Future of the Former Police Headquarters Site

Project Update – October 6, 2020

On Monday, November 4, 2019 the Durham City Council voted 6 – 0 to direct the City Manager to enter into negotiations with The Fallon Company in order to reach a development agreement for 505 W Chapel Hill Street. The Fallon Company will be the Master Developer supported by other project team companies including WinnCompanies as the affordable housing developer, architectural firms Duda Paine Architects and Weinstein Friedlein Architects, Stewart Engineering, Banks Law Firm, and Morningstar Law Group.

On Monday, June 15, 2020 City Council (items #26 and #38) voted on two Agenda Items related to 505 W Chapel Hill Street to add restrictive covenants to the property making the requirement to add 80 units of affordable housing a perpetual requirement. Second, City Council held a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance amending the Unified Development Ordinance by taking property out of the Downtown Design District – Support 1 (DD-S1) and establishing the same as the Downtown District – Core with a development plan (DD-C(D).

On Monday, October 5, 2020 (item #18) Durham City Council voted 7-0 to direct the Interim City Manager to convey the City-owned property to West Chapel Hill Development LLC by private sale, pursuant to authority contained in Section 86 of the City’s charter. Section 86 authorizes City Council to publicly or privately sell, lease, rent, exchange or otherwise convey, or cause to be publicly or privately sold, leased, rented, exchanged or otherwise conveyed, any property, real or personal or any interest in such property, belonging to the City, upon the affirmative vote of four Council members.   The terms of the proposed conveyance collectively are outlined in the Purchase and Sale Agreement, the Master Development Agreement, and Amended and Restated Restrictive Covenants which were also approved. Additionally, The Fallon Company is proffered the 1Durham Real Estate Plan which includes Community Engagement, Minority Ownership & Participation, Underutilized Business Inclusion, and Open Space initiatives.


The City of Durham owns a property at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street, a four-acre parcel that contains the former Durham Police Department (DPD) Headquarters building and supportive surface parking lots. The existing office building was originally built for the Home Security Life Insurance Company in the late 1950's. The building occupies less than a quarter of the site.

The site will became vacant in Winter 2019, when the DPD moves to a new headquarters building on East Main Street. The City will not have a municipal purpose for the property after DPD relocates to its new facility. The information received from the surveys and public events (detailed below) will inform the re-use opportunities for the site.

If you have questions about the site itself or the disposition/re-use process, contact Stacey Poston, special projects manager with the City of Durham General Services Department, by email or call 919-560-4197, ext. 21254.

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October 5, 2020 City Council Approval
June 15, 2020 City Council Approval
November 4, 2019 - City Council Update
September 19, 2019 City Council Presentation
April 16, 2019 - Request for Proposals (RFP) 505 W. Chapel Hill Street 
April 4, 2019 - City Council Presentation

June 7, 2018 - City Council Presentation
May 24, 2019 - Environmental Site Assessments
The City has completed a Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment for the property. The assessments are available below for review. The City has also submitted an application to admit the site to North Carolina Brownfields Program. The North Carolina Brownfields Program provides liability protection as well as a property tax exclusion for qualifying improvements made on eligible brownfield sites.
February 5, 2019 - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 505 W. Chapel Hill Street
May 24, 2018 - City Council Presentation
November 20, 2017 - City Council Presentation
September 19, 2017 - Background Information
Workshop Materials
Concepts/Ideas for Discussion
Note: The consultant team has drafted preliminary renderings to help the community imagine what is possible on the site. Four ideas are depicted in the documents below. Please note these are in no way the only options for the site or part of any approved plan for the site. At this time, they are only meant to guide discussion and provide visual prompts. 
Community Outreach Summary
Appearance Commission Recommendations