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'Intersect East': University, developer announce plans to develop urban hub in historic district

Tim Elliott, left, managing partner of Elliott Sidewalk Communities and ECU Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson talk about a project outside the Pritchard-Hughes Building.

A $155 million development project unveiled on Tuesday aims to turn a downtown historic warehouse district into an urban hub where people can live and work.

East Carolina University and developer Elliott Sidewalk Communities said Intersect East, part of ECU’s Millennial Campus, eventually will encompass 14 buildings comprising about 1.3 million square feet of space. The project is expected to take place in four phases over eight years, beginning in late 2021 with the renovation of the 80,000-square-foot Export Leaf (tobacco) Factory. Also known as the Haynie building, the 1914 brick structure covers an entire city block.


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