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Demolition begins for 300 East Main redevelopment

Carrboro’s first hotel and parking deck will soon be under construction downtown.

The first phase of the 300 East Main development includes a 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites with 18,100 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor facing East Main Street. A 500-space parking deck will sit behind the hotel and provide free, public parking.

Construction of this phase will take about 14 months, the developers announced today in a news release. The first work, already begun, will demolish existing buildings at 304 and 404 E. Main St. and two empty houses on Padgett Lane and Boyd Street.

Developers will hold a groundbreaking ceremony later this month after demolition is complete, according to the news release.

Constriction, closing due for Durham's Main Street

Traveling on Main Street is about to get a bit more difficult, and it's going to stay that way for more than a year.

Three reconstruction projects are scheduled for Main Street between Ninth Street and Peabody, including replacement of the Campus Drive bridge. ...

Campus Drive bridge project will block Main Street

Those wonderful folks at NCDOT are planning to rebuild the Main Street bridge over Campus Drive, meaning that Main Street between Buchanan Boulevard and Swift Avenue is going to be closed for about a year.

City Councilman Mike Woodard said word of the bridge replacement is "starting to get out to our commuter community. ... The anxiety is starting to rise."

Not without reason. "There's a fair amount of traffic on there and there's not a convenient detour," Ahrendsen said.

"I hope there's a good reason to replace that bridge," said City Councilman Eugene Brown. "This is going to create havoc."

Library closes for (brief) movie career

The Durham Public Library's downtown headquarters is going to be in the movies.
Consequently, it's taking next Friday (May 1) off.
Instead of serving Durham's reading public, the library will be serving the film crew of "Main Street." 
The library keeps short hours on Fridays anyway, and it's exciting to have the place in a motion picture, according to library Director Skip Auld.
Regular operations resume Saturday morning.
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