Community Visioning Scheduled for Police HQ on E. Main Street

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Carpenter Motor Co., Circa 1930. Located in the 500 block of E. Main Street.

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 find out what’s important to the community.

Discussion may include topics such as:

  • Impact on Main Street
  • Pedestrian Experience
  • Site and Neighborhood
  • Landscape and Open Space
  • Future Retail and Development
  • Connectivity to Downtown
  • Architectural Expression and Design
  • Security of the Facility
  • Parking
  • Site History
  • Other issues important to participants

The $62 million project will consolidate police functions currently housed in multiple locations as well as provide a secure parking deck. The new complex will include all Police and Emergency 911 functions currently housed at the existing police headquarters as well as District 5, Forensics Services Unit, Property and Evidence, Domestic Violence Unit, and the Durham Emergency Communications Center. The project is anticipated to be under construction in early 2016, with completion in late 2017.