What’s Up, Downtown? Durham Magazine’s Guide to Local Developments

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By Melanie Vidovich

1) THE BARTLETT,1105 W. Main St.
– 33 of 34 condos are sold (one-, two- and three-bedroom homes)
– 6,000 square feet of retail
– East West Partners project
– Estimated completion: December 2019

2) SOLIS, 1005 W. Main St.
– 194 apartments (one-, two- and three-bedrooms)
– All apartments are currently leased, with a few becoming available in October 2019
– Began welcoming residents end of December 2018 

3) THE GROVE, Gordon St. between Jackson and Yancey streets
– 62 townhomes, 1,285–2,675 square feet 
– Three-story and four-story units, some with rooftop terraces facing downtown
– $400,000s–$900,000s

4) CITY PORT, 600 S. Duke St. at Yancey St.
– 43 condos starting in high $100s 
– From 400-square-foot studios to 1,200-square-foot 3-bedrooms
– All permits approved, pre-sales underway, expected to break ground fall 2019 
– Project team includes: Urban Durham Realty; Center Studio Architecture, ReVamp Durham; White Oak Properties; CityPlat Commercial Real Estate; Blue Sky Services; Emerson Land Planning; Coulter Jewell Thames

5) THE TOWER AT MUTUAL PLAZA, 411 W. Chapel Hill St.
– Remodeled and expanded lobby, newly constructed mezzanine, plaza area (all completed Fall 2018)
– Tenant fitness center set for construction in early 2020
– Iconic NC Mutual Life sign to be updated with modern lighting technology along with renovation of street monument sign in early 2020
– Modern co-working space – Provident1898 – available for rent. 
– Custom-designed space available for rent to creatives who specialize in theater production and art called The Understudy, in design for construction in 2020
– Current tenants include NC Mutual, Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs and other Duke University affiliates, Veterans Affairs (U.S. Government), Provident1898, Institute for Medical Research and Perkins + Will

6) 505 S. DUKE
– 32,500-square-foot, six-story building; converted top three floors to open-concept office 
– Abundant on-site parking with covered spaces available
– Current tenants are Adzerk and BB&T
– Completed September 2019
Hem + Spire project

7) BROADSTONE DURHAM, 600 Willard St.
Former Crown Park Hotel
342 apartments: studio, one- and two-bedroom units
Estimated completion: October 2019

8) WILLARD STREET APARTMENTS, Corner of Jackson and Willard streets
– Joint venture of DHIC, Self-Help Ventures, City of Durham
– Four stories; 82 units of affordable housing; 61 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, 23 two-bedrooms
– Ground-floor retail on Jackson Street (about 5,000 square feet) and a two-story parking deck (about 125 spaces)
– Projected completion date: December 2020

9) FIVE POINTS, 400 W. Main St.
– Mixed-use building on current South Bank building site
– Close to 2 acres of land
Austin Lawrence Partners (One City Center) project
– In the planning phase, projected to break ground in mid-2020

– Total Area: 1.7 million square feet, 15 acres, bordered by Duke Street, Morgan Street, West Corporation Street and Roney Street
– 900,000 square feet of new office/lab; 490,000 square feet of existing office; 115,000 square feet of existing lab; 60,000 square feet of new retail; 250,000 square feet of new residential units
– Tenants now include Duke University, Duke Clinical Research Institute, WeWork, The 360 Approach, Nutanix, Duda Paine Architects, Beer Durham, Measurement Incorporated

Southern Gateway
– 200 MorrisDuke Clinical Research Institute on floors 1-7, 5,729 square feet of retail available on first floor
300 Morris – In July 2019, WeWork moved in, taking up floors 5-7; 64,363 square feet of Class A office space available; 6,618 square feet of retail available on the first floor; LEED Gold Building; 5,824-square-foot penthouse space available for rooftop restaurant. Tenant yet to be announced.
Morris Green Park – about a half-acre park along Morris Street provides seating, weekly yoga classes, power connectivity and Ultimate Frisbee stations. Public parking garage. Courtyard between 200 & 300 Morris buildings  includes seating, string lighting, Wi-Fi and lawn games. Raleigh artist Matt McConnell created the sculpture for this space.
Next phase includes a 160,000-square-foot lab building with additional retail space

