A $28 million development in Raleigh will break ground this month, the city announced earlier this week.
The 68-acre Raleigh Town Center, to be constructed at the site where the Raleigh Springs Mall once stood, will feature a new library, police precinct, skate park, and 11-acre lake with a walking trail.
Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison, who grew up in Raleigh and has been pushing for the project for about six years, said it’s a chance for the neighborhood to be reborn.
“Raleigh is an area we can turn around,” Morrison said.
The $800,000 skate park will be a championship park built to host national competitions, while the new library, costing $6.1 million, will house advanced technology and a second-floor coffee shop overlooking the lake.
Finally, the $18.2 million police station will serve as both a precinct and a traffic command center, designed to hold 400 police officers. It will include state-of-the-art crime fighting technology.
Twenty of the 68 acres will be set aside for private development.
Mary Borys, project manager with the city’s Division of Housing and Community Development said the site would work for multiple uses.
“The overall location makes it a good option for retail, but the pastoral setting would also be really good for healthcare facilities, like a dialysis or rehab clinic, and for a mini-office park, which could address the low level of good office space in the area,” she said.
Companies involved in the project include OT Marshall Architects, PC; Toles & Associates, LLC; Zellner Construction; Montgomery Martin Contractors; Wagner Construction; and landscape architect Zach Wormhoudt.
Construction is slated to be completed by June 2019.