Raleigh has a new long-term vision for downtown
The city of Raleigh is thinking of ways to reinvent and re-energize parts of downtown with a new 10-year vision plan.Posted — Updated
But, in recent years, as nearby Fayetteville Street has been redeveloped, the dining spot has become disconnected from the energy and life of downtown, says owner Mario Longo.
"Business went down, but thank God we survived," he said.
"We want to promote that each part of downtown has a different character and tie them all together," said Grant Meacci, director of the City of Raleigh's Urban Design Center.
Planners have several projects in mind that would beautify and help revitalize the areas. They plan to seek public input in October and hope to begin some of the smaller-scale projects at the start of the new year.
Expanding each of the four districts would bring them closer to each other and make them more accessible, Meacci says.
"Right now, there are blanks where you walk from block to block, and there might not be anything," he said. "This plan focuses on filling in those blanks."
The last time the city implemented a vision plan was in 2003, when it looked at reopening Fayetteville Street, which for decades served as a pedestrian mall. It was a $25 million public investment project that ended up generating $2.5 billion in private investments.
That's good news for business owners like Longo, who wants to see profits soar again.
"Now, with this, I hope we start to see the light again," he said.
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