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Development Beat: The Standard Moves Ahead and More Apartments Planned for Hillsborough Street

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Week of October 16, 2017

The Standard at Raleigh Apartments move forward

More apartments planned behind old IHOP

Midtown Yoga coming soon to North Hills

Mami Nora’s begins working on new Brier Creek location

Pho Sure opens at Celebration Station

New Pizza restaurant coming to Downtown Raleigh?

StateView Hotel opens on Centennial Campus

Sitework underway for new Publix-anchored Leesville Marketplace

Site Plans Filed for The Standard on Hillsborough

On October 3, Raleigh’s City Council approved a rezoning request for The Standard at Raleigh, a new student apartment complex planned for 3101 Hillsborough Street. That approval allowed Landmark Properties to take the next step toward breaking ground: filing a site review plan.

In order to make way for the new 5-story complex, the existing 81-year-old structure, originally home to the North Carolina Equipment Company, will have to be torn down. Fortunately, the tractor sign sitting atop that two-story building will be preserved per one of the conditions offered in the rezoning case. “The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted.”

The apartment building will offer ground-floor retail, and be accompanied by a 452-space parking deck. The Standard will offer 46 one-bedrooms, 48 two-bedrooms, and 23 three-bedrooms, and 115 four-bedroom units.

The site plan will be reviewed by city staffers and will require only administrative approval. The next step will be for Landmark to undergo the commercial standard review process, after which they will be eligible for permits and construction.


More Apartments Proposed Behind Old IHOP

FMW Real Estate submitted to the City two new site reviews for apartments that will be built behind the old Hillsborough Street IHOP.

In January, we reported that FMW had begun working on a new four-story, 87-unit student housing complex behind the IHOP at 109 Park Avenue. The plans filed last week call for building two additional 16-unit structures that will stand three and four stories tall on the lots directly backing up to the IHOP site on Park and Ashe Avenues.

The four-story, 13,990 square foot building will sit on a small, .24 acre lot at 103 Park Avenue and will have 5 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom units. The three-story building fronting Ashe Avenue is described as having 16 total units, but the breakdown only lists 6 one-bedroom, 6 two-bedroom, and 3 three-bedroom units. As far as we can tell, there isn’t any parking required for either of the new buildings, and the combined total of a half-acre for the two adjacent lots on which they’ll sit don’t really leave much room for parking lots.


Permits Issued for North Hills Yoga Studio

Five months after announcing plans to bring a new yoga studio to North Hills, permits have been issued for Midtown Yoga on the ground floor of the Park Central Apartments. The $135,000 fit-out will be handled by The Raleigh Construction Company.

Although the website for Midtown Yoga, which promises to become “your new favorite studio for all things yoga” says it will not open until late 2017, it appears that owner Emily Wallace has been holding Yoga classes in outdoor spaces at North Hills, such as Midtown Park.

Mami-Mia! Popular Peruvian Chicken Restaurant to Open Near Pleasant Valley

Raleigh’s most mouthwatering chicken joint, Mami Nora’s, will soon be expanding with a new, larger space near Pleasant Valley. The new restaurant will be housed in a 9,100 square-foot space at 6711 Glenwood Avenue.

Mami Nora’s had initially announced the new location in December of 2016, but at the time the plan was to open in early 2017. In April, permits were issued for a new wall sign, and last week, a small $5,000 interior alteration permit for “equipment change and related building work” was issued to the local firm Swift Inc.

Pho Sure Now Open at Celebration Station

The new Vietnamese restaurant Pho Sure, whose construction at Celebration Station on Six Forks we first reported on back in May, held a soft opening last week, garnering praise or its friendly service, enchanting décor and, of course, for its pork buns.

More Pizza for Downtown Raleigh?

Food blogger EatRaleigh announced this week that a new pizza place would be opening in downtown Raleigh “behind the Raleigh Times”. As Raleigh Times is located on East Hargett, we assume the future pizza restaurant would be located at 206 S Wilmington in a building owned by one of Greg Hatem’s many subsidiaries. Of the building’s three storefronts, two are occupied, by Feelgoodz shoe store and Moon & Lola Jewelry, while the other sits empty. Presumably, this is where the pizza restaurant would go.

New Tenant to Move in To Old Flanders Gallery by January

Local developer James Goodnight announced on Twitter last week that a new tenant had been found for the old Flanders Gallery at 302 South West Street. He said they hoped to open by January, but that they were at the mercy of all the work being done on Union Station and The Dillon.

In October 2014, the Flanders art gallery relocated to a new space on Blount Street. In 2016, it closed for good.

Hotel With a View

After more than two years of construction, the luxurious StateView Hotel on NC State’s Centennial Campus opened its doors for the first time last week, allowing visitors to NC State the chance to sleep on the shores of Lake Raleigh.

The five and a half story hotel and conference center contains 164 rooms across four guest room levels. The StateView Hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Hotel collection: independent hotels that utilize the Marriott Branding. W.M. Jordan, acted as the project’s general contractor. If you want to see a virtual tour of the property, check out some of our previous coverage.

Sitework Underway for New Leesville Marketplace

Several sitework-related permits were issued last week for the new Leesville Marketplace, a Publix-anchored shopping center located at the intersection of Leesville Rd. and Strickland Rd. The property will feature 13,000 SF of specialty retail and restaurant space at the former site of the old Leesville Teacherage.

We’ll keep you posted as permits begin to pop up for the center’s various stores; described generically on the project drawings as “Pizzeria” “Yogurt,” “Nails,” “Mobile,” etc.

Development Beat: Iron Works Coming to Atlantic, New Condos Near Dix Park

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Week of October 9, 2017

Raleigh Iron Works mixed-use development coming to Atlantic Avenue

Condos near Dix Park announced

Vietnamese restaurant coming to Glenwood South

Luxury apartment complex on Hillsborough Street to hold grand opening

Raleigh Iron Works Coming to Atlantic Avenue

Now the time is here, for Iron Works to spread some cheer. The latest endeavor from Grubb Ventures on Atlantic Avenue will be a sprawling, 510,000 square-foot mixed-use development named Raleigh Iron Works, according to recently filed site plans.

Iron Works will redevelop the two existing industrial buildings, originally built in 1957, into office, retail, and restaurant space. Specifically, 177,779 square feet for office, 22,314 for retail, and 20,064 for restaurants.

A new six-story mixed-use apartment building with ground floor retail around a parking deck will also be added to the property located at 2200 Atlantic Avenue. The 204 residential units totaling 148,215 SF will be made up of 82 studio units, 84 one-bedroom units, and 38 two-bedroom units. The developers are proposing 673 parking spaces and 79 bike parking spaces at the development, which seems like a lot.

Grubb recently acquired an adjacent parcel of land at 2315 Atlantic, which we reported on two weeks ago, although that land does not appear to be a part of Raleigh Iron Works — Phase I.


Condos Near Dix Park Announced

The Fairweather, a new luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and close proximity to Dix Park was announced last week. The development will stretch along West Lenoir Street between South West and South Harrington.

Although the formal announcement of The Fairweather was made last week, site plans for the development were actually filed last year. The plans line up closely with what was announced last week: a five-story building with about 45 units (47 in the plans, “about 45” in the announcement) that will offer structured parking and street-level commercial space.

The Fairweather’s units will range in size from 838 to 2,645 square feet, with one, two, and three-bedroom units on the first four floors and penthouse suites on the fifth. Those penthouse units, offering a panoramic view of downtown Raleigh, will reportedly be priced between $700,000 and a $1 million.

In order to make way for the new condo development, several existing structures will need to be torn down. These include the old Motor Parts Warehouse, built in 1960 at 522 S. Harrington, and a pair of unoccupied single-family homes built in 1930 at 517 and 523 S. West.

Construction is expected to begin early next year with plans to open in early 2019. The site plan filed last year is currently listed as “under review” and will require approval before any permits are issued.

Grand Opening, in Theory

A grand opening celebration for a luxury student housing complex that opens in the fall of 2018 is scheduled to take place later this week. Theory Raleigh, the high-end, fully-furnished (all units come with a 50″ Smart TV) student apartment building will be located at 1505 Hillsborough Street, on the former site of the beloved Velvet Cloak Inn. Our very own William N. Finely IV did some great reporting on the tragic teardown of the old hotel, which you can revisit here. He’s still working on a podcast and award-winning documentary about it too.

The grand opening celebration on October 12 will, shockingly, not be held on an active construction site, but rather, at a temporary leasing office down the street at 2010 Hillsborough. The event will run from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and offer attendees free food, music, giveaways and “early-bird” rates for the condos.

The preleasing office also houses a model home, allowing potential tenants a glimpse into a luxurious future. In addition to the 50″ TVs, the units will also come with queen-sized memory foam mattresses, full-size appliances, 1 Gig internet, walk-in closets, a washer/dryer, a resort-style pool, and a game room with a golf simulator. RIP University Towers.

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Goodnight, Glenwood: Saigon Grill & Bar Coming to Glenwood South

The new Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Grill & Bar will open soon on Glenwood South in the former home of whatever was there before it. We really can’t keep track of what’s been there at this point. Was it Indio? No one cares.

Saigon will be run by John Tang, the owner of Sushi O, which also operates out of a ground-floor space in 222. Although we don’t know when this new Vietnamese restaurant will open, Tang posted on Facebook back in August that he was looking for employees for his new spot, which makes us think it should be opening pretty soon.

Development Beat: Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Capital

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Week of October 2, 2017

Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Gateway Plaza

Fate of Hillsborough Street tractor sign to be decided by Council

Forest Ridge Park Opens

Updates on the Dix Park Flower Cottage

Zaxby’s Returns to Hillsborough Street

Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Gateway Plaza

The stretch of road once known as “Downtown Boulevard” (and what WNFIV likes to call “Capital Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) leading into downtown Raleigh is getting a major overhaul. The City of Raleigh has spent the last few years transforming the “most traveled gateway” into downtown into a “showcase for multimodal transportation and green infrastructure.” Those are fancy words for “rebuilding bridges, sewers, and putting in a park.” But the City can’t do all this transforming on their own.

In June of 2016, plans were announced to transform the Gateway Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard into a destination spot for new restaurants and retailers. The 6.8 acre property, which is owned by Loden Properties and managed and leased by York Properties, is located inside the beltline, next to the North Carolina Food Bank and across the street from The Green Chair Project (an ITB approved non-profit).

Last week, the project’s design firm, Gensler, released a set of new renderings showing off plans for a Beer Garden, space for a Food Truck Rodeo, a Makers Mart, a stage area, and more. Combined with the redevelopment of Capital Boulevard, the reopening of the nearby greenway, and the opening of a new City park, we imagine this stretch of Capital Boulevard could soon become the City’s newest destination spot. Gateway is scheduled to get underway later this year and should be substantially complete by summer of 2018.

Originally built in 1968, the Gateway Plaza shopping center lost one of its biggest tenants in 2015, when the Wake Tech Adult Education Center moved out.


Save the Tractor Sign

More than two and a half years after Landmark Properties filed a rezoning case for the old North Carolina Equipment Company building at 3101 Hillsborough Street, City Council may finally approve the street’s newest five-story, 233-unit student housing complex. This would be the one billionth student housing complex to be added to Hillsborough Street in the last five years.

A public hearing this evening will determine the fate of a new rezoning case filed back in June. Landmark’s initial rezoning case was rejected last year by Council. Unlike the previous rezoning case, this version won the approval of the local Citizens Advisory Council (18-5 in favor) during a June 2017 meeting.

The new version includes a condition requiring the preservation of the iconic tractor sign currently perched atop the two-story, 81-year-old brick building. “The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted.”

Note: The News & Observer has referred to the sign as both a tractor and a bulldozer, showing how out of touch they are with the working class. Those who say the sign is a bulldozer point to the fact that the sign has continuous track/tank tread wheels. Those who say it’s a tractor point to the lack of a blade in the front of the vehicle. Either way, we’d like to see the sign kept intact to serve as a reminder that Hillsborough Street was once something other than a SimCity riddled with roundabouts.

Fun fact: the sign was the inspiration for Rey’s speeder from The Force Awakens.

Forest Ridge Park

The City of Raleigh celebrated National Public Lands Day on Saturday with the opening of the new Forest Ridge Park near Falls Lake. The 587 acre park offers a variety of outdoor recreational programs, including Mountain Biking, Multi-Use and hiking trails, picnic shelters, and a playground featuring a zip line.

The land itself is actually owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and is managed by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. The 2003 Parks and Recreation bond funded Phase I of this project’s development.

Dix Park Flower Cottage Renovations

In our first edition of the Development Beat, we reported on the plans for Dorothea Dix Park’s first tenant: the non-profit Dix Park Conservancy.

The Conservancy signed an agreement to occupy the early-20th century Flower Cottage at 2105 Umstead Drive for the staggering cost of $1/year. Last week, nearly $200,000 worth of renovation permits were issued in order to upgrade the space. Renovations will include a new deck, and alterations to both the interior and exterior of the 107-year-old cottage.

Built in 1910, the 1,200 square foot cottage was initially used as a residence but currently sits unused. The Conservancy will be responsible for all renovations and improvements and will also have access to the adjacent 2.75 acres of open space, which can be used for public and/or private events.

Zaxby’s Returns to Hillsborough Street

Although The Technician reported in August that construction was wrapping up on the newly remodeled Zaxby’s on Hillsborough Street, it appears permits for the job were not actually issued until last week. The restaurant unexpectedly shut its doors in March; a new owner was brought in and the renovated restaurant is set to open sometime later this fall.


Development Beat: Marbles Expands, Shelton’s Furniture Closes

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Week of September 25, 2017

Marbles is expanding

Gordon Grubb buys more property on Atlantic

Shelton’s Furniture is closing near Five Points

New tenant for Morgan Street Food Hall

StateView Hotel to open soon on Centennial Campus

Work begins on Wahlburgers

Movie trailers for FNB Tower and StateView Hotel

Marbles Buys Land Next Door

Marbles Museum will soon be able to offer an even wider array of experiences to its visitors, thanks to a recent purchase of the adjacent property at 207 East Hargett Street. The two-story, 15,658 sq ft building was built in 1950 and previously owned by the Longleaf School of the Arts. Marbles purchased the building from MDO Holdings for $3.1 million. We’ve been told that Owner and CEO, Michael Olander, Jr., passed up multiple opportunities for more lucrative buyers, so we’re assuming he and the folks at MDO Holdings probably received free lifetime IMAX passes as part of the deal. Marbles has said that new construction will likely not begin until 2020.


Expansion Continues Near Dock 1053

In January, we reported that Gordon Grubb, who developed the Dock 1053 project on Whitaker Mill Road, had purchased an adjacent 19-acre site at the intersection of Atlantic and Whitaker Mill known as Peden Steel. But wait, there’s more.

