Date: Tue Oct 24, 2017

Join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance as we host a public town hall meeting for the Moore Square district at Marbles Kids Museum. It will be an open forum where we will have updates on business development in the district, the Moore Square renovation project, and more. 

Speakers:

Orage Quarles III
Interim President & CEO
Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Bill King
Senior Director of Economic Development and Planning
Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Jenna Kostka
Moore Square Director
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Douglas Porter
Program Director, Historic Sites, Historic Resources and Museum Program
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Stephen Bentley
Assistant Director
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Annah Lee
Director or Artistic Programs
Artspace

Shana Overdorf
Executive Director
Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness

Capt. Vestal
Raleigh Police Department

MEETING NOTES

Groundbreaking for the construction project at Moore Square will begin at 10am on Thursday, November 9. Construction will begin the following week. Construction will last approximately 13-14 months. Pedestrian traffic around the site will be disrupted, and there will be no parking in the interim. Construction can start as early at 6:30am and go on each day throughout the week. After construction, Moore Square will be part of the Historic Resources and Museum Program. There will be a visitor’s center across the park with a management office on the top level, with retail and a history exhibit on the lower level. There will also be a taskforce in place to begin creating events and activation in Moore Square after construction.

Moore Square District food and beverage sales are up 24% in 2017 year-over-year, and up over 52% in four years. The Moore Square District generates 20% of downtown food and beverage sales. 785 new residential units were also added. 283 new residential units are under construction or planned with FNB Tower, Hargett Place, The Ware, and 10Arros. New businesses opening in the district and nearby include Trophy Tap + Table, DGX, Raleigh Provisions, Sir Walkter Coffee, Brewery Bhavana, Read With Me, Watts and Ward, Oak City Market, St. Roch Oyster + Bar, Dominos Pizza, MOFU Shoppe, and Raleigh Slabs. Business coming soon include Kaiju Bowl and Bao, Tonbo Noodles, Growler USA, Hearth Kitchen, YMCA, and Wahlburgers.

The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness provided some updates on their organization in conjunction with the upcoming construction project. The partnership is helping guide individuals to safe places to go during the time of construction and talk about the Oak City Outreach Center, the Multiservices Center and their efforts on funding for supportive housing and housing stability. They are also working very closely with the Raleigh Police Department to make sure folks aren’t trespassed.

Installation on the art installation will begin in early December. Last spring the City along with the Office of Raleigh Arts reached out to Artspace, Flight Fund, and Marbles to put forward money for a temporary art project to cover the fencing during the construction phase of the Moore Square revitalization. Each organization invited artists to submit proposals. Artists were asked to consider the Moore Square Master Plan and the cultural history of the area in their designs. In June, a panel comprised of members from each group reviewed about 25 proposals and selected four: Peregrine Projects (Shaun Richards and David Eichenberger), Cacee Lee, Shannon Newby, and Brian Gonzalez. Peregrine will face Blount Street, Cacee will face Martin, Shannon will face Hargett and Brian will face Person. They will be meeting on November 6 to discuss the logistics of installation and hopefully provide opportunities for the community to volunteer to help with the process. 

The Raleigh Police Department addressed issues on panhandling and gave resources out to attendees on what to do if they come across an aggressive panhandling situation. Concerns were brought up about the safety of the crosswalks leading from the bus station. A discussion was also held on how to bring more minority business owners to downtown Raleigh and how to do more for the citizens who have done a lot to make Raleigh great.