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The city council retreat is underway. Ryan Murphy of The Pilot is live tweeting from it. There is a lot of development discussion and focus in here to unpack. I am pretty new here but one development I may have missed or have never seen mentioned is a senior living development next to the fire station.
Here is the first post of the thread;
And here's the post referencing the senior living development;
Dollar Tree is adding 600 jobs and expanding their headquarters. They said they will be building the "tallest building" in Chesapeake. Pictures in the article look to be a town center style environment within the Grennbrier area.
I wanted to post a thread on this to see if anyone else was interested, curious, or knowledgeable about prefab homes. My girlfriend and I are considering either a major addition to our home or demoing the structure and building a custom home. I understood prefab to be better built due to the ability to build in a controlled environment, but also cheaper due to the economies of scale achieved by building similar homes in one location. This would be especially true for the modular homes. However, I am finding many of the prefab homes are priced in the $350-$500/sqft. range, excluding land costs! One company (Turkel Design) gave me a quote for $143 for site work costs, which would include running the plumbing, electrical, installing the cabinetry, etc. The materials (drywall, cabinets, counters, appliances, etc.) come as part of another $150,000 line item for the budget. The big issue I am having is comparing apples-to-apples. How do I confirm what a comparable house would cost to build on site?
Does anyone have an personal experience with these types of homes or projects?
The old Ramada Inn turned failed Duke Condo project turned failed boutique hotel by Graduate Hotels, is in the process of being demolished. It appears everyone has given up at this point on trying to save the bones of this building and it's going to be razed for a 342 unit apartment complex and parking deck. The design is being handled by CLINE Design on behalf of Alliance Residential out of Charlotte.
News blurb courtesy of the Herald Sun:
Map of the site via Google Maps:
General site plan which definitely maximizes every inch of their site as opposed to the giant sprawling parking lot currently there:
Link to the current plans pulled from Durham's Land Development Office:
Found this YouTube video of someone that ventured inside before demolition started: