This isn’t a surprise to anybody (at least, to anybody who was paying attention when we talked about it before), but Greenfire’s sale of Liberty Warehouse has been completed. The final price tag was $3.5M – a number which exactly matches what Greenfire paid for it back in 2006. I’d love to hear from somebody who knows more about the accounting involved here, because I wonder whether Greenfire managed to cash in on any tax credits for “maintaining” the historic building (before they allowed it to fall apart while failing to maintain it).
Durham’s last extant tobacco warehouse won’t be extant much longer, as the new owners, East West Partners, plan to tear the dilapidated building down to make way for a “cool” new mixed use development. Prep for demo should start within the next 45 days.
If you’ve flown out of RDU within the past two years, particularly on Southwest, you’ve probably noticed the effects of the Terminal 1 renovation. The airport’s been working on the $68M project to retrofit Terminal 1 (née Terminal A) to match its shiny sibling across the street for so long now that I’d forgotten it was a thing that could actually be finished some day.
As previously mentioned, it’s been a rough winter for the project, and it’s running behind. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and the terminal should be open for business this Sunday:
The renovated terminal includes nine gates, expanded ticketing, baggage claim and security screening area and more natural lighting, officials said. The 11 new shops and restaurants in the terminal include the first airport location for Raleigh-based Char-Grill and ACC American Café, the conference’s first licensed restaurant.
Southwest will be the biggest beneficiary in the near term, as they’ve been operating out of a tiny sliver of the original terminal, which is linked by temporary walkways and just generally feels… old. And while it’ll be a nice upgrade, do take note: in the future other airlines will also start using Terminal 1, so you can no longer simply assume that if it ain’t Southwest you’re in Terminal 2.
Spoiler: it’s about the DPD and it’s, let’s say, not flattering. You should probably go read it.
The new, 5,200-square-foot store is located at 1112 W N.C. 54. It has 26 taps, an educational facility, tasting room and a catwalk to a second-story patio, according to the release. It will have craft beer, wine and champagne.
I’ll mostly keep frequenting the original Quik Shop, seeing as how it’s right down the road and all, but I’m more than a little jealous of you south Durhamites.
The original location on Erwin has been serving the Ninth St. area’s craft beer needs for years, and hopefully it will continue to do so for years to come. One potential SNAFU for the original Sam’s, though: mass transit plans have called for claiming imminent domain on the store and turning it into a train station.
With its second location that’s no longer an existential threat for the business, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, OK?
If you’ve been in the area for long you’ve probably heard of Full Frame – the annual festival (sponsored by the Duke Center for Documentary Studies) brings documentary film makers from around the world to Durham to show off their work.
Even if documentaries aren’t your bag, the festival is a big deal for Durham. Full Frame spans half a dozen venues and four blocks, over 100 films will be displayed over its four day run, and attendees will dump an estimated $2.5 million into the local economy.
So hey, if you’re near downtown this weekend, you might wanna check it out. Passes are sold out, but tickets for individual showings are still available. If you need some guidance on what to see, The Indy is really the place to get the scoop: they have a list of recommendations as well as a category for articles related to the event.
Uh oh guys, watch out:
The Durham Police Department and the bomb unit from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a report of a suspicious package
Hmm, a suspicious package near the bus station! What could it be? It sure must be a major threat for the bomb squad to enter the scene…
HAHA APRIL FOOLS SUCKERS! Turns out it was just luggage. You know, from the bus station probably.
From the H-S’s Wes Platt:
All-clear given at NC Mutual Life building. Bag apparently left by transit passenger. Does not pose obvious threat.
Now I’m no expert, but I imagine that luggage gets left around the bus station kind of often. What exactly triggered the Zero Dark Thirty action on this one? Was it ticking? Covered in wires and hot dogs? Did it say “BOMB” on it?