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Raleigh delays William Peace bonds hearing

Posted April 16, 2013
Updated April 17, 2013

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— The Raleigh City Council delayed until next month a Wednesday public hearing on refinancing bonds issued by William Peace University.

City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said the delay would help Peace officials clear up confusion over the issue among people who live near the university and nearby merchants.

Peace wants to refinance bonds issued in 2004 and it also wants city approval of some projects on the school's campus near downtown Raleigh.

Nearby residents and retailers, however, fear that Peace has designs on taking over the neighboring Seaboard Station retail center, which has been in bankruptcy for more than a year.

Neighborhood groups say they don't want Seaboard Station converted to parking, dormitories or other facilities for Peace. Whenever the property emerges from bankruptcy, they say, it should remain a retail center to serve the surrounding community.

Baldwin said Peace needs to, in the coming weeks, educate the community on the bonds and share any future plans for Seaboard Station with the community.

She said Peace's president, Debra Townsley, has assured city leaders that the university has no plans to turn the retail space into athletic fields or parking. Nearby retail is an amenity the school uses to attract students, Townsley told the council.

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  • jwstevens04 Apr 18, 2013

    "She also told alums that they would not go co-ed...then less than 6 months later they did. You can't trust this woman as far as you can throw her. No one in the community should believe a word out of her mouth...her actions have spoken WAY louder ~ from an '01 Alum".....

    Thank you, you are SO correct....I think that Peace even considering an expansion at this point, would not be financially responsible, since they are losing a LOT of alumnae support over that very issue of them going co-ed....
    I'm a 1998 Alum of Peace College...

  • cjw6105 Apr 17, 2013

    The City of Raleigh doesn't want Peace to grow any larger by annexing adjoining land. That wouldn't enhance Wake County's holiest cow, Downtown Raleigh.

    However, the City of Raleigh has no problem with acquiring the Dix property any way they can get it, regardless of cost, so that it can become the so-called crown jewel of Downtown Raleigh.

    Peace had better consider acquiring land as far from Downtown Raleigh as they can get it, and re-locate now, before they go broke fighting the City of Raleigh in court.

    You cannot fight city hall, especially a CAPITAL city hall.

  • Boylan Apr 17, 2013

    I use Seaboard very often and like it very much however, if it comes up for sale and Peace has the $$ and makes the best offer the owners of Seaboard can sale to them or whomever they choose we should not be able to dictate that.

  • kdcr8memories Apr 17, 2013

    "She said Peace's president, Debra Townsley, has assured city leaders that the university has no plans to turn the retail space into athletic fields or parking."

    She also told alums that they would not go co-ed...then less than 6 months later they did. You can't trust this woman as far as you can throw her. No one in the community should believe a word out of her mouth...her actions have spoken WAY louder ~ from an '01 Alum

  • raleighwakenative Apr 17, 2013

    Look at Townsley's past actions, not her words.

  • Fun Apr 17, 2013

    Oh the WRAL Monitor....you posted my comment and then you took it down???? So what? It pasted and Ms. Baldwin requested it be taken down??? Whats wrong with WRAL??? Limiting remarks after you approved the content...1st amendment "freedom of speech"...Showing you liberal bent at the very least.

  • robingurl Apr 17, 2013

    Just like you promised the girls at Peace (I was there) that you wouldn't make the school go Co-Ed and fire all of the teachers and change the schools name!? I don't trust this woman. LEAVE Peace College and go somewhere else and LEAVE Raleigh alone while you're at it.

  • ccsmith1902 Apr 17, 2013

    Townsley doesn't keep her word nor does she make her intentions known. The nice retail area at Seaboard needs to stay - Townsley needs to go.

  • kimberly.jeans Apr 17, 2013

    Of course Townsley has a habit of saying one thing and doing another. "No plans" means there's something in the works, so watch out.

  • HadEnough Apr 17, 2013

    Mary-Ann Baldwin! She lives at the Cotton Mill right there so it's no wonder she has her nose in this. Maybe she can take her dog over to Peace and let it pee on one of those columns like she did at the Legislature Building.