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TTA Aims To Take Raleigh Warehouse District In New Direction

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RALEIGH, N.C. — In Raleigh's warehouse district, building after building is being scooped up fornew development, including a commuter rail system that city leaders hope willinspire more nightlife downtown.

The Triangle Transit Authority is buying up buildings near West and Hargett streets.The TTA has to buy up more than it will take down, so it is not yet knownwhich buildings will go and which will stay, prompting some current business tenants to move.

The changes are raising the curiosity about what this area will eventually look like.

"Because of that, this area is very much in flux right now," said MargaretMullen of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Mullen said the warehouse district is not a dead-end street. She saidresearch shows trendy restaurants and shops will follow the commuter rail system.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance said the TTA rail station is scheduled forcompletion in 2007.

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