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    Durham East Main Street

    Durham County approved plans to redevelop their surface parking lots on the 300 & 500 block of East Main, to include "437 apartments between them, with 277 to be designated affordable for those who make 80 percent or less of the area median income." Set to break ground in 2020.
  2. These are coming out of the ground: The building in the background is the partially complete, partially under construction apartment building The Mark. "Live to make an impression." Formerly Hendrick Durham Auto Mall. Not quite the same caliber as the renderings for 555 Mangum and Van Alen: It's hard to believe how different this area will be once these are all complete.
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    Durham Innovation District

    There are some great renderings on their website, A rendering of the whole district (with American Tobacco strangely labeled as "Downtown Durham"): I was in the neighborhood today and the first two buildings are really coming together. According to the leasing brochure, they will have about 20K sq ft of ground floor retail, plus space for a rooftop restaurant. View from Morris St: Looking down Hunt Street, with the Measurement building: Looking up Hunt Street from the farmers market/central park: In the above photo, the red building is a condo development, "The Brannon," that is just finishing up construction. Compared to the Measurement building, its street level experience is pretty disappointing: Final shot -- view from a bit farther up Hunt Street, showing the parking deck that is also under construction: I'm curious what the long term plan is for this back quarter of the block.
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    American Tobacco Historic District

    Looks like Diamond View III could have a decent chunk of retail opening onto Blackwell, though I can't really tell what's happening from the renderings. This could be a much-needed step in the right direction for opening some the campus's energy onto the street grid. I'm curious what the "future development" plans are for the lawn fronting this space and DPAC. That's a big footprint right in the middle of the campus.
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    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Looks like we'll have to wait at least another week before we know what's happening to the money Rick Scott is trying to reject:
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    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    According the NYT, North Carolina will get "less than $10 million" from the HSR money Ohio and Wisconsin refused. The biggest winners are, not surprisingly, California and Florida.
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    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Not to mention the fact that CA received 2.3 billion, IL received $1.1 bil, and WA received almost $600 million. None are exactly swing states. While a lot of the allotment was probably political, it looks to me like less an attempt to shower money on swing states, and more an attempt to get a solid geographic funding spread -- which hopefully will make funding HSR politically easier down the road. The fact that the largest recipients didn't include any McCain states seems more a function of which states went for McCain. Most '08 red states are pretty rural, and of those that aren't, I can't think of any with well-formed rail plans. But yes, I'm also really hopeful some of this money will jumpstart Virginia improvements. The government needs to get serious about reducing Raleigh to DC travel times.
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    Blount Street Commons

    Looks like the AIA building is about to begin construction: Great news. Glad to see some activity in this neighborhood.
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    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    The DOT requested $290 million more in high speed rail money for the Raleigh to Charlotte track last week. While there's a lot less money on the table -- just over 2.3 billion -- the feds are requiring a minimum 20% local match, so there are a lot fewer funding requests than with the ARRA's money. 77 applications totaled 8.5 billion in requests. I feel like we really lucked out with the ARRA allotment, so it will be interesting to see if the money keeps flowing. And good for the DOT, stepping up to the plate with the required matching funds. The press release only mentioned a few specific things that would be funded -- grade separations at Sugar Creek Rd in Charlotte and Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, and some station improvements. It looks like they were part of the DOT's 5th frequency needs. I couldn't find a detailed breakdown of what was specifically requested. Here's a good overview of our competition. We should find out this fall, so keep your fingers crossed.
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    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Looks like the first installment of NC's ARRA rail money is coming in -- $20.3 million "to refurbish passenger coaches and locomotives." Anyone know some more specifics on where this money is going? I'm assuming these train cars will be new additions to the fleet -- are they in preparation for the fourth Raleigh to Charlotte route, or will they supplement or replace cars on the current routes? Either way, it's good to see some of that money start to flow.
  11. I picked up the first edition of Carrboro's new newspaper the other day: The Carrboro Citizen. It had a pretty interesting article about upcoming changes to the requirements for open space in Downtown developments -- it sounds pretty similar to the fight Meeker's been having in Raleigh recently, but it sounds like the board is leaning towards making the right decision allowing other 'urban amenities' to be included in lieu of open space. Also, it mentioned a couple developments I hadn't heard about. The first was 'The Alberta," a 46,000 square foot mixed use development on the old Carrboro Farmers Market sight on Roberson. I think this is right behind the armadillo grill? This is one lot away from the Cat's Cradle Redevelopment. The other was a planned residential and commercial development at the old Andrew-Rigsbee Hardware Store on South Greenboro. This could be a great space -- It could feed off the success of the new Open Eye space one block north, and the very new restaurant, antique store, and gardening store right across the street. Combined, these two projects could start to extend DT Carrboro South a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing more plans for them.
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    American Tobacco Historic District

