Durham on the Rise: Our Guide to Downtown Developments

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Compiled by Megan Tillotson and Isabella Reilly | Map by Keith Warther, Jean Carlos Rosario-Montalvo and Kevin Brown

1) YONDERLUST,109 N. Gregson St.
Linton Holdings LLC filed plans in June 2021 to transform the nearly century-old building beside Maverick’s Smokehouse & Taproom into a two-story retail and residential development
– Room for a cafe and retail stores on the first floor; will include an outdoor gear shop
– Four one-bedroom apartments on second floor
– The main floor is approximately 3,750 square feet, and the upper floor is 2,780 square feet
– Durham-based Linton Architects project
– Estimated opening in fall 2022

2) BRIGHTLEAF DISTRICT
– Includes Brightleaf Square at 905 W. Main St., 910-914 W. Main St., 815 W. Morgan St., 810 W. Peabody St. and 112 S. Duke St. In total, includes nearly 215,000 square feet of mixed-use space
– Charlotte-based Asana Partners purchased the historic property in late 2019. Several tenants opened or expanded last year: One Medical, a primary care practice, opened in Brightleaf Square; BioLabs North Carolina occupies more than 32,000 square feet at 810 W. Peabody St.; Oerth Bio, an early-stage agriculture biotech company headquartered at 112 S. Duke St., doubled its space to almost 15,000 square feet; and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams opened across from Brightleaf Square this summer. Tenants slated to open in Brightleaf Square in late 2022 to 2023 include Emmy Squared Pizza and recently announced Niko, a new concept from Durham restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias.
– Renovations will take place to update Brightleaf Square’s tree-lined, brick courtyard, including extensive landscaping, additional seating, and lighting and facade improvements to create an active environment for customers and office users.

3) THE GREGSON, 204 S. Gregson St.
– Developer is Baltimore-based real estate company Wexford Science & Technology, which also developed The Chesterfield building. Nine levels with 218,000 square feet of state-of-the-art lab and office space
– On-site multi-level parking garage
– Expected delivery: 2025

4) FORMER DURHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 505 W. Chapel Hill St.
– 4-acre parcel owned by the City of Durham; originally built in the 1950s as the offices of the Home Security Life Insurance Company and most recently occupied by the DPD, the building became vacant in late 2019
– During its Aug. 1 meeting, the City Council rejected two request for proposal responses for its disposition and redevelopment. The development teams were asked to include five defined priorities for the site: providing 80 units of on-site affordable housing; generating significant revenue for the city from the sale of the land and future tax revenues from on-site development; delivering a mixed-use project; preserving the existing Milton Small Building; and delivering an activated street-level experience.
– While both teams submitted development programs aligned with these priorities, City Council identified market conditions resulting from COVID-19 including elevated construction costs and a transitioning commercial office market resulting in financial offers that did not satisfy expectations. City Council members reiterated that affordable housing was a priority for the site. Based on these factors, Council members decided to hold the site and reissue another solicitation for proposals at a later date.

5) THE GROVE, 512 Gordon St.
– 62 townhomes, 1,285-2,675 square feet
– Three- and four-story units, contemporary design with 16-foot ceilings, most with rooftop terraces facing downtown. Multiple options for home offices.
– Features first urban pedestrian malls in the state $400,000s–$1million+
– Broke ground in early 2020
– Homes in the first phase are complete and occupied as of October 2021
– Pre-sales are underway for the remaining units in the neighborhood

6) CITY PORT, 600 S. Duke St.
– 43 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums
– 5 condos remain for sale
– 400-square-foot studios to 1,200-square-foot units, priced from the low-to mid-$400s
– One block from the American Tobacco Campus expansion
– Construction completed in September 2021
– Joint venture of Center Studio Architecture, White Oak Properties and CityPlat

City Port Phase II, 505 Yancey St.
– Adjacent to the first phase of City Port
– Site plan will be submitted in fall 2021
– Focus on offering affordable condominiums with enjoyable outdoor space and parking for each unit
– Estimated delivery in 2023

7) J.J. HENDERSON SENIOR APARTMENTS, 807 S. Duke St.
– $31.2 million project; rehabilitation of the existing apartments built in 1979
Durham Housing Authority is co-developing the property with its instrumentality, Development Ventures Incorporated, as well as California Commercial Investment Group and Florian Companies
– Estimated delivery in 2023
MHAworks leads design

8) THE TERRACES AT MOREHEAD HILL, 411 Cobb St. (713 Willard St. – model unit)
– 25 townhomes
– Phase 1, which consisted of seven luxury townhomes – five with Promenade-style floor plans located on Willard Street and two larger, duplex-style townhomes, called The Verandas, on Manor Way – is sold out.
– Construction for Phase 2 (identical to Phase 1) is underway and pre-selling. Delivery is expected January 2023.
– Phase 3 includes 11 townhomes: six Promenades and five terrace-style townhomes. Delivery is estimated late spring 2023.
– All units feature private rooftop terraces and a two-car garage. Elevator-ready, with views of the Durham skyline. Along a newly constructed street with brick borders and benches. Minutes from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the American Tobacco Trail and the American Tobacco District.

9) AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS EXPANSION – PHASE 1, 601 Willard St.
– Former site of University Ford
– Development by Capitol Broadcasting Company and Hines in partnership with USAA Real Estate
– 700,000-square-foot mixed-use project on 8 acres bordering the west side of American Tobacco Campus
– Phase 1: 8 acres that includes 350,000 square feet of leasable space in two Hines T3 (Timber, Transit and Technology) creative office buildings; 350 multifamily units in a 14-story, high-rise residential building; and 100,000 square feet of experiential retail, like a theater/ draft house, prepared foods grocer, shops and restaurants
– Activated central plaza and intimate pedestrian alleyways that will be programmed with events and experiences
– Construction is expected to begin in early 2022

10) ASHTON PLACE, 310 Jackson St.
– Adjacent to the Willard Street Apartments, this 51-unit, 52,000-square-foot affordable housing project is designed specifically for adults age 55 and older
– Studio, one- and two-bedroom units
– Community gathering areas, bike storage, fitness facilities, tenant storage and a business center
– The project is a partnership between DHIC and Self-Help Ventures Fund and is being developed on city-owned land with a 9% low-income housing tax credit and a commitment of funds from the city
– Construction slated to begin summer 2022

11) THE NOVUS, 400 W. Main St.
– Close to 2 acres of land
Austin Lawrence Partners project that will be constructed in two phases
– Demolition of the existing building expected to start by end of 2021; construction expected to begin in early 2022
– Existing South Bank building was demolished and construction is underway
– Phase 1 will encompass a mixed-use high rise
– Residential portion to include 54 condominiums and 188 apartments; 450 parking spaces Ground-floor retail space totaling nearly 23,000 square feet
– Construction of new building slated for completion in Q3 2024

12) THE JAMES, 320 W. Morgan St.
– 312 mixed-use apartment units, 32-story tower
– 13,000 square feet of retail space
– Craig Davis Properties project

13) YMCA REDEVELOPMENT, 218 W. Morgan St.
– 295 mixed-use apartment units
– 120,000 square feet of office space
– New 50,000-square-foot YMCA Construction slated to start in spring 2023
– Expected delivery: 2025

14) THE VEGA, 214 Hunt St.
– Lambert Development project at the prior site of Vega Metals
– Seven stories consisting of 57 one-, two-and three-bedroom condos ranging from approximately 900–2,300 square feet; each home has Durham Central Park or city views via a 10-foot folding glass door
– Amenities include a resident club room with terrace overlooking DCP, fitness center, personal storage unit for each home, secure refrigerated storage for grocery or other delivery, private parking with assigned spaces and optional car charge spaces. Air filtration system will provide a healthy living environment for residents, via extensive collaboration with NORESCO. All common areas will substantially exceed code and conventional standards for indoor air quality, and hospital-grade filters will be utilized in the amenity and fitness rooms.
– $500,000 to $1 million+
– Commercial space on lower levels
MHAworks leads design; Resolute Building Company leads construction, which began in July 2021
– Occupancy is planned for spring 2023

15) DURHAM.ID
– Total area: 1.8 million square feet, 27 acres, bordered by Duke Street, Morgan Street, West Corporation Street and Roney Street
– Existing space: 595,000 square feet of office space; 325,000 square feet of lab space; 15,000 square feet of retail
– Future space: 780,000 square feet for labs and offices; 35,000 square feet for retail; 300 residential units
– Tenants now include Duke University, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Google, ThermoFisher, Spreedly, Cherry Bekaert, Tune Therapeutics, Life Edit Therapeutics, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Longfellow Real Estate Partners, 321 Coffee, The 360 Approach, Duda|Paine Architects, Beer Durham, Measurement Incorporated, Bull City Veterinary Hospital and Edward Jones

