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Council considers turning site into parking area

Posted July 14, 2009

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— A Raleigh City Council committee recommended on Tuesday turning an empty lot on Hillsborough Street into a parking area.

The site, at 301 Hillsborough St., would be leased to Campbell University’s law school for student and faculty parking, Mayor Charles Meeker said.

Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law will move to Raleigh in the fall from the university’s main campus in Buies Creek. The law school will be located at 225 Hillsborough St.

University officials said the law school was relocated, in part, to give students more access to internships with law firms and clerkships with judges.

The parking area could potentially hold up to 40 spaces. The city would lease the spaces each for $55 per month.

The lease would be for one year, but there would be options for second and third years, Meeker said.

The site is where Raleigh lawyer Ted Reynolds had hoped to build a downtown tower, which was to include 17,500 square feet of retail space, a 136-room hotel and 26 condos on the top floors.

The slow economy delayed the project several times, prompting the City Council to vote in February to retain ownership.

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