Wake County real estate records indicate that a subsidiary of Grubb Ventures recently purchased another nearby property for about $5.5 million: the 4.64 acre site at 2315 Atlantic Avenue.

The site is now home to a 127,875 square-foot warehouse built in 1973. Grubb Ventures has not yet announced its formal plans for the site, but we imagine its redevelopment will line up nicely with their plans to revitalize the Atlantic Avenue corridor. When Grubb purchased the Peden Steel property in January for $10 million they announced plans to develop a project similar to Dock 1053, which houses a brewery, a distillery, a neon art studio, and more.

Shelton’s Furniture Is Gone Again And So Is Its Old Building

Earlier this year, Shelton’s Furniture, a beloved Raleigh furniture store, moved from its location on West Morgan Street to make way for a new 150-room hotel and parking deck. Shelton’s found a home in Clayton, but realized ITB residents wouldn’t drive that far for furniture. So on June 1st, Shelton’s returned ITB and moved to a spot near Five Points on Bickett Boulevard. Sadly, it was announced last week that they would be going out of business.

Friend of the media empire, Ashton Smith, grabbed a picture of the demolition at the West Morgan spot last week.

FNB Tower Video

Commercial real estate is so hot right now. So hot, in fact, that new buildings require their own movie trailers. A few months after announcing plans to open a new headquarters in downtown Raleigh, First National Bank has released a video rendering (movie trailer) of the new 22-story residential and office development. Located at 501 Fayetteville Street, the 22-story FNB Tower will sit adjacent to City Plaza, and offer more than 150,00 square feet of Class-A office space, 240 residential units and street-level retail. First National itself will occupy about 40,000 square feet of that Class-A office space.

Watch the video here.

Hook & Cleaver Coming to Morgan Street Food Hall

The latest tenant for downtown’s Morgan Street Food Hall & Market has been announced, and they’re coming to us all the way from Fuquay-Varina. Hook & Cleaver on Morgan will feature seafood, fresh meats, and prepared foods. This will be the second location of owner Joseph Fasy’s popular restaurant, which got its start in downtown Fuquay in 2015.

The new location will be joined by more than 60 dining and retail outlets, which Morgan Street’s owners, Hibernian Hospitality, promise will offer a range of “high-quality, chef-driven specialty foods.” The Morgan Street Food Hall now has commitments from about 35 restaurants and other vendors. Originally set to open this summer, Hibernian announced last week that Morgan Street will be opening in early 2018.

StateView Hotel

Set to open next month on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Marriott’s StateView Hotel will be accompanied by a five-story parking garage. W.M. Jordan, the project’s general contractor, will handle construction of the 117,940 square-foot parking garage. Interestingly enough, the permits we saw also describe the garage as a “park and ride” location for the State Farmers Market, which is about a mile from the new hotel.

The StateView Hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Hotel collection: independent hotels that utilize the Marriott Branding. You can check out one of the most over-the-top movie trailers for a hotel we’ve ever seen. Be sure to turn the volume on, as it sounds like you’re about to ride into the battle of the bastards as you tour the lobby, pool terrace, and other parts of the hotel.

Work Now Underway on Wahlburgers

Just one week after local restaurateur Zack Medford challenged superstar Mark Wahlberg to a burger cook-off contest, contractors were given the go-ahead to begin work on the newest location of the actor’s popular burger chain Wahlburgers.

Permits for this particular project had been in limbo since early May. According to the permits, the 3,680 square-foot restaurant will be allowed a maximum occupancy of 103 people at any given time, although it is unknown how many of those 103 will be members of the Wahlberg family. Wahlburgers will operate on Fayetteville Street in the former home of The Oxford.

NY Bagels Coming to Shoppes of Greenway

The Shoppes at Greenway on Ramble Way in North Raleigh will soon be adding a bagel shop to their mix of offerings, as permits were issued last week for a $28,000 fit-out for NY Bagels. Although we were unable to confirm whether this new shop is associated with Raleigh’s best bagel spot, NY Bagels & Deli, the name does give hope that Raleigh residents will soon have greater access to bagels made the New York way.

Development Beat: Wahlburgers News, a New Brewery on Capital, Condos Planned Near Cameron Village

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Week of September 18, 2017

Raleigh Man Wants to Fight Mark Wahlberg

Kilwins Coming to North Hills

Pilot Brewery Coming to Capital

Maiden Lane Demolition

Condos Planned for Clark Avenue

ComedyWorx Opens in new location on Hillsborough Street

Raleigh Man Wants to Fight Mark Wahlberg

In September 2016, it was announced that Wahlburgers, a burger chain owned by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, would be opening its first location right here in Raleigh. Mark, the most famous Wahlberg, is known for his roles in film, production, and bringing us one of the most hype songs of the last century:

Last week, a company spokesperson told the News & Observer that the burger chain was set to open this fall. Although permits for the space at 319 Fayetteville, which previously housed The Oxford until it closed in January 2016, have not yet been issued, we were able to learn that the permits were applied for back in May.

While scant details are available from that initial application it does list Wahlburgers as the tenant, and notes that the permit is now under review. Although the length of time between when a permit is applied for and when it is issued can vary, a sampling of restaurant projects over the past 12 months shows an average of 33 days between application and issuance. As of this morning, it’s been 138 days since the Wahlburgers permit was applied for.

Without knowing a thing about the existing conditions or the plans for the new space, we imagine that it would take no more than two months from permits issued to doors opened.

The original announcement of the restaurant was met with backlash from those who don’t want downtown Raleigh to become overrun with chains. One of the more vocal opponents was Zack Medford, first of his name, King of Coglin’s and Issac Hunter’s, owner of bars, and breaker of chains.

In a video message posted to Facebook last week, Medford challenged Mark Wahlberg to a “burger contest” that would be held at The Sir Walter Smoke-Off on October 7th at Dix Park. The event is actually a barbecue cook off that will help raise money for the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness. So if Wahlberg doesn’t show up, it’s pretty clear that he hates…….burger contests.

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Kilwins Coming to North Hills

Praise be to Bonner Gaylord, Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream will soon be making its way to North Hills, as permits were issued for the newest location of the national sweets shop at 200 Park at North Hills Street.

The store, which has about 150 locations nationwide, offers everything from candy and caramel-coated apples to fudge, truffles and a wide array of chocolates. Among its dozens of ice cream flavors are Blueberry Waffle Cone, something called The Perfect Apple Pie and Marsh-Mallow S’more. To sum it up: Kilwin’s is going to hands-down be the best store in North Hills, if not the entire city. The store is set to open in November.

Pilot Brewery Preparing for Takeoff on Capital

A warehouse space on Capital Boulevard previously used as a church will soon be turned into Raleigh’s newest brewery.

Work is now underway on transforming the 56-year-old warehouse at 1323 Capital Boulevard into Pilot Brewery, which looks like it will be owned by one John Conger Glover. While we don’t know much about the plans for Pilot Brewery, we do know that Glover planned a space in Edenton, NC to be a brewery/restaurant with outdoor seating. Whether he’ll be utilizing a similar concept here remains to be seen, but we imagine the business will benefit from the future improvements to Capital Boulevard.

The Alpha and the Omega

In the same week that permits were issued for the demolition of Sigma Chi’s fraternity house on Maiden Lane, permits were issued for the construction of a new 18,302 square-foot home for the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon at NC State’s new Greek Village.

Although we’ve covered Greek Village and its unique landscape design in the past, we haven’t touched much on the plans for Maiden Lane, a historic Raleigh street that will soon be demolished in its entirety to make way for the new apartment complex Hillstone Cameron Village. For now, Sigma Chi’s house at 4 Maiden Lane appears to be the second home demo’d this year, with 2 Maiden Lane receiving teardown permits back in July.

Clark Avenue Condos

A new high-end condominium complex could be coming soon to the intersection of Clark Avenue and Enterprise Street near Cameron Village, pending approval of a recently filed rezoning case.

Lambert Development out of Manhattan is seeking to rezone a roughly one-acre parcel of land with frontages on Clark Avenue, Enterprise Street and Garden Place in order to allow the development of a five-story condominium building,

A representative for the project told the Wade Citizens Advisory Council in August that Lambert was seeking to build about 45 units, with one-bedrooms priced at a half million. The condos would not be targeted to students and Clark Avenue would be widened “substantially” with on-street parking, while Enterprise would also be widened with a large sidewalk. The development would also include an underground parking deck that would be exposed only along Garden Place. Along Enterprise and Clark, meanwhile, the grass will be replaced by trees.

A representative for the project, who is also scheduled to speak at the September 26 Wade CAC meeting, told the August attendees the developer was currently seeking feedback from local residents; in turn, they expressed concern over potential parking issues, and a growing lack of affordable housing.

In a sign of Lambert’s efforts to allay neighborhood concerns, the rezoning documents include eight restrictions on the development, including a maximum of 4,000 SF of retail and 9,500 SF of office, and a maximum of three bedrooms per residential unit.

Those documents argue the rezoning would allow for a “more coherent mix of residential and commercial use.” that it would be a “key link in Urban Greenway Connector” and offer a unique housing option that is walkable to both Cameron Village and NC State.


Yuckin’ It Up On Hillsborough

In April, work began on the fit-out of a space at The Royal Building on Hillsborough Street across from Meredith College. That work is now complete, and ComedyWorx held its official grand opening the weekend before last.

Development Beat: Restaurants and Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

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Week of September 11, 2017

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovation Groundbreaking

Hearth Kitchen coming to City Market

Cantina coming to Five Points?

Work Begins on CO Vietnamese at AC Hotel

Plans Unveiled for 911 N. West Redevelopment

Cameron Village adds High-End Clothing Boutiques

Local firm to build out Urban Outfitters at The Dillon

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovation Groundbreaking

Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre last week. After raising over $740,000 through a major gifts initiative, RLT will move forward with renovations including an updated entry, accessible bathrooms, a box office and concession console, new finishes, signage to increase visibility, and a more open gathering area connected to the garden balcony through an operable glass wall.

From the Raleigh Little Theatre Facebook page:

“The RLT Family marked a special day as renovations on the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre will begin soon. Since this theater opened in 1989, it has hosted 79 full productions plus countless camps and classes.

We can never say thank you enough to all of the volunteers & donors who have poured blood, sweat and tears in to shows in this space. RLT’s youth program, which has impacted so many children and families, would not exist if not for the addition of this space.

We plan to reopen the space in January with “What We’re Up Against” and we’ll be in touch about progress during the renovation project.”

First Lady Kristin Cooper, Raleigh City Councilor Dickie Thompson, RLT Board President Georgia Donaldson, Nan Strader, a member of the theatre’s namesake families, and Executive Director Charles Phaneuf spoke at the ceremony. For more on the renovations, check out our coverage on the project from July.


Home Is Where The Hearth Is

Work is now underway on a new restaurant calling itself Hearth Kitchen, which will soon open in the former home of Zydeco at City Market. Permits were issued last week for the $180,000 alteration of the 4,980 square-foot space at 208 Wolfe Street.

While we couldn’t find any good information on this new restaurant — no social media presence, no announcements, no nothing – the designated class, A-2, for that aforementioned permit does at least confirm that it will be a restaurant with “reduced seating.” We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this mysterious new restaurant.

Cantina Opening in Five Points?

This will always be known as Cantina. The Farmhouse was a disgrace.

When we first went over this news, WNFIV read “Cantina to Five Points” and immediately grabbed a $1 Coors Light and turned “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” up to 11. Unfortunately, the iconic Cantina bar, formerly located on Hillsborough Street across from East Village, is not making a return. Lola’s Cantina, however, will be opening soon on Glenwood Avenue in Five Points.

A somewhat odd listing for the property at 1803 Glenwood notes in all caps that it “DOES NOT INCLUDE BUILDING AND LAND. Buyer may have new lease at asking rate of $2,500/mo. NN.” It sounds more like someone is trying to sell their lease and some equipment than an actual property. The lease listing notes that “there is no kitchen hood or grease trap and the space is not approved as a full restaurant,” but that they would sell their existing refrigeration and equipment for a cool $25 grand. Most recently, the space was home to The Knight Kaffee, a Mediterranean and Lebanese coffee and tea shop. The space is now being renovated for $20,000.


CO Vietnamese

The newest location of CO Vietnamese, which offers a “modern take on traditional southeast Asian cuisine” will be opening soon at the AC Hotel in North Hills.

On August 28, permits with a listed value of half-a-million dollars were issued for the first-time fit-out of the existing space. The regional restaurant chain, which has locations in Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte, features a menu with a focus on Pho, Ramen, Dumplings, Banh Mi and Sushi.

Scheduled to open later this year, CO was praised by the CEO of Kane Realty Corporation when the restaurant was first announced.

“CO will be a huge amenity for guests of the AC Hotel as well as shoppers, office tenants and residents next door,” said John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty Corporation. “It is a phenomenal restaurant and will do very well in this location.”

911 N West

Atlas Ventures has taken over from the Lundy Group the third property redevelopment along North West Street, where they will soon transform Rainbow Upholstery at 911 N. West into a “retail and office” building. The project will include an “upfit to the building interior” as well as site upgrades such as a parking reconfiguration and an amenity area. Sidewalks and street trees will also be installed as part of the redevelopment.

We don’t know much else about the project at this point, although we heard that the early stages of construction could begin as soon as October.

Alton Lane and Bella Mar Coming to Cameron Village

A pair of $50,000 permits issued on September 1 will soon bring Alton Lane, a “premium tailored apparel store” and Bella Mar, a boutique featuring “trendsetting brands for women’s everyday style” to Cameron Village. The two clothiers, located at 408 and 421 Daniels Street in Cameron Village, are well-suited (Zing!) for the high-end shopping center.

Local Firm to Build Urban Outfitters at The Dillon

In July, Kane Realty announced that Urban Outfitters would be coming to their downtown development, The Dillon. Last week, we found out that Raleigh’s own August Construction Solutions will be handling the build-out of the new store.

ACS specializes in national retail construction and has worked around the country for a number of retailers, including Urban Outfitters. Here in Raleigh, they’ve worked with The Lundy Group to redevelop the intersection of Peace and North West Street. Michael Iovino, President of August Construction Solutions, told us he was that work is tentatively slated to start in the spring.

“We’re excited to be building this location so close to home,” Iovino said.

The Chronic 2017

Raleigh’s newest quick-service Mexican restaurant, Chronic Tacos, celebrated its grand opening last week, nearly seven months after construction began on the new space. As we first reported back in February, Chronic Tacos is located in the Sprouts-anchored Olive Park Shopping Center on Falls of the Neuse Road. We described it as a “slightly more upscale version of Chipotle with a Día de los Muertos aesthetic and all-day breakfast options,” and judging by the Yelp reviews for the Wake Forest location, we were pretty on the money.

