DURHAM, N.C.-Self-Help CU said it has acquired several downtown parcels and is in the preliminary stages of planning a new development expected to be a key part of a downtown revitalization. It has joined with the local Quality of Life initiative, Habitat, Durham Community Land Trustee and others in the effort, and has been getting feedback from residents and business owners on the street. It has also hired two two Durham firms, DTW Architects and Planners and landscape architects Coulter Jewell Thames, P.A., to begin site planning and to make other determinations.

Paul Brown, project manager with Self-Help, said the process is expected to take several years to complete. It is currently s considering a mixed-use development for the 2.3-acre site and has begun preliminary discussions with possible tenants.

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