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Developer Unveils Plans For American Tobacco Historic District

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DURHAM — There is a new vision for downtown Durham. A Charlotte-based developer has an idea of what the American Tobacco Historic District could look like in the future.

Since Washington Duke started manufacturing tobacco in 1865, his tobacco empire helped build downtown Durham brick by brick. From the Lucky Strike tower to the loading docks, all of the familiar buildings will be incorporated into the new downtown campus.

The brick and mortar shells from the American Tobacco Company will be filled with all kinds of businesses. Tenants will range from bio-tech labs to a possible gourmet grocery store.

The city is working with a developer to turn the DATA bus lot into a 4,000- to 5,000-seat live performing arts center.

"With office along Blackwell Street, we are looking at a hotel and conference center, more office and some retail along Kerr Street," said Peter Anlyan of Capitol Broadcasting Real Estate.

The first tenants are scheduled to move into the historic buildings in late 2002.


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