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After years of planning, representatives from Duke, the City of Durham, the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project (QOL) and Self-Help broke ground today on the new development at the corner of Kent and West Chapel Hill Streets. The space will be home to Durham Central Market, the Center for Child and Family Health, and other office tenants.
The development has been decades in the making. Residents of Southwest Central Durham — along with their partners at Duke, Self-Help and the City of Durham — have recognized the potential of the West Chapel Hill Street commercial corridor to be a vibrant community and retail center. The QOL Economic Development committee sponsored market studies and charrettes to identify feasible development projects and to solicit feedback from neighbors. Through the studies and planning sessions, QOL collected a wealth of information about the kinds of stores and offices residents would like to see; how trees, sidewalks and other beautification measures could best be incorporated; and which properties could be re-purposed to make it happen.
So in 2011, when Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs negotiated a new Self-Help loan commitment and set aside $1 million to allow development of the corridor to begin, Self-Help had the knowledge and buy-in to put the significant new funding to use.
“We are thrilled to see Kent Corner moving forward,” QOL Chair Alisa Johnson said in a Self-Help statement. “For more than two decades, members of our communities have worked tirelessly to attract commercial development to this street. The new goods and services being brought here by Self-Help reflect the vision we have expressed in our many planning efforts over the years.”
The development represents a $13 million investment and is expected to be complete by early 2015.
• Self-Help [https://self-help.org]
• Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project [http://durhamqol.org]