Properties

Since 2006 the City and its partners have completed environmental assessments on several properties in the City of Durham.  Environmental assessment activities are ongoing and we are currently evaluating several properties under the brownfield program.

Included below is a map of the project area and details on properties selected for the program. Red markers show the properties currently being evaluated under the existing brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The blue markers show a few of our success stories of properties evaluated in the past under previous EPA brownfield grants.

Current Properties

Durham Police Headquarters

Address: 505 W Chapel Hill Street 
Parcel: 114577
Acreage: 4.087
Zoning: Downtown Design – Support 1 

 

Property Description: At the time of the January 10, 2017 Phase I ESA, the subject property was developed with a 69,595 square-foot building serving as the Durham Police Headquarters. Review of historical imagery back to 1913 shows the subject property as developed with seven residential structures. The 1937 Sanborn map shows a similar layout but also shows a YWCA on the northwest corner of the property. Historical imagery shows that sometime between 1955 and 1964, the current 69,595 square foot building was built on the subject property in the current day configuration. Review of City Directories identified Tops Filling Station as located at 501 West Chapel Hill Street in 1954, located at the northeastern portion of the subject property.

A Phase II ESA was completed in May 2017, to determine if the onsite and/or offsite concerns had impacted the subject site. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan: To be determined.

Durham Police Headquarters Phase I ESA Executive Summary
Durham Police Headquarters Property Information Card

Durham Transportation Center – Undeveloped Tract

Address: 515 W Pettigrew Street 
Parcel: 103346
Acreage: 1.979
Zoning: Downtown Design – Core 

Property Description: At the time of the March 6, 2017 Phase I ESA, the subject property was undeveloped and serving as an equipment staging/laydown yard for a local construction project. Land use at the subject property was confirmed by historic Sanborn Fire Insurance maps dating back to 1898, when the subject property was developed with several residential structures. The site appears to have been used for residential purposes from at least 1898 until 1950. The southeast portion of the site was then developed with a commercial structure (identified as an optical lab on the 1979 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map) from the mid-1950’s until approximately 2002. The western portion of the subject property continued to be used for residential purposes until the early 1970’s, when the Downtowner Motor Hotel was constructed on the northwest portion of the subject property and north/northeast adjacent site. Following demolition of the former on-site structures, the subject property appears to have been undeveloped since approximately 2005.

A Phase II ESA was completed in June 2017, to determine if the onsite and/or offsite concerns had impacted the subject site. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan: The current redevelopment plan is to attract a mixed use development (parking, retail, residential) with traditional affordable housing as the anchor.

Transportation Center – Undeveloped Tract Phase I ESA Executive Summary
Transportation Center – Undeveloped Tract Property Information Card

 1208 Fayetteville Street

Address: 1208 Fayetteville Street 
Parcel: 118283
Acreage: 0.105
Zoning: Commercial Neighborhood

Property Description: The subject property is located southwest of the intersection of E. Umstead Street and Fayetteville Street. At the time of the March 7, 2017 Phase I ESA, the subject property was developed with one vacant two-story residential structure consisting of approximately 1,760 square feet. According to review of historical information the structure was constructed in 1920. Interview information revealed the site has been vacant since 2007 and prior to its vacancy the structure operated as a duplex.

Redevelopment plans: The proposed redevelopment includes reuse or redevelopment of the existing structure for office/substance abuse clinic.

1208 Fayetteville Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
1208 Fayetteville Street Property Information Card

2101 House Avenue

Address: 2101 House Avenue 
Parcel: 108043
Acreage: 5.703
Zoning: Residential Suburban Multifamily, Residential Urban Multifamily, Commercial Neighborhood, and Commercial Center

Property Description: The subject property is located south of Morehead Avenue, north of Lafayette Street, and northwest of the Lakewood Shopping Center.  At the time of the Phase I ESA the subject property was comprised of wooded, undeveloped land. Based on historical assessment, the site has remained wooded and undeveloped since 1937 to present day.

Redevelopment Plan: The perspective redevelopment plans include the construction of workforce affordable housing.

