Pullen Arts Center Improvement Plan

Last updated Jun. 22, 2017 - 3:12 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • $6 Million
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Office of Raleigh Arts

Current Activity

On February 7, 2017, City Council approved the schematic design. The Pullen Arts Center will be closing for expansion and full renovation on November 9, 2017. Construction is anticipated to take a minimum of 12 months.


Project Phases

Phase 1: Conceptual Study
This phase will take about a year. Key steps include:

  1. Selection of a design consultant (completed). Clearscapes Architecture awarded.
  2. Situational assessment and establishment of a citizen planning committee.
  3. Conceptual study during which the consultant will assess the current building and site and recommend a design concept.
  4. Presentation of the conceptual plan to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council for approval.
Phase 2: Design and Implementation
This phase will take about 2.5 years, including about one year for design and permitting and about 18 months for construction. It will require the hiring of design and construction contractors. Key steps include:
  1. Development of schematic design based on the conceptual plan.
  2. Public engagement and input on the schematic design.
  3. Presentation of the schematic plan to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council for approval.
  4. Completion of construction documents and permitting.
  5. Bidding and construction.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2016Complete Study
Summer 2017Begin Building and Site Design
Fall 2017Permitting and Bidding
Fall 2017 - Fall 2018Construction


The bond approved by voters in fall 2014 includes $6 million for improvements at the Pullen Arts Center and surrounding north side of Pullen Park. The current structure at 105 Pullen Road was built in the 1960’s and houses a variety of programs including: pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking, glass, arts-based summer camps for children with support spaces for administration, meetings, gallery, and operation. Improvements are needed to accommodate the growth and popularity of arts education at Pullen Arts Center with new technology and equipment. No decision has been made on whether the existing building will be renovated, expanded or replaced entirely. A master plan for Pullen Park, completed in 2002, will guide the project.

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