Harmon of Center Studio Architecture will be working on the project to upfit it using historic rehabillition standards. Opening Late 2014.Under Development
Aloft HotelA new six-story 134-room hotel, adacent to Durham Performing Arts Center and near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The hotel will feature a first floor bar and restaurant, NanaSteak. It will have an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness gym and 2,230 sq ft of meeting space. Opening May 2015.Under Development
Alston Avenue ExpansionAlston Avenue to Holloway Street$19.2 million widening of one-mile stretch of Alston Avenue from the Durham Freeway north to Holloway Street. North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to make Alston Avenue a four-lane road divided by a median. The Family Fare convenice store between the Pettigrew St. bridge and 147 plans to demolish the existing store and build a newer and bigger one that is set further back from the road.Under Consideration
Bar VirgileMangum and Main StreetsResteraunteur Scott Howell will open Bar Virgile at 102 E. Main St. in the rear annex of the former Citizens National Bank. The bar and restaurant will have 49 seats and will focus on upscale cocktails and French cuisine. Partners Daniel Sartain will manage the front of the house and Brad Farran will be beverage program director, bartending at night and managing day-to-day-operations. Opening late 2014.Under Development
BasanDiamond View IIIBasan, a modern Japanese restaurant will open in Diamond View III. The menu will focus on specialty sushi, seafood, appetizers and sake. Opening late 2014.Under Development
Bayer CropScience Greenhouse 1Bayer CropScience has broken ground on a new greenhouse. The 29,500 square foot facility called Greenhouse 1 will be used for research on seed traits, plant diseases and insect testing. The greenhouse is part of the company’s nearly $30 million expansion of its facilities in DurhamUnder Development
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Expansion4615 University Dr.Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC plans to expand one of its office buildings on 4615 University Dr. The plan would more than double the 73,000 square foot office building and add a parking deck with space for 629 vehicles.Under Consideration
Blue Note Grill Relocation709 and 711 Washington St.The Blue Note Grill plans to move from its current location at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Rd. to a newly developed property at 709 and 711 Washington St. Blue Note owners Bill and Andrea Whittington are planning to redevelop the property into a restaurant and live-music venue with a quick-service eating area, a dining area with a stage, and an outdoor patio with views of the old ballpark.Under Development
Chesterfield Building701 W. Main St.Demolition and construction has begun on the former Liggett Group cigarete factory, a $7.5 million facility owned by Maryland-based Wexford Science & Technology. The developer plans to convert the building into a research facility with a parking deck that will fit 600-800 vehicles. The developer plans to fill the building with tenants from Science and Technology companies.Under Construction
Circuit Drive Amphitheatre, Pavilion & Reclamation Pond Intersection of Circuit Drive, Towerview & Erwin roads12-acre site between Erwin Road and Circuit Drive near Towerview Road, which will be transformed into a park like setting. The $9 million initiative will include a 6-acre, 23 million gallon pond, pavilion, bridge, boardwalk, walking paths and amphitheater and with lawn seating. Once operational, the pond will collect rainwater and runoff from 22% of the main campus area and be utilized in the nearby chilled water plants to cool and dehumidify campus and medical buildings. Opening Spring 2015.Under Construction
City Center Building Parrish and Main StreetsAustin Lawrence Partners, a Colorado developer, plans to construct a $40 million 26-story, 424,000-square foot high-rise at the former Woolworth’s site between Parrish and Main streets. City Center is planned to house about 21,000 square feet of street-level retail space; interior parking on floors two and three; 62,000 square feet of office space on floors three, four and five; and a stepped-back tower accommodating 130 to 134 apartments – the top six floors of which are contemplated as for-sale units of 1,750 to 2,400 square feet. Durham City Council approved 3.9 million in economic incentives in April, 2014. Opening in 2016.City Center Building
