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Crosland proposes mixed-use development for Erwin Rd.

Add another location to the list of mixed-use developments in the Bull City: The Durham News revealed this week that Crosland is proposing such a project for the busy Erwin Rd. corridor on the site of the old Bristol Court apartments and other buildings on the block between Downing and Douglas St.

The developers have submitted their rezoning application with a development plan that contains several committed elements, including a cap on the number of residential units (at 370), and a maximum height of 100 feet for the new structure. The developer also agreed to improve Downing St. from Erwin to Lakeview Park and to add bus shelters on Erwin; both elements appear to have helped earn the support of the adjacent Crest Street neighborhood, as Jim Wise reported in The Durham News.

The application for rezoning includes the site of the apartments along with the buildings that today house Francesca's and Subway on Erwin Rd., both of which would presumably by displaced by redevelopment. "CFP Partnership" is the registered owner of all three complexes (with a Bahama address); the gas station at the corner of Douglas & Erwin is owned by the indefatigable M.M. Fowler and, I suspect, ain't going anywhere.

Crosland describes the project in their application as a four to eight story vertically-integrated building with commercial and residential uses (no retail). Structured parking would be built into the building itself, along with a small open lot at the property's rear. All vehicular access would be made through Douglas St. and Downing St. -- a plus, in terms of avoiding driveway cuts onto Erwin.

A "useable open space area" is promised fronting Erwin Rd. to accommodate pedestrians, though other than serving as a lily pad from which your Frogger character can begin its quixotic journey across the road to Duke, it's difficult to understand the likely uses of such a reservation. (Added bonus: Get noxious on auto exhaust fumes!) The developer also promises another open space area dedicated for residents on the interior of the building.



I hope Subway and Francesca's can find new space, these are inexpensive places to get lunch for the couple thousand people who work within a 5 minute walk. On the other hand, that Stop and Go convenience store can't close soon enough, nobody was surprised about 6 months ago when a clerk there was busted for selling drugs over the counter along with the Gatorade and chips!


One of the committed elements should be to preserve 15-20% of the units in the $500-700 range (probably 1BR units).

I'm sure Duke Manor will be happy to house the rest of the Bristol Court tenants. That'll make it easier for them to evict the few people who cause all of the ruckus over there.


I wonder about Duke Manor's future. About 20 years ago it was all students, nowadays it's all immigrant. They've lost the student trade to places like the Belmont on LaSalle St which I understand is very popular with law, medicine, and business students, particularly females. Maybe Duke Manor can install electronic gates and renovate some of their current apartments to the 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath configuration which is what students want nowadays.

Alternatively, maybe it will stay the way it is until Duke decides its time to open a North Campus! It's certainly big enough.


Let's get rid of the poor people (Duke/VA support staff, public officers, teachers, etc.) and immigrants and make sure the Duke students and doctors have more places to stay. (That is my interpretation...Let me know if I got that right.)

I don't expect Duke Manor to last in its current state nor do I do I think it should. I just don't think we should permanently remove workforce housing from an area in close proximity to a major employment center. This is happening Downtown and will eventually stretch to NECD and other neighborhoods for better and worse.

Where do these people end up living? Will there be opportunities for them in a revitalized Durham??? There are luxury houses going up (which is good)...There is subsidized housing going up (which is going up). Where does that leave the majority of Durham's citizens in the middle??? Priced out...This is looking through my crystal ball.


Duke Manor is affordable ($500-600 for a one bedroom, $600-700 for a 2 bedroom) but even at those prices they seem to have quite a few vacancies as evidenced by the "Move in for $49" and "First Month Free" signs up just about all the time along LaSalle St. Bristol Court and the housing torn down for Erwin Terrace (at Erwin and LaSalle) were actually cheaper than Duke Manor so this suggests the demand from Duke/VA staff for apartments close to Duke is quite low.

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