Raleigh creating working group to plan former DMV property transformation


North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Raleigh is planning to redevelop the 5.88-acre former DMV property along the future New Bern Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, this location is poised to become a vibrant hub for Southeast Raleigh.

One of the first steps is to create a project working group that includes seven to 9 community members “who know the area well” to influence the property’s development.

The city is inviting interested individuals to apply to join the working group.

“Our hope is that by working together, we can turn the former DMV property into a fantastic place for the community,” the city wrote in a statement. “This is a special chance for the community to get involved, share ideas, and help make Raleigh an even better place to live.

“The former DMV property isn’t just land; it’s a blank canvas waiting for the ideas of the people who call Southeast Raleigh home.”

The property includes nearly 5.4 acres and two large office buildings plagued by asbestos and fire safety problems that prompted the state to seek a new home for the DMV.

City officials have said they want the site used for a mix of affordable and market-rate housing with services such as a day-care center.

The property, purchased by the city last spring for $20 million, will be served by a station stop on the city’s first planned bus rapid transit or BRT line, expected to open by the summer of 2025.

Visit the project webpage for more information.


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