Southern Gateway
200 Morris – Duke Clinical Research Institute leases the entire building; Google is a subtenant in the building. 5,729 square feet of retail available on first floor.
300 Morris – 28,737 square feet of Class A, state-of-the-art lab space ranging in size from 6,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet. 6,618 square feet of retail available on the first floor; LEED Gold Building. MHAworks leads design.
518 W. Morgan St. – 189,585 square feet available as the next lab/office building to be developed in the district, will break ground later this year– – – Morris Green Park – parklet along Morris Street programmed by Elevate, Longfellow Real Estate Partners’ proprietary tenant services and hospitality offering. Includes public art featuring Raleigh artist Sarahlaine Calva’s work, fitness classes, weekly food trucks, seating and power connectivity
– Public parking garage on Roney Street
– Courtyard between 200 & 300 Morris buildings includes seating, signature lighting, Wi-Fi, water features and lawn games. Public art includes Raleigh artist Matt McConnell’s 100-foot sculpture and Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell’s two-part series along Morris Street. Raleigh artist Anna Payne Rogers Previtte’s mural is showcased in the 300 Morris lobby.

16) BECKON, 311 Liggett St.
– Six-story building with 263 apartments and around 6,000 square feet of retail space.
– Studio, one-, two- and three-bedrooms.
– More than 10,000 square feet of amenity space, including a sky lounge, coworking spaces, resort- style pool, indoor/outdoor resident lounges, 2,000-square-foot fitness center with yoga studio, hammock garden, dog spa, dog park, bike storage and resident parking garage
with car-charging stations
– Smart community with keyless entry, smart thermostats and lighting controls, community- wide Wi-Fi, secured package room and cold storage area for at-home grocery delivery
– JDavis Architects is the architect, Vignette Interior Design is the designer and Stewart is the civil engineer and landscape architect
– Broke ground in January 2021
– Estimated completion in early spring 2023

17) WASHINGTON STREET MIXED-USE, 501 Washington St.
– 311 mixed-use apartment units; 492 parking spaces
– 8,000 square feet in retail space

18) THE PULLMAN BUILDING, 703 W. Trinity Ave.
– Four condominium units

19) DURHAM RAIL TRAIL, Abandoned Norfolk and Southern rail bed
– 1.76-mile-long, multi-use trail from north Durham to the Ellerbee Creek Trail network and downtown, as well as through residential neighborhoods northeast of downtown, ending at Avondale Drive
– City staff continue to strategize on engaging historically under-represented communities in alignment with the city’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint
– Construction completion estimated for 2024

20) THE GEORGE, 512 West Geer St.
– Raleigh-based Beacon Street Development
– Seven-story building; five residential floors over two levels of gate-secured parking, 40-residence boutique condominium
– Will offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom penthouse residences
– Amenities: Street-level lounge; a creative workspace, including a private conference room; fitness studio with full set of cardio and strength offerings; indoor/outdoor penthouse lounge on the seventh floor overlooking Historic Durham Athletic Park; gated-secured parking; bike storage; and small pocket park.
– Scheduled to break ground Q1 2023
– Residences anticipated Q3 2024

21) WASHINGTON STREET TOWNHOMES, 802 Washington St.
– Three 3,000-square-foot condominiums (three bedrooms, four baths) with private decks, sky room
– $1.7 million
Durham Performing Arts Center architect Phil Szostak of Szostak Design
– Breaking ground fall 2022

22) GEERHOUSE, 620 Foster St.
– 2.2-acre site near Durham Central Park
– Phase 1 to include 220 new multifamily rental units, averaging 785 square feet with a unit mix of 20% studio units, 50% one-bedroom units and 30% two-bedroom units
– Unit sizes ranging on average from 566 to 1,144 square feet
– Phase 2 to include an expanded Motorco Music Hall, plus 13,000 square feet of new retail space
– Amenities include: Landscaped courtyard with water feature, major amenity rooms with west-facing terrace, ample garage parking and linear park through the site connecting Foster Street to Rigsbee Avenue
– Delivery expected December 2023

23) 710 RIGSBEE AVE.
– 51 apartments, 2,000-square-foot restaurant with 700-square-foot patio
Elmwood Development project; architect is Richmond-based ArchitectureFirm; engineer is Coulter Jewell Thames; interior designer is Murphy Waldron Interiors
– Opening anticipated Q3 2023

24) 318 W. CORPORATION ST.
– 82 apartment units; studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments
– 2,000 square feet of commercial space; four- and five-story brick building
– Construction began in September 2021; opening anticipated in early 2023
– Elmwood Development project; architect is Richmond-based ArchitectureFirm; engineer is Coulter Jewell Thames; interior designer is Murphy Waldron Interiors

