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Moore Square renovation plan on hold, awaits funding

Posted February 18, 2014
Updated February 26, 2014

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— Almost five years after its initial conception, a plan to redevelop downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square remains on hold as the city looks for another $14.75 million for construction.

In 2011, the city issued a draft copy of the Moore Square Master Plan, which detailed a number of new features planned for the park, including a central lawn, café kiosks and public restrooms.

The American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013 honored the plans, drawn up by Christopher Counts Studio of New York, with an award in the analysis and planning category.

Beyond the plan itself and a comprehensive tree and soil study released in 2013, the city has yet to proceed on any of the redevelopment.

“We’re currently waiting for funding to be available to be able to move forward,” said Cassie Schumacher-Georgopoulos, a planner with the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

The remaining funds would need to come from the city’s budget, said Schumacher-Georgopoulos.

“Or a bond – we put requests into the general public improvement, but there are a lot of requests that go into that,” she said.

In order to get a bond for the park’s redevelopment on the ballot in November, the department would require approval from the City Council.

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  • Lightfoot3 Mar 5, 2014

    "until there is funding for a full and complete investigation into the Benghazi tragedy..." - proudgrandmomma


    Let's fund a full and complete investigation into the second shooter on the grassy knoll before we start worrying about Benghazi. :)

  • John Paul Bertke Feb 18, 2014
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    "The city has a lease on the state owned land. Funny thing is that it was quietly mentioned back when the initial plan was unveiled that the city didn't have permission from the state to build on the site...and that they wouldn't get permission from the state either." - archmaker

    I don't believe that it was "quietly mentioned". We all knew it, but at that time, we naively didn't think discourse between the city and state could possibly be a problem.

    Times have changed, now we know. The CITY is dominated by progressives (a few notable exceptions) who want to renovate Moore Square, make Dix Park a mecca for the people, etc.

    The COUNTY is a mixed bag, progressive in the short-term (school board) and regressive in the long term (county commissioners).

    The STATE is known the worldwide for its backward thinking (Pope, McCrory, Berger, Tillis et al) and legal challenges to the constitution. They want no discourse or cooperation with Raleigh.

    :-) In just 999 chars, there it is!

  • John Paul Bertke Feb 18, 2014
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    "Moore Square is the most completely undesirable park to visit in all of Raleigh." - westernwake1

    I suppose we each see what we are looking for.

    I see an amazing concentration of houses nearby, dating back to the 1770s. I see 10 very different but equally beautiful churches within a few moments walk. I see fantastic architectural landmarks spanning 15 decades right up to the SECU building in 2013, lots of new landmarks under construction, and many more under design.

    I see schools, hotels, restaurants, government buildings, museums, restaurants, and entrepreneurial business activity of every sort.

    And I see lots and lots of people. Mostly everyday people, going about their personal business. Yes, a few very rich or very privileged people, sneaking by and hoping to be unnoticed, especially by the poor. And yes, a few desperately poor people, sneaking by and hoping to be unnoticed, especially by the rich, who might summon a sympathetic lawman if feeling threatened.

  • Greg Boop Feb 18, 2014
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    Moore Square is the most completely undesirable park to visit in all of Raleigh. It stinks of urine and is littered with everything from food waste (from the "free feedings") to drug needles. Before spending a dime renovating this park, the city needs to address the "homeless problem".

  • archmaker Feb 18, 2014

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    The city has a lease on the state owned land. Funny thing is that it was quietly mentioned back when the initial plan was unveiled that the city didn't have permission from the state to build any buildings on the site (including the park toilet buildings in the plan) and that they wouldn't get permission from the state either.

  • Ginger Lynn Feb 18, 2014
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    If you walk straight through more square on your lunch hour it smells of human waste more than Central Park in the 80s.

  • Jackson Smith Feb 18, 2014
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    Since when does the city of Raleigh pay for towing cars left by their owners in the city streets during the snow. Last wee. That is when. Our tax dollars at work for people wearing their stupid hats

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 18, 2014

    Fix the roads first, force out the homeless to live under a bridge, then renovate Moore Square with whatever is left over.

    There are plenty of bridges in the area.

  • pickles Feb 18, 2014

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    Hire some of this available labor? Haha, these are the same people that aren't even willing to clean up after themselves in Moore Square after the free feedings, even for payment.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 18, 2014
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    if that's true then WHY this statement in the article? "as the city looks for another $14.75 million for construction."

    not so sure I believe it's a state issue

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