2101 House Ave Phase I ESA Executive Summary
2101 House Avenue Property Information Card

Lakewood Shopping Center

Address: 2020 Chapel Hill Road, 1901 Jersey Street and 1801 Burke Street
Parcels: 204766, 204767 & 204768
Acreage: 10.38 combined
Zoning: Commercial – Community Commercial

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Property Description: The Lakewood Shopping Center is comprised of three parcels and is located approximately 0.2 miles to the north of the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and Jersey Avenue. Combined the parcels total approximately 10.38 acres. At the time of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment  (ESA) inspection in September 2015, the subject site was developed with an approximately 80,000 square foot multi-tenant commercial building and a stand-alone hot dog stand. Of the eight tenant spaces available in the building, four were vacant at the time of inspection. The remaining spaces were occupied by Makin’ Choices, Inc. (Community/Behavioral Health provider for impaired adults), Belle Amour Beauty Salon, Pop-Up Thrift Store and the Hispanic Center (planned to open late 2015). Land use at the subject site was confirmed by aerial photography back to 1937, when the subject site was undeveloped and wooded. Aerial photographs from 1961 and more recently show the current structures. The Durham County Department of Revenue lists the construction date as 1959. The subject site is located adjacent to or nearby several former and/or current dry-cleaning facilities and gasoline filling stations.

A Phase II ESA was completed in May 2016, to determine if the offsite concerns had impacted the subject site. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan: The property is planned to be redeveloped into a creative arts reuse district to include architectural salvage, studios and affordable leased space for local businesses, nonprofits, arts organizations and restaurants.

Lakewood Shopping Center Phase I ESA Executive Summary
Lakewood Property Information Card

1114 West Chapel Hill Street

Address: 1114 West Chapel Hill Street
Parcel: 113958
Acreage: 0.318
Zoning: Commercial – Downtown Design – Core

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Property Description: The property at 1114 West Chapel Hill Street is developed with one structure and is located in the northeast corner of the intersection of West Chapel Hill Street and Gattis Street. At the time of the August 22, 2016 Phase I ESA the subject site was developed with one 1,512 square foot structure. The structure was vacant; however, there were plans to open a frozen yogurt business onsite. Based on historical assessment, the subject site was developed with a residential dwelling as early as 1913, then sometime between 1937 and 1940, the subject site transitioned from a dwelling to a gasoline filling and automotive service station.

Redevelopment Plan: Proposed redevelopment for use as a local yogurt shop and food trucks, local vendors, and green space for the community.

1114 West Chapel Hill Street Phase l ESA Executive Summary
1114 West Chapel Hill Street Property Information Card

City Lot 14

Address: West Morgan Street, North Mangum Street & Rigsbee Avenue
Parcels: 102982, 102983, 102984, 102985, 120986, 102987, 102988, 102989, 102990, 102991, 102992, 102993, 102994, 102995
Acreage: 1.212 combined
Zoning: Commercial – Downtown Design – Core

City Lot 14

Property Description: At the time of the Phase I ESA, Durham City Lot 14 was a developed as a pay to park lot used by the surrounding business. Review of historic information revealed the former operations of several environmentally significant uses at the subject site including: dry-cleaning, automotive repair, oil company, blacksmith and machine shop. Additionally, the Phase I ESA identified several former gasoline filling stations and automotive repair facilities at the adjacent properties.

A Phase II ESA was completed in September 2016, to determine if the onsite and/or offsite concerns identified during the Phase I ESA had impacted the subject site. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan: The property is currently slated for the imminent construction of a new public parking garage with associated ground level retail space.

City Lot 14 Phase I ESA Executive Summary
City Lot 14 Property Information Card

 2201 Angier Avenue

Address: 2201 Angier Avenue
Parcel: 114485
Acreage: 0.191
Zoning: Commercial – Neighborhood District

 

Property Description: 2201 Angier Avenue is located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Angier Avenue and South Guthrie Street. At the time of September, 2016 Phase I ESA the site was occupied by two vacant buildings, an overhead canopy and paved parking surfaces. Land use at the subject site has been confirmed by Sanborn fire insurance maps back to 1913 when the subject site was occupied by one store and one dwelling. The Sanborn fire insurance map from 1937 shows the absence of the two original structures and the construction of a gasoline filling station and an automobile service garage on the site. Since then, the structures of the former filling station and automobile service garage have remained on the subject site in their present-day configuration.

Redevelopment Plan: Redevelopment of the site includes the affordable retail space and a restaurant.

