Crown Park Hotel Demolished

The former Ramada Inn and Crown Park Hotel at 600 Willard Street is no more. It was built in 1973. According to Open Durham.org, the site is home to 3.71 acres of prime real estate at South Duke Street and the Durham Freeway on land that had been cleared by urban renewal.

photo by Darrin Mann

photo by Darrin Mann

 

photo by Darrin Mann

photo by Darrin Mann

 

photo by Darrin Mann

photo by Darrin Mann

 

photo by Darrin Mann

photo by Darrin Mann

Open Durham has numerous photographs of the old houses that stood on the property in the 1960’s.

400 block Yancey St. seen in 1965 before the Durham Freeway via Open Durham

400 block Yancey St. seen in 1965 before the Durham Freeway via Open Durham

Alliance Residential Company acquired the property for $10.5 million and will be transforming it into a 342-unit luxury community. The previous owner paid $7.6 million for the property in 2015. Alliance Residential Company is one of the largest private multifamily companies in the U.S. with more than $10 billion worth of real estate in its portfolio.

The new construction will offer studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom options. The plan is to call it Broadstone Durham. Rather than drawing on Durham’s historical roots, traditional tobacco warehouses, or brick looks, the design team took their inspiration from the less than ten year-old Durham Performing Arts Center nearby. As such, Broadstone Durham will feature a three-story glass entry for the community.

The plans submitted to the city include two towers; one seven stories, the other five stories, 440 parking spaces, multiple courtyards, and a pool.

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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