Future of the Former Police Headquarters Site

The City of Durham is currently soliciting Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)* from high-quality development teams capable of delivering a project that accomplishes the City’s key priorities for the site. See the link under Documents, below, to download a copy of the RFQ.

Important Update - January 28, 2019

The deadline for submission of an RFQ has been extended and interested parties now have until 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to submit a response for considerations. The linked RFQ, below, has been amended with the new deadline.


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 become vacant in Winter 2018/2019, 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.

If you wish to receive project updates, complete the form at the link below and we will add you to a notification registry.  
Submit contact information for updates on 505 West Chapel Hill Street.


Download a copy of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Response to Questions Submitted to the City

November 14, 2018, 1 p.m .- 3 p.m. EST, Pre-Submittal Conference
Ground Floor Conference Room, 505 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC
Pre-Submittal Conference Agenda and Instructions for Joining Remotely

Compiled Question and Answers from 505 W. Chapel Hill Street Pre-Submittal Conference (PDF)
505 W. Chapel Hill Street Pre-Submittal Conference Attendees (PDF)

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. Should an eligible developer be interested in pursuing participation in the North Carolina Brownfield Program, which provides liability protection as well as a property tax exclusion for qualifying improvements made on brownfield sites, the City will support the application.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

June 7, 2018 City Council Presentation
June 7, 2018 - Staff Report
June 7, 2018 - Consultant Presentation

May 24, 2018 City Council Presentation
May 24, 2018 - Staff Report
May 24, 2018 - Consultant Presentation

November 20, 2017 City Council Presentation
November 20 - Staff Report
November 20 - Consultant Presentation

Background Information
Consultant Memorandum – HR&A Advisors – Findings from Policy Review and Site Visit (9-19-17) (PDF)
505 W. Chapel Hill Street - 1990 Site Plan (PDF)

Workshop Materials
Future of the Police Headquarters Site - Comments Worksheet (PDF)
Project Information (PDF)
Preliminary Questionnaire Results (PDF)

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. 
Ideas Handout (PDF)
Ideas Posters (PDF)

Community Outreach Summary
Memorandum - Community Outreach Summary for Current Police Headquarters Site (PDF)

Appearance Commission Recommendations
Memorandum - Durham City-County Appearance Commission Recommendations (PDF)