Holloway Street Local Historic District Expansion and Plan Update

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3rd Public Meeting Scheduled for October 13th at 6:30 pm.
The Durham City-County Planning Department is hosting a public meeting about the proposed boundaries for the expansion of the Holloway Street Local Historic District. This will be an opportunity to learn about the petitioned expansion and provide input regarding the proposed boundaries.

When:    October 13, 2016, at 6:30 pm
Where:   City Hall, Council Chambers (1st Floor)
              101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, 27701

If you would like more information please feel free to contact Michael Stock at Michael.Stock@DurhamNC.gov, (919) 560-4137, ext. 28227, or Lisa Miller at Lisa.Miller@DurhamNC.gov, (919) 560-4137 ext. 28270.

What does it mean to be in a local historic district?

If your property is within a local historic district, additional design standards will primarily apply to the modification, or construction, of a structure or other site work such as landscaping, driveways and walkways, fences and walls, and lighting. A certificate of appropriateness (COA) would, in most instances, be required in order to proceed with your project. COAs are either approved administratively by staff, or require a public hearing and approval by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

In order for a project to receive a COA, the application must demonstrate compliance with the Historic Properties Local Review Criteria. This document is the result of an effort by the Historic Preservation Commission and its staff to establish a community-supported preservation philosophy and to outlines the policies, criteria, and procedures applicable to our locally designated Historic Districts and Landmarks. The manual contains a wide variety of information, and is designed to clarify the application process and to give owners of historic properties an understanding of what constitutes appropriate rehabilitation, renovation, and construction. The Historic Preservation Commission and its staff intend for this document to be useful to anyone needing information on development and renovation for any of Durham’s locally designated historic properties. 

Background Information

Cleveland-Holloway Historic District Background:

  • 1985: The Cleveland and Holloway Streets National Register Historic District was created.
  • 1987:  The Cleveland Street and Holloway Street Local Historic Districts and Preservation Plan were adopted.
  • 2009:  The boundary expansion of the National Register Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Request to Expand the Local Historic District:

On June 21, 2010, the Planning Department received a citizen petition to expand the Holloway Street Local Historic District to align with the National Register Historic District boundary expansion established in 2009.

Planning department staff determined that the petition was complete and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) determined that the proposed Holloway Street expansion area had the requisite significance and integrity to initiate the expansion of the district.

The request would not only expand the existing boundaries of the Cleveland-Holloway Local Historic District, but also require an update to the Preservation Plan for the local historic district. Proposed Plan updates included additional history, corrected references, updated inventory of structures in the district, and minor revisions to the local review criteria. 

Public Meetings Held

On April 26, 2012 the Durham City-County Planning Department held a public meeting to inform the neighborhood of the upcoming process for expanding the existing Cleveland-Holloway Local Historic District and updating the district’s current Preservation Plan.

In November 2012, a draft plan and proposed boundary (based upon the original petition proposal with additional staff analysis) were made available for public review and input. Another public meeting was held on November 8 to provide neighborhood stakeholders an overview of the draft preservation plan update and boundaries and an opportunity to ask questions.

Public Hearings

On April 4, 2013, the HPC held a public hearing and recommended approval (5-1) of the expansion of the district boundaries and the corresponding update to the Preservation Plan (case X1000003).

On July 9, 2013, The Planning Commission held its public hearing on the application, and recommended denial of the expansion with a 6-6 vote.

At this point staff determined it prudent to wait for the consolidated Historic Properties Local Review Criteria to be adopted before proceeding with the request to expand the historic district boundaries.

2016 UPDATE:

Cleveland and Holloway Streets Preservation Plan: At this time, the Preservation Plan has been modified only to reference the new, consolidated review criteria applicable to all local historic districts (Historic Properties Local Review Criteria). This was approved by City Council in February 2016. Additional technical corrections and an updated inventory will still be required for the Preservation Plan in association with the proposed district boundary expansion. 

Neighborhood Outreach: In March and April 2016, staff performed neighborhood outreach, through a March meeting and a mailed survey in April, to determine the interest in proceeding with the application to expand the district boundaries. Based upon the results of that outreach, staff has begun the process to consider the boundary expansion request and held a public meeting on August 11th  regarding the request to provide information about local historic districts in general, and provide opportunity for additional public input.

A third public meeting is scheduled for October 13th to discuss the boundaries of the proposed expansion of the local historic district (see top of page for meeting information).


Proposed Boundary Expansion: Original Petition

Proposed Boundary Expansion - Original Petition

Proposed Boundary Expansion: Recommended by the HPC and heard by the Planning Commission on July 9, 2013

Proposed Boundary Expansion - HPC - PC