25) ATLAS DURHAM, 614 Rigsbee Ave.
– 171 modern range of apartment units
– Studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans to fit a variety of budgets, leasing now Apartments feature 10-foot ceilings, valet trash service, Ori home organization and Fetch package delivery
– 6,300 square feet of street-level retail
– Quick walk to Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Fullsteam Brewery, Motorco, Durham Food Hall and the Durham Farmers Market
– Private terraces, 22 different amenities including open social spaces, study pods and a bark park
– Purchased by multifamily real estate firm Collett Capital in 2022 from local joint venture of Paul Smith of Southern Urban and Scott Harmon of Center Studio Architecture

26) 120 BROADWAY ST.
– A Lock7 Development 24-townhome community project
– Contemporary-style two- and three-bedroom units, each with a terrace and one- to two-car garage
– 12 of the homes will have the option for retail use on the ground floor, ideal for someone who works from home
– Slated to break ground late summer 2022
– Delivery in spring/summer 2023

27) 106-108 BROADWAY, Broadway & North streets
– Former Leyland Post property purchased by Center Studio Architecture
– 27 studio and one-bedroom condominium units
– Plans are to begin construction in mid-2023
– Expected delivery: mid-2024

28) 608 MANGUM, 608 N. Mangum St.
– Six townhome units

29) ARRAY DURHAM, 521 N. Mangum St.
– 18 studio and one-bedroom condos from the mid-$200s
– Four units still available, remaining units start in the low $300s
– 500- to 700-square-foot designs
– Expected delivery: Q1 2023
– Joint venture of Center Studio Architecture, White Oak Properties & Urban Durham Realty

30) AURA 509, 509 N. Mangum St.
– Development by Dallas-based Trinsic Residential Group – Carolinas
– Purchased a $3.2 million, 1.3-acre site
– $60 million+, 264,000 square feet project
– 182 units averaging less than 800 square feet each
– Eight-story, podium-style construction (concrete parking deck with five levels of wood-frame construction) with approximately 200 parking spaces across three levels of parking
– Construction began in September 2021 Delivery of first units: Q1 2023
– General contractor is John Moriarty & Associates, architect Cline Design Associates and civil engineer is Coulter Jewell Thames

31) 501 N. MANGUM ST.
– Developer is Dallas-based Trinsic Residential Group – Carolinas
– 205 unit, 18-story high-rise
– Breaking ground summer 2024
– Estimated opening fall 2026

32) 102 W. MORGAN ST.
– Developer is Dallas-based Trinsic Residential Group – Carolinas
– 228 units
– Breaking ground Q1 2023
– First units estimated to be available Q2 2025

33) THE WILLOW DURHAM, 601 N. Roxboro St.
– Two five-story buildings
– Ground-floor garage and services areas totaling 7,000 square feet per building
– Seven condominiums per building
– Plans include units of 1,855 square feet, 2,410 square feet and 3,320 square feet
– Amenities: a pocket park, three balconies per unit, dedicated laundry room, modern mail room with refrigerated delivery, guaranteed parking space per unit as well as dedicated first-story storage for each unit
– Starting in the $900,000s
– Four of the seven Phase 1 condominiums have been sold
– Completion of the first building slated for Q4
2023; second building scheduled for Q2 2024

34) ELLIOT SQUARE, 601 N. Queen St.
– Developer is Raleigh-based real estate company Chappell
– 37 townhomes
– 18 delivered, remaining 19 expected to deliver between November 2022 and February 2023

35) KRESS CONDOMINIUMS, 162 W. Ramseur St.
– On the corner of West Ramseur and South Mangum streets, current site of a 0.15-acre parking lot next to the historic Kress building
– Development by Raleigh-based real estate firms White Oak Properties and CityPlat
– Six-story building with 26 residential units, including rooftop units, all with balconies
– 2,000 square feet of ground-level retail
– Plans to install CityLift Parking, which will park cars and bring them to residents using an automated lift system taking up less space than a traditional parking deck

36) 300 & 500 E. MAIN ST. APARTMENTS
– Mixed-use buildings with total of 305 affordable residential apartments, 248 market-rate apartments, 41,340 square feet of commercial space and more than 1,600 parking spaces

