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RTP working on new master plan

Posted August 27, 2010

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— Leaders of the Research Triangle Park Foundation, which owns and operates the 7,000-acre high-tech and life science complex, are preparing to develop a new master plan for park development.

The foundation will have a meeting next Thursday to set the stage for a formal launch of a plan, said Cara Rousseau, RTP director of partnership initiatives.

Richard Daugherty, a longtime IBM executive who retired and later spearheaded development of the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University, is spearheading the effort, Rousseau said.

Daugherty told The Triangle Business Journal that a new master plan would be the first for RTP since it was formed in 1959.

Rousseau said development of the plan would be a “staff-wide project” and that more details will be disclosed following Thursday’s meeting.

More than 170 companies operate in RTP and employs in excess of 42,000 workers as well as 10,000 contractors, according to the Foundation.

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  • obs Aug 27, 2010

    "master plan".. MUAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    http://evil-guide.tripod.com/objectives.html

  • KevInApex Aug 27, 2010

    There is a huge complex of modern building's formally occupied by IBM off Chin Page road that have sat vacant for years. Before we bulldoze more trees and build more buildings lets make use of what is already built.

  • exposure102 Aug 27, 2010

    Those companies better get to hiring American workers to fill the spaces they have now before they build more buildings and outsource even more employees.

  • Bobber Aug 27, 2010

    hp277, the owners of the site that the EPA used to lease (before it moved into its new, gov't-owned digs a few years ago) started tearing down the old building at 54 and Alexander about a year ago. They demolished the perimeter buildings of the circular "fortress" and also part of the building in the interior courtyard. Then everything mysteriously stopped for about a year.

    A couple of weeks ago, demolition suddenly resumed, and now almost every structure has finally been knocked down. Hopefully they will not let the rubble sit there for months before carting it away.

  • hp277 Aug 27, 2010

    "Start building up instead of out (no more 500,000+ S.F. 1-story buildings) Make RTP more pedestrian-friendly Tear down the ugly old EPA building at 54 and Alexander
    Psuedonym"

    The EPA building was torn down years ago, right?

  • jahausa Aug 27, 2010

    Pseudo - I used to work there. I think there's some rule that the buildings can't exceed the height of the pine trees. Crazy as it sounds, I think that is the rule. I am usually a proponent of dense development, but I think it's far too late in RTP for that.

  • lucky22 Aug 27, 2010

    Pave HWY 54, it's junk

  • colliedave Aug 27, 2010

    two things that were excldued when RTP was first designed (residential and commercial) need to be included.

  • Pseudonym Aug 27, 2010

    Start building up instead of out (no more 500,000+ S.F. 1-story buildings)
    Make RTP more pedestrian-friendly
    Tear down the ugly old EPA building at 54 and Alexander