Self-Help announced Monday that it has acquired several adjacent parcels along W. Chapel Hill Street in Durham that it plans to redevelop.
The properties total 2.3 acres along the south side of the street, stretching from a city-owned parking lot and wrapping around the corner of Kent Street.
Self-Help is working with two Durham-based firms, DTW Architects and Planners and landscape architects Coulter Jewell Thames, P.A., to figure out the best use for the site. The nonprofit hopes to have a plan ready to present to the surrounding community by the early part of next year.
“This is the first step of what will be a multi-year process,” said Paul Brown, project manager for Self-Help.
Self-Help's real estate arm targets neglected properties in prominent areas that have failed to attract private development dollars. The nonprofit has redeveloped about a half-dozen commercial buildings in Durham.