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Public works operations center to be built in north Raleigh

Posted January 15, 2013
Updated January 16, 2013

— The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to build a public works operations center on city-owned land in north Raleigh.

The remote operations center, which would house street maintenance, vehicle fleet maintenance and other city divisions, would be between Capital Boulevard and Brentwood Road, just north of Interstate 440.

The council asked City Manager Russell Allen to negotiate contracts with architects and a construction manager so design work could begin and the necessary permits obtained.

Last month, the council voted to move forward with a public safety center in the same area. That facility would house an upgraded 911 center, a technology data center and an operational field office or district substation for the Raleigh Police Department.

Three years ago, plans for a $205 million public safety center downtown, which would have housed the 911 center and emergency operations, were shelved because the council couldn't agree on how to pay for it.

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  • drjones74 Jan 16, 5:01 p.m.

    Bah! Everything north of 440 is north Raleigh. If Raleigh had a midtown I would say 5 points is it....doesn't need to have big buildings...just character...and not downtown...

  • btneast Jan 16, 11:49 a.m.

    Oh boy.. its almost time to start the "is this North Raleigh" discussion......

    Yep. I thought that area was now called "midtown"....or something like that? I would not call that area "north Raleigh".

  • btneast Jan 16, 11:47 a.m.

    how can they be building "between Capital Boulevard and Brentwood Road"when Capital and Brentwood are intersecting roads?

    Yes, they intersect just north of the beltline, but then Brentwood curves around and becomes more or less parralel to Capital as it heads north too.

  • TVs_Deceit Jan 16, 11:45 a.m.

    Downtown Blvd ["Capital" for you youngsters and newbies] essentially splits into U.S 1 North and U.S. 401 North so apparently the government considers it "North".

    What they're building is basically a "demarcation point" to separate the lower priced and more crime prone "East" Raleigh from what will continue to be developed and sold as higher-priced and safer "North Raleigh".

  • curiousgeorgia Jan 16, 11:24 a.m.

    Ooo, let me be picky, too. If you look at an overall map it is north-north east! :-)

    I am glad they are going to build a better place for them though, that is HARD WORK and they deserve a decent building.

  • letscare Jan 16, 10:46 a.m.

    Another example of an un-trained "journalist" and/or one not familiar with Raleigh. -lasm

    Or perhaps just someone who made a simple mistake. I'm not a journalist, but I know I wouldn't want thousands of people picking apart every minute detail of my work every day. How about you?

  • intuit Jan 16, 10:27 a.m.

    "Inconvenient fact left out of the story - this operations center will cost more than $100 million."

    If this is the case, I'm glad to see they found a solution to significantly reduce costs from the previously proposed $205M project from 3 years that this story mentions.

  • lasm Jan 16, 9:29 a.m.

    larterl:

    That was my first question, also. Another example of an un-trained "journalist" and/or one not familiar with Raleigh.

    And UNCRules123:

    So right! When did Brentwood and Captial become "North" Raleigh? Just because it used to be named "North" Blvd doesn't make it "North" Raleigh.....

  • hp277 Jan 16, 9:28 a.m.

    Inconvenient fact left out of the story - this operations center will cost more than $100 million.

  • Fireflies Rock Jan 16, 8:59 a.m.

    how can they be building "between Capital Boulevard and Brentwood Road"when Capital and Brentwood are intersecting roads?

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