People gathering at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh

New Developments in Wake County

Here are the major new visitor developments that are contributing to the Raleigh area's stature as a modern establishment—the thriving state capital of North Carolina.

MUSEUM PARK AT NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART EXPANSION (To be complete Summer 2016)

The North Carolina Museum of Art broke ground on its Museum Park expansion project in mid-Nov. 2015. This expansion, to be completed in July 2016, will include a central elliptic lawn for community and museum programming, tree-lined parking lots, bike and walking paths and native and sensory gardens. A long-term expansion plan is also in place to include a new park entrance and streetscape, more parking, meadow restoration, more trails and additional outdoor works of art.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL GARDENS EXPANSION (To be complete Summer 2016)

Just southeast of downtown Raleigh, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens commemorate Dr. King with a life-size bronze statue surrounded by 2,500 named bricks recognizing state and national supporters of the civil rights movement. In mid-Nov. 2015, the City of Raleigh broke ground on expansion plans for the gardens--plans which include a Civil Rights Path with education stations, a memorial masonry screen wall, covered patios with grills, additional parking and seating and more. Expansion construction is estimated to be finished this summer.

GREGG MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN (Opening Spring 2017)

Transforming the current North Carolina State University chancellor's residence into the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, this $9.8-million project will result in a freestanding, LEED Silver-certified facility that includes the 1927 residence, a 15,000-plus square foot contemporary addition and various outdoor spaces. The Gregg Museum project is part of a total of $500 million in building projects under construction or slated to begin in the next year at North Carolina State University. The contemporary addition is being guided by The Freelon Group, which has designed numerous university buildings and museums around the country; the outdoor spaces are being guided by Surface 678.

CRABTREE NORTH (Opening late Fall 2017)

The space across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall will soon be home to another mixed-use lifestyle center called Crabtree North. This 20-acre development will include 125,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, plus is zoned for 708 residential units. Also included will be a pedestrian bridge across Glenwood Ave. connecting Crabtree North with Crabtree Valley Mall. This project is being developed by EYC Companies.

UNION STATION (Opening Fall 2017)

Downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District will house the new Union Station transportation hub, which began construction on Jan. 8, 2016. This major project will replace the current Amtrak Station (located on Cabarrus St.) and the Moore Square Transit Station, which is where all downtown Raleigh buses currently make a stop and is GoRaleigh's transfer facility. The new Union Station will accommodate longer trains and have larger platforms, amongst other improvements. The entire project will cost approximately $79.8 million, $18 million of which will be provided by the City of Raleigh, and is scheduled to be ready for intercity passenger train service in Oct. 2017.

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