Durham 'History Hub' gets $47K from city

jwise@newsobserver.comNovember 6, 2012 

— City Hall is giving the Museum of Durham History $47,145 to outfit its “History Hub” in the old DATA station downtown.

The City Council approved the grant, from the city’s Cultural Master Plan fund, without comment Monday night.

The money will go toward a $197,184 renovation for the city-owned building on the Downtown Loop between Morgan and Main streets. The museum, previously online only, leased the 1,600 square-foot building in April.

The museum may use the grant for:

• Repairing the roof, installing electricity and otherwise sprucing up the pavilion beside the building;

• Outdoor signs to identify the History Hub;

• A hose connection for watering landscape plants;

• A large map and display on Durham County historic sites and special events;

• A touch-screen display for historical websites.

Also Monday, the council:

• Approved new rules for food trucks and sidewalk carts, eliminating a formerly required mobile-cart permit and setting a 50-foot distance requirement between mobile vendors and restaurant entrances;

• Approved in principle the deal points for landscape improvements and parking on Ninth Street, involving approximately $1.18 million in public investment.

Wise: 919-641-5895

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