Cocoa Cinnamon New LocationHillsborough Rd. and Trent Dr.Leon Grodski de Barrera and Areli Barrera de Grodski will open a second location of their popular coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon. The new location will be in Old North Durham and the 3,500 square-foot building will be redesigned by Coby Linton, a Durham architect into a smaller space. Opening Spring, 2015.Under Development
Creekside at BethpagePage and Chin PageAV homes will develop a 290-acre active adult community with 650 units for residents 55 and older. House will be available in multiple floor plans, with 2-3 bedrooms from 1,100- 2,900 square feet starting in the $190,000s.Under Development
Crescent Ninth Street2109 Hillsborough Road$47 million four-story apartment complex with 303 units, central lawn, community park, dog park, pool and fitness courtyard. Architecture style will mirror the existing style of historic Erwin Mill.Under Construction
Dashi415 E. Chapel Hill St.Partners from Durham's The Cookery and Toast plan to open a Traditional Japanese raman shop and Izakaya restaurant in 3,300 square feet. Plans are for the main floor to house a ramen shop with an open kitchen, while the second floor is envisioned as a gastropub that would serve beverages including sake, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, and shochu, a Japanese distilled drink, as well as craft cocktails, wine and beer. Opening winter, 2014.Under Development
Denson Apartments1600 Block of Sedgefield St. The Denson Apartments are being built in the 1600 block of Sedgefield Street off Guess Road. The apartments will house 11 homeless United States military veterans. Opening Fall 2014.Under Construction
DiVE RenovationsCIEMAS/Fitzpatrick Center, Duke UniversityThe Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) will close for renovations in late September and reopen in Spring, 2015. DiVE provides an immersive three-dimensional virtual reality experience. The renovations will include the installation of new projectors, a more powerful computer cluster and an upgraded tracking system intended to provide DiVE with higher quality images for research and visualizations. Under Development
Downtown Durham Parking DeckCorner of Parrish and Church Streets320-space, $7.4 million parking deck which is a joint plan between Greenfire and the county. The garage will be built in 5 years on what is now a 0.8 acre city-owned surface parking lot. The county will lease 210 spots in the new deck to Greenfire and the additional 110 spots will be available to the public at an hourly rate.Construction Start 2013
Downtown Nightclub (Name TBD)W Main St.Kevin Esperella and Ranganthan "DJ Rang" Rajaram plan to open a nightclub in Downtown Durham on West Main Street near the Pinhook.Under Consideration
DPAC Expansion123 Vivian St.A $10 million 102,000 sq ft expansion to DPAC would include a 134-room ALoft hotel, retail space, a new President’s Club Lounge, and 15 more toilets for women. Opening Late 2014/Early 2015.Under Development
Duke Park BathouseRoxboro and I-85A dilapidated, bathhouse in Duke Park may be rennovated to become an open-air pavillion with a roof. The plans call for etaining the historic building’s form and re-using its salvageable materials.Under Consideration
Duke University Athletic Facility UpgradesDuke University West CampusDuke University plans to raise $250 million for a Building Champions Campaign to improve campus athletic facilities. A new track stadium is slated to open in December, 2015. Improvements will be made to Koskinen Stadium, Wallace Wade Stadium, the Finch-Yeager Building and the Kennedy Tower. Wallace Wade will add 3,000 seats. The projects will be opening in Phases.Under Development
Duke University Central Campus RedevelopmentCampus Drive, Duke University$400 million dollar redevelopment includes 500 bed spaces for students, new space for the visual arts departments, the languages, literatures, and cultural studies departments, the John Hope Franklin Institute, new classrooms, a library commons, and dining, recreation and other services that will serve the needs of the campus community. Minimum of LEED Silver certification is the target for all construction with some buildings to be identified for higher goal. Construction Underway
Duke University Chapel Renovations401 Chapel Dr,The Duke University Chapel will undergo renovations that will last about a year and will begin May 11, 2015 and end in spring, 2016. The renovation will include replacing the original copper roof, restoration of several stained-glass windows and restoration of the wooden pews. The renovation will be done by Illonois firm Wiss Janney Elstner Associates.Under Development
