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Coming Attractions: 15-Acre Durham Innovation District, a "Downtown Research Hub"

The Durham Innovation District, or Durham ID, is coming to downtown Durham, North Carolina.  The project envisions the redevelopment of 15 downtown acres to include one million square feet of new office and laboratory space, 50,000 square feet of retail space and even residential units.  The project has been compared to Kendall Square near Harvard.

The partners in the project describe it as creating a downtown research hub with an emphasis on life science companies.  While "apps" and drone companies and other tech notions might take up residence, it appears the vision is to accommodate the more organic corners of the technical world. Durham is the City of Medicine, after all.

Development partner Longfellow Real Estate Partners says it well, as though channeling Richard Florida:  "You've got institutions like Duke University, Durham Tech, North Carolina Central University, a strong local work force and a tie-in to the greater Triangle area and market.  We [at Longfellow] think all those components together make for a great opportunity."

This is the latest in what has been an exciting Renaissance in real estate and cultural development in Durham, only 20 minutes west of Raleigh. 

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Copyright © 2022 Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume IV, Number 276
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Michael C Thelen, Womble Carlyle, Real Estate Litigation Attorney, Entitlement Negotiations Lawyer
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Mike represents myriad clients – from Fortune 500® companies to smaller, privately-owned organizations – in cross sections of business throughout the many stages of federal and state litigation.  From his years of practice in New York and North Carolina, Mike primarily has experience in the areas of land use, local/municipal government law and real estate litigation, having handled zoning, development agreement, land use planning, eminent domain and condemnation, construction, retail and commercial landlord-tenant, partnership dissolution, state law torts, and civil fraud matters, to list...

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