In the latest installment of “Who Wants to Pay an Arm and a Leg to Live


” we present Solis Brightleaf Apartments.

Wait, doesn’t Solis sound familiar? Yes. It does. That’s because just more than a mile away from the proposed Solis Brightleaf is Solis Ninth Street, where you can pay up to $1,375 for a less-than-600-square-foot studio apartment. And, according to plans on the city of Durham’s website, Solis Brightleaf would have similar floor plans.

The plans show roughly 200 residential units, a parking garage for 247 spaces and seven on-street spots on the 1000 block of West Main Street—where the now-shuttered Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home currently stands. When the businesses closed last December, the owners hinted that they’d sell the land, but at that time, that sale had not happened. It had been operating for more than 140 years in Durham. According to Preservation


the funeral home was the longest continuously operated business in the city.

The site plan was submitted on September 13 by Terwilliger Pappas of Raleigh, which has helped create other Solis complexes, including Solis Crabtree, which was completed in October 2014. It, of course, was also behind Solis Ninth Street (shocker). According to the website for Solis Ninth Street, there is a studio apartment currently open, but other than that, it appears to be at capacity.

Like Solis Ninth Street, Solis Brightleaf would have


, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans.

The area around


is already playing host to high-rent apartments with West Village flanking the business district.

The site plans include details about the demolition of the building, which was constructed 1926 according to Durham County tax records.

But I guess we have Solis Ninth Street to thank for the first Jamba Juice in the Triangle, apparently.

So, the question has been begged: How many apartments do we really need in downtown Durham, and who the heck is gonna back $1,300?