Duke University Special Libraries RenovationWest CampusModernization of the Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library and transformation of the 1928 West Campus library building and its 1948 addition into a state-of-the-art research facility. Opening 2015.David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Construction Underway
Durham Central MarketDowntown Durham10,000 square foot neighborhood co-op grocery located on Mangum Street between Hunt and Broadway Streets with a parking lot and 3500 sq. feet of green space. Opening early 2015.Under Construction
Durham Central Park Cohousing Community132 Hunt StDurham Central Park Cohousing Community is building on less than an acre of land downtown,. They will build a four-story, 24-unit condominium to be shared by 20 families. The Community will have 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units with access to common dining room, kitchen, great room, meeting rooms, guest bedrooms, gardens, and rooftop patio. Scheduled to be completd by mid 2014.Under Construction
Durham City Hall 101 City Hall PlazaDurham City Hall will undergo at $6.35-million facelift. The main entrance will be enhanced with panels and signage, an unused exterior staircase will be removed, the air conditioning system will be replaced, leaks will be fixed, and the building will be made ADA compliant. Project will be completed in 2014.Under Development
Durham Distillery Melissa and Lee Katrincic of Durham Distillery will open a 2,400 sq ft gin-producing business at 711 Washington St. They plan to distill 230-liter batches and to bottle and sell the gin through a distributor, while also maintaining a small cocktail bar for tastings and tours. Opening January, 2015.Under Development
Durham Police Department HeadquartersTBDThe Durham Police Department is considering moving from its current location at 505 W. Chapel Hill St to other locations. The current 4-acre, existing police headquarters location at 505 West Chapel Hill St., could potentially be torn down and rebuilt; The 4.5-acre former Carpenter Chevrolet site at 600 E. Main St.; and The 19-acre former housing complex site at the intersection of Fayetteville and East Umstead streets. Costs are estimated to be about $60 million. Durham City Council will be responsible for making the decision.Under Consideration
Durham Rescue Mission Expansion507 East Knox StreetPlans for a 300-bed expansion of the Durham Rescue Mission are on hold until early 2015 so designers can rework the placement of a drainage-retention pond.On Hold
Durham-Orange Light RailDurham to Chapel HillTriangle Transit is considering developing a 17.1 mile light rail project between Durham and Chapel Hill. An environmental impact statement will be completed by February 2016, followed by three years of engineering work. If state and federal funding are approved, construction would take four to five years. Durham and Orange counties began collecting a half-cent sales tax in April, 2013 after receiving voter approval to help pay for the light rail line and for enhanced bus service. State and federal funding would be needed to cover most of the cost of the light-rail line, estimated at $1.34 billion in 2012 dollars. Opening 2025.Under Consideration
East End Connector (Proposed I-885)Connecting I-85 with 147The NC State Department of Transportation will award a contract to build the East End Connector, a freeway that will bridge the gap between the Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) and U.S. 70 in East Durham, barely one mile apart. The 8-mile stretch between I-85 and I-40 may be referred to as I-885. DOT will open bids in October, 2014 for a construction job estimated to cost $141 million and expected to take 4.5 years, with completion pegged for July 2019. With land, engineering and other expenses added in, the final tally for the East End Connector will run close to $200 million.Under Development
G2B Brewery3211 Shannon Rd #106G2B Gastropub will open its own nano brewery in early October, 2014. The brewery will be located behind the restaurant's NC Beer bar. Under Development
Greenfire City Center RedevelopmentDowntown Durham$284 million in downtown Durham to redevelop and create over 1 million sf (not including parking) of mixed use space. Greenfire is working with the City of Durham on a public/private partnership to redevelop within a 12-block area surrounding the Parrish Street corridor. Projects include: Rogers Alley, Boutique Hotel and Spa, Orange Street Mixed Use, Parrish Street Office Tower, Ramseur Residential, East Parrish Street Mixed Use.TBD
