Durham Housing Authority (DHA) and the City of Durham together have begun the revitalization of the former 519 East Main + Liberty Street Apartments east of downtown. The process started in November, with Phase I demolition of eight buildings in the Liberty Street Apartments footprint to make way for new construction.
The planned Elizabeth Street Apartments is scheduled to break ground on the site in early 2023 and will replace the buildings currently being torn down. This first phase will offer 72 family units, and the redevelopment of the entire site is being led by Laurel Street Residential, a North Carolina-based firm.
Former occupants of the buildings to be demolished have been relocated to other affordable housing accommodations, including Willard Street Apartments. All residents impacted by the demolition will have the opportunity to return to the newly constructed apartments unless they choose otherwise.
The first phase of demolition now underway is part of a multi-phased, whole-site revitalization, offering potential renters with both market average and low-to-moderate income the opportunity to live in Durham’s vibrant downtown. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in downtown Durham as it advances Forever Home, Durham’s mission to provide more affordable housing options for residents at different economic levels.