Raleigh City Council looks to fund Hillsborough Street study

Posted by Colin Campbell on May 29, 2014 

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City council members are looking to add Hillsborough Street to a planning study of the Cameron Village area.

The current year’s budget includes $200,000 for the Cameron Village Vicinity Plan, a soon-to-begin process that will guide future growth in the area that’s seeing an explosion of new apartments and retail. The Hillsborough Street Community Services Corp. recently asked the city council to help with a similar visioning effort for the commercial district around N.C. State University.

“I think we want to look at the health of Hillsborough Street,” said Joe Whitehouse, a developer who serves on the organization’s board. “We want to look at where we’re missing the boat.”

Adding the Hillsborough Street plan to a consultant’s contract for Cameron Village would cost between $40,000 and $85,000 – depending on whether the effort tackles the entire business district or simply the section between Morgan Street and Dixie Trail.

Planning and zoning administrator Travis Crane said pairing Hillsborough with Cameron Village is the most cost-effective way to update plans for the street that date to 1999.

The proposal goes before the full city council on Tuesday. Councilman Russ Stephenson said he wants to ensure neighborhood residents are as engaged in the planning as business owners. “We’ve drifted apart, and I don’t think any one single group is to blame,” he said, adding that he wants to see an “outcome everyone buys into strongly.”

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