- McPherson Hospital
Issue Background and Overview:
McPherson Hospital, built in 1926, was the first hospital in Durham. It functioned as a medical center until 2005, when the Eye and Ear Hospital relocated. A developer quickly purchased the property, asked for a rezoning, and unveiled plans to turn it into a boutique hotel. The property was subsequently sold to another developer, who reconfigured the plans for the building into a larger extended-stay hotel. By 2009, any signs of construction had come to a complete halt. In 2013, the developers asked the city and the county for tax incentives, which Preservation Durham supported. The project is slated to start construction in 2014.