Morehead Hill, a historic residential neighborhood located just south
of downtown Durham, North Carolina.
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
application for the proposed Greystone Apartments (COA1400079) was
heard at the December 2, 2014 public hearing before the
Durham Historic Preservation Commission. Thank you to all who attended. For
those of you unable to attend: The developer asked for and received
some further input about materials and other details, then
formally withdrew their current COA application. The project is being
redesigned and is undergoing simultaneous review of site plans with the
Planning Department. A new COA application is to be submitted at a
Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association hosted a potluck and business
meeting on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Orchard Park. Thank you to all
who were able to attend and contribute. A special thanks to those of
you who joined or renewed your membership, which makes events like this
(and so much more) possible. For those of you who were not able to
attend, here is a brief rundown of what you missed (besides all the
delicious food and community engagement):
- The General Manager of the Durham Co-op Market (DCM), Leila Wolfrum, gave us an update: The Market is on track to open in January 2015. Leila is hiring staff,
and residents of nearby neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. DCM is
also conducting a membership drive. For more details, visit the Durham Co-Op Market web site.
- Liz McGuffey and Milo Pyne provided an update on the George & Mary Pyne History Grove
to be installed in Orchard Park. They are leading the effort to raise
funds and recruit volunteers to work on the Grove. The History Grove is
being developed by neighborhood volunteers with the support of the Durham Museum of History. To volunteer or learn more about our own History Grove, send e-mail to: email@example.com.
- Bruce Mitchell, President of MHNA, provided an update on the Durham City-County Planning Department's ongoing effort to update the criteria used in historic districts.
According to Lisa Miller of the Planning Dept., "The Durham Planning
Department is working on revisions to the review criteria used in the
issuance of certificates of appropriateness (COAs) for all properties
in local historic districts or designated as local historic landmarks.
At this time we are reviewing the feedback given during the review
period this summer to incorporate revisions to the draft as written so
far. In addition, we are working on drafting the supplemental
information explaining the process, how the new criteria work,
significance statements for each district, and other information that
are necessary to accompany the review criteria themselves in the final
document. Our progress has been slowed due to loss of staff within the
Planning Department, but the completion of the project continues to be
- Susan Callaghan, Treasurer of MHNA, gave us an update on our finances.
It seems the costs of putting on events like the potluck, printing
newsletters, maintaining our web site, and other routine
activities regularly exceeds the small amount of revenue we raise
through memberships and donations. A proposal to raise the membership
rates for the first time in more than a decade was put before the
membership, which voted to approve the new rates. Annual dues are
now $15 for an individual, $25 for a family, or $25 for a
business. The new rates take effect on January 1, 2015. If
you join the MHNA or renew your membership before the end of 2014, you may do so at the previous
rates: $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. Click here for more information.
MHNA membership conducted an election
for the MHNA Board of Directors. One 'at large' member, Lynn McKnight,
has stepped down and was replaced by Rochelle Araujo. We thank Lynn for
her long and distinguished service to the neighborhood association, and
we welcome Rochelle to the Board. All other board members were
re-elected unanimously. For details, refer to the MHNA page.
- Milo Pyne provided information about the invasive species known as "Porcelain vine"
that is currently invading Orchard Park and surrounding areas. Milo is
leading efforts to remove the vine from the park. To volunteer to
help, send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you all at our next event.
For upcoming events in and around the neighborhood, check our own Events
page, and try NC
or the Durham
Convention and Visitors Bureau's Things
to See and Do page
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quality of life for all residents.