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
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
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6-8 pm
Durham Convention Center – 301 W. Morgan Street
The City of Durham has completed the purchase of two properties for the site of the new Durham Police Department Headquarters. Following the completion of environmental testing, the City paid $5.49 million for a 4.5 acre block on East Main Street as well as an additional $200,400 for a small parcel at the corner of Elizabeth and Hood Streets where the former Not Just Wings now sits.
To prepare for building and site design, the City’s General Services Department, which will oversee the overall construction process, is holding a Community Visioning Session to
Why It’s Important:
Carpenter Motor Company at 600 E. Main Street is the only commercial building left on three blocks of downtown’s main thoroughfare. The county demolished the 500 block of East Main for a surface parking lot in 2008, and eight buildings were lost during this demolition, including the historic commercial properties of 526 East Main, 523 East Peabody Street, and 111 South Dillard Street.
Constructed in 1923 of masonry and steel, the Carpenter Motor Company building is nestled into the southwest corner of South Elizabeth, East Main, and Walker Streets. The ground floor contains floor-to-ceiling windows, and the upper stories have large, original, 24-light, factory-style, single-pane windows. The building stands