Future of 505 W. Chapel Hill Street

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Negotiations with The Fallon Company did not come to fruition, so on May 6, 2021 the Durham City Council directed staff to initiate a new selection process by a development team to re-develop the site at 505 W Chapel Hill Street. Currently, the City team is working on a revised Request For Qualifications and Request For Proposals, which will be presented to City Council in advance of release to respondents. For those who wish to be notified of project activities, please enter your contact details via the link below in the Contact section.


The City of Durham owns the 505 W. Chapel Hill Street property, a four-acre parcel containing the former Durham Police Department (DPD) 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 Winter 2019 and has been deemed surplus property. The information received from the surveys and public events (detailed below) will inform the re-use opportunities for the site.


If you have questions about the site itself or the disposition/re-use process, contact Stacey Poston, Assistant Director with the City of Durham General Services Department, by email or call 919-560-4197, ext. 21254.

If you wish to receive project updates, complete the form at the link below and we will add you to a notification registry.

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May 6, 2021 City Council

October 5, 2020 City Council Approval

June 15, 2020 City Council Approval

November 4, 2019 - City Council Update

September 19, 2019 - City Council Presentation

April 16, 2019 - Request for Proposals (RFP) 505 W. Chapel Hill Street 
April 4, 2019 - City Council Presentation
June 7, 2018 - City Council Presentation
May 24, 2019 - Environmental Site Assessments
The City has completed a Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment for the property. The assessments are available below for review. The City has also submitted an application to admit the site to North Carolina Brownfields Program. The North Carolina Brownfields Program provides liability protection as well as a property tax exclusion for qualifying improvements made on eligible brownfield sites.
February 5, 2019 - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 505 W. Chapel Hill Street
May 24, 2018 - City Council Presentation
November 20, 2017 - City Council Presentation
September 19, 2017 - Background Information
Workshop Materials
Concepts/Ideas for Discussion
Note: The consultant team has drafted preliminary renderings to help the community imagine what is possible on the site. Four ideas are depicted in the documents below. Please note these are in no way the only options for the site or part of any approved plan for the site. At this time, they are only meant to guide discussion and provide visual prompts.
Community Outreach Summary
Appearance Commission Recommendations