Raleigh to revisit Lightner Center debate

May 18, 2010 8:52:19 PM PDT
The Raleigh City Council will once again revisit the idea of the proposed Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center.

The proposed new $200 million public safety building would consolidate the city's public safety operations and other local government offices and functions in one location.

The 16-story center would be located at the corner of Hargett and McDowell streets - what is currently the site of the City of Raleigh Police Department headquarters.

After spending millions on the design, Mayor Charles Meeker hasn't been able to get a majority of city council members to vote to go ahead with construction of the building.

The Raleigh City Council decided Tuesday to once again take up the issue that became the poster child of government waste.

City council members say they plan to work with the current design team, but they are open to changes including placing the 911 call center underground and even choosing a new location.

ABC11 Eyewitness News has been told the council is planning on pulling it off without a tax increase -- a sticking point that doomed the original plans.

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