Hendrick Automall Redevelopment409 S. Roxboro Rd.The Hendrick Automall will move from its current site to a new site on Fayetteville Road near the Streets at Southpoint Mall. Plans call for Charlotte-based Southern Apartment Group to add mixed-use development to the site on Roxboro Rd. consisting of multi-family residences, office space, retail, restaurants and maybe a hotel.Under Development
Historic Durham Athletic Park RedevelopmentCorner of Corporation St and Morris StreetSecond phase includes building the Minor League Baseball Fan Experience and Museum. Also, plans are to build a large facility that would overlook center and right fields.TBD
Hollow Rock Access Area at New Hope Creek32 acres in Durham County along Erwin RoadPhase 1 consists of building nature trails, information signs, bird-watching platforms, a parking lot, pedestrian bridges, bike racks, a picnic ground; renting portable toilets; and moving the old Hollow Rock Store building to the site and restoring it for a visitors' center. Phase 2 adds permanent restrooms and more trails, but is contingent upon closing the dirt section of little-used Pickett Road.Under Development
Home 2 Suites by Hilton15-501 and Southwest Durham Dr.The new, 103-room Home2 Suites hotel will be located within the Gateway Terrace development. Griffin Stafford Hospitality and MJM Group, led by co-founders Anuj and Vinita Mittal, recently secured a construction and mini-permanent loan for the Home2 Suites project with First Community Bank, of Bluefield, Virginia. Griffon Stafford will also manage the hotel when it opens. The hotel will open in Fall, 2015.Under Development
Homewood Suites by Hilton RDU/RTP Renovation4603 Central Park DrivePlans call for major renovations to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham AP/Research Triangle, which has 122 rooms. Opening Spring, 2014.Under Development
Hotel Durham315 E. Chapel Hill St.The 315 Hotel Group, plans to transform the former home of the Mutual Community Savings Bank into a 54-room, full-service, luxury boutique hotel - Hotel Durham. The development project will include the hotel, a full-service restaurant, an outdoor rooftop lounge, business meeting space, a business center, and a fitness facility. A outdoor patio will be included on Holland Street. The cobblestones on Holland Street will be preserved, along with the trees.Under Development
Innovation DistrictArea Bordered by Morris, Liggett and Fernway StreetsLongfellow Real Estate Partners in collaboration with Duke University and Measurement Inc. will develop a new urban cluster called the Durham Innovation District that will house life science and technology companies in Downtown Durham. There is 1.7 million square feet of flexible work, lab, and mixed use space on 15 acres.Under Development
Jack Tar Motel Redevelopment212 N Corcoran StAustin Lawrence Partners will redevelop the Jack Tar Motel on Corcoran Street. The developer plans to turn the former motel into a hip, modern hotel with lower room rates. Plans include restoring the parking deck, pool deck and ground floor retail. The Durham City Council has approved a $4 million incentive package that would also include a downtown skyscraper.Under Consideration
Juju Asian Fusion9th Street in the Shops at Erwin Rd.Juju, a 4,721 sq ft. Asian fusion restaurant will open in July in the Shops at Erwin Mill development off Ninth Street. The restaurant, owned by Dos Perros' Charlie Deal, will serve dim sum as well as traditional Asian menu options. Juju will have a central bar serving handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, eclectic wines and premium sake. It will also have an outdoor dining patio. Fall, 2014.Under Development
Kent CornerWest Chapel Hill St. and Kent StreetA $13 million Self-Help project will bring 46,000 square feet of office and retail development, including a co-op natural foods grocery store, Durham Central Market, at the corner of West Chapel Hill and Kent streets. The project’s general contractor is C.T. Wilson Construction, and the designer is DTW Architects & Planners, both of Durham. Opening Early 2015.Under Construction
Lavendar House DeconstructionNorthgate Park 300 W. Club BlvdThe Lavender house, a house built in the 1930s in Northgate Park will be dismantled for local artists to use. The base, porch and chimney will remian as a type of sculpture and for community events. The house formerly served as the start-up site for the current Museum of Life + Science.Under Construction
