This controversial and expensive project is widely credited with creating the momentum to allow other major projects like the Fayetteville St. reopening, the RBC Tower and Reynolds Tower to become viable. Raleigh is a wonderful place to live, but is not known as a hotbed for tourism. The good news is initial bookings are ahead of schedule.
Replacing the old convention center with a 500,000 sq. ft. facility carries a price tag of over $220 million.
A part of the costs for the building is due to its effort to acheive LEEDS certification as a "green" building.
There is a camera tracking progress on the convention center.
Image courtesy of the Raleigh Urban Design Center, Livable Streets and belongs to the developers and architects.