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  1. Durham Athletic Park & area redevelopment

    I have not been on here in a while so I'm just getting around to some of these posts. This area has been home to several grassroots/ DIY developments over the last several years. Motorco Music Hall Geer St Grill Cocoa Cinnamon Fullsteam Brewery The Pit (just opened) Music Hall Several other small or sustainability focused businesses It should be interesting to see how the Liberty Warehouse redevelopment affects this area.
  2. Urban Apartment Boom (Durham)

    Under Construction - WV III - 605 W Chapel Hill - Circle/ Crescent Main - Greenfire/ Armada Almost complete - Southside Phase I - Circle/ Crescent Ninth - Riggsbee St. Co-Housing Project ~80 units That is over 1500 apartments within a mile of City Center! It will be great to see the Liberty Warehouse and City Center Tower projects break ground. The West Village III building is probably most important since institutional money is on the table. Its success could put Durham on the radar of other public REITs.
  3. 2035 Triangle Regional Transit Vision Plan

    Maybe a new movement of "You didn't support improvement of our transit systems...So I'm going to vote for someone who will..." is coming. The Triangle has a growing list of infrastructure needs that going unfunded and could lead to declines in our quality of life which we constantly receive accolades for. I'm tired of voting for politicians...will some LEADERS please stand up!
  4. 2035 Triangle Regional Transit Vision Plan

    Rep. Paul Luebke is frustrating!!! If anything poor and working class people stand to benefit greatly from more transit. It opens up access to more jobs across the Triangle. At the same time, high gas prices are making people cut back on their car trips. Luebke (and others like him) are not looking at the BIG picture here. He's no better than the Locke people who believe that we can outpave growth and traffic...hmmmmm...that's never been tried before...Atlanta, Houston, LA, etc.
  5. Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

    Durham needs a rising tide...In other words, the more entertainment and arts that open downtown...the more people that will spontaneously come just for fun and/or culture. BTW, there are several (currently vacant) potential venues for a variety of nightclub and restaurant/lounge concepts.
  6. Wow...some of you guys are following your stocks too closely. Even in a down market there are gems to be bought. Downtown Durham is a gem. Like the DDI leader said, it will not be what it was in the past (where everybody shopped downtown) but it will transform into one of the important centers in the city. I would say that Greenfire's development will be a rising tide but a tide recedes. I guess I'll call "Bull City" Warming due to the "Greenfire" Effect...the melting of the ice cold market will cause the water levels to rise. BTW, who was hanging out on Glenwood South 15 years ago??? If it wasn't for Glenwood South, would there be anybody in downtown Raleigh after dark??? The point is...it will take a while for people to consider downtown a destination after 5pm in Raleigh (yes Raleigh still has a way to go...a downtown arena would have helped tremendously) and Durham. It helps by adding residences and shops in order to build somewhat of critical mass. Greenfire's development will be a boost for all of downtown.
  7. Blue Devil Partners West Village

    The completion of this development will go a long way towards connecting downtown and the Brightleaf area. The Brightleaf area will be almost at capacity once Gatsby's Sports Lounge opens along with the redeveloped "Pizza Hut" building.
  8. Dorothea Dix Property

    They should be able to raise plenty of money from the Dix 306 crowd... Since it looks like Dix is going to be mostly a park, the City should do all it can to make it and Pullen Park a destination park. Pullen could use an upgrade along with improvements at Dix.
  9. American Tobacco Historic District

    Phase III is supposed to have ground-floor retail with residential above. There will be wide pedestrian paths and plazas between the Northern entrance and the Performing Arts Center. In between there is supposed to ample restaurants and residences with ground-floor retail.
  10. Ninth Street changes to come?

