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Raleigh Cuts Plaza Design Budget

Posted May 16, 2007

— The Raleigh City Plaza project took another hit Tuesday when the City Council voted to cut the budget by $5 million.

Designers now have $16 million to build Raleigh's so-called "public living room" on the south end of Fayetteville Street. The plaza will feature lights and fountains.

Designers said scaling back the project is a last resort, and they aren't sure how they will make up the funding shortfall.

Last year, the council nixed a design for the site by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, saying it would have blocked the view along Fayetteville Street.


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  • atc2 May 17, 2007

    Typical Isley and Talafaro (whatever the councilwomans's name is) slowing down progress.
    Here we go again, cutting back to generic, just like they did for Fayetteville Street (another reason not to go downtown, NOTHING is completed with first class or originality in mind).
    They approve the design, then cut back, just like all other downtown projects (ie that ugly Marriott and bland convention center!). This will not be a living room for downtown, it will be a bathroom (with no water, lighting or flat panel displays)

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool May 17, 2007

    Did you the the St Louis Arch, one of the most recognizable city icons in the world, came about through a public contest & call for designs? Why doesn't the Raleigh City council hold such a public contest?

    What is Raleigh really known for? What should our plaza have to represent the city?

  • jenstog May 16, 2007

    hmmmm- school system needs some money- how about cutting it all and putting it where it's needed. The plaza will only have homeless people on it in a few years if we don't get our education first.

  • salut2daking May 16, 2007

    We need a subway system

  • Sidekick May 16, 2007

    Definition: Plaza - Upscale location for street people and drug dealers.

  • taurus38 May 16, 2007

    if they cant wire up some lights and put in a few benches for 16 million, then we dont need it!!!!!!!!!

  • computer trainer May 16, 2007

    You know, I LOVE that light tower. The artist is dead, or I would contact him and get one for my home. Unfortunately, the placement of the light tower was STUPID! I love to look at it as I drive up CAP, of course, occassionally I get distracted by it, if you can imagine. I have not run over anyone, YET!

    I would think that Raleigh could use $16 million for MUCH better use than what they are proposing.

  • Mr. T May 16, 2007

    Maybe we should use the money to upgrade the light tower on Capital Blvd.