Liberty Warehouse RedevelopmentRigsbee Avenue and Foster StreetEast West Partners has proposed a development of the Liberty Warehouse that would include 246 apartments, ground-floor retail shops, a parking deck, and several interior courtyards.The developer wants to incorporate an existing wall that now stands along the Durham Central Park side into the project, as well as existing signs and recycled building materials. East West Partners purchased the property from Greenfire Development in April, 2014. The project will open in Spring, 2016Under Consideration
Library - Main BranchDurham County Library on North Roxboro StreetProposed $10.8 million renovations to the current building including a reorientation of the entrance to the Liberty St. side straight into the second floor of the building, providing a more visible entry to improve the perception of security and to align the entry with downtown, regrading the eastern side of the site to replace the two long, sometimes distant parking "strips" with a parking lot closer to the building itself, and interior renovations to recapture space lost to inefficient mechanical systems and stairs, with a net addition of possibly 9,000 sq. ft. in a 65,000 sq. ft. shell.Under Consideration
Micro LoftsHolloway and DillardCenter Studio Architecs Tom Merrigan and David Arneson and Dillard Holloway Ventures LLC plan to build a four story modernist 63-unit apartment building with 400 square foot "micro lofts" at Holloway and Dillard streets.Under Consideration
Monuts Donuts Ninth Street1002 Ninth St.Monuts will open a location of its popular doughnut shop at 1002 Ninth St, the former location of Magnolia Grill. The 2,800 sq ft location will provide more seating, ample parking, and will have a full bar and coffee program in addition to doughnuts and bagles. Opening is slated for November, 2014.Under Development
Morehead Hill Apartments518 Morehead Ave.The three-acre, tree-studded meadow next to the Greystone Inn on Morehead Avenue would be clearcut for 140 apartments developed by Lomax Properties. The developer would construct three buildings varying from two to five stories. Two buildings would face Morehead, while the third would be located toward the back of the land, near the Durham Freeway. The center of the development would be converted to asphalt parking. Plans also show a swimming pool near the third building. Under Development
Museum of Life + Science Additions433 Murray AvenueThe Museum of Life + Science will open Hideaway Woods, a 2-acre, nature-based playscape and in Earth Moves, an innovative earth sciences exhibit where you will interact with nature by controlling forces that move rocks, cause earthquakes, erode land, and unearth gems. Opening in 2015 and 2016.Museum of Life + Science Additions
NanaSteakGround floor of Aloft Hotel next to DPACScott Howell, chef and owner of the popular restaurant Nana's and NanaTaco plans to open a new 4,600 square ft. restaurant called NanaSteak in the ground floor of the new Aloft Hotel that will be next to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center in downtwon Durham. Graham and Brad Weddington will manage the front of the house and the bar. Tyler Vanderzee will manage the kitchen. The restaurat will be open for lunch and dinner and will have a wood-burning grill and a French rotisserie. There will be seating for 120 inside and 60 on the outdoor patio. Opening May, 2015.Under Development
NCCU Expansion ProjectNCCU, 1801 Fayetteville StFour phases of development will expand the growing NCCU campus. Expansion includes: adding two new parking decks, a new student union, a new library and renovation of the current library, several new commons areas, a new convocation center on Fayetteville St. All Phases Complete 2017.NCCU Expansion
Ninth Street North Phase 1-ANinth, Green and Iredell StreetsThis project would provide 10,000 square feet of space for shops and restaurants and 222,006 square feet of apartments on about 2.7 acres. The project would be, at its tallest, six stories, but would descend in height heading toward Green Street. It would have an internal parking deck and a dining terrace on Green St.. The project is being developed by Glenn Dickson and Charlotte-based Terwilliger Pappas. Under Development
Patterson Place Apartment Complex Project3705 Southwest Durham Dr.The 322-unit Patterson Place project will be the first joint venture between CNL Growth Properties of Orlando and The Bainbridge Companies of Wellington, Fla., in a plan to jointly develop a $40.1 million apartment community. The upscale rental community is expected to have 322 units in three-story residential buildings with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, and an average unit size of 961 square feet. Plans also include a clubhouse, business center, fitness center, dog park, attached and detached garages, playground, a landscaped pool deck and walking connection to a greenway trail.Under Development