2201 Angier Avenue Phase I ESA Executive Summary
2201 Angier Avenue Property Information Card

306, 308 & 310 South Driver Street

Address: 306, 308 & 310 South Driver Street
Parcels: 112482 & 112480
Acreage: 0.10
Zoning: Commercial – Neighborhood District

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Property Description: The site consists of two adjacent parcels of land totaling approximately 0.10 acres and located northwest of the intersection of Angier Avenue and South Driver Street. At the time of the September 2016 Phase I ESA, the site was developed with two structures divided into three separate tenant spaces. The tenant space for 310 South Driver Street was vacant and was most recently occupied by Signature Xuts, a barber shop. The tenant space for 308 South Driver Street was occupied by Mama Jeans, which uses the site to prepare food for a mobile food truck. The tenant space for 306 South Driver Street is connected to Mama Jeans along their shared wall and is currently used to store food preparation supplies and equipment. The present-day day structures were constructed in 1930. Based on Sanborn fire insurance maps the site appears to have been been first developed as early as 1913 with two dwellings. A Phase II ESA was completed at the property in October 2016 with private funding.

Redevelopment Plans: Prospective purchaser proposing redevelopment for retail and/or office space.

306, 308 & 310 South Driver Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
306, 308 & 310 South Driver Street Property Information Card

318 South Driver Street

Address: 318 South Driver Street
Parcel: 112476
Acreage: 0.041
Zoning: Commercial – Neighborhood District

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Property Description: The site consists of one parcel located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Angier Avenue and South Driver Street. At the time of the September 2016 Phase I ESA the site was developed with one 1,440 square foot structure occupied by the Power Church. Based on Sanborn fire insurance maps, the subject site appears to have been first developed as early as 1913 with a single dwelling. According to interview information and information from the Durham County Tax Administration Office, the present-day structure was constructed in 1921. Review of historic information indicates that the subject site was originally developed as a bank and was later occupied by an electric company which utilized the subject site for an office. The subject site has also been occupied by a pawn shop and a church.

Redevelopment Plan: Prospective purchaser proposing redevelopment for use as a coffee shop.

318 South Driver Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
318 South Driver Street Property Information Card

406 South Driver Street

Address: 406 South Driver Street
Parcel: 112231
Acreage: 0.295
Zoning: Commercial – Neighborhood District

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Property Description: 406 South Driver Street is located southwest of the intersection of Angier Avenue and South Driver Street in a targeted neighborhood commercial district for the City. At the time of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in June 2015, use of the property included primarily vacant retail and residential spaces, excluding an appliance sales store and a mini-mart convenience store.

A limited Phase II ESA was completed in November 2015 to determine if recognized environmental conditions identified in the Phase I ESA had impacted the property. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan:  Redevelopment planning for the property includes proposed conversion into a mixed-use neighborhood commercial center with retail/office uses at ground level and residential above.

406 South Driver Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
406 South Driver Street Property Information Card

212 & 218 North Dillard Street 

Address: 212 & 218 North Dillard Street
Parcels: 110531 & 110532
Acreage: 1.468 combined
Zoning: Vacant Commercial

Property Description: The properties at 212 & 218 North Dillard Street are located in a generally commercial and residential area of the City.  At the time of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) site inspection in September 2015, both the 212 & 218 North Dillard Street properties were vacant.  According to historical and interview information, the 218 North Dillard Street property was previously used for residential purposes and as a filling station. While the 212 North Dillard property was formerly used for residential purposes.

A Phase II ESA was completed in August 2016, to determine if the former operations of the gasoline filling station had impacted the subject site. Contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for information regarding the results of the the Phase II assessment.

Redevelopment Plan: The prospective purchaser plans to reuse both properties to build approximately 70 affordable market rate micro apartments (not condos) in a four-story building. After the Phase II ESA was completed the properties were used to host a tent revival.

212 & 218 North Dillard Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
212 North Dillard Street Property Information Card
218 North Dillard Street Property Information Card

305 South Roxboro Street

Address: 305 South Roxboro Street
Parcel: 103370
Acreage: 0.952
Zoning: Downtown Design – Core

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Property Description: The property at 305 South Roxboro Street is developed with one structure and is located northeast of the intersection of South Dillard Street and South Roxboro Street in a generally commercial area of the City.  At the time of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) site visit in June 2015, the onsite structure was vacant.  According to historical and interview information, the current structure was built in 1981. Based on additional historical information, the property appears to have been first developed as early as 1888 with several structures, including The Faucett Durham Tobacco and Snuff Factory.

