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Raleigh official clarifies amount needed to build Union Station

This is an architect’s rendering of the proposed design of downtown Raleigh’s future train hub at Union Station.
This is an architect’s rendering of the proposed design of downtown Raleigh’s future train hub at Union Station. Clearscapes

The city of Raleigh still needs $21.75 million more to build the planned $73 million replacement for its cramped Amtrak depot, Mitchell Silver, the city planning director, said Tuesday.

The new Union Station will be built in a renovated warehouse at 510 W. Martin Street and is envisioned as a crucial anchor for the warehouse district at the western end of downtown. It will be near the future offices for 450 to 475 Citrix workers, set to open next summer.

Silver said he had erred Monday when he said the most recent federal funding brings Raleigh to within about $16.5 million of the total needed for the project. In that calculation, he inadvertently counted the most recent $5.5 million federal award twice.

“We have to be very clear and communicate the right numbers,” Silver said.

A more careful accounting shows that Raleigh has secured $51.25 million of the estimated $73 million project cost, Silver said, so another $21.75 million is still needed.

The Union Station money raised so far comes from these sources, Silver and state DOT Rail Director Paul Worley said:

• $26.5 million in a U.S. Department of Transportation grant originally awarded in 2012, which includes an additional $5.5 million announced Monday.



• $10 million in a separate U.S. DOT grant announced Sept. 4.



• $9 million from the state Department of Transportation.



• $5.75 million in city money.



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