After last week’s marathon, I thought I’d get ahead of things this week. But first, we have a special segment I’d like to call:
Morrisville news odds and ends
That’s right, it’s time to turn our attention to our little neighbor to the southeast, known mostly for having stuff around the airport. There’s stuff happening in Morrisville, you guys, and we should pay attention!
- One of Morrisville’s most prominent features is “Prime Outlets Mall,” which you may know as “that mall with no stores in it.” Usually malls require tenants, but this one has managed to limp along mostly empty for the past decade, until finally collapsing down to just being a food court with a vacant mall on the side. Well, all that is about to change, as some big investors from China are planning to re-open the mall as a “Chinatown,” bringing various Chinese and other Asian businesses to a central location.
- Next up in Morrisville news… um… OK, I guess that’s it?
So, this concludes today’s edition of Morrisville news odds and ends! You can look forward to the return of this semi-regular feature whenever something interesting happens in Morrisville. Until then, remember:
“Morrisville: ’cause we’re not just that Hooter’s next to the airport, you jerks.”
Back on track:
- I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more handouts. Durham County is ready to hand over $1M in tax incentives in a bid to lure a Purdue Pharma manufacturing plant to the area. Purdue’s products include perennial favorites such as Oxycontin, AKA “the good shit.”
- DBAP renovations are slated to begin during the off season. Among the upgrades are additional concession areas, “picnic style” seating, a new ticket gate out in left field, field restructuring, and new scoreboards.
- Speaking of the Bulls, they’re tied 1-1 with Pawtucket, and they’ll play the remainder of the series up in Pawtucket.
- This dude apparently stole a terrier. He’s wanted for “larceny of a dog” among other things. He’s going to have trouble explaining that one to his fellow inmates…
- 38 CEOs and other business leaders camped out hobo style in front of the DPAC.
- City Manager Tom Bonfield scored an 8.1 percent raise, and is now making over $200k.
- The anti-fluoridation brigade is on the move, and they’re pressuring the Council to stop fluoridizing Durham’s drinking water. You may not have heard of these guys, but they’re winning victories across the nation and they’re doing enough damage to demand some actual attention. In a nutshell, they ignore science and claim that fluoridation of water supplies leads to all sorts of nebulous health problems. Sound familiar? Yeah, they’re a lot like antivax, only I guess the worst these guys can do is an outbreak of tooth decay (rather than, you know, measles or something).
- Ninth Street North 1-A, a proposed mixed use project beside Elmo’s (where the Donut King used to be), is finally getting started. The project was supposed to follow the 2002 construction across the street (home of Bali Hai, One World Market, etc) but was shelved during the recession.
- A scaled back Bull Durham Blue’s Festival was held last week inside the Hayti Heritage Center. I totally let this one slip my radar; in previous years it’s been at larger outdoor venues (the BAP and DBAP) but this year the festival is “regrouping.”
- The white smoke rose from Democratic Party HQ, and we got word that Rep. Valerie Foushee got the nod from party elders to replace Ellie Kinnaird. Kinnaird stepped down from the state Senate last month (sensing, no doubt, that resistance was futile). Foushee will in turn have her now vacant seat filled by a similar process.
- Some demonstrators turned out at the CCB plaza to protest Obama’s planned military action in Syria.
- The Rice Diet Program, a spin-off from DUMC and a pioneer in the fad diet craze, has shut its doors.
- That didn’t take long; the former home of Broad Street Cafe is slated to become the future home of Oval Park Grille, a family friendly casual restaurant from Vin Rouge alums.
- Walgreens is buying out regional player Kerr Drug.
- The Durham News has some deets and concept art for CBC’s upcoming hotel addition to the DPAC.
- It’s a bad time to be a deer in Duke Forest, as hunters will be allowed to “reduce” you effective September 23.
- The Indy has some shots from the newly completed Maurene Joy Charter School.
- Some Duke undergrads (presumably not the same ones who are busy tearing Shooters II apart) are helping clean up Durham parks.
- City surface parking lots 8 and 14 are opening to hourly parking, thanks to two new digital pay stations.