More good news from the corner of Foster and Geer downtown.
First, the Herald-Sun makes official today something that's been buzzing around that corner for a while.
The beautiful one-time Gulf gas station at the intersection's southeast corner is under contract to developer Bob Chapman, who redeveloped the Trotter Bldg. across the street and whose Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners worked on the Trinity Heights renewal.
Chapman's been looking at the MM Fowler-owned station since the fall, performing environmental assessments and tests on the site.
He told BCR in October that the Fowler organization is publicity-shy and preferred not to have news of the impending sale in the press until the deal was ready to move forward.
The garage doors on the building were open a number of times through the fall as tests for oil contamination and other problems proceeded on site before a reported Feb. 1 option expiration date.
All of which makes the news in today's H-S that Chapman expects to close by August very good news indeed.
Meanwhile, BCR's learned that the King's Sandwich Shop rehab sitting kitty-corner to the station is making headway again with its own revitalization.
Work paused there earlier this year in the tiny structure, which BCR heard required some adjustment in bathroom and other facilities to meet the latest-and-greatest code requirements.
T.J., who co-owns the home of a long-loved Durham institution with wife Maggie, told BCR recently that it's been a labor of love -- and a lot of labor -- to bring the building back:
"The renovation of King's has basically been a grass roots effort, with help from the immediate community, friends and family as time permits," T.J. said. "Between Maggie and I we have been working four jobs, raising a two year old, with one on the way, and...trying to get King's re-opened. It has certainly been a great adventure, and we are enjoying it every bit of the way!"
Although a concrete opening date isn't set yet, T.J. tells BCR that they're still on-track to try to open "just in time" for summer.
(Geer/Foster gas station photo courtesy Endangered Durham)