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Durham City Council to Vote on $4.2 Million Grant for Fayette Place Purchase

The Durham City Council is moving ahead with giving the Durham Housing Authority $4.2 million to buy 20 acres of crumbling foundations for future affordable housing.

The council plans to vote on the grant to Development Ventures Inc., (DVI) a development arm of the Durham Housing Authority, at its June 5 meeting.

The grant deal was on the council’s Thursday work session agenda, but members didn’t ask any questions or express concerns, indicating likely approval.

The money would allow DVI to re-purchase the property known as Fayette Place, which was sold to Campus Apartments in 2007. The area is bounded by Fayetteville, Umstead and Merrick streets, between downtown and N.C. Central University.

Most City Council members committed to supporting the grant at a recent Durham Congregations, ...

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Durham City Calendar for Week of May 15-19


Durham City Government meetings scheduled this week include:

Monday, May 15

7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting (City Hall/1st Floor/Council Chambers)

Tuesday, May 16

7:00 p.m. Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (City Hall/2nd Floor/Committee Room)

Wednesday, May 17

8:30 a.m. Public Art Committee of the Durham Cultural Advisory Board (Durham Arts Council/120 Morris Street)

9:30 a.m. Upper Neuse River Basin Association (Town Hall/Camp Butner Room/415 Central Avenue/Butner, NC 27509)

3:00 p.m. Durham Cultural Advisory Board (The Bullpen/James B. Duke Boardroom/Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative/215 Morris St., Suite 300)

3:30 p.m. Audit/Finance Committee of the Durham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (Durham Housing Authority/330 E. Main Street)

5:30 p.m...

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Big Changes Coming to Durham’s Nc Mutual Building



The NC Mutual building on West Chapel Hill Street is getting a dramatic makeover – one that will see its landmark name stripped from the top of the building.

The 12-story, 1960s-era office tower has been renamed Legacy Tower by a development group led by Michael Lemanski, who plans to update the building to attract new tenants. Earlier this year, NC Mutual announced it would shrink its footprint there from six floors to one, opening up 60,000 square feet of office space there.

Lemanski bought the building in 2006 for $10.5 million, while still with Greenfire Development, according to property records. The original Greenfire investors were bought out several years ago, and the new group contains mainly local investors, he said

The group is pouring $11 million into the renovations.

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Woman Dies in Durham Motorcycle Crash

NC DOT camera showing a ramp closed at US 70 and NC 98.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman driving a motorcycle died in a crash in Durham early Sunday evening, police said.

The crash happened just before 6:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 70 near N.C. Highway 98, Durham police said in a news release.

The woman motorcyclist was heading east on U.S. 70 while pulling a trailer, according to police.

The crash only involved the motorcyclist, who died at the scene, police said.

As of 8:10 p.m., the exit ramp from U.S. 70 east to N.C.98 is closed. The on-ramp from N.C. 98 to U.S. 70 east is also closed.

No other details were immediately available.

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Nc: Durham-Orange Light-Rail Costs Could Delay Durham-Wake Commuter Rail


April 08–DURHAM — The rising costs of the Durham-Orange light rail project may delay plans for a 37-mile commuter-rail line connecting Wake and Durham counties.

The Wake County Transit Plan calls for the Wake-Durham Commuter Rail Project to connect Garner and Durham with stops in Raleigh, including N.C. State University; Cary; Morrisville and Research Triangle Park by 2027.

In November, Wake County voters agreed to raise the county’s sales tax rate by a half-cent in order to help fund the 10-year $2.3 billion transit plan, which also includes bus service improvements.

The Wake plan is based on Durham County paying 33 percent of the commuter rail’s local costs, which corresponds to the percentage of track in Durham County.

In a presentation to Durham City Council this week, GoTriangle offic...

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Where to Partake in N.C. Beer Month Celebrations in the Durham-Chapel Hill Area

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April is North Carolina Beer Month — which means, from the mountains to the beach, craft breweries and bottle shops are hosting events to celebrate one of the nation’s hotbeds of craft beer.

Those living or visiting the greater Durham area, which has seen a number of new breweries open shop in recent years, should be able to find a different place to visit every week in April for N.C. Beer Month.

A full list of events across the state can be found at A spattering of local events are listed below.

▪ Durham craft brewer Fullsteam Brewery is holding events every week during April. The events are focused around the brewing process, with educational sessions on grains (April 8), hops (April 15), and yeast (April 22)...

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Fresh Start, Home Ties Play into Juwan Durham’s Exit from Uconn


Connecticut’s Juwan Durham, a former standout at Tampa Prep, announced via Twitter on Monday that he is transferring after one season.
Durham, a 6-foot-11 forward, is the third player to leave the Huskies in the past month, joining fellow freshman Vance Jackson and sophomore Steven Enoch. UConn signee Makai Ashton-Langford also requested to be released from his letter of intent.
Terrapins coach Joe Fenlon said Durham’s decision was not strictly based on basketball.
“There were many factors that Juwan weighed before reaching his decision,” Fenlon said. “He just decided he needed a fresh start.”
There also was a desire to play closer to home.
“Maybe that’s in Florida, maybe it’s somewhere close to the state for Juwan,” Fenlon said. “He has some time to think this through.”
Durham committed t...

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Fiery Head-On Collision During Chase near Person-Durham County Line


TIMBERLAKE, North Carolina (WTVD) —
There’s been a fiery fatal head-on collision during a chase along U.S. Hwy 501 just south of Timberlake near the Person County-Durham County line.
Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed a burned-out vehicle on its side in the median just south of the NC Hwy 57 (Hillsborough Road) junction.
There was another SUV with severe front-end damage.
Heading to scene of fiery crash just over PersonCo line. #ABC11 eyewitness just sent us this picture.
— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) April 3, 2017
Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said it all began when his officers were doing a safety checkpoint in the area of Foushee Street and Garret Street. A vehicle made a U-turn about 500 yards away and left the area.
Police put out a Be On The Lookout (B...

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Durham Nc Is a Great Place to Live If You Work in Education

Durham NC is a great place to live if you work in education. This is especially true if you are seeking employment at a college, university, or other educational institution of higher learning.

A number of the nation’s most prestigious colleges are centered in this area, and they are also some of the biggest schools in the state of North Carolina. Durham is home to Duke University, but Chapel Hill is only minutes away and home to the University of North Carolina’s primary campus.

Raleigh is not too distant either and home to North Carolina State University. Yet another Atlantic Coast Conference school with many tens of thousands of students, Wake Forest, is also within a decent daily commuting distance...

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Durham Police Id Man Killed in Early Morning Crash

Police say 29 year-old Nicholas Fuller of Durham was killed when the car he was driving crashed at the intersection of Grant Street and Umstead Street in Durham.
The accident happened just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday.
Police say Fuller was driving a grey Honda Accord east on E. Umstead Street and crashed into an embankment just past Grant Street.
Fuller was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police say the front passenger, 21 year-old Jay-Quan Wint of Durham was seriously injured. Wint was tranported to the hospital and is expected to survive.
The accident remains under investigation.
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