Missed Hits: Boxyard & Nova RTP

A riff on my Quick Hits series, these are some of the Durham developments that I previously missed, but want to highlight.

Boxyard

Neighborhood:
RTP

Size:
15,000 sq ft

Land Purchase Price:
Unknown

Estimated Construction Cost:
Unknown

Expected Completion Date:
Spring 2020


Details:
Reused shipping containers and additional construction will have room for up to nine food vendors. 

Developer:
Research Triangle Foundation


Well, this is a fun one! Can't wait to have this as a destination spot. Of course, I would love to see this closer to downtown in a walkable neighborhood, but there is something to be said for having a place to meet up with friends from Raleigh and the rest of the Triangle.

Nova RTP


Neighborhood:
RTP

Size:
Phase 1: 47 Townhomes
Phase 2: 36 Apartments, Office Space, Coffee Shop

Land Purchase Price:
Unknown

Estimated Development Cost:
$16 million

Expected Completion Date:
Summer 2020


Details:
Reused shipping containers and additional construction will have room for up to nine food vendors. 

Developer:
Abranova Real Estate

This seems like a group of young, smart engineers coming together as a development company. They seem to be interested in mixed use and avoiding cookie-cutter development aesthetics, which is great. This development seems disconnected from the fabric of the city, though. As this developer grows and evolves, I would love to see them incorporate a little more Jane Jacobs.

There was one quote from the CEO that stood out: "We aim for our projects to not only be highly profitable, but to also transform the landscape of our cities and enrich the lives of our customers". On the surface, this sounds like the mindset of an engineer, but we will have to wait and see how it plays out.

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