City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 30 - August 17, 2018

Housing Credits Award Moves Durham Affordable Housing Project Forward

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has awarded an allocation of low income housing tax credits for the proposed Jackson Street development site adjacent to the Durham Station Transportation Center. The award to the joint venture of Self-Help Ventures Fund and DHIC will create approximately $9 million worth of equity to support construction of the $17 million project to create affordable rental housing. The project, now known as Willard Street Apartments, will include 82 units of affordable housing for households up to 60 percent of area median income of about $32,400 annually, as well as structured parking, and ground-floor retail. More

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Durham K9s Get New Safety Equipment
Durham K9 Astro and seven other police K9s were fitted this week for new ballistic vests provided by the Spikes K9 Fund.

Durham Seeks Emergency Solutions Grant Applicants

The City's Community Development Department invites organizations to apply for $163,282 in Emergency Solutions Grant funds. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently informed the department that the Durham Continuum of Care was eligible to apply for up to $97,969 to fund operating costs of emergency shelters and street outreach activities, and at least $65,313 to rapidly re-house people who are currently homeless and targeted homeless prevention. Eligible applicants must be private nonprofit organizations or units of local government. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.  More
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Durham Welcomes Return of Outdoor Photography Exhibition Series, The FENCE

After a successful launch in 2017, The FENCE 2018, the largest public art photography exhibition in North America, is returning to downtown Durham and includes new art from 50 photographic artists, including nine Triangle-based artists. The City's Public Art Committee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and General Services Department will welcome The FENCE: Durham with an opening ceremony today at 4 p.m. on the Orange Street Mall, 102 W. Parrish Street.  More 

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The City is working to increase economic opportunities for residents who have been involved with the Justice System. In this new CityLife episode, Host 
Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Project Manager Ryan Smith and the I-team’s Outreach Coordinator Chuck Manning, Sr. to talk about two of the specific ways they’re accomplishing this lofty goal. Watch the show.

Ever wondered what it takes to answer a 911 call? On our new Durham Works episode, comedian and resident Deb Aronin joins Charles Mills of the Durham Emergency Communications Center to learn what it takes to answer the 911 calls of residents and get them the emergency help they need.
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On Time, On Budget

City officials got a tour this week of the under-construction Downtown Durham Mixed Use Parking Garage. The facility at the intersections of Morgan Street, Mangum Street and Rigsbee Avenue is on time and on budget with completion planned for January of 2019. The garage will include 667 parking spaces with  commercial and retail space on the lower levels.  More 

PetSafe® Dog Park – located at Duke Park

With the help of PetSafe® and the Durham Parks Foundation, Durham has a new dog park. The PetSafe® Dog Park is located in the north-west section of Duke Park, 1608 Acadia Street. The dog park is a great addition as it provides a great place for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment. There is a sectioned off area for small dogs (less than 30 pounds or less /15 inches or smaller) as well as one for large dogs (30 pounds or more/15 inches or larger). There will be a leash cutting ceremony on Aug. 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/15/18 - Days of Supply: 212 - Reservoir Status: 99.3% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Corporation and West Morgan streets as water services are connected to the new water line. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Hunt Street between Rigsbee Avenue and Mangum Street as sanitary sewer work continues. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between N. Duke and Mangum streets as water services are connected to the new water line. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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