“Study Provides Map for Southwest Raleigh Development”

(Source: WRAL.com)

April 21, 2015 – Southwest Raleigh could be ripe for development, according to a study the City Council reviewed Tuesday.

The portion of the city, which includes North Carolina State University, Meredith College and the State Fairgrounds, has seen its population double in the last 40 years. A $150,000 study conducted by N.C. State found more retail stores, supermarkets and sidewalks are needed, and the area has a low crime rate and a high level of diversity.

Former Councilman Thomas Crowder, who represented the area before his death last year, pushed for the study. Councilwoman Kay Crowder, his wife who was appointed to serve the rest of his term, said the study could be used as a roadmap for future development.

“How can we better educate developers that this is a place where there is affordable housing, development opportunities, the kind of money that sits in the district that could be spent in the district?” Kay Crowder said.

One council member said he would like to see similar studies for the city’s other districts….

Merwin Road – Council Approval Despite Citizen Opposition

“Neighbors at odds over sidewalk: City approves Merwin Road plan despite opposition from residents. —By Ray Martin, Staff Writer

“The City Council at its meeting last week unanimously approved installation of a sidewalk on the west side of Merwin Road, where only four of the 14 property owners who participated in the most recent public meeting want it.

“After City Manager Russell Allen told the council that most residents voted to go without a sidewalk, Councilman Thomas Crowder, whose district includes the neighborhood, made a motion to approve its construction.”

—from News & Observer, Midtown Raleigh News (July 14, 2010)

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Contradictions?

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“I have a different style than Thomas [Crowder],” [Kay Crowder] said. “As opposed to just saying no, I have a style that’s a little more willing to look at all the issues and evaluate them and try to work our way to a compromise.” — N&O Article

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“I want citizens to feel part of the process instead of outside the process. Our city is only as good as the neighborhoods and the people living in them. Without citizen input, development may shape our future in ways we may or may not like. That is why, as we consider development in our district, I want to include city planning staff, developers, and citizens in a fair and balanced open communication so people understand what is happening and how it will impact them, positively and negatively.” —from Vision, Kay Crowder‘s website

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City Council Meeting Minutes (9/1/2015)

A video of the 9/1/2015 evening session is HERE. Complete Council Meeting Minutes are HERE.

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The City Council of the City of Raleigh met in a regular reconvened session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, with all Council members present:

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Presiding
Mayor Pro Tem John Odom
Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin
Councilor Kay C. Crowder
Councilor Bonner Gaylord
Councilor Wayne K. Maiorano
Councilor Russ Stephenson
Councilor Eugene Weeks

Mayor McFarlane called the meeting to order and the following items were discussed with action taken and shown.

STREET IMPROVEMENTS – LORIMER ROAD – HEARING – APPROVED AS AMENDED

This was a hearing to consider the construction of Lorimer Road to a 27-foot, back-to-backstreet section with six-foot-wide sidewalk with a six-foot setback on the west side and a 3.5-foot shoulder on the east side including curbs, gutters, and drains from Kaplan Drive to Garland Drive, with assessments to apply at the current rate of $32 per linear foot. The hearing is pursuant to a petition, which was signed by 68.29 percent of the abutting property owners which represents 70.96 percent of the abutting linear feet of frontage.

The Mayor opened the hearing.

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