Attorneys from K&L Gates have helped developers reshape Durham, transforming large tracts in the city and county into shopping centers, businesses and housing. These are just a few of the firm's recent cases in Durham County.
Blue points are completed or under way Red points are on hold or inactive
Source: Durham City-County Planning Department, City Council minutes
(Prior to July 2008, the attorneys negotiated these cases under the name
Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman.)
(blue) 2. 751 South: Southern Durham Development wants to build 1,300 townhouses, apartments and houses here, plus 600,000 square feet of retail and office space. The plans are contingent upon city approvals.
(blue) 3. Apartments next to Erwin Square: City planners are currently reviewing a rezoning application for part of this 14-acre property in an empty field next to Erwin Square. If approved, developer Crescent Resources could build up to 318 apartments in the middle of the lot. A portion of the property on the Main Street side is also being eyed for a hotel, and already has the required zoning.
(blue) 4. Grey Stone Baptist Church Expansion: The church hired K&L Gates in late 2010 to win approval to close 800 feet of Warner Street so it may expand.
(red) 5. West Point on the Eno: This wooded 60 acres was zoned in the 1970s for apartments and townhouses, with the expectation of a future freeway in northern Durham. But without that thoroughfare, the city in 2007 applied to rezone the land for less dense neighborhoods like Argonne Hills, just to the south. The landowner lives in Florida and hired K&L Gates to handle her case, but the case was put on hold last year to allow the landowner to possibly sell the land to the state, which may preserve the site adjacent to the West Point on the Eno park.
(blue) 6. McDonald's: K&L Gates recently won approval for the expansion of the restaurant's parking lot, which raised concerns with some residents about stormwater runoff and the lot's proximity to Ellerbe Creek.
(blue) 7. DPS Middle School: Durham Public Schools paid K&L Gates $45,000 to negotiate permits for the new middle school at 923 Snow Hill Road, set to open in 2012.
(blue) 8. DPS Elementary "E": Durham Public Schools hired K&L Gates to negotiate approvals for this new elementary school at 1417 Old Oxford Highway, a spokeswoman said.
(blue) 9. Brightleaf Commons: Durham City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of this 71-acre site in 2009 for 431,000 square feet of commercial and office space. The site is next to the massive Brightleaf at the Park development. Durham's planning commission voted 10-2 against the project, but its recommendation isn't binding.
(blue) 10. Bethpage Village: County commissioners approved the development (originally Page Road Assemblage) of this massive 400-acre site in 2007. Crosland and Tri Properties Inc. are expected to build 1,300 residences, 500,000 square feet of office space and 150,000 square feet of commercial space.
(blue) 11. Chin Page Office Park: This 51-acre site will be built into 550,000 square feet of office space by Tri Properties Inc., which also built the Imperial Center in RTP and the Quintiles campus visible from Interstate 40. This project is related to Bethpage Village to the east.
(blue) 12. Clairmont at Hillandale: Approved in 2008 for up to 240 apartments. It is being built by Kotarides.
(blue) 13. Lowe's at MLK Parkway: The firm won approvals in 2007 for this Lowe's Home Improvement Store and in 2010 to add a Bojangles' restaurant.
(blue) 14. Madison Glen: The city in 2006 approved plans for 129 single-family homes here. Construction is under way.
(red) 15. Old Oxford Hills: This vacant lot was approved for 146,000 square feet of commercial space in 2006, but the project hasn't progressed, according to planning staff.
(blue) 16. Erwin Road Mixed Use: City officials in 2008 approved plans that would allow Crosland to build up to 370 residential units in a 100-foot building.
(red) 17. Regency Plaza/ University Marketplace: Hawthorne Retail Partners and Crescent Resources had plans in 2007 to build as many as 310 urban apartments with retail beneath, office space and a parking deck on the 15-acre site. Parts of the old shopping center have been demolished, but financial problems have stalled the project.
(blue) 18. Villas at Culp Arbor: This site, developed by Epcon Communities, was approved in 2008 for up to 136 homes for residents over age 55.
(red) 19. Kentington Heights: Byker represented Tricor Southwest Corporation of Arizona as the company tried and failed to gain ownership of residential land to build a shopping center. The land could be the site of a future Walmart shopping center.
(red) 20. Meridian Parkway/ Exchange Place: These 37 acres were rezoned two years ago from industrial use to office zoning, which actually could allow apartments to be built here as well. No site plans have been submitted.
(red) 21. Technology Park: The northern end of this vacant lot underwent a minor rezoning in 2009 and now will allow industry, commercial businesses or offices. No plans for the site have been submitted, however.
(blue) 22. T.W. Alexander Properties: The city rezoned this site to allow 160,000 square feet of office space for tenants including Duke University Health System.
(blue) 23. Finsbury Phase II: This development of 80 townhouses is part of the larger Davis Park/Triangle Metro Center, but was added after the initial project approvals by the city. Only parts of the larger Davis Park project have been built to date.
(blue) 24. Davis Park/ Triangle Metro Center: Development plans call for up to 2,285 apartments, 75,000 square feet of office space and 45,000 square feet of specialty retail. The site is bordered by a main railway, but the past hopes of regional transit planners to create a rail stop here between Duke University and Raleigh have been shelved. The attorneys also represented the developers of Finsbury Phase II, a townhouse community just to the west.
(blue) 25. Keystone Crossing: Byker represented Keystone when it gained city approval in 2005 to build more than 380 houses here. Residents have moved in but learned the state will be closing the Church Street railroad crossing. Without Church Street, all traffic to the pending 14-acre office park just north of these homes will be rerouted through the middle of the neighborhood—a plan that has angered many residents.