11) THE CALLISTA, 802 Washington St. 
– Four units total; three 2,225-square-foot condos (two bedrooms, three baths) and a two-story, 3,035-square-foot penthouse (three bedrooms, four baths)
– $1.1 million to $1.7 million
DPAC architect Phil Szostak of Szostak Design

Durham Food Hall, Liberty Warehouse, 530 Foster St.
– 10 mini eateries, two bars and two private event spaces in a 15,000-square-foot, open food hall concept. Vendors include: Locals Seafood Market & Oyster Bar, Lula & Sadie’s, Liturgy Beverage, Old North Meats and Provisions, Napoli Pizza and Gelato, Afters, Ex-Voto Cocina Nixtamal, Lima Peruvian, Everything Bagels, Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary, and a six-month pop-up – hall is accepting applications
– Architect is Ellen Cassilly Architect; Gateway is the contractor; both specialize in green builds
Bull City Designs will furnish hall with reclaimed materials
– Composting and grease recycling programs. Will be a GreenToGo location.
– Estimated completion: spring 2020

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
– Base trail is 64% funded; rest of the planning, including negotiating a contract and obtaining approvals for the design contract, is expected to occur sometime this fall
– Estimated completion: winter 2022

614 Rigsbee Avenue
– 171 apartments with a focus on well-equipped studios and amenities
– Joint venture of Paul Smith of Southern Urban and Scott Harmon of ReVamp Durham. Center Studio Architecture will work with Cline Design Associates as design architects for the project
– Construction expected to begin winter 2020 

Foster on the Park, 545 Foster St. 
– 164-unit boutique apartments with ground floor, park-facing retail/restaurant space
– Construction commenced in spring 2018; pre-leasing in early 2020; apartments move-in ready in late spring

13) ONE CITY CENTER,110 Corcoran St.
– 27-story, mixed-use tower with 30 condos (all sold)/109 luxury apartments with one- or two-bedrooms starting $1,725/month (95% leased) 
– 130,195 square feet of Class-A office space, 91% pre-leased by Duke and WeWork
– 22,828 square feet of retail space (nine retail bays) includes Pokéworks, B. Good, Bulldega, The Oak House and JuiceKeys
– Completed Q2 2019

14) 555 MANGUM, 555 S. Mangum St.
– Northwood Ravin project; 11-story, mixed-use office and retail, 240,000 square feet available
– Floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free floors that maximize layouts and natural light
– Rooftop lounge, terrace and conference facility, a courtyard plaza with retail opportunities
– Estimated completion: Q1 2020

15) VAN ALEN, 511 S. Mangum St.
– Northwood Ravin 12-story apartment complex, 418 units: studio, one- or two-bedrooms in the five stories of the low-rise, or one- two- or three-bedrooms in the tower. 
– Started pre-leasing late fall 2018, welcomed first residents for move-in February 2019
– Cross-training room, sauna and steam room, pool courtyard, offices and co-working space, rooftop terrace; expected to have barista and concierge services starting late 2019

16) DURHAM GATEWAY, 425 S. Roxboro St.
– Residential living and 5,900 square feet of retail
– 6 stories on 4-acre parcel
– 465 apartments, 630 parking spaces
– Construction began December 2019
– Estimated completion: December 2023

17) THE RIGSBEE, 211 Rigsbee Ave.
– Built in 1938, features 9,790 rentable square feet (RSF); recently renovated ground floor and first-floor space consists of 5,280 RSF
– Second and third floor has 4,510 RSF, a butterfly roof and a 630-square-foot walk-out terrace
Formlabs, occupies the ground and first floor of the building; second and third floors are open to new tenants 
– Completed September 2019
Hem + Spire project

18) HUTCHINS BUILDING, 408 W. Geer St.
– 3,072 square feet in the showroom (front) space and 7,520 square feet in the back
– Bow roof with 58-foot clear span steel trusses
– Estimated completion: End of 2019 

