Raleigh picks winner of Moore Square design contest

Posted February 2, 2010

— A new design for Moore Square, one of Raleigh’s original public spaces, moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the City Council unanimously approved a master plan services contract with the winner of a design contest.

Chris Counts, of Chris Counts Studio in Charlottesville, Va., was selected the winner of the jury-based competition with a design concept that officials say combines the tradition of Moore Square with a look forward.

With the $184,000 contract, Counts will develop a master plan to guide the design, development and management of the square. The City Council still must approve the plan.

Bounded by Hargett, Blount, Martin and Person streets in downtown Raleigh, the four-acre square hosts several public events, including the Artsplosure festival, concerts, summer movies and a farmers market. The square wasn't designed as a venue for large events, and the heavy traffic has created maintenance problems and a run-down look.

The public will be allowed to provide input during the adoption of the Moore Square master plan, and it will be reviewed by local and state boards and commissions before a final plan is presented to the City Council in the fall. Officials haven't determined how implementing a new master plan would be funded.


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  • StraightNifonged Feb 4, 2010

    The fact that this design went to someone outside NC is furiating. With the amount of Designers/Architects/Engineers and builders who are unemployed at the moment just here in Raleigh (myself included), this is an outrage. Shame on the City Councel.

  • Pseudonym Feb 3, 2010

    Also, why does it seem like busybodies ALWAYS manage to get themselves into positions to spend other peoples' money?

  • Bellamia Feb 3, 2010

    Thats a good question. I myself prefer it the way it used to look. With the pigeons and squirels. There was a man who sold peanuts and we had a nice time, but I guess like everything else, someone didnt like the birds and squirels.

  • volvoman Feb 3, 2010

    Why couldn't they pick someone from North Carolina ?