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Raleigh in talks to buy, tear down flood-prone motel

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Some first floor units at the Milner Inn saw 2-4 inches of flooding on Tuesday night, the city of Raleigh reported. Some first floor units at the Milner Inn saw 2-4 inches of flooding on Tuesday night, the city of Raleigh reported.

The city of Raleigh said Wednesday it is in talks to buy a flood-prone motel on Capital Boulevard, all so it can be torn down.

The Milner Inn is one of four buildings that saw damage from Tuesday night's flooding. A city spokeswoman said the deal could be finalized in the next few months.

The move is part of a long-term plan to buy up buildings in a flood-prone area inside Capital Boulevard's median, located between Crabtree Boulevard and Brookside Drive inside the beltline.

Four buildings in that corridor -- Capital Inn, Milner Inn, Blue Tequila Restaurant and First Citizens Bank -- all saw varying degrees of flood damage, the city reported. Interim Planning Director Ken Bowers said the latest flooding event showed why the buildings needed to be torn down.

"The long term goal here is to get these structures, which have repeatedly flooded, and will continue to flood, out of the flood plane," Bowers said, "So we're no longer having property impacts from flooding."

As a part of the Capital Boulevard Corridor Study, the old AMF Bowling Alley was the first to get torn down last year. That cost the city $1.1 million, paid for through a combination of FEMA grants and local storm water fund money.

As building leases expire, the city moves in to make a sale. Bowers said there is no telling how long that process will take, but he hopes it can be completed within five to ten years.

In the long term, the project will reshape the boulevard, add green space, restore Pigeon Branch Creek and end costly insurance payouts.

"It is the only solution to solve this problem for the long term," Bowers said.

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