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Raleigh City Council Addresses Zoning, Homeless Issues

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RALEIGH — Raleigh's City Council is trying to plan for the future of the capital city. Council members spent most of Wednesday afternoon going over a variety of topics that could affect you.

The long and tedious meeting for City Council members went on without a break for over four hours. They tackled issues from the homeless to strip joints.

Council members are concerned about what kind of businesses move into what is expected to be one of the city's hottest commercial spots -- the land along U.S. 70 near Umstead Park.

They decided against restricting against adult entertainment there because of concerns that the regulations would be unconstitutional.

City Council does want to have the CIAA college basketball tournament here starting in 2000. So, it has agreed to give free space in the Raleigh Convention Center for events associated with the tournament.

"The CIAA is a huge cultural event. It's one of the largest collegiate basketball tournaments in the country," Mayor Tom Fetzer said. "We'd love to host some of those events."

Toward the end of the meeting, members got into a heated discussion about a future site for a city-county emergency homeless shelter.

The city decided to expand its operation at the Montgomery Green building to a 24-hour a day facility until it finds a permanent site.

That is a big step, because for years, the city and county have been talking back and forth about getting some kind of site for the homeless, and they had not been able to make any kind of progress.


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