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Old 03-04-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Next up in today's series of Durham photos: the Brightleaf Square, West Village and American Tobacco districts.

Brightleaf Square was one of the US' first tobacco warehouse renovations in the early 80s; recently updated, it is the home of many fine restaurants and unique locally-owned shops.

West Village's phase-one dates back a few years and is the home to popular (fully-leased) loft apartments; phase two has just begun (I've included some photos of the demolition/construction) and represents a $140 million investment for housing, retail and office space in Durham.

American Tobacco is a very hot property in downtown Durham; the first phase is office and dining and is 98% leased, including the headquarters of ad agency McKinney+Silver, administrative offices for GlaxoSmithKline and Duke University, and the world headquarters of Motricity, a mobile phone content provider. It's across the street from the Durham Bulls' new ballpark. Phases two and three (photos included) include about 70 condos/apartments (with a 300-person wait-list), Durham's new performing arts center, and more office space and retail.

First up: Brightleaf Square...

The main shopping and dining arcade





Corner view



Across from Brightleaf, the popular new bistro Alivia's. The Federal and the James Joyce are also popular bars/taverns. This whole area is tremendously alive in the evenings.



A view of the neighboring Peabody Place complex, with a view towards part of Durham's skyline.



The Durham School of the Arts, a popular high school with a strong fine-arts magnet, is adjacent to the Brightleaf district.




Durham's old Studebaker dealership, being renovated as the new regional office for the international ad agency Ogilvy:



Next up: West Village. Here's phase one, the loft-apartments.



Another view; on the right hand side is where further renovation (including a new parking deck) are coming in.



More of phase two of West Village, now under construction...



(The bridge from the old Liggett & Myers factory will be removed.)








Last up: the American Tobacco Historic District.

Here's phase one...













The Durham Bulls ballpark across from the ATHD:




And here's phase two under construction:



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Old 03-04-2007, 09:41 AM
 
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Great work. There's no doubt, Durham has some of the best urban architecture in the state.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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The Chamber of Commerce should hire you!
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:42 AM
 
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Great photos. Lots of flavor!
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: las vegas nv aka litter box
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i'd love to live in this type of condo! very cool!
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