Durham News

Durham City Council delays downtown parking deck decision

The Durham City Council put off deciding whether to include affordable housing in a planned downtown parking deck so city staff can gather more information.

The vote was unanimous.

The city has been planning the deck, with space for retail businesses and offices, on Morgan Street, across from McDonald’s on an existing surface lot. Under that plan, the deck would open in the summer of 2018. Business owners and downtown advocates say a lack of parking downtown is impacting visitors and businesses.

That timeline could be delayed by two years if the City Council decides to include affordable housing in the project, said Thomas Leathers, who oversees parking in the city’s Department of Transportation.

After a discussion Monday night, City Manager Tom Bonfield asked the council to delay its decision for two weeks so he could work with staff to explore why the project would be delayed and for how long.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges