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
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
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
We are happy to see that TWO of the proposed site layouts retain the 1928 Carpenter Chevrolet Building on Main Street for future renovation/development. Retaining this building keeps a pedestrian-scale presence on Main Street and provides small, affordable, high visibility office and retail suites in a walkable area near transit and affordable housing.
It is still important for the design team, elected officials and General Services to hear just how
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
Are you interested in the future of Durham? Do you want a vital, vibant downtown?
A place still full of quirky, unique buildings? A good place to walk? A place that 20 years from now still looks like the Durham you know and love?
NOW is the time to give your opinion on yet another project that can have a big impact. Please attend tomorrow evening’s meeting:
Community Visioning Session
New Police HQ on East Main Street
Thursday, April 16th, 6-8pm
Durham Convention Center
We support the City of Durham in their efforts to create a much needed 21st century downtown Police Headquarters facility. We look forward to theCommunity Visioning Session being held by General Services on Thursday evening, and encourage all who choose to live, work,
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
10 sites in North Carolina, including 2 in Durham (the Whitted School and the Durham Hosiery Mill Dye House) were just added to the National Register. We’re so glad to see these important buildings get recognized- and now they’re eligible for preservation tax credits!
Congratulations to the Carrboro-based Caktus Group for buying and rehabbing 108 Morris St., a great 1910 building right by Five Points.
Check out this article in the Durham News about the historic Fendol Bevers house. We’re working with the developers to help move this amazing structure!
Sadly, after months of exploring alternate possibilities, it was announced this week that Lavender Avenue Park House in Northgate Park will be deconstructed. The structure, which was on our 2012 Places in Peril list, sits in