Development Beat: Raleigh Exploring Interactive Kiosks for Downtown

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Week of September 4, 2017

Raleigh exploring interactive kiosks for downtown

Crude Bitters in a Pink Building

Updates on Ashley Christensen’s new Pooleside Pie pizza place

City of Raleigh Museum adding a pony wall

A new kind of pizza for North Raleigh

Interactive Kiosks in Downtown Raleigh?

The streets of downtown Raleigh could soon be lined with interactive wayfinding kiosks, should the City decide to move forward with a proposal put forth by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Raleigh’s City Manager is expected to give a report today on the possibility of introducing an “Interactive Kiosk Experience” (IKE) that would provide “digitally displayed information” through interactive touch-screen structures placed in public places. IKE, like IMAX, is actually a brand and not just a generic description. The system is in place in a number of cities now, including Denver, CO.

The “IKE” system can do everything from displaying wayfinding maps and public service announcements to serving as a cellphone charging station and Wi-Fi hot spot.

The concept was introduced at last month’s City Council meeting by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, after which representatives from at least seven different City departments convened to study the proposal.

According to a report by the City Manager, the units are intended to create “a meaningful recurring revenue stream to the city, and are installed, operated and maintained entirely at IKE’s cost.” Of course, that revenue stream isn’t going to come from maps, PSAs or Wi-Fi: the kiosks would also display advertising. And that’s where it gets complicated.

We won’t bore you (you can read the full memo here) but the City doesn’t currently allow advertising in any public right of way, but a Supreme Court case allows the government “to adopt speech that meets its purposes and needs” for display in the right of way. The memo points out that advertising for local businesses could be considered speech that meets government needs, whereas ads for national brands would not.

William Needham Finley IV has already moved forward with renderings of an ITB themed kiosk, stating “Despite being an internationally known media empire, ITB Insider™ should qualify as a local business that can advertise on IKE.”

We’re not sure when, or if, this will be approved, but we’ll keep you posted.


Crude Bitters

Raleigh’s premier — and North Carolina’s first — cocktail bitters company has now opened in a new location: the “pink building” at 501 E. Davie Street. And don’t worry: they’re keeping the color.

Previously located on West Cabarrus, Crude Bitters is a cocktail supplies shop — one disappointed Yelp reviewer thought it was a make-your-own-cocktail bar — that offers an array of mixers for enhancing your soda or liquor-drinking experience. Thanks to Ashton Smith’s newsletter for bringing this one to our attention.

Excited for @crudebitters to open in the new space soon! Congrats, friends!

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Pizza By The Poole Side

Two months after announcing plans to open the Pooleside Pie next to Poole’s Diner, restaurateur Ashley Christensen debuted an Instagram account last week that details her research in Naples for her new pizza restaurant.

Pooleside Pie plans to serve Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza. Although the restaurant is not slated to open until next year, we assume its Instagram account will offer a look at the development and progress.

City of Raleigh Museum Adding Pony Wall

One permit that caught the eye this week was the installation of a “pony wall” at the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. Although we initially thought this meant the museum would be adding pony rides as a way of generating more revenue, it turns out that a pony wall is just a short wall; often a “half wall that only extends partway from floor to ceiling, without supporting anything.” Too bad. For the month of September, you can check out the contents of the North Hills time capsule, which are on display in the museum.

Raleigh’s New Deep Dish Joint

Also happening on the pizza circuit this week, work is now underway on deep-dish pizza chain Nancy’s Pizza, which is opening a new location at North Raleigh’s Brennan Station on Creedmoor.

The restaurant chain traces its roots back to 1971, when “Italian immigrants, Nancy and Rocco Palese, opened their first pizza parlor, Guy’s Pizza, in Chicago.” Guy’s eventually began serving “stuffed pizza,” a variation on a recipe for an Easter specialty cake known as scarciedda. Stuffed pizza is unlike most “deep-dish” variations found outside of Chicago in that the sauce is served on top of a layer of cheese and toppings, all of which rest on two layers of crust. It is, essentially, a pizza pie.

As far as we know, Nancy’s will be the only place in Raleigh to sample this interesting, if slightly alien, creation. We don’t have a firm opening date yet, but imagine it will open before year’s end.

Anchors Ahoy

The owners of the Plantation Point shopping center on Capital Boulevard in far North Raleigh recently announced Burlington’s as a replacement anchor store for the now-vacant 30,000 square-foot space once occupied by Marshalls. Marshalls new location will open across the street in the Poyner Place Shopping Center next to Target later this month.

The new Burlington’s is itself a relocation of the store’s long-standing location in Ashton Square at the intersection of Capital and Buffalo.

Rezoning Case Back Before Council

A 5.91 acre site at 7900 Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh is now home to a La-Z-Boy furniture gallery, and is bound by a 1994 condition that prohibits all uses outside of furniture sales on the land.

Developers behind the first rezoning case of 2017 will today reopen a public hearing that kicked off in early July. The developers have agreed to add a set of conditions to the project, which will include a limitation on restaurant hours, the widening of a protective yard and limited access.

The rezoning case would allow for housing and retail — beyond just furniture — and up to 60,000 square feet of commercial space. The case has been unanimously approved by the neighborhood Citizen’s Advisory Council and recommended for approval by the City’s Planning Commission. We imagine Council is likely to approve this case, which will lead to significant changes to the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Strickland Road.

Development Beat: Smashed on Hillsborough Street

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Week of August 28, 2017

Smash Waffles starts construction on Hillsborough Street

Two-story noodle bar planned for South Wilmington

New frat house coming to NC State’s penal colony

Historic home on Oberlin moving

Downtown Marriott preps for renovations

Zoe’s coming to North Raleigh

Waffle Delivery Coming Soon to Hillsborough Street

Smash Waffles, a Pawnee, Indiana Greenville, NC based waffle-delivery service will soon be making its way to Hillsborough Street. Work is now underway on their first Raleigh location, which will open later this year on the ground floor of The Hillsborough mixed-use development at 2304 Hillsborough. The $150,000 fit-out of the now-empty space will be handled by Culver Building Company, although Metrocon is the General Contractor for The Hillsborough development.

While the Smash Waffles’ website recommends booking those morning deliveries at least 24 hours in advance, their waffles are not the kind you’d find in your average restaurant or the Cameron Village Harris Teeter freezer aisle. Smash’s traditional Beglian-style waffles are cooked with a dough-based batter instead of buttermilk, and feature lavish toppings. Their offerings include everything from the “Cracker Jack” which is topped with “sweet caramel popcorn and dressed with a caramel & brown sugar drizzle” to “The Campfire,” topped with “a marshmallow cream sauce, Nutella drizzle, graham cracker crumbles, and powdered sugar.”

If you can’t wait for construction to wrap up before getting your hands on these waffles, you can get them at Pizza La Stella on Fayetteville Street, where they’ve featured Smash Waffles on the menu since May.


Two-Story Noodle Bar Planned for South Wilmington

A new restaurant on South Wilmington Street next to Taz’s market would bring with it an entirely new front building facade, should an application filed with Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission win approval.

The case seeks to build a new storefront for an as-yet unnamed two-story noodle bar. The application, filed by friend of the media empire Ted Van Dyk of New City Design, states that the design is intended to “honor the Moore Square Historic District, while bringing a contemporary interpretation to the aesthetic.”

“As a restaurant and night spot,” Van Dyk notes, “appearance and attractiveness, and connection between inside and outside are important.”

The building’s original facade has been completely missing for decades and the building itself is considered a “noncontributing” resource in the Moore Square Historic District.

The new facade will be comprised mostly of glass, frosted glass and ceramic tile, and will “echo the ‘two-part’ composition of other facades on the street.”

The goal is to create something that is “clearly of the 21st century, does not copy other buildings or pretend to be old, and is instead respectful and compatible with its surroundings while establishing its own identity and place in time.”

We’re glad someone is finally doing something with this space and look forward to seeing how the project turns out, should it be granted approval.

New Frat house Coming to NC State’s Greek Penal Colony

Again, this is not a joke. These are the actual plans.

When we last checked in on the development of Greek Village at NC State, which was apparently designed by an 8th grader, a new Delta Zeta house had just received construction permits. Now, they will soon be joined by the brothers of Lambda Chi, whose $4.4 million, 17,357 square-foot house is getting built by McKinley Building. We plan to cover this Greek Village development until the very end. It’s just that fascinating.

Preserving a New Office Space

Preservation NC, a nonprofit focused on protecting and preserving historic properties and landscapes across the state, will soon be preserving some property for their own purposes: a new office.

The organization, which is currently headquartered above the City of Raleigh Museum at 220 Fayetteville, is planning to relocate to a space on Oberlin Road.

The property at 814 Oberlin is now home to the historic Plummer T. Hall House, built between 1880 and 1893 by Reverend Hall as a wedding gift to his bride. According to a certificate of appropriateness application, the Hall house is “the only one story Queen Anne cottage in the Oberlin community and has several distinct architectural details such as the turreted section of the front porch, a bay window, and both circular and quatrefoil gable vents.”

Instead of merely renovating and restoring the home, Preservation NC plans to move another historic home onto the same lot: the Willis Graves House. Currently situated down the street at 802 Oberlin, the Graves House is a two story home Built in the Queen Anne style, and was “the only residence of its kind in the historically African-American Oberlin community.”

Originally built between 1884 and 1889 for Willis M. Graves, one of Oberlin’s early settlers, the house will be relocated to 814 Oberlin, where both it and the Hall house will be placed on new foundations, and joined via a deck built between new additions on the back of each home, allowing for an accessible rear entry.

Although the additions are behind the “historic” portions of the houses, they are designed to “be compatible with the historic details and massing of both houses as well as with each other.”

The COA application, which was approved by Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission last week, notes that the additions are “meant to be simple and clean lined in order to draw your eye to the ornate and often times quirky details of the Willis Graves and Plummer T. Hall houses.”

Without Preservation NC, these buildings would be disappearing at a much quicker pace, so it seems fitting that the organization wants to headquarter itself in a place that so clearly embodies their vision.

Downtown Marriott Preps For Renovations

Two rooms on the fourth floor of the downtown Marriott at 500 Fayetteville Street will soon be turned into “model rooms” for a future renovation project at the hotel. Built just ten years ago, the hotel underwent a significant renovation in 2014 that saw the addition of a new dining area and improvements to its meeting and event spaces.

Although we’re not sure what these new rooms will look like, testing out the new design on two rooms before transforming the entire hotel seems like a pretty smart move. Marriott has redesigned the guest rooms in many of their hotels in recent years, and the results remind us more of high-end condos than standard hotel rooms, and we imagine that will be the case for the Marriott City Center.

Zoe’s Comes to North Raleigh

Zoe’s Kitchen will soon be moving into the space on Falls of Neuse occupied since 2011 by the Tribeca Tavern. The surprisingly pricey $850,000 renovation of the space is being handled by Venture Construction.

Development Beat: Apartments Planned Next to Broughton

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Week of August 21, 2017

Apartments planned next to Broughton

Mecca is back from vacation

ITB home of the week from Cornerstone Properties

Gregg Museum to open at NC State

Pullen Arts Center expansion plans

WeWork coming to Raleigh

55-Unit Apartment Complex Planned for St. Mary’s Street

The Ligon Building at 800 St. Mary’s Street may soon be replaced. Situated across the street from Broughton High School, the 63-year-old, four-story, 25,000 square-foot office building could soon be torn down to make way for a four-story, 55-unit apartment building.

Plans filed last week by a subsidiary of the Selwyn Property Group, a Charlotte-based developer, detail a new 123,807 SF multifamily complex comprised of 16 one-bedroom and 39 two-bedroom units. Selwyn purchased the property, their first office acquisition in the Triangle, in March of 2015 for just over $2 million.

City code requires that a new residential complex of this size provide 106 parking spaces. As a result, this development will include two levels of covered parking. The site plan also includes 8,081 square feet of outdoor amenity space. While the square footage of the new building will nearly sextuple in size from the Ligon, the amount of impervious surface will actually see a slight decrease. We’ll keep you posted on this, as I’m sure William Needham Finley IV is having a panic attack over Charlotte developers building so close to Broughton.


Mecca Reopens After Summer Hiatus

Raleigh residents can breathe a sigh of relief. The Mecca Restaurant, one of downtown Raleigh’s oldest restaurants, has reopened after a summer break.

.94 acre ITB Kingdom for sale

A fantastic house just hit the market off of Ridge Road. Listed at $678,000 (or roughly 97,000 12-packs of LaCroix), this remodeled home is located at 2904 Chipmunk Lane. Here’s your chance to own a Wake Forest sized lot and still be able to walk your kids to Lacy and Martin, before buying them a late 2010s model SUV that they’ll drive to Broughton in 2026.

ITB: Check
Remodeled: Check
Cul de sac: Check
Enormous private lot: Check (0.94 acres)
ITB Schools: Check

This 3,440 square foot home has something for everyone. Four bedrooms, including a first floor master, a huge finished basement that’s perfect for hosting breakfasts after Queen of Hearts, a detached carport for keeping your luxury SUV or sedan protected from the elements, and a workshop for dads who know how to use tools or for those who pretend to so they can hide from their family when things get too overwhelming.

You can check out the listing here. Contact Dale Moody (919-607-4606) at Cornerstone Properties for more info. Tell him we sent you and he’ll throw in a free YETI cooler for every room, or something. (While supplies last.)

Gregg Museum to open at NC State

Built in 1927, NC State’s historic Chancellor’s Residence on Hillsborough Street will soon reopen as the new home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. The existing 7,950 square-foot Georgian mansion is complemented by a new 15,000 square foot addition designed by Perkins & Will. The new museum features indoor and outdoor spaces that will host everything from film screenings to festivals, a pedestrian walkway leading to the Pullen Arts Center, and much more.

The grand opening is scheduled for August 26, where festivities will kick off with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting. Not surprisingly, William N. Finley IV was invited to attend a sneak preview of the new facility last week. “I don’t know much about art, but they did a great job with the space. 5 out of 5 beltlines,” commented Finley IV.

Pullen Arts Center Moves Forward With Expansion Plans

The Pullen Arts Center is about to get a whole lot bigger. Site plans have provided further details on a $6 million expansion of the center located on the northern side of Pullen Park. Originally built in the 1960s, the center offers programs allowing visitors to learn pottery, printmaking, glasswork and more.

The new expansion will provide an additional 7,510 square feet of space to the existing 14,000 square foot center. The impervious surface area will increase as well, from 78,200 SF to 89,500 SF, due in part to site improvements associated with the project, including a reconfiguration of and addition to the parking lot and a drivable plaza.

The two-story addition will serve to “accommodate the growth and popularity of arts education at Pullen Arts Center with new technology and equipment.” The Pullen Arts Center will close for 12 months beginning in November, when construction is set to commence.