Power House Building300 Fuller St.Duke University will spend $4 million to renovate the Power House building, which will house the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).Under Development
Prodigal Farms Expansion4720 Bahama Road Rougemont, NCProdigal Farms, a humane, pasture-based farm is building a cheese cave to make hard cheeses that keep for months, blue cheeses, mixed-milk (cow and goat) cheeses, and other additional styles of cheese. The cave will be an addition to the existing dairy and will meet FDA requirements for sanitation.Under Development
Public Art InstallationsDurham Convention Center and CCB PlazaDurham City Council will vote on April 7 whether or not to approve two public art installations. Brenda Holmes plans to install a civil rights mural project on the Durham Convention Center west wall. Al Frega plans to install a sculpture in CCB Plaza.TBD
Research Triangle Park Park Center RedevelopmentI-40, Davis Drive, N.C. 54 and N.C. 147.Research Triangle Foundation has taken control of nearly 100 acres off Interstate 40, where it plans to introduce the first major residential and retail developments in Research Triangle Park's 55-year history. The development would include spaces where entrepreneurs and executives can meet. The exact specifications of those construction plans haven’t been detailed yet. Under Development
Revival Spirits609 Foster St.Tyler Huntington, the founder of Tyler's Restauant & Taproom plans to open a 4,000 sq-ft distillery, commercial kitchen and 6,000 sq-ft event space in a former tobacco auction warehouse. The building will be renovated and a 1,800 square foot deck overlooking the Durham Athletic Park will be added. Opening Fall, 2014.Under Development
RTP Convergence ClusterAlexandria Real Estate Equities will develop the building and land that is currently occupied by The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences. Two new buildings will be built to create a convergence campus for agricultue, science and technology.The plans include about 250,000 square feet of building area with two buildings and a parking expansion.Under Development
Sky Zone1720 Guess Road Suite 90Construction has begun on Sky Zone and will be located at the Shops at Northgate at 1720 Guess Road, Durham, Suite 90. Sky Zone Durham's two floors of fun will featurin 23,000 square feet of trampolines, as well as a pool-like Foam Zone, SkySlam basketball hoop, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball, Ultimate Volleyball, multiple party rooms, concessions zones and a mezzanine-level cat walk. The park is scheduled to open in December, 2014, and a pre-sale kiosk located inside Northgate Mall will open this fall.Under Development
Southside East Phase ILakewood Avenue between South Roxboro and Fayetteville streetsA mixed-income apartment complex, complete with a community center, playground, swimming pool and retention pond. $11 million for Phase I, which is being built on 6.2 acres along Lakewood Avenue between South Roxboro and Fayetteville streets. The Southside project area encompasses approximately 125 acres located south of the Durham Freeway and just north of North Carolina Central University. Construction of the first phase of rental development will begin in the spring of 2012 and will consist of 119 rental units and 13 “live-work” units located at Lakewood Avenue and Roxboro Street. Apartments begun opening in April, 2014 and will continue to open as they are completed.Under Construction
Starbucks4201 N. Roxboro Rd.A developer has plans to replace the old location of Ole NC Bar-B-Q on North Roxboro with a retail strip center that will include a new Starbucks. A Florida company bought the building for $575,000 last year, according to property records. In April, plans were filed with the Durham City-County Planning Department for a project called Starbucks Roxboro, which would demolish the building and build the retail center on the site.Under Development
Straw Valley Food & Drink5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.Chef Adam Rose is partnering with Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer to develop a multi-part indoor/ourdoor food and drink complex. The oasis-style campus will include the Sanderson House, a casual restaurant and lounge that will offer small plates and cocktails with a rock and roll vibe. There will also be a beer garden serving burgers, sausage and seafood. The Black House and Straw Valley Cafe are currently open in this complex serving lunch and dinner. The Black House is a 50-seat fine dining restaurant that serves farm to table food with an international flair. Straw Valley Cafe serves Carrboro Coffee, fresh pressed juices and a curated selection of wines, beers and spirits.Under Development/Partially Open
