City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 16 - April 28, 2017

New Downtown Parking Garage Information Session Set For May 4

Construction of a new downtown parking garage is set to begin later this year and the City is holding a community information session on May 4 to get input and ideas on the design progress. The $23 million project, to be located on a 1.2-acre site bounded by Rigsbee Avenue, West Morgan and North Mangum streets, will be a mixed-use parking deck with approximately 650 parking spaces. The garage will also contain approximately 16,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 5,000 square feet for a centralized parking office. The project is anticipated to be under construction in fall 2017 with completion anticipated for January 2019. More

City employees at Durham Police Headquarters Complex "topping out" ceremony April 25
Police Headquarters Complex Construction Milestone
City Manager Tom Bonfield, center, and other City officials and employees were on hand Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the framing for the new Police Headquarters Complex at 602 East Main Street. The building is set for completion in August 2018.

Durham Hosts Small Local Business Enterprise Networking Event

Looking for help to get your small business off the ground and qualify for City contracting opportunities? The Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity Assurance will hold a free networking event on May 11 at 5:30 p.m. to share information about the City's Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program and contracting opportunities in construction, architectural, engineering, and surveying businesses located in Durham, Orange, Person, and Chatham Counties. The event will be held in City Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza.  More 

Durham Hosts Human Relations Advocacy Awards May 11

The City's Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations of residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves by advancing and advocating for civil and human rights in Durham. The commission and the Human Relations Division of the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department are hosting the 2017 Human Relations Advocacy Awards on May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street. At this ceremony, at least four Durham residents and/or organizations will be honored for their impact and service.  More

Durham Youth Commission Seeks Applicants

Youth who want a voice in their City government are invited to apply to serve on the Durham Youth Commission (DYC).  Interested youth are encouraged to download an application and apply to serve a one-year term on the 2017-2018 commission, which consists of 30 members from grades 9–12 chosen by a selection committee of City staff members, peers, and Durham residents. Application packets should be completed and postmarked by April 30.  More

Registration Open for G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

Durham Police Department's G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Unit is accepting applications for its 2017 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. G.R.E.A.T. Camps are provided free-of-charge and can accommodate up to 30 youth each session. Three week-long sessions are offered June 19-23, July 10-14, or Aug. 14-18.  More 

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America’s Night Out Against Crime Set For Aug. 1

Registration is underway for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 1 residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns.  More 

Durham Seeks Applicants for Building Improvement Grants

Durham business owners interested in funds to help improve their locations can apply now for an upcoming grant opportunity. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is accepting applications for targeted areas inside the city limits for Building Improvement Grants. Proposed projects must be within the Ninth Street Commercial Corridor or the Downtown Development Tier, including Parrish Street. To determine whether a project is within the eligible geographic location, business owners should use the department’s mapping tool. More 

Durham Launches Architectural Inventory Update

 A lot has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed now to help update Durham’s Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City-County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982, to bring this work up-to-date with additional documentation about structures and neighborhoods. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development.  More 

City Extends Deadline for New Matching Grant Health Program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live have more time to submit their projects for funding through a new City of Durham grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. Applications are due by April 30.  More

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Portions Of Third Fork Creek Trail Temporarily Closed

Portions of Third Fork Creek Trail will be closed from May 3 – Aug. 31.  Several sections of trail will be replaced and portions of Third Fork Creek are being restored. Now through May 3, users may expect short detours and trail closures to accommodate the construction.   More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 4/26/17 - Days of Supply: 237 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

As minor touch-up and restorative work is finalized in the Downtown Loop, further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue along the East Main Street corridor.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.  This weekend, waterline installation on East Main Street at the railroad crossing between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will continue. A full closure of East Main Street between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will be used. Traffic control signs and markings will be used to detour traffic. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities will be maintained at all times. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street at the railroad crossing between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will continue. Waterline installation and testing on East Main Street from Dillard Street to Hood Street will continue. East Main Street traffic between S. Elizabeth / Commerce and Hood streets will be shifted in order to maintain traffic in both directions.  On-street parking along East Main Street will be closed to accommodate waterline installation. Lane closures and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at East Main / Hood and at waterline crossing locations on East Main Street. 

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