Durham on the Rise: Durham Magazine’s Guide to Downtown Developments

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By Renee Ambroso

1) MOXY,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
– Outdoor gear and clothing shop with cafe called Moxy Outdoors on first floor
– Four one-bedroom apartments on second floor
– Will be approximately 7,000 square feet total; approximately 4,000 on first floor; 3,000 on the second floor
– Local muralist Darius Quarles designing octopus mural on the north wall
– Durham-based Linton Architects project
– Construction is slated to start in October 2021
– Estimated opening in fall 2022

2) BRIGHTLEAF DISTRICT
– Includes Brightleaf Square at 905 W. Main St. and, in total, nearly 200,000 square feet of mixed-use space
– Charlotte-based Asana Partners purchased the historic property in late 2019 and announced in June 2021 that several tenants are slated to open or expand in late 2021: Emmy Squared Pizza and One Medical, a primary care practice, will open in Brightleaf Square; BioLabs North Carolina will occupy 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., will double its space to almost 15,000 square feet; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will open across from Brightleaf Square; renovations will complete on Brightleaf Square’s tree- lined, brick courtyard that spans the interior of the historic complex, including extensive landscaping, additional seating, and lighting and facade improvements to create an active environment for customers and office users

3) 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
– As of May 6, 2021, the Durham City Council directed staff to start a new selection process to re-develop the site after negotiations with previous developer did not come to fruition

4) 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. Every unit has two home offices.
– Features first urban pedestrian malls in the state $400,000s–$1M+
– Broke ground in early 2020
– There are four phases; first homes will be ready to occupy in October 2021
– 75% of phase one homes have been pre-sold; sales have opened to phase two

5) CITY PORT, 600 S. Duke St.
– 43 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums
– 13 condos remain for sale
– 400-square-foot studios to 1,200-square-foot units, priced from the low-$200s to mid-$500s
– 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

6) 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
– Construction began in January 2021 and is estimated to continue for 20 months

7) THE TERRACES AT MOREHEAD HILL, 411 Cobb St.
– Phase 1 consists of seven townhomes at the Promenade on Willard Street and duplex-style homes at the adjacent property, The Veranda
– Delivery of the first townhomes was on Sept. 30, 2021, with remaining townhomes slated for end of October 2021
– Includes 25 townhomes in total; next phases of construction are slated to begin fall 2021
– All units feature rooftop terraces and views of the Durham skyline. Willard Street is 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.

8) 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

9) WILLARD STREET APARTMENTS, 481 Willard St.
– Joint venture of DHIC, Self-Help Ventures Fund and City of Durham
– Four stories; 82 units of affordable housing; 61 units available for people earning 60% of the area median income or less; 21 available for people earning 30% of the area median income or less; 39 one-bedrooms, 43 two-bedrooms
– Ground-floor retail on Jackson Street (about 5,000 square feet) and a two-story parking deck (about 125 spaces)
– The retail space has been leased by Local Start Dental, a dental clinic for our underserved neighbors in partnership with the UNC School of Dentistry
– Occupancy began on March 25, 2021; as of press time, 78 of 82 units are occupied
– The building features an exterior mural by Durham native Gabriel Eng-Goetz, and the interior showcases art from local artists like Darius Quarles and Candy Carver

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

10) THE NOVUS, 400 W. Main St.
Mixed-use building on current South Bank building site
– Close to 2 acres of land
Austin Lawrence Partners project
– Demolition of the existing building expected to start by end of 2021; construction expected to begin in early 2022
– Residential portion to include more than 50 condominiums and 180 apartments
– Ground-floor retail space totaling nearly 23,000 square feet
– Construction of new building slated for completion in Q3 of 2024

11) 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, work from home spaces, resort-style pool, an indoor/outdoor covered living room, 2,000-square-foot fitness area, dog spa, and bike storage and repair area.
– Keyless locks, 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: late 2022/ early 2023

12) DURHAM BELT LINE TRAIL, Abandoned Norfolk and Southern rail bed
– 1.76-mile-long, multi-use trail from north Durham to the Ellerbe 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
– NCDOT has authorized the design contract, which began late spring 2021. Design and permitting should take roughly 18 months, and another 18 months for construction
– Construction completion estimated for 2024

13) 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; and 300 square feet for residential units
– Tenants now include Duke University, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Google, ThermoFisher, Spreedly, Cherry Bekaert, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Longfellow Real Estate Partners, 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 – Delivering 110,00 square feet of Class A, state-of-the-art lab space in Q1 2022, which will range 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
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.
– Multiple sites are slated for future lab development with the next site located at 518 W. Morgan St.
– Longfellow Real Estate Partners plans to convert more than 100,000 square feet of downtown office space at 300 Morris St. into state-of-the-art lab facilities to support the region’s growing life science community as the company’s Triangle portfolio expands to more than 4 million square feet
– Lab space is expected to be available in winter 2021/22

14) MONTGOMERY & ALDRIDGE BUILDING, 320 Roney St.
– Former tobacco and tire warehouse built in the early 1930s
– 22,000-square-foot brick-and-beam building currently under renovation
– Anchor tenant Method Savvy moved into the second floor space in September 2020; first floor 12,000-plus RSF still available for lease
– Completed: September 2020

15) THE CALLISTA, 802 Washington St.
– Four units total; three 2,225-square-foot condominiums (two bedrooms, three baths) and a two-story, 3,035-square-foot penthouse (three bedrooms, four baths)
– $1.1 million to $1.7 million
Durham Performing Arts Center architect Phil Szostak of Szostak Design
– Breaking ground in late 2021

16) 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; dog washing station; and small pocket park.
– Scheduled to break ground Q1 2022
– Residences anticipated Q3 2023

17) 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 1 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
– Estimated date to break ground: Q4 2021
– Estimated completion date: Q4 2023

18) 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 Durham Central Park, 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. In light of the pandemic, systems to provide a healthy living environment for residents have been installed, including working extensively 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.
– $400,000s 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 January 2023.