Alumni Hall Opens at Cameron Village

Alumni Hall, a college sports apparel store in the space once occupied by Pendleton Woolen Mills at Cameron Village, held its grand opening last week. They offered gift cards and refreshments to shoppers in the market for the “best brands, selection and deals on NC State clothing & merchandise.” We first reported on this new location back in March.

WeWork Expands Into Downtown Raleigh

Co-working giant WeWork has announced plans to move into Raleigh’s yet-unfinished One Glenwood Building at the intersection of Glenwood and Hillsborough.

One Glenwood, a 10-story, 212,000 SF Class-A office building, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018. WeWork offers a wide array of amenities to its tenants at all locations, and we imagine the spaces at One Glenwood will include such things as micro-roasted coffee, fruit water, “phone booth” spaces that serve as “comfortable sanctuaries for conducting private calls and video chats,” and much more.

Sheetz Opens Shop on Glenwood

Less than six months after the demolition of an old recycling center at 8101 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh’s newest Sheetz store has opened its doors on the land, with a grand opening celebration held last week. The 6,407 square-foot convenience store was built out by prominent local contractors Holt Brothers Construction for a permitted cost just shy of a $1 million.

Apartment Construction Hits 20-Year High

As the new apartments at 800 St. Mary’s marks the approximately 700th new multifamily project we’ve covered this year, it came as little surprise that 2017 marked a 20-year high in new apartment construction. Across the United States, a total of 345,000 new units are expected to be added by year’s end. In a city-by-city ranking, Charlotte beat out Raleigh this year, with a total of 6,500 new units expected, vs. our 2,400 new units.

According to a new study from our friends over at RentCafe, the apartment market faced a slow post-recession period and began rebounding in 2012. By 2014, new supply had amounted to more than 237,000 units delivered in one year, well above historical averages. Between 1997 and 2006, annual completions averaged 212,740 units.

However, even 2017’s delivery numbers may still not be enough to keep up with growing demand. Data from the National Multifamily Housing Council predicts that we’ll need about 4.6 million apartments by 2030, which averages out to 373,000 per year.



Development Beat: Bookstore Cafe Coming to Five Points, The Dillon Announces Second Retailer

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Week of August 14, 2017

Five Points getting a new bookstore cafe

Brewshop coming to The Dillon

McNeill Pointe permits issued

New nursery for White Memorial

New gym for North Ridge

The French Are Coming to Five Points

Ooh la-la! A new hybrid bookstore cafe possessing a certain je ne sais quoi will open in Five Points, occupying the space that previously housed the Aloma Crenshaw Antique Shop. After more than 20 years in business, the antique shop closed nearly two years ago when Aloma Crenshaw decided to retire. The property was sold for $800,000 to an LLC that also owns the nearby NOFO @ the Pig building.

Located at 2010 Fairview Road, Des Livres & Delices will be a “French concept store blending books (for adults and children) and fine food products, with a tasting area.” While cafes are pretty commonplace in bookstores, how many of them are French-themed? We imagine this place will be a shoo-in for the highly coveted “best place to read Les Liaisons dangereuses while sipping on a Café au lait” award that we’ll be giving out as part of our “ITBest of ITB” series next year. We aren’t sure on an exact opening date, but we’ll keep you posted.


Brewshop Coming to The Dillon

Heirloom Brewshop, a specialty coffee shop, premium tea house and sake bar, is expected to open at The Dillon in the summer of 2018. The Dillon location will be the first location in Raleigh for the North Carolina native husband and wife team of Chuan Tsay and Anna Phommavong. Bonner Gaylord, Broughton graduate and Managing Director of Kane Realty, teased the announcement Monday night on Twitter.

In the excitement, some misread the announcement and almost took drastic measures.

According to the press release, Heirloom will offer “premium coffee, tea and sake as well as an Asian-inspired food menu.” They plan to introduce a variety of brew methods and concoctions, and their food menu will introduce concepts that are “totally new to Raleigh” and will be made entirely in-house.

McNeill Pointe Permits Issued

Permits have been issued for two one-story, 8,400 square foot shell buildings at McNeill Pointe, a new development at the corner of McNeill Street and Wake Forest Road. The buildings will be “mirrored from each other,” although McNeill Pointe is planned to ultimately house a total of four separate buildings.

Once home to the Ham ‘N’ Egger diner, which later became the Oak City Diner before being torn down in 2008, plans for turning the site just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant into McNeill Pointe began more than three years ago. As we reported back in June, McNeill Pointe will offer more than 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses. The project is expected to cost around $7 million, and should open by the end of the year.

White Memorial’s New Nursery

It appears that White Memorial, one of the most ITB churches in Raleigh, has finished work on their new nursery. We aren’t sure what the renovations entailed, but we’re told the entire job was completed by one long-haired carpenter, who spent his breaks turning LaCroix into wine for moms that were picking their children up from preschool.

Little Makers

When we first learned about Little Makers Academy holding their grand opening at 2801 South Wilmington Street, we imagined children crafting their own barrels of the venerated Kentucky bourbon, Maker’s Mark.

While we can’t imagine a better long-term goal than learning to craft one of the world’s finest bourbons, it appears Little Makers Academy is actually a childcare facility. According to the Little Maker’s Facebook page, they encourage children to become “Makers” through “doing/building, collaborative learning, and creativity.”

Hot Town, Summer In The City

Things are really heating up at City Council this week, with plans to discuss not just one but two fire station projects. First up will be Station 11, located at 2925 Glenridge Road, which needs approval for an architect. Built in 1971, the nearly 5,000 square-foot building was on track for an extensive remodel that would have exceeded the funding available for such a project.

The scope of the work was scaled down and the City began soliciting for a new design firm back in April. Staff is recommending that the $170,000 award go to Huffman Architects.

The second station on today’s agenda is Station 22, which the City plans to relocate down the road from its present location. Raleigh’s chief fire historian, Mike Legeros, has already done an excellent write-up on this project. The current site of Station 22 on Durant Road is adjacent to a soon-to-be-expanded railroad crossing, the grade separation for which will take up the entire fire station property.

For now, the plan is to relocate and rebuild the station just down the road on the edge of Abbotts Creek Park. Design work on the station is expected to begin in September with construction scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.

New Gym for North Ridge

Nearly three years after suddenly losing Rapid Fitness, the North Ridge shopping center on Falls of Neuse will soon add a brand new gym in the form of an O2 Fitness. As it happens, O2 itself recently shut down a Raleigh location on Person Street, although we’re not sure if this is intended as a replacement or not. The $500,000 project will be handled by Bordeaux Construction.

Development Beat: New Fairview Fire Station, Tasca Brava Closes, Peace Street Demolition

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Week of August 7, 2017

New fire station for Fairview Road

Developers clear way for Peace Street hotel, which has yet to be approved

Tasca Brava closes

North Hills Harris Teeter set for renovations

A first look at the Drive Shack layout

New sorority house for NC State

7-Story hotel planned for Crabtree

Voda to hold grand opening

New Fairview Road Fire Station

Built in 1949, Raleigh’s Fire Station 6 was for a time the city’s oldest, active fire station. That time came to an end last week, when a $99,000 permit was issued for the demolition of the 5,408 square-foot station at 2601 Fairview Road. The site won’t remain vacant for long, however, as a brand-new Station 6 will be built on the same spot. The new station will be nearly three times the size of the old, and is designed to target LEED Silver requirements. Construction is expected to take 14 months.

Before the old station is torn down, the City plans to salvage a number of items for reuse in the new station. This will reportedly include some original brick and hardwood floors, the fire pole, and even some original, decorative door hardware.

Check out architect Stewart Cooper Newell’s project page for more details. If you’re curious about the station’s past, Mike Legeros’ site provides a library of photos and a history of the station, including details on its original 1943 opening and location.

William Needham Finley IV asks that everyone restrain from setting any mansions on fire in Country Club Hills while the construction of the fire station is underway.


Demolition on Peace Street

Less than a month after a rezoning was submitted to the City, demolition has begun on the property at the intersection of Peace and Boylan. Thanks to @TriangleExplorer for the heads up.

Although the .36 acre parcel sits mostly vacant, a single-story, 908 square-foot home that was first built in 1948 occupied the lot. The home was torn down for a listed cost of $19,000 by Master Service Construction out of Charlotte. Yep, that Charlotte.

A rezoning case that would upzone the parcel from Neighborhood Mixed Use with a three-story cap to Commercial Mixed Use with a five-story cap won’t be heard by the Planning Commission until August 22. It will ultimately be up to City Council to approve, following a Public Hearing.

The developers, MJM Group, argued that the rezoning would pave the way for a “unique, smaller hotel product type as compared to existing full service or limited service hotels.” MJM Group specializes in hospitality projects, and has built hotels under the Marriott, Hilton, and Choice Hotels brands. Beyond that: we don’t know the brand, the layout, or the target opening date. For now, it’s interesting enough that the space is already being cleared.

Tasca Brava Closes

Tasca Brava, an authentic Spanish restaurant on Glenwood South known for its small-plate offerings, closed its doors for good last week. The announcement was made in a brief Facebook post on August 1, which read “With great sorrow, after sixteen years, Tasca Brava lost.”

Tasca Brava was one of the first tapas restaurants to debut on Glenwood South in the early 2000s. They will be missed.

North Hills Harris Teeter Renovations

Since opening at North Hills in 2009, the two-story Harris Teeter on St. Alban’s Drive is apparently in need of some upgrades. Ashland Construction will be performing $86,000 worth of renovations to the second-floor.

ITB moms can breathe a sigh of relief, this will not impact the wine aisle. Dogs of ITB owners, however, may be mildly inconvenienced when attempting to purchase pet supplies. Some local dogs were not amused after hearing the news.

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Drive Shack Site Plans Unveiled

A rendering of the Drive Shack Florida location

Back in May, we reported on plans to build a new Drive Shack facility in West Raleigh on Corporate Center Drive. Drive Shack is a 3-story indoor/outdoor driving range with suites and a restaurant and bar.

Developers are currently requesting a number of variances, many related to parkway frontage. This snoozefest of a request actually contained one interesting document: a site plan layout of the proposed facility.

Work Begins on Greek Village’s Newest Sorority House

Phase II of NC State’s ambitious Greek Village development is officially underway, as work begins on the new $3.9 million Delta Zeta house. Barker Construction will be building out this new three-story, 18,198 square-foot property on Stewardship Park. The house will contain 20 units and is designed to house a total of 40 Delta Zeta Sisters.

Hotel Developers Set Sights on Crabtree

A group of developers had to file a variance request with the City’s Board of Adjustment to move their potential hotel development forward. Arrow Development & Arrow Drive LLC want to build out a new 7-story, 154-room hotel on a small parcel of land just south of Crabtree Valley Mall between Arrow Drive and Crabtree Valley Place. At issue is the fact that this parcel of land is comprised of a mere 1.26 acres, when the City requires 2.5 acres for a hotel in this zoning district.

The application to the Board of Adjustment notes that many of the surrounding properties house 7-story hotels and that this property’s unique topography would allow for structured parking, thus reducing the total lot size required to meet parking requirements. In short, the smaller lot size would have no adverse impact on parking, according to their application.

Voda Grand Opening at The Devon Four25 on 8/12

Although new women’s clothier Voda Boutique opened its doors in June, it will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 12 at The Devon Four25 Apartments on Tucker Street. The grand opening event will run from 11 a.m. — 6 p.m. and feature the following, per Voda’s Facebook Event Page:

Hourly Giveaways
Peppertrain Jewelry Trunk Show
Braid Bar by Parlor Blow Bar 2 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Frosé, Champagne, Trophy Wife IPA
Yummy Treats
Photo Booth Fun

We first reported on the shop back in April, when $40,000 worth of renovation permits for the 1,346 square-foot space were issued.

Development Beat: 20-story Hillsborough Tower, Plans for Six Forks, Raleigh Gets a Cathedral

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Week of July 31, 2017

Renderings for the 20-story tower on Hillsborough Street

No tacos for the horse barn in City Market

A Place at the Table may have found a permanent home

City seeks input for Six Forks corridor

Inside look at 10th & Terrace rooftop bar

41Hundred opens at North Hills

Raleigh gets a new Cathedral

Southern Charred headed to Glenwood South

New renderings for 20-story tower on Hillsborough

In January, we first reported on the plans to bring a new 20-story, 540,867 square foot tower to the 400 block of Hillsborough Street. The plan for the new development, which is still going by the name 400H, is for it to be a “smaller, newer” version of PNC Plaza. Architectural firm Gensler released a set of new renderings last week.

In addition to 129,000 square feet of office space and 16,500 square feet of retail space, the 244′ high building will include 220 residential units: 120 one-bedrooms, 90 two-bedrooms, and 10 three-bedrooms. 674 parking spaces will be provided for the residents and building tenants.

No Mas Horse Barn Tacos

Sadly, Justin Miller, friend of the ITB media empire, is no longer seeking to open a taco restaurant in City Market. The space that Miller (no relation to the best attorney in Raleigh, Stacy Miller) had shown an interest in last year once served as a horse barn for the Raleigh Police Department. Miller, who co-created the popular WedPics app and El Taco Cartel (a taco cart) cited the costs of renovating a 102-year-old building and a lack of clarity and special capabilities from the city as the main factors in his decision.

In a prime location adjacent to the soon-to-be renovated Moore Square, we imagine it won’t be long until the space is transformed into something a little more glorious than its previous use. Council is expected to discuss the building’s future at its August 15 meeting. Many are speculating that WNFIV will debut plans for a LaCroix drive-thru, but that’s just a rumor at this point.

Just another trillion dollar business idea from wnfiv


A Place at the Table May Have a New Home

A Place at the Table, the nonprofit that’s been hosting pop-up events around the city since last April may have found a place to call home – 300 West Hargett Street. The space was occupied by Cafe de los Muertos before it closed in February. The pop-up events have offered diners the option to pay what they want at various restaurants around town, and the concept has been both successful and well-received.

Per Ashton Smith’s excellent weekly newsletter Raleigh, over-easy, we heard the old Muertos space might soon become the permanent home for APATT. As a fan both of the former cafe and the mission behind APATT, this is one rumor I’m really hoping turns out to be true.

Maggie Kane, executive director for A Place at the Table, would only tell us that an official announcement would be coming out within a week. To learn more about the nonprofit, you can visit their website, or check out their next pop-up event, scheduled for August 12 at 10 am at NOFO. 

City Sets its Sights on Six Forks

The City of Raleigh is seeking feedback for its ongoing Six Forks Corridor Study, which runs from North Raleigh down through North Hills and ends at the Creekside Crossing Shopping Center.

