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Stimulus money could create 600 jobs in Durham

Posted February 2, 2009 3:04 p.m. EST
Updated February 2, 2009 3:48 p.m. EST

— Durham has more than $95 million in infrastructure projects ready to begin if the city can get money from the federal stimulus package, Mayor Bill Bell said Monday.

The projects include building a full-service recreation center on the site of a smaller existing center in Walltown Park, repairing downtown parking decks, renovating the Carolina Theatre and the Durham Civic Center, catching up on deferred maintenance in Durham Housing Authority buildings, removing lead and asbestos from Whitted School so it can be renovated for educational and community purposes and building 41 multifamily housing units on the site of an old tannery.

Bell said the projects could create up to 600 jobs in Durham.

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved an $819 billion national stimulus package, which President Barack Obama has endorsed. The U.S. Senate is still crafting its version of the bill.