Parking Deck Transformation Proposed

A Triangle-based firm wants to turn half of the city-owned Durham Centre parking garage into a towering apartment complex, but Durham's city council isn't so sure.

The redevelopment would replace the western half of the deck with The James, a towering complex with ground-floor retail space, 82 public parking spaces, and 308 market-rate rental units. The building would become the tallest building in Durham if approved.

The firm has offered to contribute $650,000 to the city’s affordable housing fund, but executives are opposed to designating affordable units within The James itself.

Durham City Council members are pushing back on the plan for not offering affordable housing units in the building.

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