Downtown Plan

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Last updated Nov. 02, 2016 - 11:29 am
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The adopted Downtown Plan is divided into four framework themes; breathe, move, stay, and link. These themes are reflected by different goals that have supporting action items designed to achieve the goals.

In addition to these framework themes there are five geographic project areas; Gateway Center, North End, Moore Square/City Market, Nash Square/Union Station and Glenwood Green. Each action item is tied to both a framework theme and a geographic area. A good deal of work is already underway for Raleigh’s Downtown Plan.

Below is a list of project already underway organized by the framework themes. The Downtown Plan has the full list of goals and actions items.


A Greener Raleigh

Create a public open spaces where people can pause and breathe, gather, and relax within the city.

Goal 1

Reposition and refurbish downtown’s existing parks and green spaces to reflect the growing demand and changing uses for urban open spaces and plazas.

Action Item 3Nash Square Cultural Landscape ReportNash Square / Union StationUnderway 2017
Action Item 9Chavis Park Master Plan ImplementationMoore Square / City MarketConstruction underway

Goal 2

Create new parks and green spaces in downtown, both large and small, to serve the growing population. Ensure a variety of spaces are available for residents of all ages.

Action Item 11Devereux Meadows DevelopmentGlenwood GreenRFP submissions for design under review
Action Item 16Dorothea Dix Park Plan
Warehouse DistrictPlanning process underway

Goal 3

Extend the greenway system into downtown and use it to connect and integrate downtown’s public open space resources.

Action Item 21Rosengarten Greenway ConnectionNash Square / Union StationDesign Currently Underway


Create Connections

Make walking, biking, and transit the preferred ways to get in and around downtown Raleigh.

Goal 1

Create a complete pedestrian network—one that is well lit, fully accessible, generously sized, and visually attractive—to make accessing all of downtown on foot as safe, inviting, and convenient as possible.

Action Item 6Peace Street East StreetscapeNorth EndUnderway 2019 after Bridge replacement complete

Goal 3

Enhance transit accessibility in downtown through service improvements. Look for opportunities to enhance transit facilities with public art.

Action Item 26GoRaleigh StationMoore Square / City MarketUnderway

Goal 4

Accommodate vehicles using a multi-modal grid of complete streets, as well as on- and off-street parking facilities located in areas of high demand.

Action Item 38Raleigh Union Station Implementation Phase IINash Square / Union StationConstruction underway


Revitalization & Redevelopment

Realize downtown’s potential as a dynamic city-center neighborhood anchoring tourism, entertainment, and culture.

Goal 2

Ensure that downtown remains a clean, safe, and hospitable place to live, work, and visit.

Action Item 7Develop Gateway CenterGateway CenterExploris Charter school under review

Goal 3

Encourage the development of vacant and underbuilt sites so that the entire downtown fills in with active uses over time.

Action Item 15Redevelopment Municipal BuildingNash Square / Union Station
RFP submissions for design under review

Network & Partner

Align with instructional, public, and private partners to bring downtown’s shared vision to life.

Goal 1

Create strong partnerships with allied public agencies to accelerate implementation of mutually beneficial projects that enhance livability in downtown.

Action Item 7Capital Blvd Bridge over Peace St.Glenwood GreenUnderway 2017

Goal 4

Partner with local businesses, landowners, and developers on key private property improvements that will advance the implementation of priority projects.

Action Item 17Reactivate City Market RetailMoore Square / City MarketUnderway

Downtown Plan Advisory Committee

The Raleigh City Council has established the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee comprised of 28 members. The committee will serve as advisors in support of the new Downtown Plan. The committee consists of a wide range of residents representing a cross-section of interests.

The committee members are:

Chair Scott Cutler, Vice President, Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Co-Chair Anne S. Franklin, Community Organizer

Neighborhoods and Residents
Philip Bernard, Owner, Landscape Design and Consultation, Person Street Partnership
Sarah Powers, Executive Director, Visual Art Exchange
Ed Fritsch, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Highwoods Properties, Inc.
Jason Queen, Real Estate Developer and Founder, Raleigh Restoration Group, LLC
Sally Edwards, Executive Director, Marbles Kids Museum
Ann-Cabell Baum Anderson, President and Sales Manager, Glenwood Agency Real Estate
Greg Hatem, Founder, Empire Properties, Empire Eats
Jim Belt, Co-founder & President, Downtown Living Advocates
Dan Lovenheim, Owner, Cornerstone Tavern
Karla Salgado, Student, Broughton High School

Business, Industry, and Merchants
Pam Blondin, Owner, Deco Raleigh
Ashley Christensen, Chef-Owner, Ashley Christensen Restaurants
Sumit Vohra, Owner, Lonerider Brewing Company
Brooks Bell, CEO and Founder, Brooks Bell, Inc.
Bill Spruill, Founder, Global Data Consortium
Aly Khalifa, Owner, Gamil Design, Designbox
Paula Fryland, Regional President for Eastern Carolinas, PNC Financial Services
John Boylan, President, Spectrum Properties
R.W. (Bill) Mullins, Member, Centennial Authority, President, DSM, Inc.
Gregg Warren, President & CEO, DHIC, Inc.
Ed Wills, Owner/Operator, McDonald's

Harvey Schmitt, President, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Denny Edwards, President, Greater Raleigh Visitors and Convention Bureau
Charles Lefler, Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University
Lonnette Williams, Chair, Central CAC
Lloyd Williams, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Shaw University
David Diaz, President & CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance

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