A Town Square for East Durham

Golden Belt Community Efforts

At Golden Belt we are committed to the idea of being a resource and voice for the neighborhood. We have taken the following steps to actualize this commitment:

  • Affordable Units: LRC Properties, the developer and owner of the Golden Belt Campus, has voluntarily lowered rates on and leased 3 units of loft housing at the 50% AMI level.
  • Artists’ Workshop and Gallery: The new Mill No. 1 development at the Golden Belt Campus includes new artists’ workshop with 25 affordable individual studios for fine artists. The most common size of these spaces, 12’ x 12’, are available for $250 per month. The workshop also contains a classroom and a gallery that are programmed by the Golden Belt artists. In addition to the individual studios, Golden Belt is home to a new gallery and workshop space for the Durham Art Guild, a local non-profit focused on mentorship and residency programs for both aspiring and established artists from the Durham community.
  • Summer Stage: The northern plaza off of Taylor Street offers a music and performing arts stage. Most events on this stage will be free and open to the public, providing a community entertainment venue not previously available in East Durham. Programming will occur from April through October.
  • Steering Committee for the Arts: A 7-person committee has been established to represent different perspectives from our community, with the intent to provide a diverse display of fine arts, concerts, and performances at Golden Belt venues.
  • Support for Habitat for Humanity: LRC has contributed more than $20K towards the Habitat for Humanity local repairs program, which helps existing low-income residents and seniors in our neighborhood keep their homes in good repair.
  • Internship Programs: LRC provides paid internships for local students. We are currently on our second internship program with an outgoing senior at NCCU. Our summer intern was a senior at Hillside High School.
  • Community Informational Sessions and Tours: Community informational sessions are held every two to three months to update the neighborhood on construction progress and the status of these community initiatives. We welcome our neighbors to join these sessions or come out for a personal tour of the development.
  • HiWire Brewing and Golden Belt are pleased to announce non-profit nights at HiWire’s Durham Fun Zone. 10% of all revenues on these selected Thursday evenings will go towards a local non-profit or charity.
  • Job Creation: We require our service providers to hire locally whenever possible, and have orchestrated hiring fairs with our tenants to connect them to the community.


Golden Belt’s Commitment

We are committed to providing a community resource through free, diverse, and enriched fine and performing arts programming. Let us know how we can do better.


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