Building this thing and hoping that the economy turns around for additional sales tax revenue doesn’t sound like a great idea. The additional tax would be dropped however.
Outside consultants – architects, public safety experts or others – could help sort through the divide on the deadlocked, eight-member council and help bring forward some type of consensus, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.
via Lightner impasse may get a nudge – Wake County – NewsObserver.com. [update: broken link]
It is a tough decision to make, one way or another. We need the facilities ASAP, AND we have to plan for the future, AND we have to find smart ways to finance the new building(s), AND we have to take in consideration the safety issues, AND… Well, you get the picture. I love the proposed high-rise and I strongly disagree with those who oppose it based on its size and architecture, but at the same time we need to take in consideration all the safety regulations that apply to buildings like this. If they decide to go with a low-rise, then please build it outside downtown, or somewhere in downtown where short buildings make a nice transition (i.e. East of Moore Square, South Park).
Let’s hope this time our city council can make a solid decision.
I say build the darn thing. Raleigh is in desperate need of the facility, so whats the problem? I don’t think money is the issue, but spite. I feel as if the new council members are trying to prove a point. Same as the situation with wake county public schools. I strongly agree with Ernest, that if a low-rise building is approve then it shall be built outside of the downtown…maybe in the government district(just a thought).
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