Gary L. Jurkiewicz: Peace should buy vacant land

July 18, 2013 

Vacant land, Peace?

William Peace University wants to buy the Shops at Seaboard Station as an investment and for needed space to grow. Rather than buy a thriving area of businesses that adds to the success of Raleigh’s growth, why didn’t the planners at Peace purchase the vacant land right across Peace Street? The large parcel of land was vacant and unused for years. Recently a church bought it for its future home, and the American Institute of Architects purchased some land to erect a building.

When Peace College first opened, the head schoolmaster’s house was across the street on that same parcel of land. (This house was moved years ago as planned with the Blount Street Project, which eventually fell apart with the housing market collapse.)

Many universities, N.C. State for one, have large campuses with students crossing streets with few issues. With proper planning, Peace could have acquired the needed space for expansion while remaining a good neighbor.

Gary L. Jurkiewicz

Raleigh

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