According to the City, Six Forks was selected for a corridor study in part because it’s a highly congested corridor with increasing development pressure, growing pedestrian demand, and poor bicycle accessibility.

Part of the City’s roughly $45 million plan includes turning the corridor into an “irresistible gathering place; the Main Street of North Raleigh,” which will require a lot of upgrades and improvements.

These upgrades include widening the sidewalks to a minimum of six feet, reducing the speed limit to 35 mph, and adding over 4 miles of grade separated bike lanes, over 700 canopy and flowering trees, 10 new bus shelters, 52 high visibility crosswalks, public art and much more.

If you have any feedback on the City’s current plans, which you can view here, you can comment:
Online at, keyword “Six Forks Corridor Study”
Call Carter Pettibone at 919-996-4643
Send a letter to the following address:
Carter Pettibone
Department of City Planning
City of Raleigh
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602

The city is seeking comments on the draft study document through August 21.

10th & Terrace To Open In September

10th & Terrace, the rooftop bar at the newly opened Residence Inn in Downtown Raleigh should be open to the public in September. Described as the “tallest and only full service rooftop bar in Downtown Raleigh” it is currently open to hotel guests. We got a sneak peek last week because we’re important.

Small Plates at North Hills

The 41Hundred Lounge opened in North Hills last week, offering visitors a swath of bite-size menu items and expertly-prepared cocktails. We’ve always thought Raleigh could use more small/shared-plate joints, and 41Hundred, which bills itself “a haven of casual, shareable plates in an uncomplicated setting,” looks to be a very welcome addition indeed.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Opens

It is finished. After less than 18 months of construction, Raleigh’s brand-new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is now open to the public.

A dedication ceremony held last week also served as a sort-of passing of the torch: for nearly a century, the Sacred Heart church on Hillsborough Street served as the Diocese of Raleigh’s Cathedral, or Mother Church. That mantle now belongs to the Holy Name of Jesus location, which can hold 2,000 worshippers, compared to the 320 that used to squeeze into Sacred Heart.

Holy Name is absolutely beautiful on the inside, and the iconic dome is nothing short of magnificent. The 43,000 square-foot, $46 million house of worship was designed by O’Brien & Keane architects out of Virginia, a firm that specializes in religious projects. Clancy & Theys, a local firm, served as the general contractor.

The Cathedral has an interesting video series on their website worth checking out.

Southern Charred Coming to Glenwood South

The barbecue restaurant coming to 510 Glenwood South now has a name. After reporting in May that Matt Kenner, owner of Milk Bar, was planning to open a barbecue joint, we only had one question: would he name it Barbecue Restaurant?

Permits issued last week indicate the new spot will be called Southern Charred, which sounds very similar to the hit Bravo reality show “Southern Charm”. No word on if the cast of the Charleston-based show will be in town for the opening. Southern Charred will offer a blend of North Carolina-styled ‘cue, mixed with Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas influences.

Turning Over a New Leith

A set of site plans filed last week would add to the growing mass of asphalt and glistening steel that dominates such a large swath of North Raleigh, as Leith plans to build a brand-new Jaguar/Land Rover dealership on Capital Boulevard.

Of course, if you’re reading this column, we imagine you’d much rather do your car shopping from within the safe confines of ITB, and in that case, Finley told us there’s no place finer than Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac.

Development Beat: New Neighbors for North Hills, The Dillon Gets Retail, a Proposed Downtown Stadium

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Week of July 24, 2017

40-acre mixed-use development coming to St. Albans

Urban Outfitters coming to The Dillon

Plans for a soccer stadium in downtown Raleigh

Renovation begins on new restaurant on Lenoir

Jaycee Park gets upgrades

Won’t You Be My North Hills Neighbor

DeWitt Carolinas announced its plans for a 40-acre mixed-use development along St. Alban’s Drive last week. A Raleigh based company, DeWitt Carolinas began acquiring property in the area in the late 90s, when it developed its One Renaissance Centre headquarters along Benson Drive. The new development will consist of “office space, retail and dining storefronts, hotels, multifamily and senior living residences, with green space and water amenities.” The project will come about thanks to years of negotiations that culminated in the recent purchase of 18.8 acres that lie adjacent to the 20 acres DeWitt purchased in 1998. 

Todd Saieed, CEO of Dewitt Carolinas, stated, “We have been persistent and strategic in assembling this property, pursuing the zoning required and earning the trust of our neighbors, City Council and business partners.”

A rezoning case unanimously approved by City Council earlier this year will allow for buildings ranging between seven and 20 stories in height. DeWitt worked with the Midtown Citizens Advisory Council to put in place a range of development conditions to address concerns related to “height, noise, signage, light, traffic, parking, building uses and setbacks.” The CAC voted 66-26 in favor of the case, and the conditions include everything from electric car charging stations and emergency phones in the parking garage, to a requirement that bars/nightclubs must be at least “300 feet from the St. Albans right of way and located in a multi-tenant building.”

Patrick Martin, the chairperson of the Midtown CAC commented on working with DeWitt, “DeWitt Carolinas took an unprecedented collaborative approach from the beginning and through a series of meetings and public hearings we reached consensus on a package of development conditions. It was truly a pleasure to deal with this developer and we look forward to their future endeavors”

This news comes less than a month after Kane Realty filed plans for the first phase of its 32-acre expansion known as North Hills East II. While Kane has been responsible for the vast majority of the transformation of North Hills over the last 14 years, we’re excited to see what new concepts and ideas DeWitt will bring to the area. As long as they deliver on the promised water amenities (paddle boats? a wave pool?), we’re sure it’ll be spectacular.


Urban Outfitters Coming to The Dillon

Urban Outfitters will open at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh in 2018. The Dillon, a major development in the Warehouse District that will include two 6-story residential buildings, 18-stories of Class-A office space, and street-level retail, made the announcement Tuesday morning.

There had been a lot of speculation around what retailer would land in The Dillon. Early renderings from WNFIV showed a potential lazy river surrounding the building, with Bonner’s Surf Shop as the top floor tenant.

This could still happen.

Founded in 1970, Urban Outfitters now operates over 200 stores in the United States, Canada and Europe. This will be their first store in Raleigh. Urban Outfitters is described as “a lifestyle retailer offering on-trend fashions for women and men, accessories and quirky home decor items.”

Soccer Stadium Complex Proposed for Downtown

The North Carolina Football Club unveiled their plans last week for a brand-new, $150-million, 22,000 seat soccer stadium complex located at the northern edge of downtown Raleigh.

Situated at the edge of Halifax Mall and stretching along Peace Street to the Capital Boulevard bridge, the development would include not only a Major League Soccer stadium, but also at least 300 hotel rooms, more than 1,200 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail, 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, and additional parking. When you combine this with the Smokey Hollow mixed-use development, located immediately to the west of the stadium, we’re talking about adding nearly 1,500 housing units and 160,000 square feet of retail to this section of downtown alone.

Of course, development of the new stadium hinges entirely on whether the NCFC can win a bid for one of the new expansion slots from the MLS. Twelve cities, including Charlotte, have submitted proposals. For a more in-depth look, read Finley’s write-up of the announcement.

Should the stadium get built as proposed, Halifax Mall, downtown Raleigh’s most underrated gem, would remain largely intact. The infamous Archdale Building, however, which looks like a PlayStation 2 and was once described by Governor McCrory as appearing as though it was “built to protect the French coast from the Allied invasion,” would have to come down.

The Archdale Console

In a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, Representative Time Moore, and Senator Phil Berger, team owner Steve Malik requested to establish a public-private partnership between the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina Football Club. In the letter, Malik notes that soccer games are just one of many events that would be held at the stadium. “It will be marketed to attract a robust set of uses in professional, amateur, collegiate and youth sports including: soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and track and field. The venue will host festivals and concerts.” They also note that the Lessee is projecting an average of over 85 events per year, including 20 MLS soccer games.

A facility like this has the potential for turning an underutilized green space into the Raleigh equivalent of Durham’s Tobacco Road District. All we’d need is a killer water feature, something that looks to be included in these early renderings.

Goodnight Dusty’s

More than four months after the long-standing Dusty’s Service Shop at 502 W. Lenoir closed its doors for good, developer James Goodnight has begun renovating the property he purchased back in 2014.

We covered this back in our very first ITB Insider™ post, when we reported on site plans Goodnight had filed that would turn the old service garage into a new restaurant. Although scant details are available about this new eatery — we heard a rumor on Twitter (I know…) that the place was going to be called Raise Up.

On July 21, permits were issued to Ellington Contractors for “structural repairs to a vacant building.” Interestingly enough, it was the very same Ellington Contractors that worked to restore another old downtown building for Goodnight a few years back; the old Raleigh Industrial Bank at 200 South Salisbury, which is now home to Ashley Christensen’s Death & Taxes restaurant. We’re not sure if Goodnight is getting the entire band back together, but the fact that Ellington is involved — which did an incredible job at 200 S. Salisbury — is definitely a good sign.

Jaycee Park Gets More Comfortable

After opening a brand-new “dog run” in February, the City last week began work on a new picnic shelter and comfort station (bathroom) at Jaycee Park. The two must be related, right? Surely the massive influx of people drawn in by the dog run — which, as far as we can tell, is basically a smaller version of a standard dog park — has created such demand that the park had no choice but to expand.

In October 2016, a comfort station and a picnic shelter were torn down at Jaycee Park in order to make way for the dog run, which actually makes this a replacement rather than an expansion. The project is being done by the Beau Chene Company out of Raleigh for just over $400,000.

Development Beat: Most Expensive ZIP Codes for Raleigh Renters, RLT Renovations

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Week of July 17, 2017

Most Expensive ZIP codes for Raleigh Renters

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

Glenwood Avenue’s “Palm Reader” House to be Torn Down

Two Roosters Ice Cream Opens

Chopt Plans Second Raleigh Location

Historic Teacherage Saved From Demolition

The Five Priciest ZIP Codes for Raleigh Renters

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure how expensive it is to rent in Raleigh? Fortunately, our friends over at RentCafe put together a list that breaks down the priciest ZIP codes for renting an apartment in North Carolina. Keep in mind, the average cost of an apartment in the U.S. is $1,300/month, and the average cost in North Carolina is $1,015. Sure, Charlotte has the top 3 ZIP codes on the list, but Finley says that just means their residents can’t afford to buy homes, which increases demand for apartments and thus increases the price of rent. Raleigh shows up four times in the top ten. Here are the top 5.

1.) 27605: $1,380/month: Home to everything from Broughton High School to half of Cameron Village, it should come as no surprise that this central part of the city is also the most expensive place to rent an apartment.

2.) 27603: $1,336/month: Encompassing a large chunk of south Raleigh, the second most expensive ZIP is mostly located outside the beltline. Although, it does creep up into downtown Raleigh.

3.) 27607 $1,311/month: Existing both inside and outside the beltline, this Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP is an acronym!) houses everything from the PNC Arena and the North Carolina Museum of Art to the NC State section of Hillsborough Street. We imagine the plethora of student housing helps keep the average rent a bit lower in this zone.

4.) 27601 $1,292/month: *The* core of downtown Raleigh, 27601 appears on the return addresses of everything from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This was probably the most surprising of all: we assumed core downtown would command the highest average rents. We think the rates were lower due to people not paying rent as a form of protesting DrunkTown, which brought down the average.

5.) 27614 $1,109/month: Located in southern Virginia, this zone is filled with neighborhoods named Swans Mill, Alpine Forest, and Meadow Branch, which could easily be mistaken for Yankee Candle scents. We assume it made the list just based on the sheer number of apartments that exist out there.

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) is one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the nation. Located near the lovely Raleigh Rose Garden, the facility could use a little work. After raising over $740,000 through a major gifts initiative, RLT can move forward with renovations to the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. According to their plans, “Proposed renovations include an updated entry, accessible bathrooms, a box office and concession console, new finishes, signage to increase visibility, and a more open gathering area connected to the garden balcony via an operable glass wall. The results will be a clearer arrival sequence, box office and concession areas that are more visible, bathrooms that accommodate people of all abilities, and a gathering area that spills directly onto the garden balcony.”

Looking through lobby to the Rose Garden

in situ studio, a design-based practice in Raleigh that specializes in modern, sustainable architecture (as well as having an all lower case name which means they’re clearly more creative than you are), will handle the renovations.

Looking inside from the balcony

39 individual and eight institutions supported the project financially, along with the City of Raleigh, who made the largest contribution ($275,000) through its Capital Improvement Plan. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 7th. First Lady Kristin Cooper, Dickie Thompson of the Raleigh City Council, and a member of the theatre’s namesake family will speak at the ceremony. We’re hearing Bonner Gaylord and Stacy Miller may perform a few scenes from Hamilton, but that’s unconfirmed.

Two Roosters Opens

Two Roosters Ice Cream was so excited about their grand opening at Greystone Village in North Raleigh that they used six Instagram pictures to make the announcement. Six! Coincidentally, their grand opening was held on National Ice Cream Day. If you’re curious: July is officially National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday is National Ice Cream Day: as per a joint resolution signed into law by President Reagan in 1984.

New Office Building Planned for Glenwood Avenue

Glenwood Avenue’s infamous “palm reader” house is about to have its Life Line cut short. But did Raleigh’s “Best Psychic” Sister Sandra, who for years offered a range of spiritual services out of the building, see this coming?

All signs point to yes. After conducting a reading of the property’s Fate Line last year, Psychic Sandra must have decided it was time to sell the land to local real estate attorney Jeremiah Jackson. Originally built in 1957, the single-story, 1,745 square-foot house is the last remaining single family residential property facing Glenwood on that side of the street between Oberlin and the Beltline.

The plan is to transform the .63 acre lot into “low intensity office use” in the form of a two-story, 10,353 square-foot office building. Although the rezoning request was approved last year, development is still in the site plan review stage, which means it might be a little while before we say goodbye forever to the Palm Reader House. And if you’re curious: Sandra the Tarot Card Reader has relocated to a space further north on Glenwood that borders on Umstead National Park.


The only Chopt that matters.

Chopt, a salad-based chain restaurant whose name reminds us more of a reality cooking show than someplace whose only offering is “the food that my food eats,” will soon open a second Raleigh location at the North Ridge Shopping Center on Falls of Neuse.

We’re not sure what this says about Raleigh as a city, but the Cameron Village location operates out of what used to be a portion of the Village Draft House, while the new store will apparently be housed in the former home of Tribeca Tavern. Are salads more popular than beer? In Drunktown??

Historic Teacherage Saved From Demolition

Not the set of a horror movie.

The developers of the new Leesville Road Market Place in North Raleigh saw their dreams crushed by Raleigh’s Board of Adjustment last week, when a proposal to tear down an on-site teacherage structure failed to garner enough votes for approval.

