Garfield Traub Development DPAC Proves Skeptics Wrong

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), developed by Garfield Traub, is getting a lot of media attention lately with its key role in the transformation of downtown Durham into a thriving destination with an array of restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Although some openly doubted the project in the past, many of those same people are now retracting their criticism and praising the development instead.

“We are proud of what DPAC has accomplished for the redevelopment of Durham,” said Garfield Traub Principal Greg Garfield. “Durham’s downtown dining and shopping experience has been greatly enhanced by the DPAC, and we at Garfield Traub are glad that we had the opportunity to lead the development.”

In a July article entitled “DPAC: Proof is in the profit,” one local correspondent admitted he wrongly thought in 2007 that the Durham City Council was “digging itself into yet another financial hole” with the project. Now that same reporter has gone on to say, “bully for all the people who gave life to DPAC. You have a big, brassy hit on your hands. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving burg.”

Additionally, a recent article in The New York Times Travel section attributed a big part of Durham’s success to the development of the Durham Performing Arts Center.  And if that were not enough, trade publication Pollstar announced DPAC as ranking second nationally in theater attendance for the first quarter.  This is a huge honor for Durham, which is competing against other widely-known theater markets like Los Angeles and New York City.

The Durham Performing Arts Center operator confirms that the design of the DPAC ensures there isn’t a bad seat in the house. It is this design that keeps popular performances such as Broadway favorites Wicked, Billy Elliot and RENT, comedians and actors Bill Cosby and Al Pacino, and musical acts such as Leonard Cohen and B.B. King coming and attendance so high. And with a highly-attended theater comes many businesses that have flocked to the area to reap the benefits from the many concert-goers the theater brings.

“Garfield Traub was instrumental in the planning for the DPAC,” said Alan DeLisle, Assistant City Manager for Economic and Workforce Development (2002 – 2009). “The City of Durham has benefited greatly from their leadership and expertise in this process.”

Read more about the development details of the Durham Performing Arts Center. To learn how you can get your public infrastructure financed and developed contact Garfield Traub.

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  1. Alex Aguilar says:

    They naysayers will moan and complain no matter what. Some people just can’t stomach the thought of their tax Dollars going to fund the arts or to rejuvenate downtown and inner-city areas. I’m glad the Durham Performing Arts Center is a hit and, more importantly, profitable. Hopefully DPAC will be used as an example to other cities around the country.

  2. Minerva says:

    This is one great news to read! It’s amazing how an infrastructure can change up the economy of one place. Arts is one great way of boosting up a career of one person and the profit of one place like the DPAC.

  3. Chris Newald says:

    Nice to see a project with a successful ending. Art-related development projects are often the first to take heat so it’s great to see one proving itself. This is a great story.

  4. Thanks for posting this. This development is one of the proof that if wanted to do something, it always pays to do whatever it take to make it happen. Keep on posting!

  5. The DPAC has done such great work, that’s an amazing building! I love how the front is all glass like that. Are there any pictures of the interior?


  6. AML says:

    I think change is good. The building here is the proof of new developments in the are. Cheers!

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