A Phase II ESA was completed at the property in August 2015 with private funding. Initial redevelopment plans for the property are to re-tenant/re-purpose the existing building with the potential of redeveloping the property in conjunction with surrounding properties in the future.

305 South Roxboro Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
305 South Roxboro Street Property Card

2116 Angier Avenue, 406 & 410 Salem Street and 417 South Driver Street

Address: 2116 Angier Avenue, 406 & 410 Salem Street and 417 South Driver Street
Parcels: 112188, 112187, 112186 & 112173
Acreage: 0.89 combined
Zoning: Commercial Neighborhood District & Industrial Light

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Property Description: The properties are located southwest of the intersection of Angier Avenue and Salem Street in a generally commercial and residential area of the City. The subject property comprises four contiguous parcels totaling approximately 0.89 acres of land according to the Durham County Tax Administration Office and are zoned CN (Commercial – Neighborhood District) and IL (Industrial Light District) by the City of Durham Planning Department.  At the time of Phase I ESA site inspection, the subject site was developed with two structures. The structure at 2116 Angier Avenue was used as a church and the structure at 410 Salem Street was vacant.   According to interview information and Durham County Tax Administration Office data, the present day structure at 2116 Angier Avenue was constructed in 1958 and the structure at 410 Salem Street was constructed in 1983. Based on Sanborn fire insurance maps, the subject property appears to have been first developed as early as 1913 with two dwellings.

2116 Angier Avenue, 406 & 410 Salem Street, and 417 South Driver Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
2116 Angier Avenue, 406 & 410 Salem Street, and 417 South Driver Street Property Information Cards

2101, 2107 & 2109 Angier Avenue, 2108 & 2110 Ashe Street, and 301 South Driver Street

Address: 2101, 2107 & 2109 Angier Avenue; 2108 & 2110 Ashe Street, and 301 South Driver Street 
Parcels: 112448, 112449, 112450, 112451, 112461, 112460 & 112447
Acreage: 1.7 combined
Zoning: Commercial Neighborhood District & Residential Urban District

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Property Description: The 2101, 2107 and 2109 Angier Avenue; 2108 and 2110 Ashe Street, and 301 South Driver Street is an assemblage of properties in the City. The assemblage is roughly square in shape and consists of seven individual parcels totaling approximately 1.7 acres according to the Durham County Tax Administration Office (Tax Office).  Three buildings are located on the subject property, including two interconnected buildings on the 2101 Angier Avenue property and a small building used at 2109 Angier Avenue. The 2101 Angier Avenue buildings include the Sanctuary Building and the Education Building that were completed in 1924 and 1959, respectively. The Durham County Tax Office lists the total square footage of the two buildings at 20,796 square feet. At the time of the Phase I ESA site inspection in June 2015, the Angier Avenue Baptist Church utilized the buildings for worship services, ministry, Sunday school classes, daycare services, offices and special events.  The building at 2109 Angier Avenue is known as “The Cabin”, and is infrequently used for events and consists of one room used for activities. The Durham County Tax Office lists the building as constructed in 1985 with 864 heated square feet. Additional site improvements include sidewalks, a chain link fence and asphalt surfaced parking areas. Historically, the subject property was occupied by three or four dwellings in addition to a church and smaller structures. A smaller church, the East Durham M.E. Church, and four dwellings plus related outbuildings are shown in the earliest historical map (1913) reviewed during this Phase I ESA.

2101, 2107 and 2109 Angier Avenue; 2108 and 2110 Ashe Street, and 301 South Driver Street Phase I ESA Executive Summary
2101, 2107 and 2109 Angier Avenue; 2108 and 2110 Ashe Street, and 301 South Driver Street Property Information Cards

1200 North Alston Avenue 

Address: 1200 North Alston Avenue
Parcel: 111152
Acreage: 9.157
Zoning: Recreation/Athletic Fields & Sign & Signal Shop

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Property Description:  The property located at 1200 North Alston Avenue is located northeast of the intersection of Gilbert Street and North Alston Avenue.    The subject property consists of one parcel totaling approximately 9.15 acres and is located in a generally industrial and residential area of the City. The subject property is zoned RU-5(2) (Residential Urban – 5 (2) (duplexes allowed)) by the City of Durham Planning Department. The subject property at the time of the Phase I ESA site inspection in November 2015, was occupied by the Durham Sign Shop, the Durham Signal Shop, a vacant portion, and East End Park.  Additionally, the subject property is intersected by Goose Creek.  Land use at the subject property has been confirmed by Sanborn fire insurance maps back to 1937. In 1937 the subject site was occupied by a dump and city incinerator on the central and northern portion of the subject property.  A wagon shed occupied the southern portion of the subject property.