    I think the retailers dictate the the small lots in front. The Pavilion at Lakeview is shaping up in a similar fashion but I'll take this compromise for now over the suburban deep parking lots. The worst is the lots and buildings sunk down in the ground to be more "visually appealing". That only works for ugly, cookie cutter buildings (such as South Square "redevelopment"). Ninth Street might end up dying because of the people who love it so much. Rents are steadily increasing because of demand and landlord privilege. So the businesses that people want to save from competition from new development might not survive after all. A well-developed neighborhood plan as well as good business plans should keep the rents reasonable, add more customers and maintain the indigineous (sp?) businesses in the area.
  11. American Tobacco Historic District

    The PR issues start with word of mouth. It is acceptable to say Durham is unsafe or Downtown is unsafe. It is acceptable to say that families typically don't eat dinner at Brightleaf or somewhere especially when there were no or few options before. I find it very disturbing for a woman to be kidnapped and murdered from a Downtown Raleigh parking garage near the Courthouse. This is not directed at any individuals...just trying to do my part to break down the mental barriers that prevent other Triangle-ites from experiencing such an interesting city. I particualarly invite my neighbors in Cary to a break from there extreme monotany(sp?). This entire district is changing fast and becoming a "tourist" attraction for people across the Triangle.
  12. Durham Athletic Park & area redevelopment

    The goal has been to maintain this facility as a multi-purpose facility. That's why they were looking at the turf which wouldn't get torn up during the Blues and Beer festivals. I would be leaning more towards the museum since they would be able to maintain all of the other uses. I wish we could have both but it probably be useless for the field crews to train on artificial grass. It'll be interesting to see how everything will shape up but I am optimistic about everything so far.
  13. Triangle Towne Center

    When a kid opens fire at a school in Hillsborough, people see it as isolated event and make proper security changes. Same thing with a fight between a bunch of kids. The Capital Blvd. area south of TTC has the same problems but I haven't seen the TTC or Raleigh labeled as crime-ridden. I'm not saying that stupid things don't happen in Durham but they happen across the Triangle (even in Cary or NC State football games). Back on topic...As far as South Square is concerned, its pending death was sped up by SSP. The previous owners invested next to nothing in improving the mall. I attended a charette on how to redevelop the mall and it looked nothing like what's there now (it's still better than the old South Square IMHO). It is a healthy retail market despite SSP and New Hope Commons/Patterson Place. There are still some property owners that are cash-cowing the centers around there. The TTC area will adapt and change over time. Will Saks stay or go? I just don't see a mall being anchored by ONE upscale tenant. They wanted two...along with matching upscale boutiques. I think the stores did more market research than the mall owners which is why the spaces have been slow to fill. The TTC area can support JC Penney, Sears, Macy's, Dillard's and Belk's plus the Gap's and whatever other stores normal people shop at...The anchor stores in general are there to draw foot traffic for the more profitable, numerous small stores in the mall.
  14. Triangle Towne Center

    I can maybe agree on the walkways upstairs but I haven't seen it as a problem yet. I-40 and the crime are off-base. I have no problem getting to the mall off of I-40. I would think not having a parking deck is a weakness though. Parking can be ridiculous on most weekends.
  15. Triangle Towne Center

    I think this mall is trying to be something that it's not. The draw of Wakefield and the Falls Lake neighborhoods made the developers try to make it upscale. The majority of the area is middle-class suburbia or rural. Saks should have gone to Southpoint (which is centrally located to most of the Triangle) or Crabtree (dense wealthy population). Northgate in Durham is going to survive and thrive because it targets a whole group of people that the newer malls could care less about. Plus its a lot easier to park. If they are planning a mall in Garner, it should not try to go upscale either. Also even though I like North Hills, it is still finding its way in the Triangle shopping mentality. There seems to be heavy turnover in the boutique stores. I think it will be very succesful in the long-run especially after the hotel and North Hills East are in place. As far as suburban malls go, I am liking how the whole Southpointe area is shaping up. There are not vast expanses of commercial land in the area so it is a little more concentrated (definitely not dense). After buildout, I would love for them to build a couple 4-6 story residential/hotel/retail buildings with parking decks between the outdoor area and the highway. tried to stay on topic...sorry.