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