The Durham City Council wants to know what you think about a potential street closing and development project. 

Urban Avenue, proposed street closure

A developer is proposing closing part of Urban Avenue (the red box) to accommodate re-use of the Brame Building (the purple star). The street is currently gravel and grass, and is not paved.

If closed, the land within the red box would be split between different neighboring property owners, including the developer. The curved, wooded area is the location of the future Durham Belt Line Trail. (See below for more details.)

The City wants to know – what do you think?

Durham’s City Council has the ability to accept, reject, or modify this developer’s proposal. We will collect your ideas, concerns, and input, particularly as it relates to the Belt Line Trail component, for presentation to City Council later this year.

Please provide input in any (or all) of the following ways:

  • Complete a short online questionnaire by October 4th. Contact Nia Rodgers (information below) if you would like a paper copy delivered to you, or if you need assistance completing the questionnaire.
  • Attend an open house at the Brame Building (949 Washington Street) with City staff and the developers to discuss the project, provide input, and ask questions:
    • - Thursday, September 26th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
    • - Saturday, September 28th from 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon)

To get updates about this project, sign up on our interest page.

For more information, contact Nia Rodgers via email ( or phone ((919) 560-4197 x 21225). To contact the developer, Spencer Merritt of Akridge, email or phone (202) 420-1330. 



More Details

  • Proposed Project: The City received a request from a property owner (Brame Specialty Company, Inc.) and developer (Akridge) to permanently close a dead-end 934 foot portion of Urban Avenue (note: please see maps below) and receive two easements from the City. The street is currently mostly grass and gravel. The developer’s request is intended to support the renovation of the existing Brame Building at 949 Washington Street, re-purposing it for office space and then using the land that was formerly the street for parking. The project also borders the future Durham Belt Line Trail.
  • Proposed Donation: The developer has proposed donating to the City: (1) construction of 100 feet of the future Durham Belt Line Trail, located adjacent to the proposed redevelopment, (2) construction of 15 public parking spaces that could be used by neighbors and/or users of the future Belt Line Trail, and (3) a cash payment of $30,860 to the City.

The developer is proposing re-using the current Brame Building for office tenants and using the former street for a parking lot (including 15 public parking spots). The image below* also shows the developer’s donation of 100’ of Belt Line Trail.

Urban Avenue, aerial view of proposal

Current Exterior

 Urban Avenue, current exterior

Proposed Renovated Exterior* 

Urban Avenue, proposed exterior


* denotes images were provided by the developer and are conceptual.

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