Raleigh’s plans for new city hall move forward

August 31, 2018 by  

The Raleigh City Council recently agreed to go ahead with plans to explore the possibility of building a 20-story new city hall downtown, a multi-million-dollar project.

In a 6-2 vote, the council approved taking preliminary steps toward the project, which would be located at South McDowell and West Hargett streets, once police headquarters. The city hopes that by late fall it will have developed a timeline to receive feedback from the public, and request design proposals. In order to involve a community in issues like this, officials can use flyer printing to request feedback.

A number of options were presented to the council, including 17-, 14-, and 20-story towers. The estimated cost of the buildings ranged from approximately $140 million for a building 14 stories tall, to $190 million for the 20-story structure.

The council is considering the tallest, which would comprise 420,000 square feet, making it large enough to bring all city employees to one central location, rather than having them spread throughout the community as they are now.

To fund the new construction, city staffers say Raleigh would have the option of selling some property, including Charter Square; the site of the Residence Inn Marriott; and 301 Hillsborough Street. It could also vacate some of the leases it currently holds, which could save as much as $38 million that could then be put toward tower construction.