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Looking Forward in 2018 | Durham, NC

Posted by Shelly Green on Jan 5, 2018 1:46:51 PM

As Durham continues to grow and evolve, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Here is just a sampling of things on the horizon.


Durham Innovation District (Durham.ID) will bring a new hub of innovation to Downtown Durham. Two buildings totaling nearly 350,000 sq. ft. will  open in the summer of 2018 to provide primarily office and technology space, but also retail and restaurants.

And in case you missed it, at the end of 2017 the seven-story, historic Chesterfield building on Main St. opened as a new center of gravity for the life,  science and technology ecosystem in Durham.


Big Celebrations

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, will celebrate their 10th anniversary of stellar shows, and will welcome Hamilton to town with great anticipation for the next season.

Durham will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie Bull Durham in 2018, and we’ve heard that the Durham Bulls will be running some special promotions around this milestone. More to come from them...

Real Estate

One City Center, a residential, retail, and commercial building in the center of Durham, will open this fall. This iconic property will be a one-of-a-kind structure and the tallest building in our skyline.


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The Legacy Tower, formerly the NC Mutual Life building, will complete it’s $11 million renovation in early 2018.

Public Sector

On the public sector side, the new Police Headquarters and Durham County Judicial Building will open in mid-2018.


Duke & NCCU

On the university front, NCCU will host the Installation of their 12th Chancellor, Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the McDougald-McLendon Arena on campus (it is free and open to the public).

NCCU is building a new RCMI (Research Center in Minority Institutions) Center for Health Disparities Research that is part of the $16.3 million the university was awarded in September 2017.

Duke will open their new 70,000 sq. ft. arts building, nicknamed “The Ruby,” to give the arts a prominent new home in the center of campus near the Nasher. The community is invited to a grand opening celebration featuring activities and programs throughout the building on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1-4 p.m

Later in 2018 a new Engineering and Physics building will also open at Duke.

Also at Duke an inaugural women’s softball team will play its first season starting in February.

We’re also keeping our eye out for an opening date for the Duke Health Clinics in the former Macy’s at Northgate mall, as well as the new Karch Alumni and Visitors Center being built on Duke University Road, although that opening won’t occur until 2019.

Sporting Events

On the leisure front, the Durham Sports Commission is supporting a number of sports events that are coming to Durham, including the US Women’s Curling Association National Meeting and Bonspiel, the return of the ACC Baseball Tournament and Fan Fest, and the RDC Marathon and Half Marathon.

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Topics: January 2018, public sector projects, real estate, sports events

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