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Raleigh plans park for Capital Boulevard corridor near downtown

Posted April 1, 2013

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— Demolition crews tore down an old bowling alley on Capital Boulevard Monday to make way for a park that city leaders hope will beautify the main gateway into Raleigh's downtown.

The city purchased the AMF Bowling building last year for about $1 million and hope to buy more properties around it.

They also hope to improve the roadway and clean up the nearby Pigeon House Creek.

Once the flood-prone area is transformed into a park, city leaders say they anticipate plenty of commercial interest in the stretch, just inside the Beltline, which is now dotted with old and empty buildings.   

"That then sets the stage for new development to front on this new park," said Ken Bowers, Raleigh's deputy planning director.

Bowers even anticipates residential development.

"The location is great if you can remove the obstacles to investment," he said.

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Roger White, who owns a barbershop across the street from the former bowling alley, said he supports the city's plans for the future.

"People want to be part of something new," White said.

Moving his business to Capital Boulevard three years ago "ended up being a blessing," he added.

Raleigh resident Raymond Johnson, however, said the changes are bittersweet.

"I've seen a lot of people go there (to the bowling alley) on a Saturday," he said.

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  • jsok123 Apr 4, 11:39 a.m.

    Are they tearing down The Foxy Lady? Say it ain't so!

  • cwmllc1952 Apr 4, 10:48 a.m.

    Spend Raleigh Spend ! All you have to do is raise Property Taxes ! Oh excuse me maybe just another Water Run Off Fee or something that really isn't a TAX. Ha Ha Ha !

  • cynda-ur-way Apr 4, 9:45 a.m.

    Many people apparently have no idea about this area. I admit the news report did portray it as "ghetto" but it is anything but that. I live in this neighborhood,and I can barely afford it. Houses start at 200 thousand +. Common sense tells you the old stuff(milner inn.foxy lady) will be torn down before a park is opened.I welcome the revitalization but I am sad to lose the hidden gem of neighborhood once everyone finds out about it.

  • pooodaddy Apr 4, 9:30 a.m.

    Hmmm...maybe WRAL should do a story on what the plans are for this section of Capital Blvd to keep everyone informed instead of "the bowling alley is being demolished to put in a park"
    Honestly I don't feel like researching for it...that is why I try to read some news. I guess my mistake.

  • superman Apr 3, 5:05 p.m.

    Any idea as to how much this is going to cost. And Raleigh wants to buy more land. If they have a couple extra million to spend on a park-how about reducing taxes. Maybe they plan for the park to provide a place for the homeless and get them away from downtown.

  • RaleighNCGuy Apr 3, 4:43 p.m.

    It is amusing to see some of the comments about how terrible of an idea it would be to put a park in between two lanes of traffic, next to a strip club, and in a area that has always been a "bad" part of town. I would agree, if this is actually what the City was planning on doing. Do some homework on the project before coming to conclusions. This will be a much needed, well thought out plan to improve an area with a lot of potential. Of course it won't happen over night and there may be some pockets of less desirable areas in the short term, but the hope is that this area will continue to improve as it becomes more inviting over time. Or nothing could be done and it remains a dump…I like the City’s plan.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 3, 2:10 p.m.

    "You have to be kidding. Horrible location for a park on that busy road on both sides. Child safety should be considered with the traffic and the people already using that as a cut through. Also, part of the failure of that place was due to the people who had come into that area. Not the best place for family activity." -lec02572

    Obviously you should look more at the plan. It's a lot more than just slapping a park between north and south travel lanes. This story fails on any account of conveying that. This about making good use of no good property. The Capital Blvd corridor study is on the City of Raleigh website.

  • Raleighmomof3 Apr 3, 1:29 p.m.

    future plans are to combine north and southbound lanes and the park would be on the other side.
    A lot of thought and planning went into this plan, with the community invited to share their input.

  • Raleighmomof3 Apr 3, 1:27 p.m.

    That whole area is a dump. Visitors from out of town must get a good laugh when traveling through there. Obamacare rises

    That's why they're trying to improve the area. To improve the "gateway" into downtown. Could greatly increase revenues if they make Raleigh more inviting.

  • redapace Apr 3, 1:26 p.m.

    "Capital Blvd inside the beltline has been an eyesore for the 20+ yrs"

    Cap Blvd outside the beltline is just as bad.

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