The rehabilitation of Geer Street started with stripping out the interior down to the studs.  The front brick facade and foundation wall that were severely compromised were completely removed and replaced.

Geer Interior during Construction

The one and two-bedroom apartments are now fully renovated with all new finishes, fixtures, and energy-efficient appliances.  A few remnants of the original building, built in the 1920s, were preserved which add to the building’s historical charm.  For example, we salvaged some hardwood paneling from the original sun room, kept much of the original stairs, left a brick wall exposed in one of the units, and refinished ornate cast iron window grates in the lower level.

Congressman David Price joined us in celebrating the grand opening.  Funded entirely by the City of Durham, this 7-unit building, previously boarded up and abandoned, was transformed into a stately apartment building for moderate-income members of Durham’s workforce.  The bulk of the funding the City provided came from federal stimulus dollars.

Just days after our Open House, Geer Street was the site of the kick-off event for Durham’s celebration of National Community Development Week.  Michael Page, Chair of the Durham County Commissioners, as well as Durham City Council Member Mike Woodard joined CASA and Durham Community Development staff, neighbors, and friends in learning more about community development in our communities.

Thanks go to the City of Durham Community Development Department staff, and Durham City Council for making this project possible.

Brad Thompson (CASA Board), Congressman David Price, Gloria Nance-Sims (CASA Board), Larry Jarvis (City of Durham)