on the proposed demolition of the former DSS office located at 200 E. Main Street

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Human Services Building, Countywide Meeting Room A
414 E. Main Street 


Durham County Government is holding a public input session regarding the proposed demolition of this building, located at 200 E. Main Street, for the creation of a public plaza.
Why this issue matters: 
  • This is an awful location for a plaza.  Constant street noise and exhaust from the Durham Freeway and Roxboro Street will omnipresent and will not support a relaxing atmosphere. 
  • What purpose does the proposed plaza serve that is not already met by CCB Plaza, American Tobacco and other downtown open spaces?
  • Demolition will further reduce the connections from Downtown Durham to East Durham and Golden Belt
  • Demolition does not support the Downtown Durham Master Plan which specifically sets out the need for connectivity along main street.  A gap where this building is would be would further decrease the number of people on E. Main Street, and the number of people willing to venture east.
  • Creation of a public plaza, that does not generate tax revenue and requires continual maintenance, is not in the best fiscal interest of the City or County.
  • Demolition will erase part of Durham's history
  • Demolition will decrease the supply of office space, and further increase downtown rents
Other Options:
  • Rental office space or sale of the building
    • Selling the building would bring further commercial development to East Main and make further connections to the city's investments in East Durham. 

Preservation Durham
P.O. Box 25411
Durham, North Carolina 27702