If you have been following our discussion on the new Police Station Complex, please try to drop by the City’s information session this evening. This will likely be our last opportunity to persuade the Design Team to consider renovation of any of the existing buildings.
We need as many people as possible to attend and speak with members of the design team, staff, administration, and any council members you see, asking them to:
Renovate and incorporate both pre-1950 structures in their entirety. We do not want facadism.
Locate multiple public uses, functions, and doorways on all street frontages of the project.
Include small commercial office & retail spaces on the street level wherever possible
Minimize the area used for parking. Work with Durham County to build a
2308 W. Club Boulevard Given
365-Day Demolition Delay
On Tuesday, May 4th, Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission confirmed a 365-day delay for the demolition of the house at 2308 W. Club Boulevard, in the Watts Hillandale Historic District. This is the maximum delay the commission can issue for a demolition project under current state law.
Thanks to all of the passionate community members who showed up to speak in solidarity against the demolition of this house.
This proposed demolition definitely hit a nerve for Durham residents – over 18,000 people saw our Facebook post last week, which generated many pointed comments from residents concerned about the future character and integrity of our historic neighborhoods.
We will continue to work with the owners on other options for the property during this 365
Contributed by PD Member, Carol Anderson
We did it! We made a huge impression on city council and the city manager about the horrific butchering of street trees by Duke Energy. We did by generating over a hundred letters and emails!
The issue is on the ‘radar’ and we need to keep it there.
When I asked a council member what we could do to make sure the city negotiates a reasonable trimming schedule they answered ‘personal contact with individual council members’.
That seems like a small task to preserve our trees!
Make a commitment to yourself right now to call just one council person. Call someone you don’t know well-they represent you and want and
Changes in Downtown Durham
If you’re interested in how Durham is growing and want a voice in it’s future, please make sure to attend the following:
Downtown Master Plan Meeting – TONIGHT 7-9pm @ Durham Convention Center
Preliminary Site Layout Concepts Input Session for New Durham Police Headquarters Complex – Wednesday, May 13, 5:30-7 p.m @ Durham Armory
Fix The Loop – Charette report to be released Thursday, May 14th.
Info on each after the break
First Downtown Durham Master Plan Workshop
When: Thursday, May 7th from 7pm – 9pm
Where: Downtown Durham Convention Center, Junior Ballroom
Image from Downtown Durham Master Plan (Development Concepts, 2000)
Downtown Durham is updating its 2008 Master Plan and needs your input. This first workshop will gather input on how the community views
Downtown Durham is updating its 2008 Master Plan and needs your input. This first workshop will gather input on how the community views the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Downtown Durham.
Downtown Durham’s growth has been guided by the original Master Plan in 2000, and the update in 2008. The following items were recommended by the 2008 Plan rand successfully implemented:
Durham switching to a form based code
Retail market study
Downtown Open Space Study
Building on surface parking lots to increase density and walkability
The original master plan was intended to be a living document that evolves with the changes and opportunities in Durham. Today, the Plan no longer fully accounts for the current physical landscape of downtown, current
On Tuesday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m., the Durham Historic Preservation Commission will consider the request to demolish the historic Williams-Muse house at 2308 W. Club Blvd. in the Watts-Hillandale historic district. The owners, who purchased the 1453sf house in August of last year for $385,000, plan to build a much larger new house on the lot.
Both the Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood Association and Preservation Durham oppose the demolition. Under current statute all the Historic Preservation Commission can do is postpone demolition of the structure for 365 days, while we try to press the owners to
In October of 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the 17th floor of the Hill Building (later CCB Tower, now 21C). It was a veritable treasure trove. This space, accessed only by stairs from the 16th floor, housed one of Durham’s most prolific architecture firms, that started by Durham native, George Watts Carr, Sr., for 75 years.
I didn’t know much about Carr’s work prior to this visit, but I soon learned what an incredible mark he left upon the City. After starting his