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.