The Boot2501 University DriveAndy Magowan, owner of Geer Street Garden is partnering with Andy Perno to open a new Italian-American restaurant in Rockwood Center. Plans call for low prices and small portion pastas, paninis, and salads. There will be cocktails, six draft beers and 10-12 bottled beers. Opening fall, 2014.Under Development
The Durham Sculpture ProjectDowntown DurhamA monumental 30ft sculpture designed by Durham artist John Wendelbo, to be built in Durham and donated to the Durham community. Grassroots fundraising effort underway to pay for the $800,000 in fabrication and materials expense. Fundraising Stage
The Fresh Market4215 University DriveA location of The Fresh Market grocery store will open at 4215 University Drive in late 2014 in the same location formerly occupied by a Food Lion. The business will employ more than 90 employees.Under Development
The RolloutTBD (Pop-Up Dinners Located at Rise Biscuits and Donuts at 8200-1003 Renaissance Pkwy)Tom Ferguson of Rise Biscuits and Donuts and Seth Kingsbury, owner/chef of Pazzo in Chapel Hill, will open a new restaurant focusing on handmande pasta, The Rollout. The restaurant will be quick service and will feature hand-rolled pastas and salads. While restaurant plans are finalized, they will hold weekly pop-up dinners at Rise on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and will run throughout the summer.Under Development
Tower at LakeviewIntersection of Erwin Road and Downing StreetA $54 million, 14-story tall apartment tower. If built, it will be the tallest apartment building constructed in the Triangle in more than 30 years. Would be completed by 2014.Under Development
Triangle Brewing Company812 Mallard St.Triangle Brewing Co. is planning to move from its current space at 918 Pearl St. and buy a 22,000 foot warehouse at 812 Mallard St. where they plan to move and expand their brewing operations.They're also planning to open a 1,800-square-foot taproom at the new location.Under Development
Triangle Curling Club Curling Rink2310 So Hi DriveTriangle Curling Club is building a dedicated curling facility in Durham with the purchase of 7 acres near the Research Triangle Park on So Hi Drive. The Curling Center will be the first of its kind in the southeastern United States. The Rink will have 14,500 square feet of space, and four curling lanes. The club is scheduled to be completed October, 2014.Under Development
Trust Building (TeerMark) Redevelopment212 W. Main St.The Trust building is under contract by Alston Gardner, afoudner and partner in an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Gardener will investigate the cost of renovating the building to Class-A Office Level.Under Consideration
UDI Urban FarmCornwallis Rd. UDI Community Development Corp, a local nonprofit plans to turn about six acres on Cornwallis Road into a year-round farm, producing fruit, vegetables and fish. Opening is slated for Early 2015.Under Development
Ultimate Frisbee ComplexHamplin Road, North DurhamPlans call for a six-field private park for Ultimate Frisbee players on a 22.6-acre site off Hamlin Road in north Durham. Zoning was approved by County Commissioners in September, 2011.Triangle Flying Disc Association Ultiplex
Vert & Vogue353 W. Main St. Boutique Vert & Vogue will expand to a second retail location on West Main Street in Downtown Durham.Under Development
Waterline Pipe ReplacementDowntown DurhamThe Water Management Department will replace nearly 2.3 miles of underground piping, starting sometime in the spring and likely continuing into the fall of 2015. The roads include the northern section of the downtown loop, Rigsbee Avenue, Mangum St. , Roxboro St., Market St., Rigsbee Avenue and Mangum, Roxboro, Market, Foster, Holland, Orange and Church streets. Scheduled to be completed by Fall, 2015.Under Development
West Union Building RenovationDuke Campus West - Events PavilionWest Union building renovation calls for a completely revamped student life center as well as the creation of an events pavilion, a new 25,000 square foot meeting and event space. It is estimated that the demolition phase of the project will run through February 2014. Construction is expected to run from February 2014 until early 2016. When finished, contractors will have renovated more than 110,000 square feet inside the eight-decade-old building. When West Union reopens, the state-of-the-art dining center will serve about 6,000 meals a day in a community setting.Under Construction
