Jun 10, 2024 - Development

See renderings: Raleigh to break ground on 17-story city hall tower

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What the East Civic Tower in downtown Raleigh will look like. Rendering: Courtesy of Ratio Design and the city of Raleigh

The city of Raleigh breaks ground Tuesday on a new 370,000-square-foot downtown city hall that will house offices and conference facilities for the city council and various municipal departments under one roof.

Why it matters: At 17 stories, the new East Civic Tower will add to Raleigh's growing skyline. Construction of the $206 million office tower comes as Raleigh tries to revive its prepandemic downtown vibrancy.

Between the lines: The tower is taking the place of the old police headquarters (110 S. McDowell St.), which was torn down earlier this year, the News & Observer reported.

Other features of the new city hall include:

  • A council chamber
  • A health center for staff
  • An art gallery space

What's next: Project completion is expected by the end of 2026, and city staffers will move into the building in 2027, a city of Raleigh spokesperson told Axios.

What they're saying: "The new building will allow us to consolidate most of our downtown workforce from multiple office buildings, to offer the public convenient, efficient, customer-focused services in one central location," the city said in a statement.

  • Currently, Raleigh has 4,000 full-time employees spread out in buildings across the city, per the N&O.

Take a look at what the new tower will look like. Renderings are by the project designer, Ratio Design, and courtesy of the city.

Raleigh's new East Civic Tower in downtown
Raleigh's new East Civic Tower in downtown
Raleigh's new East Civic Tower in downtown
Raleigh's new East Civic Tower in downtown
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