300 E. Main St.
– Includes a roughly 753-space parking deck with 110 affordable housing units serving 30%-80% AMI with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units
– 3,900 square feet of commercial space that will target nonprofit and/or socially responsible organizations and a 10,243-square-foot child care location with two pre-K classrooms, allowing the county to serve children from birth to 5 years old
Queen Street side of building will include a structural public art installation that will also serve as a screen wall for the parking deck
– Construction of the parking deck is underway as of September 2021, completion estimated in November 2022
– Anticipated affordable housing completion estimated for spring 2024
– Estimated overall completion at end of 2024

500 E. Main St.
– Redevelopment will include a parking garage with approximately 847 spaces along with 195 affordable housing units serving 30%-80% AMI with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three- bedroom units along Ramseur Street
– 248 market-rate units along Main Street will be handled by developer ZOM Living, which has an office in Raleigh, with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (ranging in size from 555 to 1,450 square feet) and 13,000 square feet of street-level retail space that includes plans for a grocery store
– A linear park between the two buildings will provide a landscaped pedestrian walkway connecting South Dillard Street and South Elizabeth Street
– Construction began in August 2022
– Parking deck opening anticipated in February 2024
– Market-rate housing units slated for completion in Q3 of 2024
– Affordable housing units slated for completion in Q2 of 2025

37) VENABLE CENTER CAMPUS, 464 E. Pettigrew St.
– Joint-venture partnership of Trinity Capital, SLI Capital and Kane Realty
– Mixed-use: 202,000-square-foot, eight-floor office space in The Roxboro office building with 221 apartments in another building, in addition to the already existing Venable Center Campus
Duda|Paine Architects completed design for The Roxboro office building, which includes ground-floor retail space, in February 2021; construction is now complete
– The multi-family portion has been delivered and is currently leasing

38) CAMDEN DURHAM, 425 S. Roxboro St.
– 420 apartment homes
– A budgeted cost of $145 million
– Construction began in early 2021, slated for completion by mid-2024
– First units are scheduled for delivery in spring and summer of 2023
– Average unit size will be around 900 square feet and most units (about 75%) will be either studios or one-bedrooms with the remainder two-bedrooms
– 6,000 square feet of retail space

39) HERITAGE SQUARE, 606 Fayetteville St., 401 E. Lakewood Ave.
–10-acre site located in the Hayti District
– Multistory Class A office, purpose-built laboratory space and residential units
– Joint venture between Chicago-based developers Sterling Bay and Harrison Street

32) THE RAMSEY, 510 E. Pettigrew St.
– New York-based Park Grove Realty and DiMarco Group are building a 385,158-square- foot, 241-unit apartment complex on 2.5 acres
– Studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments
– Amenities: pool, fitness center, interactive fitness and yoga room, grill area, gathering spaces, private meeting rooms, individual work spaces, fire pits, dog wash station, dog park, enclosed structured parking, bike storage, bulk storage, community market, private wine tasting room and wine lockers
– Broke ground in July 2020; project completed in June 2022
– Units now available for rent, and leasing staff is available on-site for tours

41) BORDEN BRICK, 704-706 Ramseur St.
– Approximately 12,000 square feet of retail and adaptive re-use, with more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor space
– Four tenants, which will include Lonerider Spirits, with tentative plans for a Tex-Mex restaurant, cocktail bar and more
Alliance Architecture project
– Completion estimated for early Q4 of 2022

42) ELIZABETH STREET APARTMENTS, 544 Liberty St.
– Land owned by Durham Housing Authority with a 99-year ground lease
– Development partner is Charlotte-based developer Laurel Street Residential
– New construction of 72 units
– 35 one-, 28 two- and 9 three-bedroom apartments with unit sizes ranging from 700 to 1,500 square feet
– 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit project
– Available to households earning up to 80% of area median income
– Construction slated to start in 2022; completion anticipated by mid 2024

43) GOLDEN BELT CAMPUS, 800 Taylor St., 807 E. Main St.
– Mixed-use: adaptive re-use renovation
– 320,000 square feet of rentable space
LRC Properties and Alliance Architecture renovated Mill No. 1 and have welcomed occupants including, but not limited to: 25
artist studios, Durham Art Guild, Hi-Wire Brewing, J. Lights Market & Café, Strata Clean Energy, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, Kalisher, WillowTree, Two Roosters, Cugino Forno, MetaMetrics and Urban Tails Veterinary Hospital.
– A trellis walkway now connects Mill No. 1 to the Golden Belt side of campus, which includes 37 residential lofts, office and lab space, and retail tenants such as Moshi Moshi Salon, Dogstar Tattoo Company, The Cotton Room/Belt Line Station and Yaya Tea
– The Mill Stage features free music programming during the summer in conjunction with Third Friday Art Walk each month.

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