One 751 Hearing Paused, Another On Track: City officials made it clear at Tuesday's work session that they don't want to entertain a Jan. 3 hearing date for a utility extension proposal from developers proposing the massive 751 South project near Jordan Lake until a municipal cost-benefit analysis of the deal and of annexation is ready, something not expected until about that date. Some Council members -- including Diane Catotti and, more notably, Cora Cole-McFadden, for whom less of an opinion on 751 South has been known -- expressed hesitation over tackling the issue at all pending the completion of a pending lawsuit over the County's handling of the case, as a City vote could trump the county matter entirely. It's unclear whether that lawsuit-first view will prevail, or whether the Council will take action on the key votes once the analysis is in. One item, a proposal to move the urban growth area boundary to encompass the site, is still on the Jan. 3 agenda; activists seem poised to work to turn out crowds for that post-New Year hearing. Your best reading on the case is in the Herald-Sun and the Indy this morning.
GSK ATC Space for HTC: The N&O and Herald-Sun confirm that hot smartphone manufacturer HTC is choosing GlaxoSmithKline's old space at the American Tobacco Campus' Crowe Bldg. for its new digs; GSK has been slowing moving out of the space as it looks to consolidate its Triangle operations and give up more than 1m sq. ft. of space. The office will open in early winter and will focus on R&D and strategy. (Herald-Sun, N&O)
Red Hat Decision Looms: Meanwhile, Linux software and services firm Red Hat -- which just announced strong quarterly results and is approaching $1b in annual revenue run rate -- expects to decide on space expansion and new HQ plans within roughly a month's time, sez the N&O. American Tobacco is in the running for the space; campus officials have been mum on the exact siting of any headquarter building, though according to the rumor mill around town, let's just say their plans might turn the seminal lyrical line of a popular Joni Mitchell song on its head. (N&O)
Coming to our Census: NC boomed in the last decade at a percentage rate faster than anywhere else in the southeast, and fifth overall, notes the N&O -- though the growth wasn't enough to pick up another Congressional seat. Which, the Herald-Sun points out through an AP wire-run story, may create opportunities for intrigue during redistricting; the article notes that two Triangle representatives, Brad Miller and David Price, might see a munging of their districts to push one incumbent out, with Miller's Triad-Triangle "stretch" district likely to become more compact. (Herald-Sun, N&O)
Share Your Christmas Needs Help: WRAL points out the challenges facing the County's Share Your Christmas program to put gifts under the tree in needy families. A Durham church had promised to help out as recessionary times led to booming demand for assistance -- only to see the unnamed church's aid fall through for as many as 300 families days before a scheduled gift distribution. If you can help, visit the Facebook page of the Durham County DSS program. (WRAL)