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Hillsborough Street could get mixed-use development

Posted March 10, 2010

A Charlotte developer wants to redevelop nearly seven acres of industrial space off Hillsborough Street in what would be the first major project in the area in at least a decade.

The $40 million plan would include a 240-unit apartment building, more than 30 townhouses and 10,000 square feet of retail and office space between North Carolina State University and downtown Raleigh.

FMW Real Estate filed a rezoning request with the city this month to change the area where West Morgan and Hillsborough streets cross into a residential and retail area.

A public hearing on the application is set for July, and the request could be approved by the fall. Construction could begin as early as next spring.

The street is already undergoing a $9 million makeover with road crews installing several roundabouts between Oberlin Road and Gardner Street to make the road more pedestrian-friendly and to help revitalize the area for business.

It's expected to be completed in September.


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  • Bendal1 Mar 11, 2010

    Making Hillsborough "pedestrian friendly" is a joke. You know all those roundabouts about to be constructed? Pedestrians and them don't mix; traffic doesn't stop in a roundabout, so how will pedestrians cross safely? Reducing Hillsborough to one lane each way plus parallel parking lanes just means you'll get nonstop traffic, again, not good for pedestrians.

    The push for that mistake of a project came from NCSU's design school and Meeker, who wanted a "Franklin Street" for Raleigh but forgot that Hillsborough was a major artery on the west side of town.

  • clayt85 Mar 11, 2010

    I doubt Raleigh is all that worried about cutting back traffic on Hillsborough street, seeing as making the road more pedestrian friendly has a primary goal of the project

  • NH Mom Mar 11, 2010

    Revitalizing Hillsborough Street would be wonderful. Everything else they have tried to date have just continued to kill the street. Has the city given any thought about what to do with the traffic? They took Hillsborough from two lanes in each direction to one, effectively cutting the number of cars it can handle in half. They took Peace Street and did the same thing. Peace now backs up for blocks every day. Between Oberlin Rd. and Wade Avenue a mixed use development was built without widening either road. Both roads are completely overloaded. Unless there are plans for a subway none of us know about, the city planners of Raleigh are again failing to take into account growing traffic congestion. Wishing it away won't work. It is time to address traffic flow and effective mass transit before any futher large redevelopment projects inside the beltline are approved.

  • Bendal1 Mar 11, 2010

    So the traffic generated by this new development gets dumped right onto the brand new, "improved" Hillsborough Street with no room to hold it. Way to go, Raleigh; that "transformation" of the road into a one lane each way route has got to be the stupidest transportation decision the city has made since I moved here 25 years ago.

  • town guy Mar 11, 2010

    Finally something is happening at that block. It's been neglected for too long.

  • archmaker Mar 10, 2010

    first? haven't they been reporting on the mixed-use development that's going to go along with the new student housing building that's replacing valpark?

  • nomorethanthat Mar 10, 2010

    Here comes another traffic jam and the residential development is right next to the RAILROAD TRACKS AND CENTRAL PRISON!!! It wasn't so long ago that occupants of the apartments up that way made noise about train whistles and rumbles.

  • colliedave Mar 10, 2010

    If it could do for that area what Kane's development did to the North Hills area, why not?