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State balks at buildings proposed for Moore Square

Posted March 17, 2011

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— State officials have put an obstacle in Raleigh's efforts to revamp Moore Square.

Bounded by Hargett, Blount, Martin and Person streets in downtown Raleigh, the four-acre square hosts several public events, including the Artsplosure festival, concerts, summer movies and a farmers market. The square wasn't designed as a venue for large events, and the heavy traffic has created maintenance problems and a run-down look.

Raleigh officials held a design contest to encourage ideas for developing a master plan for the site and planned to include new lighting, walls and a water play area. The plans also called for buildings to house concession stands and public restrooms.

Moore Square is owned by the state and managed by Raleigh, and state officials have  come out against having permanent buildings on the square.

Moses Carey, the secretary of the state Department of Administration, wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker that permanent buildings at Moore Square "are outside the city's delegated authority and not in the state's best interest."

Carey said the city has other nearby property that could house the restrooms and concession stands, but he noted that Raleigh Parks & Recreation staff have taken the position that buildings are allowed on Moore Square since state law doesn't specifically prohibit them.

A state representative plans to officially register the state's objections to the redesign plan at a parks advisory board meeting Thursday night and at an April 19 City Council meeting.


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  • meargle Mar 18, 2011

    It needs fixing up but does not need new attractions. The area is a great part of the city...but the homeless is the biggest problem. Especially since it seems to be the place where the more "aggravated" homeless tend to hang out. Over the past few years, I've witnessed, numerous times, some kind of issue that led or was leading to violence from the homeless.

  • asdfg Mar 17, 2011

    so crowded conditions are responsible for the current poor conditions ---- It only makes sense to replace some of that space with buildings so crowds for events will be cramped into even less space.

  • Dizzle Mar 17, 2011

    The park is bad enough as is....not because of the heavy traffic for events, but because of the people living in the park. Why put up permanent structures for the homeless to to take over, creating a messy and unsafe environment for the tax payers paying for the facilities?

  • whatelseisnew Mar 17, 2011

    "More regulations.......ugh"

    And yet there are people that think more regulations are better. I figure in about twenty years you will no longer be allowed to leave your home. You might step on an endangered ant.

  • Icaretoo Mar 17, 2011

    It's a park! Leave it alone. I can only image buildings would require the removal of some of the beautiful old trees!!!

  • Alex25 Mar 17, 2011

    More regulations.......ugh

  • Weaker Pelosi Mar 17, 2011

    I love it when someone tells Meeker NO!

  • s.wake.co Mar 17, 2011

    Doesn't Joel Lane's will put restrictions on the use of the Moore Square property?

  • happy Mar 17, 2011

    My son went to Moore Square Magnet Middle and they use that park alot. I think buildings would be a detriment to the area. Plant grass that can withstand heavy usage such as they have at the amplitheater in Cary.

  • JustAName Mar 17, 2011

    "the four-acre square"

    Really? It doesn't seem that big.