City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

Feb. 22, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 4

Note from Tom


Affordable Housing — Front and Center This Week


It’s no secret that there’s an urgent need for more affordable housing throughout Durham. The topic was at the center of conversation this week as Mayor Schewel shone a brighter light on it during his State of the City message Monday night. While describing how city funds are already being used to support major renovations and construction efforts by Durham Housing Authority, DHIC, Self-Help, and others, he strongly emphasized that “it’s not nearly enough.” Mayor Schewel went on to propose a $95 million bond issue to fund this bold vision. 

Thursday morning, during a Special City Council Meeting, the City Community Development Department presented a five-year plan to bring more affordable housing to Durham. To be sure, it’s a bold plan to create and preserve  more than 2,600 affordable rental units, primarily in the downtown area. Other measures will be meant to provide ownership opportunities to low-income households, especially along key transit corridors to ease travel to work and services, and to provide permanent housing to address Durham’s homelessness challenge.

It’s a comprehensive plan with many details and features to be worked out. Over the next three months, city administration will continue its due diligence to provide a more detailed recommendation for an Affordable Housing Bond issue in November 2019 and other funding options to support City Council’s vision for Durham.

View the slides or hear audio from Thursday's session on affordable housing.

City of Durham News


Mayor Schewel delivers the State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Mayor Schewel Delivers State of the City Address, Shares Vision for Durham

On Monday night, Mayor Steve Schewel shared his plans to make Durham a more equitable and welcoming community for all in the years ahead, with a focus on housing, justice reform, light rail, and public schools. The mayor's strategy includes a proposed $95 million bond referendum to build and secure affordable housing.The address is now available online in multiple formats, including a Bull City Today recap. Learn more.

City of Durham 2018 Annual Report Video

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Chuck Manning Recognized as Bloomberg Cities Innovator of the Week

Kudos to City of Durham employee, Chuck Manning, who earned recognition for his essential role as a member of the City's Innovation Team. In the Bloomberg Cities interview, learn how he uses his personal experience and lifelong social connections to help the City understand the reality of residents navigating life after prison. Learn more.


Durham Parks and Recreation Partners to Bring Meals to Food Deserts

In a partnership with Believers United for Progress (BUFP), a nonprofit that has been awarded funding through the Durham County Non-Profit Funding for Food Insecurity Program, DPR will distribute meals at the Weaver Street Recreation Center to target youth in the Cornwallis Neighborhood. The meals will be provided three days a week for youth ages 5 through 18, starting on Feb. 11 and running through the end of the school year. This program aligns with DPR’s mission statement by connecting children and families in the community to wellness and healthy eating

Upcoming Events


Durham Offers Small Business Certification Seminar

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 4 p.m.6 p.m.
City Hall Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza, First Floor

Find out about the various minority, women, and small business certification programs now available. Attendees will learn about the eligibility requirements for certification with each of these state and local government organizations, discuss strategies to leverage certification, and how to increase exposure in diverse markets. Please call 919-560-4180, ext. 17241 or email to RSVP for this free seminar.

Durham Businesses Invited to DPD's Annual Safety Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Durham Police Headquarters, 602 E. Main Street

This year's workshop is highly recommended for Durham business owners, managers, and security personnel. Topics include: Robbery Prevention, Preserving Forensic Evidence, DPD's Safe Place LGBTQ Initiative, Durham Businesses Against Crime, and more. Participation is available to the first 60 businesses representatives who confirm attendance by Monday, April 1, 2019 (max two registrants per business). Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Durham Recognizes 2019 Planning Academy Graduates

Durham Recognizes 2019 Planning Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the 22 participants who recently completed the four-week Durham Planning Academy, a free course to introduce residents to planning concepts and procedures, explore the responsibilities of the department, explain the development process, and share typical procedures that various types of planning cases undergo. Learn more about the program and future sessions.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


Catch Up with Bull City Wrap

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode: Get notifications from the City-County Planning Department; see public art by Durham students; learn about $1.4 million to serve people without homes; view the Startup Roadmaps for new businesses; and see the winning logo design for Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival.

Preview of startup guides available for Daycares, Food Trucks, Restaurants, Salons, Barber, and Nail Services, and Vehicle Sales and Services

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works for You


City of Durham to Perform Temporary Water Disinfection Changeover

This federal & state mandated process begins Friday, March 1. During the month-long water treatment disinfection changeover process, Durham water customers may notice a slight change in the taste and aroma of their tap water. Learn more.


Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of Feb. 25:
  • On street parking and turning lane closures in W. Chapel Hill Street between Kent Street and Buchanan Boulevard. 
  • Temporary lane closures in W. Chapel Hill Street between Kent Street and Buchanan Blvd. Flaggers will be utilized to maintain traffic. 
  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate waterline installation. 
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.


Week of Feb. 25:
  • Rigsbee Avenue will be reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Broadway Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work begins.
  • Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Washington Street between Monmouth Avenue and Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Washington Street between West Corporation Street and Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for the weekend.
All this wet weather is a great reminder about Durham’s rain barrel program. Residents can purchase theirs directly from Water Management at wholesale cost. Learn about the benefits of rain barrels and order yours at https://durhamnc.gov/1062/Rain-Barrel-Sales.

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