Raleigh leaders look to build up Capital Boulevard
Posted June 24, 2010 10:24 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2010 10:58 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh leaders are working on a plan to build up Capital Boulevard to resemble other re-developed areas such as Glenwood South.
The city's plans would transform properties along the street into mixed-use developments with residential and retail opportunities.
The discussion also includes adding public open spaces and recreational trails and using Crabtree Creek as a backdrop for a riverwalk.
Joe Hinge operates an antique furniture business in a warehouse just off Capital Boulevard. He believes the city’s vision make good business sense.
“It’s so close to downtown. It’s very centrally located. So, it has potential for a lot of retail,” he said. “It’s kind of almost a lost area right now.”
When Capital Boulevard was built in the late 1950s, it was designed to accommodate an industrial area.
Now more than 50 years later, the city wants to redevelop Capital Boulevard as an extension of Raleigh's downtown.
“This area has always been around Raleigh,” said local business owner Mike Earp. “I really think it would be good to open this area up to everybody.”