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City officials discuss improvements to Raleigh's 'southern corridor'

Posted July 12

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— City officials met Tuesday to discuss how visitors and residents will view the City of Oaks as they drive into Raleigh from the south.

Officials said they want to paint a new picture for the southern corridor of downtown Raleigh.

Mildred Flynn, who has lived near South Saunders Street in Raleigh for nearly 60 years, has seen many improvements to the downtown area.

“They are moving forward,” Flynn said. “When I first moved here it [South Saunders Street] was a two-lane highway.”

Eric Lamb, Raleigh’s transportation planning manager, said industrial, office and residential buildings are planned as part of the improvements.

After a year of work, the plan has been introduced to residents of the southern corridor. However, residents in the area have questioned whether or not they will fit in, and if their property will be repurposed.

Flynn said she does not want the old neighborhood to be replaced but wouldn’t mind some additions to the area.

“I love the area,” she said. “They want more business, and that I can understand. We want a grocery store out here.”

City officials said they will take up the proposal in the fall.

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