City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 38 - October 19, 2018

Police and 911 Open New Headquarters Complex With Community Event Tomorrow

The Durham Police Department and the Durham Emergency Communications Center, will hold a community grand opening event tomorrow to officially open the new Durham Police Headquarters Complex. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 the 602 E. Main Street facility. Free parking will be provided in the Human Services Building parking lot. The entire Durham community is invited to take part in this historic occasion. The grand opening will include facility tours, food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon.  More

New home of the Durham Pollice Department and the Emergency Communications Center.
The new Durham Police and Emergency Communications Center at 602 E. Main Street.

Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study Hosts Second Public Workshop Oct. 22

If you travel along U.S. Highway 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill, you know how congested it can be each day. To help plan for the future of this busy highway, resident input is being sought on potential concepts to relieve traffic congestion between Durham and Chapel Hill. The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are co-hosting a second open house for the Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4907 Garrett Road.  More

Durham Seeks Input on South Driver Street Surplus Property

The City is seeking resident input to determine what to do with a surplus City-owned building at 103 S. Driver Street in East Durham. This vacant building was formerly the home of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Impact Team and Fire Station #3. In order to encourage residents to share their vision for this property, the City’s General Services and Neighborhood Improvement Services departments are partnering to host three community workshops later this month as well as offering online English and Spanish surveys from now until Oct. 31.  More

Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Coming Soon to Durham Central Park

The Liberty Warehouse Wall at Durham Central Park will soon have new interactive public art on display and the Durham community is invited to the early November opening ceremony. Hosted by the City of Durham and Durham Central Park, the opening ceremony will take place on the east side of the park at 501 Foster Street at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4.  At this event, community members will have the opportunity to meet the artist collective behind the mural, Pixel Patch Creative, and create pixel murals of their own. The opening ceremony will take place alongside the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo, and marks the second major public art installation along the Durham SmART corridor.  More 

Durham Hosts Neighborhood Bike Route Meetings

Residents and visitors interested in how the City plans to prioritize bicycle travel along neighborhood streets should attend one-of-four upcoming meetings. The City’s Transportation Department is planning to enhance neighborhood streets to help bicyclists more easily and safely access destinations. The proposed neighborhood bicycle routes, otherwise known as bicycle boulevards, will use signage and pavement markings to better connect residents to existing trails, bicycle routes, and other major destinations. The first phase of this project will designate approximately seven miles of roads as neighborhood bicycle routes, and develop the appropriate signage and pavement marking plans. More corridors could be added in the future. The first meeting will be on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts Street.  More  

Durham Making Improvements to Downtown’s Black Wall Street Gardens

Visitors and pedestrians to downtown Durham’s Black Wall Street Gardens will soon notice some improvements to this City-owned green space. The City is making lighting, landscaping, and walkway improvements to the space at 102 W. Main Street, which will temporarily close this green space. During this two-week construction period, pedestrians are asked to use the adjacent sidewalks along North Mangum Street for access between East Parrish Street and West Main Street. Once the project is completed, the green space will feature 12 artistically-designed LED path lights along a newly-designed walkway through the space.  More

Patterson Place Design District Re-Zoning and Text Amendment Public Meeting Rescheduled

The Durham City-County Planning Department has rescheduled its Patterson Place Design District Re-Zoning and Text Amendment public meeting until later this month. The meeting has been rescheduled to Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4907 Garrett Road. For residents who cannot attend the meeting, the draft text is available on the project website and meeting materials will be posted following the meeting. Staff requests that comments be submitted by Nov. 9.  More 

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Durham’s City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials will soon make recommendations about the future of public Confederate monuments or symbols in Durham. In this new CityLife episode, Host 
Beverly B. Thompson sits down with committee co-chairs Charmaine McKissick-Melton and Robin Kirk to get an update on the committee’s work so far. Watch the show.

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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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Durham Neighborhood College Concludes Another Session

A big thank you to the 29 residents who last night completed the 2018 session of Durham Neighborhood College. The group learned about the City and County Strategic Plans and got to know others from the Bull City in the process. The group dealt with two hurricanes that caused class cancellations, but persevered to learn a lot about the workings of Durham City and County governments and how the Strategic Plans guide government decisions.

North Duke Street Proposed Sidewalk Facilities Meeting Rescheduled

The City's Public Works Department has rescheduled its North Duke Street Sidewalk Facilities public meeting to next month. The drop-in style meeting, originally set for Oct. 11, has been rescheduled to Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Braggtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3218 N. Roxboro Street, Durham.  At the Nov. 1 meeting, residents will be able to review the preliminary design for pedestrian facilities along North Duke Street from West Murray Avenue to North Roxboro Street, ask questions of City staff and consultants, and provide input before the department completes the design work.  More 

DPAC Starts Performing Arts Ambassador Program

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is beginning a new program to help students kick start a career in the arts with Performing Arts Ambassadors. The program seeks high school students passionate about the arts from across Durham County. This program will expose students to the diversity of what is offered at DPAC, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. DPAC understands that young people are the future, and will play a key role in keeping the arts thriving in our community. For information, email Megan Rindoks, community outreach manager, at Applications must be completed by Oct. 26.  More

Explore the Faces of First-Time Voters at New Photography Exhibition

Some of the voices and perspectives of Durham youth will now be shared through a new photography exhibition focused on encouraging students to engage by volunteering with community organizations and participating in the electoral process. "Amplify! Youth Voices and the Future" features photographic images of current students and recent graduates of the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM), who will be voting for the first time in the election this fall or in 2020. Their portraits will be hung at NCSSM, outdoors along Alley 26, and in the lobby of Durham City Hall. This new installation will be unveiled today in downtown Durham.  More 

Parks and Recreation Notes


Dress up your furry friend in their favorite howl-een costume and stop by Barktoberfest on Oct. 27 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Durham Central Park. Activities will include performances, a fun walk, canine food drive, pet market, beer and food sales, and more.  More

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/17/18 - Days of Supply: 224 - Reservoir Status: 100% - 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. There will be no work this weekend.  Next week, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between North Duke and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Rigsbee Avenue will be closed as water line installation continues. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Washington Street will be closed as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website .

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