STATE OF DOWNTOWN DURHAM
P H O T O G R A P H Y BY A M A N D A M A C L A R E N
1 Skanska USA Building VP - Account Manager Joe Thompson, Lennox & Grae Founder Nish Evans, Skanska USA Building Project Executive Beth Sayman and Skanska USA Building VP - Business Development Kelly Monroe. 2 Joe Lemanski, president at Norwich Realty Services and property manager of The Tower, with Carl Webb and Peter Cvelich, co-founders of Provident1898. 3 Durham Magazine Account Executive Lauren Phillips and COO Rory Gillis with Danielle Kaspar, director of community relations and Executive Club at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. 4 Longfellow Real Estate Partners Marketing Manager Ellie McIntosh and Administrative Associate Anna Boggs. 5 Nicole Thompson, president & CEO of Downtown Durham Inc., and Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow. 6 Diana Brown, project manager at Kimley-Horn and Associates, and Julie Paul, business development manager at York Properties. 7 Leadership Triangle Executive Director Jes Averhart and Dorian Bolden, president and CEO of Beyu Caffe.
Downtown Durham Inc. held its annual State of Downtown Durham meeting and networking reception at The Tower at Mutual Plaza in April. Business owners and community leaders learned the latest news on what’s happening downtown and what it means for Durham’s future. Updates included figures on number of downtown residents (7,200), employees (21,300), hotel rooms (716), as well as the office occupancy rate (91%) and amount of coworking space (391,000 square feet). There is also 440,000 square feet of office space and 1,400 residential units in the pipeline. There are 167 shops and restaurants within downtown – 25% are womenowned, and 50% are minorityowned. Total investment in downtown stands at $1.8 billion. Following the presentation, attendees mingled in the lobby while enjoying food from The Pit and drinks from downtown breweries and wineries, including Durty Bull Brewing Co., Bull City Ciderworks, Honeygirl Meadery and Bull City Burger and Brewery, and had the opportunity to take a tour of The Tower and Provident1898, the coworking space that occupies the lower levels.
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