In Raleigh, critics decry sale of property on Caswell Square

RALEIGH–On Tuesday, the Council of State will be asked to approve the sale of three vacant buildings on a third of an acre in downtown Raleigh to a private developer for $1.75 million.

But critics say that financial windfall for the state comes at the price of selling off a piece of its heritage: Part of one of the five squares laid out in the original plan for Raleigh in 1792.

The .36-acre site the state wants sell on the corner of Dawson and Lane streets is on Caswell Square, a companion to Burke Square that contains the Executive Mansion; Union Square, where the State Capitol sits, and Nash and Moore squares, Raleigh’s two oak-shaded downtown parks.

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(News & Observer, 12/2/2016)