The Suburban-Style McDonald's in Downtown Durham

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The Suburban-Style McDonald's in Downtown Durham

Dave @ Building Bull City
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Re: The Suburban-Style McDonald's in Downtown Durham

MoreheadHill27701
Just looked it up, the land is owned by McDonald's Corporation. https://property.spatialest.com/nc/durham/#/property/103000

It was built in 1989.  

Many McD's are getting facelifts https://www.qsrmagazine.com/fast-food/mcdonalds-spending-6-billion-nationwide-remodels . " McDonald’s is forking up about $214 million in North Carolina for more than 430 restaurants. "  The article says to be completed in 2020, maybe we still will get one?   I know they did the one in South Square (although I don't really think it looks better).  

To your point, it most definitely is a hindrance on the walkability of that area.

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Dave @ Building Bull City
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Thanks for the comment and thanks for that extra research. Very interesting.

Part of me actually hopes that they don't end up renovating that McDonald's. If they put money into it, I would guess that means that they expect it to be there for a while. Maybe their lack of attention to it means that they are waiting for the right time to sell.
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Bill O'Connor
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Of course, many of the parcels in this area were the sites of former tobacco warehouses. When that enterprise went down, large lots were available cheaply in what was then an undesirable area. Two other examples of this type of development are the downtown YMCA and the Durham County Senior Center.
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Dave @ Building Bull City
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I have heard rumors for a while about the YMCA redeveloping so that they still have space, but other uses are added to that site.

Who knows where in the process (if at all) that project is, but it would also be helped out by a conversion of the loop to 2-way, with only 2 lanes and plenty of good pedestrian facilities.