City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 39 October 26, 2018
Beltline trail

City of Durham Acquires Belt Line Rail Corridor

The City of Durham is now the property owner of the Durham Belt Line rail corridor thanks to the recently completed $7.8 million acquisition from The Conservation Fund. The City’s purchase of the Durham Belt Line, a 1.7-mile former railroad corridor that extends from downtown Durham near Chapel Hill Street to Avondale Drive near Trinity Avenue, will now allow the project to proceed with the development of a bicycle and pedestrian trail consistent with the Durham Belt Line Master Plan adopted by the Durham City Council in August 2018. The rail corridor was purchased for $7.8 million on September 24, 2018 from The Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating solutions that make both environmental and economic sense across the United States. More 

Officials cutting ribbon at Police Department opening

Police and 911 Cut Ribbon On A New Facility

It was a rainy morning last Saturday, but the Durham community still came out in force to visit the new Durham Police Department and Emergency Communications Center on East Main Street. Visitors took tours, sampled food and watched as City officials cut the ribbon on the new facility.

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 a final community workshop tomorrow as well as offering online English and Spanish surveys from now until Oct. 31.  More

Durham Seeks Developers for Former Police Headquarters Site

Developers interested in the redevelopment opportunity at the former police headquarters site in downtown Durham should submit their qualifications now for this City of Durham-owned property. The City is seeking to dispose of the site, and a Request for Qualifications document is now available to interested parties. The City is seeking to sell this four-acre property at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street to a high-quality development team capable of delivering a project that accomplishes the Durham City Council’s key priorities for the site.  More 

Ride GoDurham Fare-Free on Election Day

The City is making it even easier to get to the polls on Election Day. For the second consecutive year, GoDurham buses will be fare-free all day on November 6. Transportation Department Director Terry Bellamy said the City administration is aware that a lack of access to transportation can make it difficult for some residents to vote, and hopes that making buses fare-free again this year will encourage residents to try transit as an easy way to get to the polls. To find a GoDurham route to one of the nearly 60 polling places open on November 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., visit to map the route. Residents may also use the Transloc Rider and Transit mobile apps to plan their trips.  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 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts Street.  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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Drug Take Back Event Set For Tomorrow

The Durham Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be holding a National Take Back Initiative tomorrow at four locations. The National Take Back Initiative allows people to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. The program hopes to educate the public on the dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse and accidental poisonings as well as educate them on the responsible handling, security and destruction of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The National Take Back Initiative will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walgreens, 1812 Holloway Street; CVS, 3573 Hillsborough Road; Triangle Pharmacy/Ace Hardware, 1700 East NC Highway 54; and Walgreens, 6405 Fayetteville Road. More 

Police Department Hosts Trunk or Treat Event Tomorrow

The Community Resource Unit (CRU) of the Durham Police Department is holding a Trunk or Treat event tomorrow, at the Walmart Supercenter at 1525 Glenn School Road from 10 a.m. to noon. Shoppers, passers-by, and the general public are invited to participate. In addition to free assorted candy treats and give-a-ways, trick-or-treating safety tips and crime prevention materials will be available.  Youth are encouraged to show off their costumes for pre-Halloween photo opportunities with public safety professionals. Participating agencies include Walmart; the Durham Fire Department; Durham County Sheriff’s Department; and Durham County Emergency Medical Services.  The Trunk or Treat event is the culminating activity of the police department’s observance of National Crime Prevention Month 2018. More

Durham Seeking Artists for Traffic Signal Box Mural Designs

Durham artists interested in creating traffic signal box mural designs to be showcased throughout the community can apply now for this new call-for-artist opportunity. Duke University Community Benefit Project, in collaboration with the City's Public Art Program and Mural Durham, are seeking local artists to submit mural designs to be installed on traffic signal boxes around Durham. The team is looking for local artists or artist teams to design and install murals that celebrate Durham’s history, culture, and community. The selected artists will be offered an honorarium of $1,000, and will be allotted an additional $300 to purchase supplies. The expected completion date of the project is mid-November 2018. The submission deadline is Oct. 28.  More

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 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. 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 

Parks and Recreation Notes


Dress up your furry friend in their favorite howl-een costume and stop by Barktoberfest tomorrow 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 10/24/18 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 99.27% - 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 Foster and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. 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. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation begins. 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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