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Work On American Tobacco Project Moving Ahead In Durham

Posted February 7, 2002 11:18 a.m. EST

— It is out with the old and in with the new on a major project in the Bull City.

Workers have started removing metal, wood, light fixtures and asbestos from one of the buildings that make up the American Tobacco complex.

Crews hope to have the building gutted by the end of March.

Nine buildings and more than a million square feet of space make up the American Tobacco historic district in downtown Durham.

The plan is to turn the complex into restaurants, shops, offices, a fitness center and possibly some residential units.

The complex is being renovated by Capitol Broadcasting, which also owns WRAL-TV.

Work will soon start on another Durham redevelopment project. The city council has approved an idea for the Golden Belt site.

The Durham Housing Authority wants to turn the complex of historic buildings on East Main Street into a business complex.