County Durham could buy Hope Valley Shopping Center

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County Durham has negotiated a $12.1 million price tag for the Shoppes of Hope Valley, where it intends to relocate the Board of Elections. The mall is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway at Roxboro Street.

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County Durham will consider buying several properties totaling more than $20 million at a meeting on Monday evening.

The largest property on the table is a strip mall on over 17 acres with an empty grocery store set to house the new County Durham Board of Elections.

The Shoppes of Hope Valley was built in 2002 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Roxboro Street, anchored by a Kroger with 25 additional storefronts and a 590-space parking lot.

Kentucky-based real estate developer BC Wood Properties owns the mall through an LLC. A $12.1 million contract was negotiated, records show, with BC Wood agreeing to first replace the roof and HVAC systems and seal off the parking lot.

Elections Director Derek Bowens said the Elections Board is currently split between two locations: a main office downtown and a warehouse on South Alston Avenue.

“What this will do is consolidate our spaces into one facility and also give us the additional space we need for our ever-expanding operations,” Bowens said.

Bowens said if approved, the move to the vacant 55,000 square foot space could take place next year.

The agenda item said there were “no current plans to alter the rest of the mall”. Sixteen of the storefronts are leased to a variety of tenants, including Family Dollar, restaurants, cell phone companies, and the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.

The county is considering limited bond or bank financing.

Bull City United may move into former Boys & Girls Club

The county will also vote on whether to spend $6 million to purchase the former Boys & Girls Club in historic Hayti.

The two parcels total 2.61 acres and were last sold in 2019 to an LLC registered with private investor Pablo Reiter for just over $2 million.

Bull City United, a county- and city-funded violent crime and gang intervention program, had originally hoped to lease the vacant building sandwiched between East Pettigrew Street and the Durham Freeway.

“Before a lease could be negotiated, the landlord made the decision to sell the property rather than enter into a long-term lease,” county staff wrote in an agenda item.

Bull City United sends “violence interrupters” to select neighborhoods to help resolve disputes, identify and help treat people at high risk for violent behavior, and reshape social norms around gun violence. The public health department launched the program in 2016.

The county is also considering limited bond or bank financing.

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Pictured is a mural outside the former derelict Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham building along East Pettigrew Street in Durham’s Hayti area. Laura Brache [email protected]

A third property is also up for sale – land next to Durham Technical Community College.

The nearly 6 acres were owned by Randall and Leslie Brame, who gave Durham Tech the first option to purchase and negotiated a price of $2.3 million.

The money would be taken from the fund the county uses to pay its debts.

The County Board of Commissioners meets at 7 p.m. Monday and will vote on the three purchases.

This story was originally published August 8, 2022 5:43 p.m.

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Mary Helen Moore covers Durham for The News & Observer. She grew up in eastern North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill before spending several years working at newspapers in Florida. Outside of work, you might find her riding her bike, reading, or tending to plants.