    Man, I had never noticed that the University Ford lot was listed as phase four -- I'll be really excited to see what they have planned for it. What they've done with phase one is incredible, but I really hope they make these lots a little more outwardly oriented (or at least inwardly oriented to connected streets). Since they're staring from scratch, it could have a much more traditionally urban layout to it. Those are two huge blocks -- maybe they could reestablish some street connectivity through there? Think how great a retail area along Jackson could be -- with the old warehouses on one side and that street bend on the other, you could feel very enclosed in an urban environment. I think DT car lots may be one of the few things I hate more than DT surface parking lots. It will be great to see it go. Guess I'll have to wait a few years, though...
  13. Took some pictures today of Chapel Hill. The Franklin seems to be coming together nicely. I think they did an excellent job with design of this building -- its not that stimulating architecturally, but for its size it blends in nicely while still making everything feel much more urban. Here's the nearly completed Rosemary Village -- It looks like some people have already moved into the condos, though the retail spaces aren't finished yet. Though I don't like the architecture of the building, the retail portion's relationship to the sidewalk is almost perfect, in my book. Here's an apartment building that was completed last year. Small, effeciency apartments that are relatively affordable. I think I've mentioned them before: Its not flashy, but it added a lot to the block. The 10 story Greenbridge building will one day be the backround of the left portion of this photo: And this is where I think the shortbread lofts building is going to be (sorry for the bad angle): If its the lot I think it is, that means this great little building will have to go. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong -- this will be a loss to Rosemary, its one of few buildings from that time period on the strip:
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    Blount Street Commons

    I don't think historic should just refer to nationally known figures or events. In fact, for me, buildings that are locally or personally historic mean just as much as those of national aclaim. Just because George Washington didn't live there doesn't mean some local official didn't. Hey, maybe it was just someone's grandmother who lived there. Or hey, maybe she just walked by them everyday going to work. Assuming Raleigh doesn't become a city entirely made up of transplants, these histories will probably be much more meaningful to a lot of people than some nationally recognizable yet distant history. Having buildings which are actually woven in with the local story of a place, in my opinion, is the best kind of historic.
  15. There's a new article out about the proposed development at the Cat's Cradle shopping strip in downtown Carrboro. Apparantly a 'mid-size chain' is planning on including a hotel in the project, right next to the Cat's Cradle's new location. 110 rooms, about $110 a night. They're hoping to break ground early next year on the first building. I'm glad to here this project is still moving -- I hadn't heard anything about it in a while. I don't know how familiar y'all are with it, but it's a beautiful plan. I have trouble imagining how it could be done better. Not only will it tie in really well with Carrboro (pedestrian plaza/amphitheater, 3 story buildings by the road and 5 stories farther back), they're building it in phases so that none of the current commercial tenants will ever be homeless -- they can just move into the new buildings as they're completed, tearing down the old buildings later to make way for more construction. All but 1 tenant, apparantly, is planning on staying. I've seen renderings in person, but can't seem to find any online... I really think this project is going to make Franklin/Rosemary seem infinitely more connected to DT Carrboro/Main Street. Also, I don't think this project has been mentioned -- "shortbread lofts", to be built Rosemary, kind of across from Warehouse Apartments. 168 apartments targeting grad students and young professionals, mixed use with retail along Rosemary. The developer's calling it Workforce Housing, saying there won't be luxury units. Which is awesome to hear. Here's another interesting on the incredible amount of stuff going on in DT. Chapel Hill's going to see a lot of changes over the next few years.