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Finally, Raleigh will finish the reopening of Fayetteville Street

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In all the debate over City Plaza (glass boxes? light towers? Jaume Plensa's pavilion?), let's not forget that the main point of the thing for Raleigh was to complete the re-conversion of Fayetteville Street from a mall back to a functioning street that connects the Capitol and the Progress Energy Center. The problem: There's a parking deck under the "plaza" midway down (in the 400 block), and the deck wasn't built -- back in the '70s -- with enough reinforcement for street traffic to run over top of it. And practically the whole block, including where the street used to be, was privately owned. (Why would a city do that? Don't ask.)

But now, it's all settled -- the city will reinforce the deck, finish the street, and the glass boxes "retail pavilions" will be installed and operated by the property owners. Raleigh's cost: an estimated $14.8 million. Groundbreaking today.

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