Central Park District
Why it’s important:
The Central Park District just north of downtown has recently emerged as a hub for recreation in Durham, thanks entirely to home-grown businesses, bars, restaurants, and non-profits. The creation of Durham Central Park, a significant public/private partnership, spurred by citizens and made possible by the city, created an important anchor at one end of the district and the 2006 erection of a pavilion for the Durham Farmer’s Market brought people back to this area in droves.
At the north end of the district, businesses and non-profit arts organizations have located in the rehabilitated historic buildings, and a roughly seven-block area was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Foster
Issue Background and Overview
Liberty Warehouse is the last remaining tobacco auction warehouse in Durham. Built in 1940, the structure was packed every summer and fall with farmers coming to sell their freshly harvested tobacco. Auctions were held there until 1984. In 2006, the building was purchased by Greenfire Development, and in 2010, the company had it designated as a local landmark. In 2011, a portion of the roof collapsed. The businesses inside were flooded, and the building was condemned. In May 2013, Greenfire petitioned city council to remove the landmark designation. Preservation Durham initially opposed the de-landmarking, but when it became apparent that city council was going to vote to remove the listing, PD entered into a Memorandum of Understanding
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Corner of Rigsbee Ave and W Geer St (old 7-Up Bottling Plant)
Come out for a tour one of Durham’s newest eateries under construction and sample some fantastic BBQ!
Tours will run on the half hour. Call (919-682-3036) or email to reserve your time slot. Space is limited.