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Project to fix flood-prone areas of Capital Boulevard

Posted January 15, 2013
Updated January 16, 2013

— To help with flooding and improve water quality, the City of Raleigh plans to take down the site of a former bowling alley on Capital Boulevard.

Over the next two months, the city will level the building that housed AMF Bowling at 1827 Capital Blvd. An access bridge across nearby Pigeon House Creek also will be removed. Officials say the work will be completed by summer.

The design plans aim to restore Pigeon House Creek to a more natural state. The former bowling alley site, along with surrounding properties, has been identified by the city as a priority area for flood mitigation.

Officials said the project will reduce flood insurance payments for property owners in the area.

The city joined with The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit conservancy, to purchase the 2.67-acre site for about $1.1 million. The land was paid for with stormwater utility fees.

Officials said the stream restoration for Pigeon House Creek will be done in five to 10 years as the city acquires more surrounding property.


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  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 16, 2013

    Yeah. I'm still waiting for a lousy crosswalk over 401 South at Chapanoke. It would be the FIRST CROSSWALK in South Raleigh! And it would not take 1.1 million, collected through everyone's water bill.

  • shortcake53 Jan 16, 2013

    So they paid over a million to keep the dumpy Milner Inn and Foxy Lady Lounge from flooding?? Talk about two pieces of property not worth saving..........

  • TVs_Deceit Jan 16, 2013

    $1,100,000? Over a million dollars for 2 1/2 acres of land that floods every time it rains hard? Whose backroom buddy owned that land?

    Paying almost $400,000 an acre for a part-time swamp with our fee/tax-dollars is a crime.

    Just another example in the long history of the City of Raleigh's "the taxpayer has a bottomless wallet" attitude.

    I don't suppose anyone thought of letting the owner put it on the market and having the market set the price?

    For Sale: One old building that sits on 2 1/2 acres of land that floods often.

    Private investor: $50,000
    City of Raleigh: $1.1 MILLION!!!

    Sweet deal for someone that wanted to dump an old building and knew someone with a key to the public coffers.

  • copperino Jan 16, 2013

    abaugh: There's a parking lot for the greenway right around the corner, on Crabtree Blvd.

  • bubbaOK Jan 16, 2013

    prone? 's that English? How do we say "having tendencies"?

  • abaugh Jan 15, 2013

    PS. They should buy the Murphy Motor Company lot on Capital and make it a parking lot for the greenway.

  • abaugh Jan 15, 2013

    Nice! I walk the Capital Swamp Greenway often from Raleigh Blvd to Alantic Ave often. Pigeon House creek is underground most of the way from Cameron Park to Peace and Capital. It would be nice is they could expose most of it and repair the banks to bring it back to a more natural state.