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Monday, December 15, 2014

Poppies: A concrete field of fallow development

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Like most large developments, University Marketplace had a grand vision: 300 apartments and 110,000-plus square feet of retail space, including a gourmet grocer, Poppies, in southwest Durham, near SuperTarget and Sam's Club. That was in 2008, shortly before the Great Recession tanked the credit markets. And since then, University Marketplace off Shannon Road between U.S. 15-501 and University Drive, has lain fallow. One of the last tenants, Sitar India Cuisine, moved across 15-501, where it thrives. Even the H&R Block, which could set up shop in a lean-to, bailed several years ago. We have a call into Hawthorne Retail Partners...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ground has been broken on new office building in a nook off Alley 26

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

As regular INDY readers might know, I'm obsessed with Alley 26 and its offshoot nooks. It's my favorite spot in Durham—a throwback to an earlier time, that, with its brick and sharp angles and narrowness, feels vaguely European.  So I keep track of what's happening back there, whether it's the tree that was cut down (it was an invasive species and hostile even to birds) or the redevelopment of a small vacant lot behind 118 W. Parrish St.  For the map-obsessed, the official the address of this space, what a friend of mine calls a "wino encampment," is 120...

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