Northgate Mall's contentious future
The future of the defunct Northgate Mall in Durham will be as a life-science campus, the developers of the high-profile property say.
- But that plan runs contrary to the wishes of its neighbors in the Walltown community.
Driving the news: Northwood Investors, a firm that bought the mall in 2018, told neighbors at a standing-room-only meeting Thursday it plans to submit a rezoning request to build lab space along with some retail and a small park.
- A previous concept included housing on the 58-acre property, but Northwood's Sandy Spurgin said the economics don't work for the developer.
- Duke University also owns part of the property — the former Macy's space — with plans to build medical offices there.
Why it matters: The Walltown Community Association, a group that represents the historically Black working-class neighborhood next to the mall, opposed Northwood's plans when they were revealed last year.
- The group is advocating for affordable housing on the property as well to combat increased housing prices in the neighborhood.
What they're saying: Patrick Byker, an attorney representing Northwood, said the developer is exploring building affordable housing on one acre of the property.
Yes, but: A lack of guarantee and the small scale of the potential housing did not please the crowd, which forced the developers to do a Q&A session.
- Before the meeting, WCA members passed around fliers that asked for 11 acres dedicated to housing.
What we're watching: Northwood has not yet submitted a rezoning application, so its final plans could change. But it's clear the developer will continue receiving neighborhood pushback.
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