Chinatown coming to the Triangle

February 7, 2012 2:09:21 PM PST
A "Chinatown" project is in the works for a nearly deserted outlet mall in Morrisville.

The location is considered ideal because of its close proximity to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Developer Mark Herman said he's working with Chinese and American investors to dramatically change the mall's appearance and to make it a destination for culture, education, food, and business.

Herman said plans include a Chinese supermarket and a five-star hotel.

"In the future, I believe that when the question arises, 'Where is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport?' the answer is 'next to Chinatown,'" said Herman.

To make the announcement official, Herman is hosting a "Year of the Dragon Celebration" Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Airport Boulevard site.

He said the first phase of the $130 million conversion will be ready by September.

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