1200 North Alston Phase I ESA Executive Summary
1200 North Alston Avenue Property Information Card

1400, 1410 & 1412 Cross Street

Address: 1400, 1410 & 1412 Cross Street
Parcel: 112066, 112067 & 112068
Acreage: 2.242 combined
Zoning: Vacant Commercial, Commercial Vehicle Storage Service & Commercial Fuel Storage

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Property Description: The properties located at 1400, 1410 & 1412 Cross Street are located approximately 500 feet south of the intersection of Angier Avenue and South Goley Street. At the time of the Phase I ESA site inspection, 1400 and 1410 Cross Street were occupied by the Green Oil and Light (GOAL) campus building. The GOAL Campus is made up of The Forest Foundation, Green Oil Company, CarolinaBiofuels.org, and Greenway Transit. 1412 Cross Street was occupied by a small, privately run automotive repair facility. A portion of the site was occupied by a parking lot for Polanco Trucking, Inc.  Sanborn fire insurance maps show the subject site occupied by several dwellings in 1913. The 1937 historical Sanborn fire insurance map shows the subject site occupied by the Cash Coal Company and the Shell Eastern Petroleum Products Corporation, as well as two dwellings.

The properties are currently under evaluation for a Phase II ESA. The prospective purchaser plans to reuse the property for the production and distribution of bio-diesel products, green transit services, and for job training (green jobs)/local business incubator.

1400, 1410 & 1412 Cross Street Phase l ESA Executive Summary
1400, 1410 & 1412 Cross Street Property Information Card

Past Success Stories

 812 Liberty Street

Address: 812 Liberty Street
Parcel: 111418
Acreage: 1.274

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Property Description: This 1.274 acre parcel is located at the corner of Liberty Street and Alston Avenue. The property is located along Highway 55 in Northeast Central Durham and is zoned Commercial-warehouse storage. The general area surrounding the property is used for residential and commercial purposes.

In 1958, a Winn-Dixie grocery store opened on the site. In the mid-1980’s, the store closed, and the site remained vacant or was used for general storage. In 1998, the Ecclesia House of Prayer acquired the site.

The Brownfield program completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, an Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Survey, and a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment on the property. The Brownfield program then proceeded to provide redevelopment planning assistance for the property. This assistance included two steps: Step 1) completing a visioning workshop with church leaders, with assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA; and, Step 2) developing four (4) conceptual drawings for the property based on the anticipated end use as a grocery store.

Step 1: The visioning workshop was held on June 29, 2009 in Durham at the Ecclesia House of Prayer. More than 20 church members attended and drew their vision for the property. These drawings were presented individually and were then incorporated into several artist renderings by a professional artist.

Step 2: Four (4) conceptual drawings were developed by an architect/land planner for the 812 Liberty Street property that detailed the different options for locating the proposed grocery store on the property.

1404 Angier Avenue

Address: 1404 Angier Avenue
Parcel: 112078
Acreage: 2.065

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Property Description: The former Green Oil Site consists of approximately 2.065 acres of land located at 1404 Angier Avenue, within the city limits of Durham, Durham County, North Carolina.

The Site is developed with two brick buildings, one of one story and the second of two stories, a concrete retaining wall which encloses eight aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), an aboveground/underground system of fuel distribution lines that connect the ASTs to the fuel canopy, and a former pump house that pumped petroleum products from the rail spur to the ASTs. The Site was originally developed in 1913 as the Durham Buggy Company Assembler of Vehicles. The Site was occupied by Standard Oil Company from the middle of the 1930’s to the 1960’s, and a gasoline station, Exxon Oil Company, from the middle of the 1950’s to the 1970’s.

The Brownfield program completed a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment at the former Green Oil Site to facilitate the site’s redevelopment into a biodiesel distributor.