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Moore Square redesign could be model for future projects

Posted June 3, 2009

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— The City of Raleigh will hold two public hearings and a juried competition to decide on a new design for Moore Square, the city council agreed Tuesday.

If the competition goes well, it could become a model for future projects.

"It's a different way to approach the design and really try to engage the talent we have here in the community," City Manager Russell Allen said. "It's a low-cost way to get some really great design and options before us."

Moore Square, which sits across the street from the Marble Kids Museum on East Hargett Street in downtown, is the site of a number of concerts and events throughout the year. Those activities will move to the new City Plaza at the south end of Fayetteville Street when it opens in the fall.

City leaders want to give the land and surrounding area a new look.

"Moore Square is one of the five historic squares in downtown Raleigh. All kinds of things have happened there over the past two centuries," Mayor Charles Meeker said Wednesday. "The question is: 'What should Moore Square be for its third century?'"

Public hearings on how the area should look will take place June 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., and June 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Ideas submitted by the public will serve as resources for the planning, design and engineering professionals who will compete in the competition for the ultimate task of planning the square's future.

Registration will start Aug. 3; the deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 29. A winner will be announced on Oct. 24 at Raleigh Wide Open.

Prizes are $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second and $2,000 for third place.

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  • ccs1920 Jun 3, 2009

    WRAL/ Recently you guys have refused to allow several of my post. My last one was as true as anything that has ever been sent to you guys. If you've never been to Moore Square you should go and see for yourself. The people should be told the truth even if it's not PC.

  • coolwill Jun 3, 2009

    Meeker and the council and the city manager are out of touch and they think they are out of reach from the tax payers, I can't wait until theses people are out of office and an investigation is launched. Stop the spending.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 3, 2009

    Funny how all these projects (Pullen Park, Hillsborough St, Moore Sq) were started and committed just before the budget was looked at. Who's watching the store - or was this planned? I know these projects are bond supported, but bonds cost money and it seems silly to be borrowing money for this kind of stuff when you don't have any.

  • Foxtrot Delta Tango Jun 3, 2009

    Quit wasting money.