Never heard of a teacherage? Prepare to get schooled. A teacherage is “a building designed to house one or more teachers or administrators on or near school grounds.” Apparently, the first teacherage was constructed in Hall County, Nebraska in 1894 at a cost of $1,000. Before teacherages became all the rage, teachers often found themselves living in the homes of their pupils. Not surprisingly, this arrangement didn’t work out.

Six teacherages were built in Wake County throughout the early 20th century. The Leesville Teacherage is one of only four remaining. Initially built in 1906 as a private residence, we were unable to locate the exact time frame of when this property was owned by Wake County Schools.

When the developer made plans for the new shopping center at the site, one of the conditions was that the teacherage be relocated. Despite “exhaustive efforts” a suitable site for relocation has not been found, and a letter from Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission, which had worked in the past with the owner to preserve the structure, stated that “Although demolition of the building is not the preferred solution, RHDC concurs that reasonable efforts are being made to preserve the Leesville Teacherage and supports a donation to THDC as well as documentation of the structure…should the building be demolished.”

That donation — $75,000 — would have gone toward preserving other historic structures in the community. In spite of all this, the developers will now need to find another way forward. Although the Board of Adjustment technically voted 3-2 in favor of the proposal, four votes were required for approval because tearing down the teacherage would have been considered a variance.

Screened In

Residents of the upscale Van Dyke apartments near Cameron Village will soon be welcoming a new addition: a side porch and an enclosure for an existing porch. The enclosure is apparently being installed as a result of too many residents tripping over an ill-placed ottoman and spilling over the side of the porch. David E. Looper & Company will be overseeing this $169,000 project.

Development Beat: Downtown Hotel Opens, ITB Shopping Center Sold for $10M

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Week of July 10, 2017

New Hotel Opens in Downtown Raleigh

Six Forks Shopping Center Sells for $10 Million

City Unveils Preliminary Bikeshare Location Map

One Glenwood Updates

Developer Pulls Plans for New Hillsborough Street Apartments

Mofu Shoppe Debuts at City Market

Brier Creek Harris Teeter Sets Grand Opening Date

Residence Inn Opens in Downtown Raleigh

The new 10-story Residence Inn at 616 South Salisbury Street, located next to the Raleigh Convention Center and across from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium), opened last week. The 175-suite hotel will offer a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and one-bedroom corner king suites. Downtown Raleigh’s first new hotel in nearly five years brings with it “10th & Terrace” the “tallest and only full service rooftop bar in Downtown Raleigh.”

In addition to the rooftop bar, the hotel will also host a second-floor breakfast/dinner spot named The Overlook, expected to open to the public in August. Of course, the Residence Inn will also offer the usual host of amenities one would expect to find in any new upscale hotel: Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, business centers, and a gym. Since Residence Inn, which is owned by Marriott, operates as an extended stay hotel, its suites will also offer kitchenettes.

Construction on the hotel kicked off in late 2015, back when Raleigh was facing a serious shortage of downtown hotels. This looks to be a great addition to the downtown area, with some pretty amazing views from the rooftop bar.


Creekside Crossing Sells for $10 Million

The Creekside Crossing Shopping Center (who knew that’s what it was called?) at the intersection of Six Forks and Wake Forest was sold to Raleigh Creekside Crossing, LLC last week for a cool $10.1 million, per an announcement from the center’s previous owners.

The Continental Realty Corporation acquired the property in 2014 when it was anchored by a Staples, instead of a Planet Fitness. Last week CRC said that the 60,499 shopping center was at full occupancy at the time of sale, a drastic turnaround from the near-30 percent occupancy it was facing with the loss of Staples, which probably explains why CRC was able to sell it for nearly $4 million more than they purchased it for. For more information on the sale and the property, you can check out the sales brochure here.

The center is now co-anchored by Planet Fitness, Tuesday Morning, and Dollar Tree. If you’re wondering why Kroger was absent from this list of anchors, it’s simple: Kroger is considered a “shadow anchor” for Creekside. Aside from being the coolest real estate term I’ve heard all year, a shadow anchor is essentially a nearby business that draws a lot of traffic into a shopping center.

While Creekside Crossing was built in 1999, the Kroger building has been there since 1991, and the two parcels have always had different owners. So basically, the Kroger walks amongst the Creekside Crossing shops, but it is one of them.

While we don’t know much about the LLC that acquired the property, we are excited to see what this investor might have in store for Creekside Crossing’s future. Personally, I’m holding out for the return of Radio Shack.

City of Raleigh Debuts Bikeshare Map

More than three years after completing the master plan process for its new 300-bike, 30-station bike share system, the City of Raleigh has now made available a draft map proposing the future locations of these new stations.

While the map reveals a few “outlier” stations including locations at Meredith College and the North Carolina Museum of Art, the vast majority will be clustered around downtown, including one at the museums, another at Moore Square, a spot at the future Union Station, and, of course, a Dix Park location.

Downtown and nearby downtown locations
Hillsborough Street locations

The system is expected to be fully operational by Spring 2018. If not, we imagine the Mayor will be most displeased at the lack of progress. (That’s a Star Wars joke, people.)

Developers of One Glenwood Unveil Virtual Tour

It’s been five months since demolition work began at the old Blue Tower Restaurant spot at 605 Hillsborough Street to make way for the new One Glenwood project. Last week its owners put out an impressive promotional video offering a digital tour of the planned mixed-use development. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the video, but that’s why screenshots exist.

Developed by Heritage Properties out of Towson, Maryland, the 10-story, 219,500 square foot mixed-use commercial/office building at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Glenwood in downtown Raleigh will include 14,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a 650-space parking deck on a separate site across W. Morgan Street.

Developer Pulls Plug on Hillsborough/Bagwell Project

A new apartment complex that would have been built on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Bagwell Street has been withdrawn. Despite winning approval of both the Planning Commission (a 9-0 recommendation) and the Wade Citizens Advisory Council (who voted 19 in favor, 9 against, 9 on the fence), City Council gave developers two weeks to decide if they could live with a 4 story building on the site. Hoping to build five stories, the developers requested a denial of their case. So instead of a $7M mixed use building, NC State students can continue to enjoy a decommissioned gas station turned auto-repair shop.

Pho Nomenal’s Mofu Shoppe Opens at City Market

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The highly anticipated sit-down restaurant offering from the phenomenally successful owners of the Pho Nomenal Dumpling food truck opened to rave reviews last week, earning an average of five stars on the social networking site Yelp.

The owners, who funded construction of the restaurant with the $50,000 they won on The Great Food Truck Race, are now offering downtown Raleighites a permanent spot to “enjoy the flavors of Asia,” offering dishes that are “inspired by the foods commonly eaten in several Asian countries and represent our identity in a unique way.” Check out more pics from, who attended the sneak peek event.

If A Store Opens In Brier Creek, Does Anyone Care?

The first phase of the new shopping center The Corners at Brier Creek is set to make its debut next week with the grand opening of a brand-new, 67,000 square-foot Harris Teeter. The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8 a.m. on July 19, and the store will be offering “weeklong, in-store sampling” in celebration. Crowds are expected to be in the tens of people.

Development Beat: Boutique Hotel Planned for Peace Street

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Week of July 3, 2017

Boutique hotel planned for Peace Street

The Cortez opens on Glenwood South

Bruegger’s closes North Hills location

Empire Properties buys former Occidental Life building

Another Atlantic Tire & Service is coming, courtesy of Rufty-Peedin Design Builders

Chubby’s Tacos expands

Sunnybrook Pointe apartments could be coming soon to East Raleigh

Boutique Hotel Planned for Peace Street

A near-vacant lot on West Peace Street in between McDonald’s and Starbucks (go America!) could soon become home to Glenwood South’s first boutique hotel.

MJM Group, a local developer, filed a request with the City that would upzone the .36 acre parcel from Neighborhood Mixed Use with a three-story cap to Commercial Mixed Use with a five-story cap, paving the way for a “unique, smaller hotel product type as compared to existing full service or limited service hotels.”

County records indicate MJM purchased the land through a subsidiary in November 2016 for $1 million, about $60,000 more than its tax-assessed value. An old sales flier for the property lists a potential building capacity of three stories and 30,000 square feet. Should the rezoning be approved, we imagine that capacity goes up by another 20,000 square feet, but that’s just speculation.

We don’t have much information on what the hotel will look like, or whose brand it will operate under. The rezoning application includes materials that will be allowed for the building’s facade: glass; concrete and/or clay brick masonry, cementitious stucco, cementitious siding including lap and panel products, native and masonry stone, natural wood, precast concrete, and metal panel and/or trim. That really narrows it down.

The site layout also remains a mystery at this point. The application notes that “building and parking placement will be determined at site plan.” MJM Group, specializes in hospitality projects, and has built hotels under the Marriott, Hilton and Choice Hotels brands.

The Cortez Opens on Glenwood South

Glenwood South’s newest restaurant, The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail, held its grand opening this weekend following nearly six months of renovations at 413 Glenwood Avenue. We first reported on this project back in January, although we were unaware at the time that they would specialize in “fresh, eclectic seafare.” The concept comes from the brothers Ibarra (Hector and Charlie) and their chef, Oscar Diaz from Jose and Sons.

While there’s certainly no shortage of Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants scattered throughout Raleigh, we’re pretty sure there’s not many offering “eclectic seafare.” Hopefully this means that Cortez, like the sea from which it draws its offering, will cast its spell on diners and hold them in its net of wonder forever. With apologies to Jacques Cousteau.

Bruegger’s Closes North Hills Location

Bruegger’s Bagels closed the doors at their North Hills location last week, after Kane Realty declined to renew their lease. John Kane of Kane Realty told the Triangle Business Journal they wanted to go in a different direction with the space, and were looking to place a tenant that would operate both day and night. No word on whether Bonner Gaylord’s dream of opening his own surf shop in North Hills will become a reality.

Bruegger’s operates 14 other locations in Raleigh alone, so North Hills customers won’t have to travel too far to find another location. We imagine the folks who left 1-star reviews on TripAdvisor aren’t too upset.

“It’s bagels, for goodness sake” might be a good name for a bagel shop.


Empire Expanding

Greg Hatem’s Empire Properties, which owns large swathes of downtown Raleigh, added another piece to its collection last week when it acquired the former Occidental Life building on Wade Avenue near Cameron Village.

The property, which was once home to the Occidental Life Insurance Company and built in 1956, recently underwent millions in renovations and remains in use as an office building. Empire Properties will handle the leasing while Trademark Properties will continue to manage space in the building.

Raleigh’s Hottest Tire Shop

Atlantic Tire’s other Raleigh location, on Marvino Road

Raleigh’s second location of Atlantic Tire & Service will be built out by none other than Rufty-Peedin Design Builders. After a groundbreaking in May, permits were issued for the project last week. Steven Peedin, co-founder and President of Rufty-Peedin Design builders, said that “Atlantic Tire has been a trusted service business within our community for nearly two decades. Owner Anthony Blackman and his Atlantic Tire team have worked hard to build a thriving business serving our community with integrity and commitment.”

The new facility will feature “eight service bays, the latest in environmentally friendly design as well as comfortable and accessible customer service areas” in a 6,534 square-foot space located at 3001 Wakefield Crossing Drive. Atlantic Tire & Service owner Anthony Blackman said they had chosen to work with Rufty-Peedin for their “experience with complex commercial building projects and ability to manage site engineering, permitting and design, and the construction process.” We couldn’t agree more!

Chubby’s Tacos Expands in Size

The Chubby’s Tacos at the Lake Boone Shopping Center looks poised for a minor expansion, as indicated by permits issued last week to the Culver Building Company.

The $215,605 permit is described as an “interior expansion and alteration.” We’re not sure how much it might be expanding by at this point, or if it’s branching out into an adjacent space. Hopefully the work doesn’t force the restaurant to close for any length of time. While we do think the place is a little small, it’s more than worth it once you taste the food. Plus: you can always sit outside.

It’s Always Sunny in East Raleigh

A plan to develop an eight-building affordable housing apartment complex in east Raleigh off Sunnybrook Road could move one step closer to construction, pending the outcome of a Board of Adjustment case.

The Sunnybrook Pointe Apartments would house 180 units spread across eight, three-story buildings on a roughly 13 acre lot. The units would break down into 66 three-bedroom units, 108 two-bedrooms, and six one-bedrooms.

This new multifamily complex is being developed by Sunnybrook Pointe Partners LP. We couldn’t find much out about the firm, although it appears to be linked to Raleigh developer Mark Tipton. Tipton is also behind the firm Carolina Equities, which received a tax-exempt bond in 2013 to develop the site as Grace’s Landing. At some point, the name — and the architect — changed, but the plan to build affordable housing on the site has remained in place the entire time.

In April 2017, Raleigh’s City Council voted unanimously to approve granting the Sunnybrook developers $2 million from the City’s affordable housing fund. That vote also authorized funding a number of other affordable housing projects, which Councilor Baldwin described as “awesome work” and said was the most progress she’d seen to date on affordable housing.

Development Beat: Hargett Place Brings Rowhomes to Raleigh

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Week of June 26, 2017

An inside look at Hargett Place

Kane begins development of North Hills East II project

Student housing planned for Hillsborough Street’s North Carolina Equipment Co. building (the one with the bulldozetr sign on the roof)

North Face store getting a facelift

Wayback Burgers to open first Raleigh location

Foxwood Luxury apartments coming to Southern Virginia (or North Raleigh)

New Poké restaurant planned for Brennan Station

Luxury Urban Living at Hargett Place


There’s a unique new development going up in downtown Raleigh, and no, it’s not another apartment. What was once a parking lot a few blocks from Moore Square is now the site of Hargett Place, Raleigh’s newest rowhome development. Located at S. Bloodworth Street at Hargett Street, 17 three-story luxury rowhomes range from 1,700 to 4,000 square feet, with an additional 700 to 1,000+ square feet of outdoor living space. The project was developed by Trish and John Healy of Hyde Street Holdings and built by Greg Paul Builders. Fonville Morisey Barefoot is handling the sales and marketing of Hargett Place, priced from $690,000 – $1.5 million.

Each rowhome features a rooftop terrace, a kitchen balcony, a ground level courtyard, and an oversized 1-car garage with parking for a second car. These homes are one-of-a-kind for the downtown area, with 10-foot ceilings on the main level, Viking appliances, field finished white oak hardwoods, and elevators and dumbwaiters in some of the homes.

We actually got to check these out a few months ago and were quite impressed with the project. I’ve toured many urban residences over the years and Hargett Place manages to combine downtown living with what actually feels like a home environment. One of the biggest take-aways is the outdoor space on each level that offers some amazing views of either downtown Raleigh or historic Oakwood.

