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City of Raleigh new owner of flood-prone Milner Inn

Posted October 23, 2014

Milner Inn on Raleigh's Capital Boulevard
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— Raleigh city officials announced Thursday they have completed the purchase of the flood-prone Milner Inn on Capital Boulevard for $830,000. The city plans to demolish all five structures on the site.

The purchase is part of the city's long-term plan to transform that portion of Capital Boulevard into a park to mitigate flooding problems and create a green gateway to downtown.

"This is an area that's in the floodplain, and it frequently floods," Deputy Planning Director Ken Bowers said last month. "We need the floodplain to do its natural work of cleaning the storm water and providing a place for floodwater to go so it doesn't damage private property."

Once the flood-prone area is transformed into a park, city leaders say they anticipate plenty of commercial interest in the stretch, just inside the Beltline, which is now dotted with old and empty buildings.

The city used a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the property.

The inn, at 1817 Capital Blvd., sits along the Pigeon House branch of Crabtree Creek. The city’s plan would eventually connect the Crabtree Creek Greenway to the north with downtown Raleigh.

In 2012, the city purchased the former AMF Bowling Center at 1827 Capital Blvd. and knocked it down.
Officials say they will continue to pursue flood-prone properties in order to reduce future insurance claims and to restore floodplains for water-quality purposes.


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  • Robyn Page Oct 24, 2014
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    You are fooling yourself if you believe only insurance companies pay during a natural disaster - which includes floods.
    Everyone keeps forgetting that we are all in the same boat. In many cases what happens to one of us affects us all - especially during natural disasters. Raleigh is showing good foresight getting rid of the concrete standing in the way of the flood plain doing it's job.

  • Fanny Chmelar Oct 23, 2014
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    Can they do Crabtree Valley Mall next?

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Oct 23, 2014
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    Insurance company money... not taxpayer money. The same for coastal properties... or it should be. See the difference? Then consider the Federal govt is already $17 trillion in debt.... so more debt is better? Our children may not think so.

  • Robyn Page Oct 23, 2014
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    "continue to pursue flood-prone properties in order to reduce future insurance claims and to restore floodplains for water-quality purposes."

    Sounds like a good use of money to me. Remove properties that never should have been built to REDUCE FUTURE monetary claims. Why they don't do this on the sand bars at the coast is beyond me. Makes good fiscal sense and looks to the future as well. Way to go Raleigh.

  • Arthur Raleigh Oct 23, 2014
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    This will make a great park and addition to the green way. Parking here and walking on the green way to Capital Swamp is a nice part of the green way!

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Oct 23, 2014
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    So FEMA money was used to purchase the business. Taxpayer money that is "suppose" to be used for emergencies. No doubt FEMA will be crying for more taxpayer money at the next disaster... because it is handing its allotted money out for ridiculous stuff like this. Further, the tax revenue generating Milner Inn is now a tax drain on Raleigh residents... as the city must now use taxpayer money to transform it into some sort of greenway park area... which will also likely be flood prone. Sigh.