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Durham commissioners OK two downtown projects

Posted November 9, 2010 12:31 p.m. EST

— The Durham County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved financial incentives for two building projects downtown.

Developers will convert the Chesterfield Building, a former tobacco warehouse at Duke and Main streets, into a mix of apartments and retail and office space.

Support from the county commissioners will help developers land a $65 million loan for the project. The special tax-exempt loan was created by the federal economic stimulus package.

Greenfire Development plans to transform the former SunTrust Bank tower on Corcoran Street into a boutique hotel and spa, which planners say could create 125 jobs.

The commissioners voted to give developers $1 million for the project. Greenfire already had obtained $4.2 million in incentives from the Durham City Council for the project.