505 W. Chapel Hill Street


The City of Durham owns 505 W. Chapel Hill Street, a four-acre parcel containing the former Durham Police Department Headquarters building and supportive surface parking lots. The existing office building, originally built for the Home Security Life Insurance Company in the late 1950's, occupies less than a quarter of the site. The site became vacant in 2019 and has been deemed surplus property.


On December 20, 2023, the City Council received a presentation from the General Services Department and consulting firm HR&A, along with feedback from residents and stakeholder groups regarding the proposed disposition and redevelopment of 505 West Chapel Hill Street.  At that meeting the City Council has identified two main priorities for this redevelopment:  1) production of affordable housing units onsite, and 2) the preservation of the existing building if it financially feasible.  The City Council has expressed an interest in exploring the possibilities and maintaining control of the overall project through a long-term lease of the property with these priorities in mind.  General Services is working with HR&A to move this redevelopment forward by exploring the opportunities to create a memorable and iconic space that represents the complexity and diversity of Durham.  Next steps to initiate the redevelopment of this premium location will be the drafting of an updated Request for Qualifications (RFQ). 

Please contact Stacey Poston, Assistant Director of the General Services Department, at [email protected] with any questions.


Current RFQ/RFP Process

Agenda Memo (11-10-2022)

Agenda Memo Presentation (11-10-2022)

2021-2022 RFQ/RFP Process

RFQ Official Packet (9-29-2021)

RFQ Pre-submittal List of Attendees (10-14-2021)

RFQ Pre-submittal Presentation (10-14-2021) 

RFQ Post Pre-submittal Conference Q&A (10-14-2021)

RFQ Q & A Addendum (10-15-2021)

RFQ Sections X and XI Addendum (11-1-2021)

RFQ Re-Opening Post (11-17-2021)

RFQ Section XII Developer Use Form (11-17-2021)

RFQ Panel Findings (1-1-2022)

RFP Official Packet (2-2-2022)

RFP Pro Forma Assumptions (2-2-2022)

RFP Initial Questions and Answers Response (2-23-2022)

RFP Second Questions and Answers Response (3-21-2022)

Agenda Memo (8-1-2022)

Agenda Memo Presentation (8-1-2022)


Prior to 2021-2022 RFQ/RFP Process

Survey Plat (6-26-1986)

Environmental Site Assessments (1-10-2017  6-22-2017)

Policy Review & Site Visit Memorandum (9-19-2017)

Community Outreach Summary (9-29-2017)

Approved Development Plan Rezoning (2-19-2020)

Existing Building Analysis (11-17-2020)