19) MORGAN STREET MIXED-USE GARAGE, Mangum Street, Morgan Street and Rigsbee Avenue
– Overall cost: $23 million
– 667 parking spaces, 145 of which are designated hourly parking spaces  
– Wrapped with 15,687 square feet of commercial/retail
– Features public artwork by Gabriel Eng-Goetz
– Completed March 2019

– Many county offices have moved in, including: Register of Deeds, Tax Administration, Economic Development, Soil and Water Conservation, Engineering and Environmental Services, NC Forestry Service (tenant), Emergency Medical Services Administration and Training, Juvenile Justice and Finance
Neighbor’s Restaurant will begin to upfit a space on the ground floor; one other restaurant space is available, no prospective tenants yet 
– Cost: $47,209,129
– Completed August 2019

– Mixed-use: 202,000-square-foot, eight-floor office space in one building with 200 apartments in another, in addition to the already existing Venable Center Campus
– Office building to have a ground floor with retail space 
– Pre-leasing as of February 2019

22) WEST GEER, 216 West Geer
– Three brownstones, each with 2,297 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths
– Units includes all-brick exteriors, hardwood floors, rooftop patio, elevators, two-car garage
– Units start at $875,000; one is under contract
– Estimated completion: Mid-October 2019 

– New York-based Park Grove Realty has submitted a proposal to build a 240-unit apartment complex; the Durham Planning Department started the review process in July

24) LEYLAND POST, Broadway St. & North St.
– 12 condos, 1,245-1,386 square feet with three floors each; between $549,000-$589,000
– 9 units still available
– Amenities include an outdoor terrace space for each condo, along with a rooftop kitchen and terrace and covered parking
– Local developer Reynolds Maxwell
– Groundbreaking date TBD

25) ELEVEN, 524 N. Mangum St.
– 11 townhomes, three stories with enclosed garages, walk-out decks, and private gardens
– Typical unit (three-bedroom) around 1,700 square feet, starting at $569,900
– 6 units still available
Expected completion: February 2020
Center Studio Architecture, Urban Durham Realty and White Oak Properties project

26) DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY, 300 N. Roxboro St.
– 99,000-square-foot building – an additional 34,000 square feet increase from previous 64,000-square-foot building
– Improvement highlights: Reconfiguration of building entries and interior; Comprehensive Literacy and Technology Center; expanded and more accessible NC Collection; outdoor public plaza for programming and events; significant advances in energy efficiency
– Overall project budget: $47,100,000
– Opening April 2020

27) 300 & 500 E. MAIN ST. APARTMENTS
– Mixed-use: 305 affordable residential apartments, 250 market-rate apartments, 41,340 square feet of commercial space (including room for a pre-K) and more than 1,900 parking spaces 
– Groundbreaking for parking decks expected in Q2 2020, construction for apartments expected to start Q3 2021
– Estimated overall completion: End of 2023 

28) MILL NO. 1 (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 new artist studios, Durham Art Guild, Hi-Wire Brewing, Strata Solar, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, Pairwise Plants and WillowTree.
– Current construction focuses on fitness center upgrades and improvements to entryway, signage and indoor and outdoor break areas 
– Additional office and restaurants are expected to reach completion in early 2020

29) ELLIOTT SQUARE, 311 Elliott Street, Durham, NC 27701
– 37 townhomes, 1,590-1,870 square feet (two- and three-bedroom units)
– Prices starting at $499,000
– Modern, design-forward residences with energy-efficient features and rooftop terraces
– Construction expected to begin Spring 2020
– Project team: Chappell Residential, JDavis Architects, Concept 8, Elliott Square Partners

* The Blue Light Living, 1605 Erwin Rd.
– 80 off-campus, pet-friendly apartments geared toward Duke students
–Two- and three-bedroom, fully furnished units ranging from 825-1,215 square feet 
– Amenities include: rooftop pool on the seventh floor, fitness center, study rooms, 24-hour coffee station, a bark park and pet-washing station
– Pre-leasing now; leasing by the individual bedroom; two-bedroom units are $1,600 per room; three-bedroom units are $1,400 per room; utilities included in pricing
– Estimated completion/accepting residents: August 2020

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