Future of the Police Headquarters Site

The City of Durham and a team of consultants are currently evaluating future options for re-use/re-development of the current Durham Police Department Headquarters site at 505 W. Chapel Hill. 


The City of Durham owns a property at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street, a four-acre parcel that contains the current 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 1950s. The building occupies less than a quarter of the site.

The site will become vacant in fall 2018, when the DPD moves to a new headquarters building on East Main Street that is currently under construction. The City will not have a municipal purpose for the property after DPD re-locates to its new facility, and wants your input as it considers the future use of the site.

The information received from the surveys and public events (detailed below) will inform the consulting team that has been hired by the City to consider re-use opportunities for the site.

Project Update – June 2018

In May and June 2018, City staff and the consulting team presented different courses of actions regarding the site to the Durham City Council. Both presentations and staff memorandums are provided below. At the June 7, 2018 Work Session, City Council authorized staff to draft for their review a “request for development proposals” for future sale of the site. Such a request for development proposals will include specific community priorities and parameters regarding future redevelopment or reuse of the site. It is anticipated that the General Services Department will consult with the City Council further on this topic later this year. 


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 have questions about outreach events, contact Matthew Filter, senior planner with the Durham City-County Planning Department, by email or call 919-560-4137, ext. 28271.

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


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)