FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Troxler unveils State Fairgrounds long-range master plan
RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today unveiled a long-range master plan for the State Fairgrounds. The plan, which identifies 48 projects to be completed over the next 20 to 30 years or more, includes new exposition space, improved pedestrian safety and traffic flow, an enhanced layout and additional on-site parking.
Troxler unveiled the plan at a meeting with fairgrounds neighbors and other interested parties.
The Raleigh-based firm HH Architecture was hired in 2007 to analyze the facilities and develop a master plan to assess circulation, transportation, gate access, parking, signage and other key issues.
The master plan will guide future building projects on the fairgrounds, a self-supporting operation that generates revenues by renting out its facilities for events throughout the year and by operating the annual N.C. State Fair.
The State Fairgrounds has undergone a number of improvements to its infrastructure in recent years, which have been beneficial to visitors of the State Fair and other events, Troxler said. “We would like to continue making upgrades and offer more services. But, rather than continuing to build and evolve without a plan, we feel it is important that any further improvements fit into an overall framework for the future,” he said.
Proposed projects include three main entrance gates, new parking lots on the western side of the grounds to accommodate 5,000 cars, 300 new horse stalls at the Gov. Hunt Horse Complex and a campground with nearly 200 new camper spaces.
The projects in the master plan represent a total investment estimated at $121 million in today’s dollars. Costs for individual projects will not be known until a prioritization process occurs.
Projects will begin as the fairgrounds earns revenue to pay for them.