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The block of small brick office buildings along the northwest edge of Duke’s East Campus were ripe for redevelopment: they are close to campus, the recently renovated Whole Foods, and the planned light rail stop at 9th Street.  In addition, the lots were rezoned in 2011 to permit a greater range of commercial uses.  Arthur Rogers of Eno Ventures wisely decided to redevelop one of the largest of these office buildings and asked Sasha for help.  The third collaboration between Arthur and Sasha, the original 1964 building was totally gutted (although no exterior brick walls were demolished) and a second floor was added to double the square footage to 10,000.  Although purely speculative at the outset, upon monitoring the renovation from their nearby administrative offices, the American Dance Festival (ADF) committed to purchase the entire upstairs mid-way through construction.  Upon completion, 721 Broad housed the first permanent ADF dance studios since they came to Durham nearly four decades ago.  The remaining portions of the building were 100% leased upon completion and house additional BLOK creations: STeP shoe boutique, A go•go hair salon, and BLOK Architecture, PLLC.

 

Awards: 2014 Golden Leaf Award, Small Development category, Durham City-County Appearance Commission

 

Photo Credit: Marilyn Peryer.