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Moore Square redesign could be model for future projects

Posted June 3, 2009 12:19 p.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2009 6:42 p.m. EDT

— The City of Raleigh will hold two public hearings and a juried competition to decide on a new design for Moore Square, the city council agreed Tuesday.

If the competition goes well, it could become a model for future projects.

"It's a different way to approach the design and really try to engage the talent we have here in the community," City Manager Russell Allen said. "It's a low-cost way to get some really great design and options before us."

Moore Square, which sits across the street from the Marble Kids Museum on East Hargett Street in downtown, is the site of a number of concerts and events throughout the year. Those activities will move to the new City Plaza at the south end of Fayetteville Street when it opens in the fall.

City leaders want to give the land and surrounding area a new look.

"Moore Square is one of the five historic squares in downtown Raleigh. All kinds of things have happened there over the past two centuries," Mayor Charles Meeker said Wednesday. "The question is: 'What should Moore Square be for its third century?'"

Public hearings on how the area should look will take place June 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., and June 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Ideas submitted by the public will serve as resources for the planning, design and engineering professionals who will compete in the competition for the ultimate task of planning the square's future.

Registration will start Aug. 3; the deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 29. A winner will be announced on Oct. 24 at Raleigh Wide Open.

Prizes are $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second and $2,000 for third place.