19) HUTCHINS BUILDING, 408 W. Geer St.
– Bow roof with 58-foot clear span steel trusses
– Renovations for the front space were completed in early 2020
PioneersDurham slated to open a coworking and retail space and coffee shop in the showroom in fall 2021
– 7,520 square feet in the back, no plans yet for the space

20) 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

21) ATLAS DURHAM, 614 Rigsbee Ave.
– The Triangle’s first micro-studio apartment community
– 171 micros, studios and one-bedroom apartments
– 6,300 square feet of street-level retail
– One block from Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Fullsteam Brewery, Motorco and Durham Central Park
– Private terraces, views, 22 different amenities including open social spaces
– Joint venture of Paul Smith of Southern Urban and Scott Harmon of Center Studio Architecture
– Under construction; pre-leasing is underway, move-in to begin Nov. 1, 2021

22) 120 BROADWAY ST.
– A Lock7 Development 24-townhome community project
– Contemporary-style three-bedroom units, each with a terrace and 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 in early 2022
– Delivery in spring 2023

23) 106-108 BROADWAY, Broadway & North streets
– Former Leyland Post property purchased by Center Studio Architecture
– Ongoing site plan review for 10 townhomes with compact footprints
– Two-bedroom, two-bath units each with a private garden and secure parking
– Amenities include an outdoor terrace space for each condo, along with a rooftop kitchen and terrace and covered parking
– Plans are to begin construction in mid-2022

24) ARRAY DURHAM, 521 N. Mangum St.
– 18 studio and one-bedroom condos from the mid-$200s
– 500- to 700-square-foot designs
– 11 units available
– Spring 2022 completion
– Joint venture of Center Studio Architecture, White Oak Properties & Urban Durham Realty

25) 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 spaces across three levels of parking
– Construction began in September 2021
– Delivery of the first units: Q1 of 2023
– General contractor is John Moriarty & Associates, architect is Cline Design Associates and civil engineer is Coulter Jewell Thames

26) 600 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
– Two- and three-bedroom units, all include a flex room
– Amenities: a pocket park, three balconies per unit, dedicated laundry room, modern mail room with refrigerated delivery, two parking spaces per unit as well as dedicated first-story storage for each unit
– Starting in the $900,000s
– First building slated for completion Q4 of 2022; second building scheduled for Q2 of 2023

27) DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY, 300 N. Roxboro St.
– Nearly 100,000-square-foot building – an additional 35,000 square feet increase from previous 65,000-square-foot building
– Improvement highlights: Reconfiguration of building entries and interior; comprehensive technology labs; multiple sensory-focused areas; business incubator; expanded and more accessible NC Collection; outdoor public plaza for programming and events; significant advances in energy efficiency
– Reopened July 2021

28) 300 & 500 E. MAIN ST. APARTMENTS
– Mixed-use buildings with total of 305 affordable residential apartments, 250 market-rate apartments, 41,340 square feet of commercial space and more than 1,900 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
– Parking deck completion estimated August 2022
– Affordable housing completion estimated for spring 2023
– Estimated overall completion at end of 2023

500 E. Main St.
– Deck/redevelopment construction will begin following the completion of the 300 E. Main St. deck. Schedule and sequencing have not been fully vetted by the project team
– 500 E. Main St. redevelopment will include a parking garage with approximately 873 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
– 246 market-rate units along Main Street with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units and street-level commercial and retail spaces that include 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 set to begin in January 2022
– Parking deck opening August 2023
– Market-rate housing units slated for completion in Q4 of 2023
– Affordable housing units slated for completion in Q1 of 2024

29) 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

30) CAMDEN DURHAM, 425 S. Roxboro St.
– Construction began early 2021
– 354 apartment homes
– Budgeted cost of $120 million
– Construction slated for completion at end of 2023
– 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

Camden Durham Phase II
– Four stories on two-acre parcel
– 66 apartments, parking will be provided within the Phase I garage; at least one space per bedroom
– Construction to begin in Q1/Q2 of 2022 with completion estimated in Q1 of 2025

31) VENABLE CENTER CAMPUS, 464 E. Pettigrew St.
– Joint-venture partnership of Trinity Capital, SLI Capital, Kane Realty and Jordan Park
– 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 will have a ground-floor with retail space, in February 2021; its construction is scheduled for completion in November 2021
– Apartment construction completion estimated in summer 2022; currently pre-leasing

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, wine lockers and more
– Broke ground in July 2020
– Units anticipated December 2021

33) 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 Q1 of 2022

34) ELIZABETH STREET APARTMENTS, 544 Liberty St.
– Land owned by Durham Housing Authority; Charlotte-based developer Laurel Street
– New construction of 72 one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments with unit sizes ranging from 700 to 1,500 square feet
– Available to households earning up to 80% of area median income
– Construction slated to start in 2022 and completion anticipated by end of 2023

35) 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 Solar, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, Kalisher, WillowTree, Two Roosters, MetaMetrics and Urban Tails Veterinary Hospital. Neapolitan Pizzeria Cugino Forno plans to open in fall 2021
– Current construction focuses on parking lot expansion and exterior building improvements
– 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 The Cotton Room 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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