Unsafe building to cause weekend traffic delays in downtown Raleigh

Posted December 7, 2012

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— An unsafe building at the corner of South Wilmington and East Martin streets is expected to cause traffic delays in downtown Raleigh throughout the weekend, city officials said Friday.

Crews blocked the sidewalk and right lane of South Wilmington Street from East Martin to East Cabarrus streets, after learning that Lucky Street Sweepstakes Café, at 301 S. Wilmington St., was structurally unsafe.

According to the City of Raleigh, the foundation of the two-story building, which dates to the 1870s, is cracking, and a post supporting a beam is also deteriorating.

The building's owner decided to demolish the front portion after crews determined the building structure was unsafe for workers to perform the needed repairs.

Motorists coming into downtown Raleigh from the south should use South McDowell and Person streets to avoid delays.

City officials said they anticipate South Wilmington Street traffic to be flowing smoothly again by peak traffic Monday morning.


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  • drjones74 Dec 7, 2012

    It's not ghetto at all. These buildings are owned by a developer who has long term plans for an office tower or hotel on the site. In the meantime he is renting them for whatever he can get into a space that is not fixed up whatsoever. Actually, I am surprised he is fixing the building and not just demolishing it. Mind you, it is among the oldest buildings in downtown and I would prefer to see it kept and renovated...

  • cynda-ur-way Dec 7, 2012

    Oh well. That would be great if we did get a good Italian Bakery. Oh 2 wish!

  • bkb Dec 7, 2012

    There is no bakery opening up beside that building. It is only a storefront facade. Frankly, I hope the sweepstakes place doesn't open back up.

  • JDAmbrosio Dec 7, 2012

    I got stuck in it during peak and it was NOT "serious". The amount of traffic on that street between 645am and 8:30am is not as heavy as people may think. There was a tractor trailer trying to back into a delivery bay about a month ago that caused a delay of 19 minutes! That was the longest I've been stuck in traffic in over six years.

  • cynda-ur-way Dec 7, 2012

    Forget the sweepstakes building. Whats up with that Bakery opening up beside it. Yummmm! I am getting ready to google that one.

  • UpChuck Dec 7, 2012

    That's smack downtown; I didn't realize all of downtown was a ghetto, according to the previous poster.