Archive for July, 2008

Bicycle Planning Workshop On August 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Want to help with Raleigh latest update to the bicycle plan? Here’s your chance.

Bicycle Planning Public Workshop
August 26, 2008 4-7 pm
Come and help shape the future of your community
The Raleigh Room at the Sertoma Arts Center
1400 W Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC

Don’t think that our area can benefit from this update? Check out some interesting crash data analysis of the top corridors and intersections to see if you recognize any streets. (more…)

Method Civic League Sponsors Operation School Supplies

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Want to help out a good cause during this tax holiday weekend? Help out the Method Civic League and J.T. Locke Resource Center Tutorial Program by support Operation: School Supplies.


The Method Civic League in conjunction with J.T. Locke Resource Center Tutorial Program will sponsor Operation: School Supplies.

The tutorial program is absolutely free to children that would not be able to afford it. Many of the children will not have any or most of the schools supplies needed when school begins.

You can help us with Operation: School Supplies by making a purchase of one or more of the items listed on the following document during the North Carolina Sales Tax Holiday Weekend, August 1-3, 2008. Monetary donations will be accepted also. Checks may be made payable to: J.T. Locke Resource Center. Bring your donation to the classroom located in the gymnasium at Method Recreation Center, 514 Method Road on Monday, August 4th or Monday, August 11th between 4:00p and 7:00p.

Learn more about the Resource Center at:

Centennial Campus launches professional and social networking site

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In a message communicated to Centennial Campus partners and staff, the Centennial Campus Partnership Office announced a new social networking site today aimed at bringing better communications to those who live, work, and play on Centennial Campus.  Check it out at:

“For some time now we have been looking for an effective online tool that would give us two-way communication capability for ALL of our partners and their staffs,” Sue Cross, Partner Services Specialist, Centennial Campus Partnership Office, wrote in the email announcement today.

This site looks to bring Centennial Campus into today’s social networking buzz, but is more focused on the physical location and the professionals who make up the Centennial Campus community.

New American House Project Previewed at West CAC

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Phil Szostak (pronounced Shaw-stack) owner, developer and architect for the new green single family subdivision on Trailwood Drive joined the West CAC (Citizens Advisory Council) meeting on July 22, 2008 at Powell Drive Community Center to preview the New American House Project.

A quick introduction from Elizabeth Byrd reminded CAC members in attendance of the lengthy process that started out as a normal rezoning case, but morphed into a complicated PDD (planned development district). Why did a simple, 12 home subdivision go with a PDD? Well, there was nothing like it before. Nothing this green. So new, that the City of Raleigh Planning didn’t have definitions at the time.

New American House Project ThumbnailPhil took the audience through a very brief slide presentation describing the 12 home, modern, green subdivision located right off of Avent Ferry road behind the day care on Trailwood Drive. The homes will range from 1,800 – 3,000 sq. ft. in size. Lot sizes will range from 1/2 acre to about 1/4 – 1/6 of an acre.The plans are complete and he expects to start construction in the early fall (“September-ish”) time-frame, starting with 3 homes. There was a one-page handout available with a brief introduction to the project, contact information, and a few images of Lot’s 2 and 5, with an overview schematic of the property. The project will be “one of the few private developments in the Triangle to adopt rigorous sustainable development guidelines” and will meet “market demand for energy efficient, custom-built housing.


Public Forum on July 29, 2008 for Downtown Parking

Monday, July 21st, 2008


The City of Raleigh will hold a public forum on Tuesday, July 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. regarding downtown parking and transportation issues. The meeting will be administered by the Downtown Parking Task Force in the city council chamber on the second floor of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.


Multi-Modal Idea’s Needed By July 24, 2008

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter


Raleigh residents are invited to submit redevelopment ideas to help shape development of an area of downtown that will house a planned multi-modal transportation center (MTC). The MTC would be located in the Downtown West Gateway area on Hargett Street between West Street and Boylan Avenue.

The MTC would connect Raleigh’s multiple transportation modes, including CAT bus service, Triangle Transit’s regional bus service, long-distance bus service (Trailways and Greyhound), Amtrak rail service, The Carolinian and The Piedmont rail services, and future regional and high speed rail services. The City’s consultant on the project, HDR, is generating a development vision for the area near the proposed MTC. As part of the process, Raleigh residents are asked to share their ideas on what the MTC should look like and how it may help shape development in the immediate area.


Downtown Appetite for Art

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Looking to attend a great event this summer? Well, one of those events is next weekend when Downtown Appetite for Art takes over Raleigh on July 26th from 7:00-11:00 pm, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County at Marbles Museum (formerly Exploris).

DA4A Did you know that Downtown Appetite for Art has become their second largest fund raiser and our proceeds have fully funded their arts programs for the past three years!

  • Entertainment by Arrogance And Mietek Glinkowski Jazz Ensemble
  • Libations and Hors D’oeuvres provided by The George, Sullivan’s, Mura, Urbana Catering, Firebird’s And other Downtown and Area Restaurants


DDNA Meeting Notes from July 2008 – with Russell Allen

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) Meeting on July19, 2008.

A stellar attendance at today’s DDNA meeting, the best attendance we’ve ever had and a fine representation of District D neighborhood leaders. Today we welcomed City Manager Russell Allen, bright an early on a Saturday morning, to discuss the hiring of the new Parks & Rec Director and other concerns from District D.

SWCAC Recap for July 14, 2008

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

The South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) met on July 14, 2008 at Carolina Pines Park. Here are my notes:

I was late to the meeting and missed the police report and Parks & Rec update. Generally, from RPD, robberies are up all around the city and that is their main focus right now. The rest of the meeting consisted of a review and vote of rezoning case Z-37-08 and an overview of the bicycle plan for the City of Raleigh.


City Response to Lake Wheeler Road Concerns

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Below is an email correspondence that I sent to the City of Raleigh after the May meeting of the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch program. I outlined the concerns that were expressed and gathered at the meeting and sent them to the City of Raleigh’s Public Works Department, via Carl Dawson. I got a response at the end of June from Jed Niffenegger, PE, Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Raleigh’s Public Works Department. The entire dialog is below, next steps include involving NCDOT because this is a state maintained road.