Rescue Mission Destroys Three More Historic Houses

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Durham Rescue Mission destroyed three more historic houses in the Golden Belt National Register Historic District. Last week, the Rescue Mission had allowed the Durham Fire Department to conduct training exercises which involved cutting up parts of the roofs and sides of the houses. The final destruction came today.  Two of the houses were on Worth St., and one was on Franklin St.

All of these houses were already designated as contributing structures to the Golden Belt National Register Historic District when Ernie Mills bought the properties. Obviously he doesn’t care.

At various public meetings and in private conversations with Preservation Durham, Ernie Mills promised that he would let people move the houses. That didn’t happen. He didn’t even allow people to salvage the historically valuable materials in the house. It’s all just a pile of rubble now that goes to the landfill.

But one question remains: how can anyone believe his future promises when he hasn’t kept the ones he’s already made?


Cafe, Hair Salon, Insurance Agency Coming to Golden Belt!

At long last a cafe is coming to Golden Belt. The space in the very front of Building #2, looking out on the parking lot,  is now being remodeled to be a cafe serving breakfast and lunch. The cafe will also offer ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies. The name for the cafe has not yet been announced, but it should open in January, 2012.

Also opening is Moshi-Moshi, a well known Chapel Hill hair salon, which will establish its first shop in Durham, also in January, 2012.

Finally, a State Farm insurance agency will open in Golden Belt. With these three new businesses, Golden Belt will be 90% occupied, a great achievement considering the difficult economic climate.