It appears that the city and Haskell properties (aka James 'Fireball' White) have reached a memorandum of understanding that has staved off demolition of the buildings at Little Five Points. UDI and Haskell are, according to principals at both organizations, discussing a joint renovation plan of the buildings at the corner. Jim Wise has some more information in his column in yesterday's Durham News. (One error in Jim's article - the city planned to raze the property as a nuisance first and then UDI would have somehow gotten their hands on the vacant lot.) The city, despite the positive outlook, grumblingly notes that they will 'wait and see' before committing to renovation of their building next door.
This has the potential to be a win for the neighborhood; most importantly, it is what should have happened in the first place. Unfortunately, it takes derailing business-as-usual in order to get some creative thinking to occur.