Seven of the homes have been sold to date and there are two move-in ready homes in Building 1. The remaining homes should be completed by spring of 2018. Having worked on similar urban projects like the nearby Oakdale at Mordecai and upcoming Chatham Walk in downtown Cary, we don’t imagine Fonville Morisey Barefoot will have much trouble selling the remaining Hargett Place homes. Contact Fonville Morisey Barefoot for more information: 919-926-5574 or

North Hills East II Is Coming

In 2016, Kane Realty announced plans to expand North Hills by 32 acres through an expansion plan titled North Hills East II. Per master plan documents filed last year, Kane Realty said the project would consist of 20 development tracts and three open space tracts located along the 440 beltline. These tracts would be developed by Kane “in a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use fashion designed to complement established commercial development in the vicinity, while also seeking to preserve the character of the adjacent Farrior Hills neighborhood located on the eastern side of St. Albans Drive.”

Earlier this month, plans were filed for the first stage in the new development: an apartment complex currently known as Gaddy Residential. The name is actually rooted in the history of the 13 acre parcel on which the apartments will be developed. For years, the land was owned by Charles W. Gaddy, a “Raleigh real estate investor and philanthropist” and his heirs. Note: this is *not* the legendary WRAL broadcaster Charlie Gaddy.

The site plans describe a five-story, 367,000 square foot development of 322 residential units (199 one-bedroom units, 108 two-bedrooms, and 15 three-bedrooms). A surface parking lot of 325 spaces will sit on the east side of the development.

Although it’ll be a little while before any construction starts on this project, we’ll keep an eye out for any updates.

More Student Apartments Coming to Hillsborough Street

Last week, we reported on the rezoning case that could soon bring a market-rate, 30-unit apartment building to the intersection of Hillsborough and Bagwell Streets. Now, we’re able to take a look at yet another Hillsborough Street apartment complex, set to be located a few blocks away at 3101 Hillsborough.

Known as The Standard, the complex will replace the former home of the North Carolina Equipment Company, whose iconic bulldozer sign still sits atop the existing structure. Landmark Properties tried to rezone the property last year to build a four-story student housing complex with ground floor retail and a maximum of 506 residential units and 775 beds. When the case was rejected by Council, Landmark submitted plans for a three-story, 217-unit development.

With the recent filing of rezoning case Z-16-17, it appears that Landmark has decided once again to change course, and is now requesting permission to build a five-story, 220-unit student-oriented housing complex with ground floor retail and a parking deck. In a neighborhood meeting earlier this year, Landmark representatives told residents they would seek to emulate The Stanhope, a student housing complex located next door.

While the original rezoning case generated some controversy as to the future of the bulldozer sign, we could find no reference to it in the pages of Z-16-17, although it was apparently discussed during the neighborhood meeting held in April. Our hope is that the bulldozer will eventually find its way into the development; if not atop the structure, then perhaps in a courtyard as a piece of public art.

North Face-Lift

The North Face, the outerwear company popular among Raleigh residents who likely will never reach elevations higher than that of Pilot Mountain, is set to undergo a minor renovation to its Crabtree Valley location. Permits indicate that $50,000 worth of alterations will be done to the space by Horizon Retail Construction. As this company appears to be something of a specialty contractor — they are based out of Wisconsin — we imagine that this project, while small, does require some expertise, so we’re curious to see how it turns out.

Wayback To The Future

Wayback Burgers, the popular burger chain that got its start in Newark, Delaware as Jake’s Burgers more than 20 years ago is coming to Raleigh. They recently began remodeling a space at Plantation Square on Capital Boulevard that will be home to their first Raleigh location.

The company did not begin franchising until 2009, although it now has six locations in North Carolina alone. As it happens, I have a bit of a personal connection to this place, having attended the University of Delaware between 2000-2004. Jake’s was, hands down, the best burger and shake place in town. It was sort of on the outskirts, but well worth the trip.

It looks like they changed their name from Jake’s to Jake’s Wayback Burgers, before dropping “Jake’s” in 2014. Although Raleigh already offers a range of specialty burger joints, we’re pretty excited about Wayback making its way into the city, even if, like its original Newark location, it is somewhat on the outskirts.

Foxwood Luxury Apartments Underway in North Raleigh (Southern Virginia)

More than a year ago, we reported that sitework was underway for the new Foxwood Luxury Apartments (which is an oxymoron) in North Raleigh, or what some would consider Southern Virginia. Last week, permits were finally issued for the apartments, setting the stage for a 2018 opening. It looks like the complex will consist of 164 residential units spread out across five, four-story buildings. Units will range in size from one to three bedrooms, and offer high ceilings, walk-in closets, a “gourmet” kitchen, hardwood floors and in-suit washer/dryers. Sounds luxurious…

This is not photoshopped. This is a real image of a Fox mascot at the groundbreaking.

Permits were also issued for the pool, club house, parking garage and other supporting structures. While its “outside the outer beltline” location may seem unappealing, Google Maps reveals that the Triangle Town Center Mall is only five minutes away by car and 20 minutes away by foot if you’re willing to play Frogger across 540: and the Walmart is even closer! So. Much. Luxury.

Pokémon Go To The Restaurant

Brennan Station on Creedmoor Road will soon be home to a new joint called Poké Restaurant, although we don’t know much more about it beyond that. Our guess is it will focus on variations of the traditional Hawaiian dish poké, whose description “raw fish salad” makes our stomach churn.

The Raleigh poké restaurant joins two other new poké spots in the Triangle, ZenFish in Durham and One Fish Two Fish in Carrboro. The News & Observer recently published a lengthy profile noting that while “poké bowls appear on the menus of many sushi and Asian fusion restaurants, ZenFish and One Fish Two Fish appear to be the first fast-casual restaurants devoted exclusively to serving them.”

While we’re not sure if the new Poké Restaurant will follow in the footsteps of the Durham and Carrboro spots, we can’t wait to let other people find out for themselves.

Development Beat: Council To Decide on New Hillsborough Apartments

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Week of June 19, 2017

New apartments could come to the corner of Hillsborough and Bagwell

St. David’s School working on $8M middle school

New pizza shop opens in former Porter’s Spot on Hillsborough Street

CycleBar to open in North Hills

Raleigh Gymnastics Expands

Person Street fitness center closes

New Hillsborough Apartments Await Council Approval

The City Council will once again hear a rezoning case that would allow for an apartment complex at the intersection of Hillsborough and Bagwell Streets. The owner is seeking to build a four-story complex comprised of units that are three-bedrooms or less. In the March 7 public hearing, several Councilors expressed concern about the potential that the complex would be student housing that rents by the room, rather than the unit.

During the March 21 hearing, Ted Van Dyk of New City Design, the architectural firm responsible for this project, told Councilors the building would likely cap out at around 28-30 units. The owners have offered two new conditions, no ‘rent by the room’, and also that the building will be at the four story height as measured from Hillsborough Street. The small area plan is still under consideration, and may include broader height recommendations than the current UDO.

The developers have also offered a number of conditions relating to its facade, including a minimum of 75 percent masonry or brick siding, and a near-complete lack of EIFS (a sort of synthetic stucco) or vinyl as siding materials.

“We hope Council will appreciate the work we have done to address community concerns. This mixed use project could be a major investment in the revitalized Hillsborough Street, and bring business and residents who can live, work, study, and play to the street. The Phase 2 streetscape, at a cost of $17 million and currently under way, is meant to beautify the street and attract investment and redevelopment- we hope that our project can be part of the effort,” said Van Dyk.

The case has managed to win the approval of both the Planning Commission (a 9-0 recommendation) and the Wade Citizens Advisory Council. The CAC voted 19 in favor, nine against and nine on the fence. Council will have the option of holding the case open (which they have done since March), sending the item to committee (it was sent to the Growth & Natural Resources Committee in April) or voting to approve or deny the rezoning.

Pizza Place Opens in Former Porter’s Spot

Due to the lack of pizza options on Hillsborough Street, Bocci Trattoria & Pizza, an Italian restaurant with locations in Cary and Durham, opened its first Raleigh location this week in the former home of McDaid’s Irish Pub. Prior to McDaid’s, Porter’s Tavern operated in the space before closing in 2013.

We first reported on this new restaurant back in February. Bocci held a soft opening last week for “Friends and Family” – of which we are neither, but thanks to the miracle of Facebook, we were able to get a peek at the restaurant’s new interior.

CycleBar to Open Second Raleigh Location in North Hills

CycleBar, a “premium indoor cycling studio” will soon open a second Raleigh location, this one on the ground level of the Park Central Apartments at North Hills.

The franchise has a location in Brier Creek, so in a way, the North Hills spot will be its first true Raleigh location. Here’s how CycleBar described themselves in a press release announcing the North Hills location:

“At CycleBar, instructors lead classes for as many as 48 riders in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. Most classes last just under and hour, and heart rate, estimated calories burned, and power are all recorded and sent to the rider along with a playlist of the music from the ride. A leader board is also displayed for those with a competitive spirit.”

A leader board? As someone who will run an extra ten minutes on the treadmill just to make sure I leave after anyone who started before me, I like that idea a lot.

The facility will occupy 2,962 square feet of space, and its $238,000 fit-out will be handled by our friends over at the excellently-named Diamond Contracting.

St. David’s Begins Building New Middle School

St. David’s School, a private Episcopalian K-12 institution that first opened in 1972, will soon be adding a new $7.8 million middle school facility to its White Oak Road campus.

The building is part of a larger initiative being run by the school titled “Inspired Futures”, which seeks to expand the physical campus and the types of programs offered to its students.

The new middle school project, which also includes outdoor and courtyard improvements that will benefit the entire campus, looks to be the most significant of the new facilities planned. At nearly $8 million, it’s certainly the most expensive. A new upper school is budgeted at $3.3 million, and a satellite athletic facility on Yonkers Road has a price tag of $500,000.

If you’re curious what an $8 million private middle school looks like, we were able to track down this YouTube video that offers a virtual tour of the place.

Until 1990, St. David’s was known as Hale High School, and offered only a high school education, which was inferior to the education provided by Broughton High School. In the fall of that year, the school was combined with St. Timothy’s Middle School, which offered grades 6-8. The facility was renamed as St. Timothy’s-Hale School. They began offering fifth grade classes in 1994. In 2003, it added grades K-4 and changed its name to the St. David’s School. All of this information is irrelevant since it has nothing to do with Root, Lacy, Daniels, Martin, or Broughton.

The new middle school will be built out by Brasfield & Gorie, a national construction firm with an office here in Raleigh.

Person Street Fitness Center Set to Close

O2 Fitness, which operates 23 locations throughout North and South Carolina and whose headquarters is located in downtown Raleigh, will reportedly be closing its Person Street location at the end of this month.

An employee at the nearby Seaboard Station O2 confirmed that the Person Street location will be closing at the end of June. The site was previously home to Retro Fitness, although given the growing popularity of the Person Street corridor, we don’t imagine the property will be re-imagined as yet another gym.

Interestingly enough, the founder of O2, Michael Olander Jr., owns a number of downtown Raleigh properties, including the O2 headquarters at 135 E. Martin. Olander earlier this year purchased 208 Fayetteville Street for $3.75 million.

Raleigh Gymnastic Rolls Into New Space

The Raleigh School of Gymnastics on Hargrove Road will soon be expanding into an adjacent space, adding more than 1,000 square feet of space to its long-standing facility.

Founded in 1976, the school bills itself as “one of the most successful private gymnastics schools in North Carolina.” The fact they’ve stayed open for more than 40 years seems to back up this assertion. There must be some sort of gymnast-labor law preventing the owners from having their students handle the construction in a Rocky IV-esque training scenario. The $50,000 expansion will be handled by Alexander Design Build.

We aren’t sure why this isn’t legal

Wilmington Street Taco Bell Prepares for Major Renovation

The Taco Bell at 3224 South Wilmington Street in South Raleigh is set to undergo a major transformation: its owners will be spending more than $300,000 on renovations that will include a revamped dining area, renovated bathrooms, exterior facade and roof improvements and, most importantly for its car-bound customers, a new canopy over the drive-thru speaker box. The renovation will be performed by local firm Qualified Builders.

Development Beat: Former Ham ‘N’ Egger and Oak City Diner Spot Being Developed

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Week of June 12, 2017

Development coming to Oak City Diner spot

Ridge Road gets pre-schooled

Stone’s Townhouses

Texas takes over Hargett Street block

Arrow Haircuts opening in North Hills

Remedy Diner could move down the street

New bar on Glenwood South

Blast from the past: Capital Boulevard’s abandoned hotel

Former Ham ‘N’ Egger and Oak City Diner Spot Being Developed

Once home to the Ham ‘N’ Egger diner, which later became the Oak City Diner before being torn down in 2008, the site just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant has sat empty for the better part of a decade.

Within recent weeks dirt has begun to move at the intersection of Wake Forest and McNeill Street. Over three years ago developers acquired the land and submitted the plan for McNeill Pointe, Wake Forest Road’s newest shopping center. Although no building permits have been issued yet, developers Dale Elmore and Bobby Lewis have begun the application process for the first two shell buildings. The permits, which call for two one-story, 8,400 square foot shell buildings that will be “mirrored from each other” are currently under review by City staff.

RIP Oak City Diner

When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four structures and offer more than 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses. The leasing agent for the property, Avison Young, told the News & Observer earlier this year that the space was 45 percent leased and that tenants would include a nail salon, a Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, a House of Hops, and more. The project is expected to cost around $7 million, and should open by the end of the year.

McNeill Pointe

Ridge Road Getting a New Preschool and Day Care

The Goddard School, a franchised early childhood education center will soon open its first ITB location. While four other Goddard Schools exist in Raleigh, the first ITB location will be across the street from Ridgewood Shopping Center.

The school, which boasts that its “unique nurturing approach will give your child the opportunity to develop into a joyful, confident learner who is prepared for success in school and in life,” opened its first location in Malvern, PA — not far from this reporter’s hometown! — more than 30 years ago.

Goddard now operates 460 locations in 36 states, so we can’t be sure this isn’t some sort of pre-pyramid scheme or day care cult. Why so many locations? Why so many states? In our area, they have schools located in Wake Forest, Cary, North Raleigh, and Brier Creek, which is basically Virginia. The ITB location will, naturally, be larger than the North Raleigh and Brier Creek schools at 11,000 square feet. When asked for his thoughts on this new school encroaching on ITB territory, Finley gave a typical measured response, “If it’s not White Memorial or St. Michael’s, then I don’t care.” Fair enough.

Townhomes Coming to Stone’s Warehouse

In March, we reported that work had begun on the redevelopment of the old Stone’s Warehouse on Davie, which will become Transfer Co. Olde East, a “food production hall, market, and gathering place” that will also include more than a dozen townhomes.

Last week, the City began reviewing the first round of permits for these new homes, which will be built on the southeastern side of the property along Chavis Way. While the submitted cost for each of the four townhomes is the same — $160,000 — one is slightly larger at 2,526 square feet, while the other three come in at 2,121 square feet.

