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Raleigh leaders break ground on $71M communications facility

Posted July 10, 2014

— City leaders broke ground Thursday at the site of what will be a $71 million facility that will house Raleigh's emergency communications center and traffic control center.

Construction on the four-story, 95,000 square-foot Critical Public Safety Center, which will sit on North Raleigh boulevard, just north of downtown, is expected to start later this year and be complete in early 2016.

When complete, it will also contain Raleigh's emergency operations and data center.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane said the building, which can withstand winds up to 140 mph, will replace outdated facilities and should meet Raleigh's needs for the next 25 years.

"This city is growing by leaps and bounds, and we really need to be prepared for not only what we're seeing now, but for what's to come," she said.

Thursday's groundbreaking comes years after the city abandoned plans on a $205 million facility that would have housed the services as well as the police and fire departments.

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  • John Watkins Jul 10, 2014

    This building isn't even close to a "bunker".

  • Eq Videri Jul 10, 2014

    This project frankly makes much more sense than putting the city's most sensitive work space atop an office tower, as was first proposed.

    Emergency communications, traffic control, and critical IT infrastructure should be in a reinforced, well protected bunker, as this structure will be.

    And there's room to expand the building in decades hence, so it won't soon be obsolete.

    Good job, Raleigh City Council.

  • European American Jul 10, 2014

    71M for something they expect to meet the needs for only 25 years. Brilliant!