By this spring charity groups will be able to distribute food to Raleigh’s hungry in a temporary facility across the street from Moore Square. Groups can continue to distribute food in Moore Square until the facility is opened.
Raleigh City Councilors Tuesday approved a temporary indoor food distribution facility near the old Salvation Army building at 215 S. Person St.
The new facility will be open on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include bathrooms, tables, chairs and trash bins. The cost to retrofit an existing warehouse will be about $111,000 with yearly operating costs coming in at $58,000.
The facility is meant to be a temporary fix for the next two to five years while the city, county and nonprofit groups work toward a more permanent solution. The property, now city-owned, will eventually be sold for redevelopment.
City Approves Affordable Housing Loan
Affordable housing developer DHIC is getting a loan from the city to purchase an east Raleigh rental community.
City Councilors Tuesday approved a $2.1 million loan that would help DHIC purchase the Washington Terrace apartment community on Booker Drive.
The loan will be for five years at zero percent interest. DHIC will be receiving a $3 million first mortgage loan from Community Housing Capital.
DHIC president Gregg Warren said they do not yet have a final development plan.
Preliminary plans include a mixed-use and mixed-income community that would provide affordable housing for rent and purchase in an area that is slated for redevelopment.
He told Councilors he expects the project to be built out during a five to 10-year period and, like any affordable housing plan, anticipates some financial backing from the city.
Councilors Appointed to Committees
At its evening meeting Tuesday, McFarlane appointed newly sworn Councilors to Council Committees.
Meeting twice a month, committee members work on behalf of the full Council to hash out details or problems within the city that require extra attention, review or research. Committee members then report their findings to the full Council, which votes on the committee’s recommendation.
Committees meet the second and fourth week of the month, but Councilors are still solidifying specific meeting times. Once settled, meeting times will be posted on the Council page of the city's website.
Road Races Approved
City Councilors approved the following road races. Road race routes and information can always be found on the street closings page of the city's website.
- Half Marathon and 10K Road Race
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Participants: About 250
Race Route: Vicinity of Anderson Point Drive from Neuse View Drive to the Entrance of Anderson Point Park, including Robbins Drive, Rogers Lane, New Hope Road, Poole Road, and Trademark Drive
- Christ Episcopal Church, Run for the Young Road Race
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants: About 700
Race Route: 100 Block of East Edenton Street, Vicinity of Hillsborough Street, Oberlin Road, Pullen Road
- The Krispy Kreme Challenge
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 4:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Participants: About 12,000
Race Route: 2100 Block of Hillsborough Street to include Boylan Avenue, Tucker Street, West Street, Peace Street, North Wilmington Street, Polk Street, Person Street, Pace Street, Blount Street, West Street, Johnson Street, St. Mary’s Street
- Run for Our Heroes Road Race
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Participants: About 1,400
Race Route: 200 Block of West Hargett Street. Vicinity of Salisbury, Lenoir, Fayetteville, Morgan, Person, Franklin, Blount, and Edenton Streets
Rezoning Public Hearings Set
Raleigh City Councilors approved public hearings for the following rezoning cases. The public hearings will take place Jan. 7.
Z-23-13: 1 acre of property on Ebenezer Church Road near Barefoot Industrial to be rezoned from Industrial 1 Conditional Use to Industrial Mixed Use Conditional Use. Edens Land Corporation intends to use the property as a small car dealership.
Z-31-13: 8.5 acres on Rock Quarry Road near Barwell Road from Residential 15 to Residential Mixed Use 3. The rezoning would allow for more intense development including 4,000 square feet of retail space. Planning Commissioners recommended that the applicant change the application from a general use case to a conditional use case in order to provide a transit easement in the future.
Z-29-13: About 1 acre on Hillsborough Street near Henderson Street from Neighborhood Business and Residential 6 to Neighborhood Mixed Use 3. The rezoning would allow for an internal parking deck.