While it’s hard to say exactly how long the review process may take — at this point, City records indicate that contact information for several subcontractors needs to be submitted in order to move forward — we take it as a good sign that the townhomes are moving forward so soon after work on the warehouse began.

Arrow Haircuts Coming to North Hills

Arrow Haircuts, a local barbershop chain offering haircuts, hot shaves, and — most importantly — free beer to its customers, will soon be opening a new location in the Park District at North Hills shopping center. The fifth location in the area for Arrow is projected to open in late 2017 in a 1,460 square foot space on the ground level of the new Park Central Apartments.

The company announced the new location on its Facebook page last week, thanking their loyal and amazing customers for the support they’ve shown over the past three-and-a-half years. Arrow currently has locations in Cameron Village, downtown on E. Hargett, on Wade Avenue, and on 9th Street in Durham.

Remedy Diner Moving

Popular vegan/vegetarian eatery The Remedy Diner on E. Hargett Street could soon be relocating to a new spot at the 927 West Morgan Apartments in the former home of P.G. Werth’s, which closed earlier this year after two years in business. Interestingly enough, the new location would put Remedy just down the street from Irregardless Cafe, another local restaurant popular with the vegetarian crowd.

Parliament on Glenwood South

A new bar from Jason Howard, who owned Brooklyn Heights and recently opened The Cardinal Bar on West Street, and Zack Medford, Ben Yannessa, and Brad Bowles of Isaac Hunter’s Hospitality, is coming soon to the ground floor of The Rockford in Glenwood South. The Parliament will be located at 322 Glenwood, which had had previously been home to Loud City Smoke Shoppe.

Texas Real Estate Firm Acquires Hargett Street Block

If it wasn’t for the excellent newsletter put out by Ashton Smith, we would have missed this one:  A real estate firm from Texas recently bought the entire 500 block of E. Hargett Street for $5.9 million. On that block sits the Wintershaven Apartments, a low-income housing community of 61 apartments, along with a few other lots. The block was purchased earlier this month by Artesia Real Estate, a property management and real estate investment firm based out of Austin, Texas. No word on whether they plan to redevelop the block, but the site is zoned for construction of up to three stories. We’ll keep our eyes open for any redevelopment plans that may be filed in the coming months.

Capital Boulevard’s Abandoned Hotel

Longtime readers of the Development Beat — Hi Mom & Dad! — may recall that we’ve written about the old Capital Plaza hotel on Capital Boulevard more than a few times. In my very first column I referred to it as “an ugly scar on the already pockmarked face of Capital Boulevard” and when plans began to surface about a potential redevelopment, I was so excited that I wrote two whole articles about it.

So I was thrilled when I saw a post on Reddit of what we’d call an urban explorer video shot at the Capital Plaza. The video’s author won’t allow embeds, so the best I can do is share this link, but it’s seriously worth clicking through. I’d been curious about this place for going on seven years now, and I know I’m not the only one who wanted to see what it looked like inside.

Development Beat: Restaurant Planned for Askew-Taylor, Retail Coming to Fayetteville Street

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Week of June 5, 2017

Restaurant planned for Askew-Taylor Building

Retail coming to 208 Fayetteville Street

Food Courts announce new vendors

Bike Share vendor selected

Cameron Village gets lit

Details on Sprinklergate at 616 Oberlin apartments

Southern Tide coming to North Hills

Restaurant Planned for Askew-Taylor Building

After nearly 70 years in business, Askew-Taylor Paints & Arts on Glenwood Avenue closed its doors for good last October, bringing an end to decades of service from a family-owned business. Since then, the property at 110 Glenwood has sat vacant and unused. That could soon change.

Site plans filed last week on behalf of an LLC whose owner appears to be a real estate manager for McDonald’s indicate that the 97-year-old building will be transformed into a restaurant. That being said, we’re pretty sure Askew-Taylor won’t be replaced by a McDonald’s.

The architect listed on the plans, Matthew Konar out of Durham, doesn’t have any McD’s projects listed on his resume. To the contrary, his body of work includes renovations at the Raleigh Times Bar, Sitti, and The Farmhouse in Durham, among others.

The site plan drawings keep the existing structure completely intact but also indicate a plan for a wooden deck/outdoor amenity area on the back of the property.From the plans, we can guess the restaurant will be approximately 4,000 square feet in size, and say for sure it will seat 44 and offer 16 parking spaces.

Retail Coming to 208 Fayetteville Street

208 Fayetteville street will soon be home to retail and office tenants. The three-story, 28,000 square foot property was recently acquired by MDO Holdings, a real estate holding company owned by Michael Olander Jr., who also founded O2 Fitness. MDO Holdings purchased the building for $3.75 million.

The building stretches the depth of the block and is located in between the CVS Pharmacy that is never open and the Kimbrell’s Furniture store. Efird’s Department Store opened at this location in 1918, replacing T. A. Partin’s dry goods store and Sidell’s Studio Photography in a two-story building. In 1935, Efird’s replaced the building with a steel-framed three-story building. Efird’s sold the building to the Hudson Belk Department Store in 1959. The North Carolina State Bar Association purchased the building in 1978 and remodeled it in 1998.

Our ITBFF Doug Warf, the chief marketing officer at MDO Holdings, told us more about their plans for the property, which include retail on the first floor and an office tenant in the floors above.

“We are excited to bring this historic building back to vitality. In doing so we hope to accomplish two things that are important to MDO Holdings – adding another local retail source and bringing local-minded business people to downtown Raleigh,” said Warf.

Apartment Fire Cause Remains Undetermined

Investigators with Raleigh’s Fire Department announced Friday that a cause had not yet been determined for the March fire that destroyed the under-construction Metropolitan Apartments and damaged several surrounding properties. You may recall our on-the-scene coverage of one of the biggest fires in Raleigh history.

According to the City, 100 investigators participated, over 300 interviews were conducted, multiple state search warrants were issued, and approximately 25 tons of debris were removed from the scene. A number of “potential ignition sources” were identified and evaluated.

Investigators were unable to definitively eliminate several accidental and incendiary scenarios, including electrical sources, an intentional act, and the possibility of a heating fire ignited by trespassing squatters. As a result this fire is classified as “undetermined”.

Downtown Food Courts Announce New Vendors

Raleigh’s future food courts both announced new vendors last week. Located in the old Stone’s Warehouse space at 500 East Davie Street, Transfer Co., which we covered in March, announced the following on social media.

Morgan Street Food Hall & Market, designed by our friends at New City Design Group and located in the old Jillian’s spot at 411 W Morgan St., announced Boba Brew, City Sushi, Cow Bar, Ginger+Soy, Oak City Fish & Chips, and Raleigh Raw on their website.

Bike Sharing is Bike Caring

City Council is expected later today to approve a contract for the implementation of the City’s new bike share program. Staff has selected the team of Bewegen Technologies and Corps Logistics, one of the vendors who responded to a request for proposals issued by the City. Bewegen has developed bike share systems in a range of cities, including Baltimore, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia.

Cameron Village Gets Lit

Carolina Lighting & Design, a home décor store with a location in Cary, may soon be opening in Cameron Village in the former home of the controversial Victorian Rose Bridal Shop, which was featured in not one, but two Five On Your Side™ investigations. After Victorian Rose’s owner relocated and reopened under a different name (Five on Your Side™ had to step in again), the Cameron Village spot was occupied by Southern Seasons and then Reid’s Fine Foods.

The $74,000 transformation of the space into a showroom for lights, lamps, and LEDS will be handled by TL Stewart Builders.

The 411 on 616

A few weeks ago, we broke the news on the situation over at the 616 Oberlin apartments, where residents of the top floors were given one week to move out so that a defective sprinkler system could be replaced.

City records indicate the building passed inspections and received its Certificate of Occupancy in February 2017. John Boyette, a Public Information Officer with the City, told us the general contractor for 616 recently approached the City about the building’s newly defective sprinkler system, which it planned to fix as quickly as possible.

Although not in his district, City Councilor David Cox issued an update noting that “pinhole-type leaks” had been detected “at the joints of the fittings within the piping.” Leaks that small can be difficult to detect and even harder to track down, and are generally the result of an error during the soldering/brazing process whereby the pipes and joints are fused together.

City records show that two companies did the initial fire protection work at 616 Oberlin. Since we don’t know who was at fault for the leaks, we won’t name/shame either of these businesses. Permits for the repairs have been issued to Charlotte-based Sitetec Construction. In order to repair the sprinklers they’ll have to replace all existing wall and ceiling systems.

Southern Tide coming to North Hills

Southern Tide, a lifestyle and apparel brand for men and women, will be opening a signature store in the Main District at North Hills. Located between Lilly Pulitzer and Fleur, the store is expected to open late summer 2017. The North Hills location will be Southern Tide’s first signature store in North Carolina. No word on how Vineyard Vines is reacting to the news.

H-Street Kitchen Closing for the Summer

H-Street Kitchen announced that they would take a breather during the summer and would reopen in August with some changes to the restaurant. H-Street opened in 2016, after our friends at Rufty-Peedin completed a high-profile restoration of the historic Varsity Theater on Hillsborough Street.

H-Street shared the news last week on their Facebook page. Owners figured the summer would be the best time to make some changes since most NC State students would be out of town. ITB sources have indicated they’ll make a few tweaks to the concept of the restaurant and may make a name change. We’ll keep you posted on this.

Development Beat: Old Rex Hospital Back on the Market, Boylan Bridge Brewpub Reopens

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Week of May 29, 2017

Old Rex Hospital site for sale again

Boylan Bridge Brewpub is open, for real

Mural coming to South Wilmington Street

New apartment complex coming near Glenwood South

North Hills Target to get beer upgrades

Work begins on Alamo Drafthouse

Old Rex Back on the Market

Source: UNC Wilson Library

Following a review by Governor Roy Cooper’s new administration, the State has put the Old Rex Hospital site back on the market. The Raleigh Public Record reported last year that the property had been listed for sale through a Request for Proposals process that began in November 2016 and would have ended in March.

In a press release issued Friday, N.C. Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders announced that:

“After thoughtful evaluation, the State Property Office will resume actions to sell the old Rex Hospital site. This is a strategic decision in managing our state’s assets made in the long-term best interests of both the taxpayers and the state.”

Although owned by the State, the site’s development potential is controlled by the City of Raleigh, which rezoned it to OX-5 (Office Mixed-Use with a maximum height of five stories) as part of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan that went into effect earlier this year.

Situated at the intersection of Wade Avenue and St. Mary’s Street, the Old Rex campus was specifically singled out in the City’s Wade-Oberlin Area Plan, where it was described as the only site on Wade Avenue where new retail uses should be allowed. The City hopes to limit that retail use — no one wants to see a Brier Creek style development here — to about five percent of the total square footage.

An addendum to the original RFP includes an interesting “Program Summary Sheet” where the respondent is asked to break down by square footage the various uses they would develop on the site, including Condo, Apartment, Retail, Office, Hotel, and “Other.” We’ll keep a close eye on the project, as Finley has described this as one of the most sacred sites inside the beltline due to the “number of ITBabies born there”. We’re unsure if that will factor into the sale price.

Boylan Bridge Brewpub is open, for real, we promise

The Boylan Bridge Brewpub has finally reopened after being closed for 15 months to repair the damage caused by a collapsed wall in the building’s basement. After a few false reports, which we covered in March, we now have photographic evidence to prove the establishment is actually open.

Real customers at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub, which is open.

New Mural Coming to South Wilmington Street

Patrons of the Moore Square Parking Deck will soon be greeted with a 55-foot long mural on the brick wall adjacent to the entrance ramp off South Wilmington. David Meeker, a local developer, and co-owner of Trophy Brewing, submitted plans for a mural that would adorn the northern wall of 237 S. Wilmington, a property now home to Beasley’s, Chuck’s and the Fox Liquor Bar. Bryan Costello of Holder Goods and Jed Gant of Raleigh Murals Project are also involved in the project.

A major work application for the project was filed with Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission as the mural will be painted on a noncontributing resource in the Moore Square historic district. As the application notes, the wall is already painted, and “a mural is essentially changing the exterior paint color.”

Boylan Flats Begins to Rise

The Glenwood South area will soon welcome yet another new apartment complex: the 5-story, 48-unit Boylan Flats.

Situated in the vacant lot at 615 North Boylan Avenue behind the Peace Street McDonald’s, the new 45,610 square-foot apartment building will offer residents a 1,025 square-foot rooftop open space area. While this is an amenity that can be enjoyed by all, parking spaces will be a rarer commodity: only 37 off-street spaces are planned for the 48 units.

Given the site’s relative proximity to the downtown core and a number of other rapidly growing areas, we imagine a number of residents may be able to go without a car. Davidson & Jones is serving as the general contractor for this $6.5 million+ project.

A Spirited Renovation at Target North Hills

Retail giant Target is known for its almost supernatural ability to predict what its customers want. By that measure shoppers at the North Hills location must really love beer.

A $260,537 permit was issued last week to TDS Construction for a project described as an “interior showcase beer stand area fixture” that will include wall and door finishes. We aren’t sure from the permit if this is just another name for a walk-in beer cooler or something more elaborate. We’ll do some digging and keep you posted.

Work Begins on New Alamo Drafthouse

Raleigh will soon be home to the state’s first location of famed cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse, as permits for the new $5.5 million complex were issued last week to McDonald-York Construction.

Although we first reported on plans for this new cinema/eatery back in January, the project was not officially confirmed by Alamo until May. The 11-screen theater, which will also include a beer hall, is set to open by the end of 2017 in the Longview Shopping Center on New Bern Avenue. While the site plans originally called for a 58,000 square-foot structure, the size listed on the permits comes in at a more manageable 39,934 square feet.

If you’re wondering, yes, Alamo Drafthouse is the same theater chain that recently made the news for announcing a “Women Only” screening of the new Wonder Woman movie.

It’s Pho Time in North Raleigh

Visitors to North Raleigh’s Celebration at Six Forks will soon have something new to celebrate, as permits were issued last week for the new Vietnamese restaurant Pho Sure Cafe.

Scant details are available on the place, although we do know that $245,000 is being spent on “alterations and repairs” of the 1,992 square-foot space. 3Y Construction will be overseeing the work on this project.

Bath & Body Works Beautification

Bath & Body Works, a store whose wares offer customers the opportunity to cleanse and beautify themselves and their surroundings, will soon be undergoing a makeover of its own, one that will require a lot more than bath salts and coconut hand creams to complete.

The 5,384 square-foot store — which, by our estimation is packed with about 4,800 square feet worth of candles — in Crabtree Valley Mall received half a million dollars in permits last week for an “interior alteration” store renovation project that will be handled by Cahill Construction.

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