As Durham continues to grow and evolve, community initiatives offer much to look forward to in 2019. In a tribute to what will come, we've compiled a sampling of the new developments on the horizon.
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The 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Durham will include yearlong celebrations coordinated by a diverse group of Durham residents identified to lead the official promotion of the sesquicentennial. Starting with the 2018 Durham Holiday Parade, the Durham 150 celebration will rightfully honor the change-makers who have shaped Durham’s unique sense of place, tout Durham’s position for the future, rally proud Durhamites, and invite the world to experience all the Bull City has to offer. Throughout 2019, Durham 150 will encourage civic engagement, widespread community participation, and the values of shared prosperity.
This year, we'll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the secret game, the 50th anniversary of Bimbé festival, and the 15th anniversary of Moogfest (which will be moved to April this year).
Durham Innovation District (Durham.ID) is bringing a new hub of innovation to downtown Durham. Two buildings totaling nearly 350,000 square feet are now open and will provide office and technology space, as well as retail options and restaurants.
The Tower at Mutual Plaza is expected to be completed in early 2019. They hope to "reimagine the grandeur of one of Durham’s most prominent and reputable office towers and reposition it as a Class-A space." The enhanced amenities and base building renovations are underway and will elevate the quality and functionality of the space for modern office users.
Making travel easy is always top of mind for Discover Durham, which is why news of a new parking deck opening in Downtown Durham in February of 2019 is certainly exciting! The new Morgan/Rigsbee Parking Garage will be located at 105 W. Morgan Street at the intersections of Mangum, Morgan and Rigsbee streets in downtown Durham. The new garage will include 665 parking spaces of which approximately 145-150 will be dedicated as hourly parking spaces.
This addition comes on the heels of the news that Durham will receive up to $100,000 to test ideas of “Champion Cities” in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. Durham was among 320 cities to pitch their urban innovations.
The list of new eateries in Durham is growing with each passing season. Which new restaurants are you anticipating the most?
Durham County Social Services is turning 100 in 2019. With that milestone, Durham celebrates a century of family and financial support, meeting basic economic needs, providing access to health care and nutrition, and improving health status and offering employment assistance. It's hard to imagine what our community would be without this pillar that has tirelessly helped families become self-sufficient with strong support.
Duke & NCCU
NCCU is building a new RCMI (Research Center in Minority Institutions) Center for Health Disparities Research that is part of the $16.3 million the university was awarded in September 2017. The research funding is the largest annual grant amount received for a non-Title III grant by NCCU and the largest amount of funding for a single principal investigator on the campus. We can't wait to see the center when it's complete!
In 2018, Duke opened a new 70,000 square foot arts building, nicknamed “The Ruby,” to give the arts a prominent new home in the center of campus near the Nasher. Soon, they'll unveil an art walk to make the two buildings accessible.
The new Duke University Visitor information center will open in 2019, and we’re also looking forward to the new Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center being built on Duke University Road this year.
On the leisure front, the Durham Sports Commission is supporting a number of sports events that are coming to Durham, including the return of the ACC Baseball Tournament and the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships in Durham this coming June. They're pioneering much of the process — aiming to leave behind a legacy of foresight and thoughtfulness to host cities to come. With an inspiring look and feel behind the promotional materials, we're already racing toward an excellent finish for athletes, their families, coaches, and spectators.
Additionally, The Miracle League of the Triangle is currently developing a $2.5 million new baseball facility for families in Durham, orange and Granville Counties, where over 10,000 children with special needs currently reside. Capitol Broadcasting Company and the Durham Bulls are already founding sponsors of the new facility, which will include: an accessible rubberized surface field, covered, enclosed dugouts, covered bleachers, lights, sound system, video scoreboard, a paved track, a covered picnic pavilion and field house.
According to a Miracle League parent, “The Miracle League is one of the few places where every child’s challenges and differences are not only understood and accepted, but celebrated. When a child hits the ball and runs to right field instead of first base, it’s celebrated. No one is made to feel bad; everyone is supported. For many parents it’s the one time and the one place where they can truly relax without any concern, and their child can just have fun.”
Indeed — we're looking forward to the new year with great anticipation! We also invite you to take a moment to look back as well: here are the Best Social Moments of 2018.