City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 31 - August 24, 2018

Durham Seeks Contractors for 2018 Brownfields Assessment Grant

Now that Durham has been notified that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be awarding a 2018 Brownfields Assessment Grant to Durham, qualified and experienced engineering and environmental contractors are being sought to assist with the management and execution of this grant. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development will use these brownfields assessment grant funds for community outreach, environmental assessment, and cleanup planning activities to support the redevelopment of brownfields properties in targeted areas of the city. A Request for Qualifications is now available on the City’s website, or a physical copy may be examined Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 807 E. Main Street, Suite 5-100, Durham.  A pre-submittal conference for engineering and environmental contractors seeking additional information is set for Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at 807 E. Main St., Suite 5-100. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. Sept. 7.  More

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Outdoor Photography Exhibition Series, The FENCE, Takes Center Stage Downtown
Photography and art lovers in general came out last Friday to celebrate the opening of The FENCE 2018, the largest public art photography exhibition in North America. The exhibit includes new art from more than 50 photographic artists, including nine Triangle-based artists. The City's Public Art Committee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and General Services Department welcomed The FENCE 2018 opening ceremony featured comments from Mayor Steve Schewel.

2018 Innovate Durham Partners Chosen to Begin Testing Solutions

Seven startup companies will get their chance to bring new ideas to the City of Durham and Durham County by spending the next 12 weeks testing out innovative solutions to local challenges. City and County staff collaboratively chose seven partners for the 2018 Innovate Durham cohort, a program that allows startups and entrepreneurs to use local government as a lab to test out an idea, product or service by getting access to local government staff, data, and facilities. Innovate Durham received 39 applications from companies interested in participating in this year’s program. A review committee made up of City and County leadership narrowed the field down to seven participants who each bring a unique, innovative solution to the program. Ben Kittelson, senior budget & management analyst with the City’s Budget and Management Services Department, said Innovate Durham provides a unique opportunity for startups. "These companies get a chance to do research in our sand box since the opportunity to work with a large city and county, like Durham, can be a huge resource for companies at this stage," Kittelson said. "At the same time, the City and County get to explore the use of new technologies and new approaches to serving Durham residents. It's a win-win."  More 

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

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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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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Parks and Recreation Notes

DPR Facilities Closing For Maintenance and Repairs

Parks and Recreation facilities at Edison Johnson Aquatic Center and Campus Hills Recreation Center will be closed over the next week for facility maintenance. Edison Johnson will be closed through Aug. 28, and Campus Hills Pool will be closed from Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.  More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/22/18 - Days of Supply: 215 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation at Work and Home

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. 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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