Follow-up forum, council to discuss Holland St.

Hotel developer seeks easement
Nov. 29, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

City/County planners have scheduled a follow-up meeting on Dec. 4 to discuss what officials and developers should do about Holland Street, an alley in downtown Durham that links Chapel Hill Street to the downtown loop.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the ground floor conference room of City Hall, and follows a workshop planners held last month.

Officials say the developers of the Hotel Durham -- previously known as the Holland Hotel -- will present plans for a redesign of the portion of the alley and explain how it jibes with the vision for the alley crafted by participants in last month's workshop.

The hotel will occupy the former Mutual Community Savings Bank building. It's supposed to include outdoor dining and a redesign of Holland Street goes with that.

Wednesday's meeting comes a day before the City Council is scheduled, at a work session, to take up the developer's request for a "revocable easement" granting them permission to use part of Holland Street.

The developers had previously asked the city to close half the alley. That request drew opposition from adjoining business and property owners, and from other interests who argued that Holland is an important pedestrian link.

Wednesday's session is part of the Planning Department's Urban Design Series. For more information on that, visit http://bit.ly/O14Fcj or contact Sara Young with the Planning Department at 919-560-4137, ext. 28256 or by email at sara.young@DurhamNC.gov.