Longfellow 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.
The first buildings to be constructed will be two mixed-use buildings that will each reach seven stories on what is now a Morris Street parking lot. The buildings, estimated to total a combined 700,000 square feet, will be located between Hunt Street and Roney Street. Longfellow will also construct a 1,200-vehicle parking deck behind the buildings.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2016 and finish spring of 2018 for the buildings, known as North and South. Duke Clinical Research Institute has signed a lease to occupy all of the office space in the South Building, and Longfellow officials say that the focus of the of the North Building will be technology and innovation-based enterprises "ranging from fast growing start-ups to full building tenants."