Even as Phase II of the American Tobacco project remains underway at the corner of Blackwell and Pettigrew, the block just to its east has been heating up with the groundbreaking and start of construction of Durham's new downtown performing arts center. Sandwiched between the arts center and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park has been the planned Diamond View II office building to be anchored by Smith Breeden.
Interestingly, plans posted on architect Cline Design's web site now call for two buildings -- Diamond View II and Diamond View III. (Diamond View I, which predates the American Tobacco project, houses Capital Broadcasting's Fox 50 and now SunTrust's regional operations.) Looks like the plan change may still be in flux; the Durham Bulls' season ticket magazine, mailed just this week, only mentions Diamond View II's construction.
If you compare the Cline Design web site with the latest-and-greatest tenant map at the American Tobacco web site, it looks like a this is mostly just a change in the massing of Phase III of the AT district, with Diamond View III having a large massing that will back up to future residential planned between the ballpark and Pettigrew. Perhaps this explains why Durham mayor Bill Bell talked in a recent newsletter about Phase III of AT being underway...hmm?