It’s definitely challenging to provide a complete picture of where things stand because, as noted, Northwood has been remarkably quiet about it of late. What we do know is that a company is currently in the process of auctioning off everything inside the mall between now and June. The strong implication is that they will be moving to the demolition phase shortly thereafter.
The other shred of information came from a January news blurb regarding CBRE being awarded the leasing agreement for the project. Again, signals that things are moving forward. More here: https://www.wraltechwire.com/2021/01/13/in-the-limelight-cbre-awarded-leasing-assignment-for-northgate-redevelopment-in-durham/
. The project description in the article is pretty much what most have expected. Total of 1MM square feet of office, residential and retail.
Lastly, the closest anyone has come to an actual rendering of the project was earlier this year when a different poster here noticed an image on the Northwood website.
I will say that I do not think what’s portrayed in this image would be allowed within the existing zoning parameters for the site. From what I recall, Northwood specifically stated during one of the engagement calls that the residential height would be limited to 4 stories. These appear to be 5 or 6. So not sure if that’s really an accurate representation or not. And it doesn’t appear that Northwood will be particularly forthcoming with new info or illustrations of the project anytime soon.