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The Southside project area consists of approximately 125 acres located on the southern edge of downtown Durham and just north of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Boundaries of the project area are generally Lakewood Avenue on the north, the American Tobacco Trail on the west, Umstead Street on the south and Fayetteville Street on the east.
After years of economic disinvestment, the area was found to contain the highest concentrations of vacant properties of any Durham neighborhood and one of the lowest rates of homeownership. Just over 28 percent of all residential parcels in the area are vacant lots and approximately 24 percent of the existing residential units vacant.
Despite the historic disinvestment that has occurred, Southside has certain strategic advantages over other challenged Durham neighborhoods. First, is its proximity to downtown, Forest Hills and other stable neighborhoods, NCCU and the Durham freeway. Secondly, the area is relatively small, compact and manageable.
The objective of the City's revitalization strategy for Southside is to attract long-term, private investment. Within the project area, there are significant redevelopment opportunities over the coming decades. That strategy consists of substantial and focused investments to create new high quality rental and homeownership units to form a critical mass that such private investment can build upon. The City's hope is that investment on the south side of the Durham freeway will yield similar returns as the decision to build the Durham bulls Athletic Park on the north side of the freeway.
The first phase of the Southside Revitalization Project is located on the southeast corner of Lakewood Avenue and Roxboro Street. DH Griffin Infrastructure, Inc. has been selected as the general contractor for the demolition of the existing streets and infrastructure, mass grading of the entire 19.83 acre site and installation of the new streets and infrastructure for the Phase I redevelopment which consists of approximately 6.5 acres. Infrastructure activity began in July 2012, with an anticipated completion date in June 2013.
The redevelopment effort, led by McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. has selected HJ Russell/Metcon, a joint venture to construct the 132 unit multi-family rental project. It will consist of 12 buildings to include 80 affordable rental units as follows: 42 single bedroom units, 34 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units. Twenty of the units will be reserved for families earning 30 percent or below of the area median income, 12 units will be reserved for families earning 50 percent or below of the area median income and the 48 remaining units will be restricted to families earning 60 percent or below of the area median income. In addition, there will be 39 market rate units and 13 commercial live/work units. Amenities include a computer room, exercise room, community supportive services, a community room, picnic areas and an outdoor swimming pool.
Construction has begun on the development site with the installation of the retaining and foundation walls near and around the detention pond/water feature area along with buildings 1 and 2 which face Roxboro Street and Lakewood Avenue, and buildings 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12. These buildings consist of 93 units with an anticipated completion date of December 31, 2013. The remaining 52 units are scheduled to be completed by March 2014.
For inquiries regarding Southside multi-family rental units, contact McCormack Baron Salazar at (919) 886-4129.
Detention pond water feature excavation
Installation of pilings as part of retaining wall construction for detention pond water feature area
Installation/back filling of retaining walls in detention pond water feature area
Forming of retaining walls in detention pond water feature area
Retaining walls/footing construction for building 1
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