West Village Apartments Expansion601 West Morgan StreetFederal Capital Partners is building a six-story 156-unit apartment building at the former parking lot at 601 West Morgan Street. The building is slated open in 2015 and will include some interior parking.Under Construction
Wet Rock Farm7001 N. Roxboro RoadThe proposal for Wet Rock Farm includes the development of a 230-acre neighborhood subdivision with 140 single family homes with a 15-acre fruit and vegetable farm. Weekly deliveries of produce would be included in HOA dues. Home prices are estimated to be between $300,000 - $399,000. Wet Rock Farm would be the first conservation subdivision of its kind in North Carolina.Under Development
Whitted School Redevelopment200 E. Umstead St.The former Whitted Junior High School will be redeveloped by Atlanta-based developer, Integral, into 79 homes for elderly, low-income residents. The building is currently owned by Durham County. The NC Housing Finance Agency has awarded the project $631,210 in housing tax credits. Slated for a 2015 opening.Under Development
Zaxby'sSouth Roxboro Street and Hope Valley FarmsPlans have been filed with Durham City-County Planning for a proposed second Zaxby’s restaurant to be built in southern Durham on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near Walmart, McDonald’s and the Valley Creek Center.Under Consideration

Developments Under Consideration

Bethpage Office Park
Proposed office park to be developed by Tri Properties. Plan to develop 55 acres off Chin Page Rd in southeastern Durham. Initial plans call for 3-5 office buildings ranging from 100,000 to 150,000 sq.-ft—to total 1 million sq.-ft. of office space.

Carver Street Extension
Extending Carver Street one mile in northeastern Durham from Danube Lane east to Hamlin Road.

City Park and Athletic Field Complex
Snow Hill Rd, just southwest of Little River Reservoir, opposite Northwood Forest neighborhood - proposed $9 million, 105-acre complex featuring 8 athletic fields and adjacent to a planned middle school. Once funding is in place, site development could take 2 years.

Downtown Loop Two-Way Conversion
Conversion of the streets that comprise the “downtown loop” (Roxboro Street, Morgan Street, Great Jones Street, and Ramseur Street) from one-way to two-way traffic to improve vehicular and pedestrian access to the downtown core and potentially facilitate continued economic redevelopment.

Hayti Museum Project
Former Mechanics & Farmers Bank building on Fayetteville St becomes an artifacts museum including Blues History.

Heritage Square Redevelopment
Current Heritage Square shopping center in the historic Hayti business district to become an 800,000-square-foot collection of shops, offices and residential units. $125 million dollar project would need both private and government investment. Rezoning of district has been approved. Timelines and funding have not been established.

Joven Northeast Creek
188-acre project at the northeast corner of Ellis Rd and NC 147 to develop 209 single-family homes, 207 townhouses, 260 apartments, 235,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, and 89,000 sq. ft. of office/other space.

New Hope Creek Corridor Regional Park
43 acres of former Duke Forest land purchased in April 2005 by the City and County of Durham, Orange County, and Chapel Hill to be developed for recreational use; it is the first regional park partnership between the four local governments; inter-governmental agreement, grant funding, and plans approved.

Ninth Street North, Second Phase
Nearly 225,000 square feet of apartments, retail and office space to the block between Ninth and Iredell streets. Project approved by the Durham Planning Commission in January 2009.

Regional Rail Transit
The Triangle Transit Authority, Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Triangle Council of Governments, NC Department of Transportation, and Regional Transportation Alliance are rethinking inter-city transit throughout the region.

Van Alen Project
1.86 million square feet of offices, shops, residences, hotel rooms and parking decks on the former Elkins Chrysler-Mitsubishi dealership, a six-acre site bounded by Jackie Robinson Drive and Roxboro, Mangum and Dillard streets. Rough plans include a building with up up to 200 hotel rooms and up to 200 condominiums, plus two office buildings.

 
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