Raleigh gets another $5.5 million federal grant to help build Union Station

bsiceloff@newsobserver.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— The City of Raleigh has secured another $5.5 million in federal funds to help pay for Union Station, a new Amtrak depot to be built in the downtown warehouse district.

Mitchell Silver, the city planning director, announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation is adding the money to a $21 million federal grant awarded in June 2012 to help the city buy property it needs for the $73 million project at the foot of West Martin Street.

“Every bit we get is great news, moving us closer and closer to getting this project done,” Silver said.

DOT gave Raleigh a separate $10 million grant earlier this month for Union Station, envisioned as a crucial anchor for the warehouse district at the western end of downtown.

The train station is to be built in a renovated warehouse near the future offices for 450 to 475 Citrix workers, set to open next summer.

Silver and officials with the state DOT Rail Division, which is participating in the Union Station project, have offered different calculations about how much more money Raleigh needs to build the depot with parking, an adjoining civic plaza and related rail improvements.

Silver said the new federal grant brings Raleigh to within $16.5 million of the total needed. According to figures offered earlier this month by state Rail Director Paul Worley, the money gap now would be about $14.5 million.

Siceloff: 919-829-4527 or blogs.newsobserver.com/crosstown. On Twitter @Road_Worrier.

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