The fate of the Carpenter Chevy Site at 500 E. Main Street and the siting of the new Police Headquarters Complex will be decided this afternoon at 2pm at the City Council work session.
Preservation Durham and Durham Area Designers have continued to promote our alternative site scheme, which saves the Carpenter Chevy Building, and discuss the importance of pedestrian activation and private development along this portion of Main Street.
During the discussion about the Carpenter Chevy site at a recent Council meetings, questions were raised about the cultural and historical significance of the Carpenter Chevy Site. The history below was compiled by our Board Vice President, Rob Emerson, and was forwarded to Council members earlier this week.
A Brief History of the
The End Is Here!
City Council Expected to Make Final Decision on New Police HQ Scheme TONIGHT
We have been closely monitoring the proposed site layouts for the Durham Police HQ project, and have continually taken a strong position that the City needs to re-examine designs that incorporate the historic Carpenter Chevrolet Building at the corner of Main and Elizabeth Streets. We believe that keeping this building retains a needed level of scale and material texture along Main Street and would be a obvious way to promote street-level, pedestrian activation along this corridor.
We’ve studied the five layouts currently under consideration and have collaborated with Durham
Today, Governor Pat McCrory signed the budget that reinstated the Historic Preservation Tax Credits into law.
Big thanks go out to to Secretary Susan Kluttz and the team at the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and all the legislators who supported this economic development and jobs tool.
This is an incredible accomplishment for the state and wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support of historic preservation advocates!
Historic Tax Credits Details
INCOME-PRODUCING – COMBINES COMMERCIAL & MILL
Reduces base credit rate to 15%
+5% for mills ($3M spending requirement has been eliminated)
+5% for economically distressed counties
Reduces to 15% credit
Applies a cap per project QRE @ flat project ceiling ($150K)
$10,000 minimum over
Help Us Spread The Word About Our Walking Tours!
We’re getting the word out about our walking tours to make sure locals and tourists alike know about these fabulous events!
If you’ve been on our tour, please take a moment to write a quick review on our new Trip Advisor page so more people learn about these programs!
This is a great way make sure everyone knows about our walking tours, one of the primary ways many learn about Preservation Durham and our work in the community… Not to mention all the great information our guides share about Durham’s tobacco heritage, civil rights legacy, and architecture & urban landscape!
Haven’t been on a walking tour yet? Check us out at the Farmer’s Market every
The results are in! Over 500 people from a variety of downtown neighborhoods responded to our online survey. That information, along with feedback from four
community meetings and one-on-one meetings from key stakeholders is being condensed into a user-friendly report that we will issue towards the end of the summer. Four areas of focus are identified in the preliminary report given to the PD Board of Directors: Fund Development, Communication, Grassroots Outreach and Partnerships.
The important work is now upon us. We will use the information generated by the needs assessment to evaluate our existing programs and develop new ones to meet community
Monday afternoon, Executive Director, Wendy Hillis, and Independent Weekly Editor, Lisa Sorg, met with representatives of Blacknall Memorial Church regarding their imminent purchase of three historic houses on Iredell Street and proposed demolition of two of those structures to accommodate a surface parking lot. You can read a summary of that meeting in Indy Week.
Two things are clear. One is that the acquisition of land on that block of Iredell Street is a bit of a chess game for the landlocked church, which wants to acquire land adjacent to control future options for expansion and parking. The second is that the sales price reflects the value of this land
Police Department Headquarters
Monday afternoon Executive Director, Wendy Hillis, and two board members met with representatives from the City of Durham General Services Department and their design team to discuss design options for the new Police Headquarters project. We are happy to report that the retention of the Carpenter Chevrolet Building is seriously being considered.
We have been heartened by how many of you have engaged on this issue. The design team has clearly heard this feedback about their proposed schemes, and is (thankfully) setting a new model of design engagement with Preservation Durham, Downtown Durham Inc. and The Durham Area Designers all at the table.
The basic issue remains that the Police Department’s program (uses,
Last night I had the opportunity to address the County Commissioners regarding their 2015-16 budget. The commissioners’ chambers were full, with impressive turnout in support of increased funding for Durham Public Schools and in opposition to increased funding requests from the Durham County Prison Administration.
In light of the above, my plea for Preservation Durham’s importance seemed almost inappropriate. Who was I to ask for funding for our advocacy programs when DPS can’t pay a living wage to its support staff? When the prison administration is confining inmates to their cells for 22 hours per day?
And then I had to remind myself that, at its core, much of our advocacy work addresses some of the same systematic issues and injustices, but