Coming Tuesday at the Raleigh City Council meeting: street closures

Posted by Colin Campbell on November 4, 2013 

Looks like street closures will top a lengthy agenda for the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday.

Three items relate to the controversial road blocks: permit for special events at Rebus Works in Boylan Heights; a two-week shutdown of Hillsborough Street for utility construction; and a new process for road race, parade and festival approvals.

Rebus Works farmers market: Boylan Heights art gallery Rebus Works will be seeking permits to continue its weekly Saturday Market, which offers food trucks and produce. But the request has generated outcry from neighbors and adjacent art studios who say the residential area is the wrong place for an event that draws hundreds.

Hillsborough Street could close: Developer John Kane will seek the council’s permission to close Hillsborough Street for several weeks while N.C. State University is on winter break. The closure is needed for utility work between Dixie Trail and Concord Street. That’s where Kane is building the Stanhope apartment complex that replaces a block known for bars and nightlife.

Street closing process: City staffers will give recommendations on improving Raleigh’s process for approving the ever-growing number of road races, parades and street festivals. Complaints have been mounting from drivers, residents and churches who say they hit roadblocks frequently. The proposed plan includes adding three staff positions at a cost of $225,000 to handle the street closing requests.

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