The Cat's Cradle is a Carrboro music establishment. But reports in the N&O on Wednesday afternoon that the music establishment might be sniffing around Durham -- or more specifically, that some Durham developer might be sniffing around them -- had Carrboro more abuzz than if Ted Voorhees said to Mark Chilton, "I drink your Jordan-Lake!"
"It's absolutely an integral part of our project," [Carrboro developer] Laura Van Sant said in an interview Wednesday. "It is a fact he has landlords in Durham offering him free space."
But it's not clear that delaying the 300 East Main Street project would force the Cradle to leave Carrboro. In an e-mail statement, [Cat's Cradle owner Frank] Heath said he gets regular inquiries about relocating the Cradle to a larger space in one of the Triangle's other cities....
When asked about Van Sant's claim he'd been offered rent-free space in Durham, Heath answered that it was more along the lines of booking shows elsewhere than a space of his own elsewhere.
No sooner did this hit the N&O on Wednesday than did my inbox start buzzing with folks asking: is this going to happen?
It's easy to imagine plenty of spaces in downtown Durham where eager developers would like to suck up Cat's Cradle (or a Durham overflow version of it.) First, to my mind, would be Golden Belt, where Scientific Properties has made no secret of its interest in opening a live music establishment.
Scientific Properties staff, including new honcho Tucker Bartlett,
pleaded 'no comprehende' to that idea at Wednesday night's opening of
the Jacob Lawrence migration series reproductions exhibit at the arts
and residential complex -- though other anonymous weathervanes in the
community seem to be pointing east, down Main Street, in the direction
of the old textiles factory.
Other possibilities exist, of course. Most of Greenfire's properties aren't large enough to support the space; some of the warehouses down in the DAP district could, but they lack the parking of Golden Belt. West Village's Walker warehouse could house a nightclub, too, and has both surface and deck parking -- but would Blue Devil Partners really want to give up most of their retail space, gratis, for an event space?
Golden Belt, on the other hand, has its event space at the periphery of the project, where it can really be a supporting factor for the remainder of the office space, residential and artist studio space on the site. Heck, for that matter, it has the added benefit of bringing activity and people into the evenings, adding to the level of engagement on the site longer into the evenings.
All this is mere speculation, of course: but if Cat's Cradle really
does look to open a Bull City version of their Carrboro nightclub, it'd
be a boon for nightlife and activity in Durham. Keep your ears peeled
on this one.