I just realized my backlog of interesting things was getting kind of unwieldy, which can mean only one thing: it’s time for odds and ends.
- 21c’s proposed renovation of the SunTrust Tower (nee Hill Building) is starting to get off the ground. The preservation board OK’d the removal of the massive SunTrust billboard at the top of the structure, and the still functioning SunTrust branch at the bottom is looking to relocate next to Dos Perros. The plans call for no billboard of any sort, which would restore the building to its original appearance. Sweet.
- Some guy found a live cannonball and hit it with a hammer. Luckily for that guy it didn’t explode, but after trying (and failing) to pawn off the cannonball he called in the bomb squad, who destroyed it at the bomb range (presumably not with a hammer).
- Molyjam, represent! Some local developers showed up at the ATC to create short games inspired by the words of quirky game designer and creepy virtual child manufacturer Peter Molyneux. This was the second year of Molyjam, and the group in Durham represents (thus far (to my knowledge)) the first and only site in NC to participate in the contest. Developers have a mere 48 hours to create video games based on some of the stranger out of context quotations from Molyneux (such as, “The whole of your body, except for your private parts, can be scarred. You are clothed most of the time, but not in front of your wife, and not when you swim, either. Don’t forget, it’s the emotion of being scarred.” (that’s totally a real quote))
- Self-Help / DCM’s proposed development is on the schedule for the planning commission at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (July 9) in the Council chambers. There has (perplexingly) been some opposition to the project from NIMBY groups, so I’m sure supporters are welcome and encouraged to show up.
- Some people have no sense of humor, I guess. A local nonprofit refused a donation from the designers of a shirt which reads
I’d rather be shot in Durham than die of boredom in Cary
- “University Marketplace,” a would-be mixed use development project near South Square which stalled during the recession, is running out of time to collect a $1M handout from the city. This site is the former location of Sitar Palace and a few other establishments which were displaced when demolition began, but it’s been in a half-destroyed limbo for years now. Part of the holdup is purportedly due to a failure to extract an extra $1M incentive from the county to supplement the city’s $1M contribution.
- The case of the noisy church seems to finally be resolved, with Newhope Church and its neighbors coming to some undisclosed compromise.
- The county budget was approved. Property tax rates are going up, and school funding is increasing to (partially) fill the gap left by state-level education cuts.
- The county folded and plans to cough up the requested $400k to developers of the McPherson Hospital site. The developer hopes to begin construction this fall.
- The Eno Association added another four acres for the park.
- Durham’s anti-panhandler regulations are being called into question.
- 2013 city election registration time! Clement is finally calling it quits. Bell, Cole-McFadden, and Moffitt are all going another round.
- Duke has officially rebranded Durham Regional Hospital as “Duke Regional Hospital” to make it seem a bit more impressive, so if you’re ever telling somebody which hospital to go to life got a little harder for you I guess. For the record, what everybody used to just call “Duke Hospital” is officially named “Duke University Hospital,” and now you might need to actually know that at some point.
- The Eno River Festival happened. Sorry we missed this one.