Durham City Council approves cohesvie Golden Belt historic district

Durham–In a split vote, the Durham City Council approved a cohesive Golden Belt local historic district Tuesday night, denying the Durham Rescue Mission’s request to exclude its properties east of Alston Avenue.

Council members voted 4-3 to approve the city’s eighth local historic district and proposed boundaries after a nearly two-and-a-half hour public hearing and discussion.

Members Jillian Johnson, Don Moffitt, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel supported the district boundaries as recommended by a city consultant. Mayor Bill Bell, Eddie Davis and Cora Cole-McFadden voted no after expressing support for the Durham Rescue Mission’s request to exclude 20 of its lots.

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(News & Observer, 9/7/2016)