by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Alamo Drafthouse Preview, Southeast Raleigh YMCA Breaks Ground

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Week of April 16, 2018

Alamo Drafthouse preview

Southeast Raleigh YMCA and elementary school breaks ground

Dedication at Oberlin Rising on April 21st

The Dillon gets a parking deck and art

Time Warp is on April 21st

Chris Combs Classic on April 21st

Standard Foods closes

PBX® 5 Year Anniversary

Midtown Yoga Opens

Lidl Purchases Additional Land in North Raleigh

Alamo Drafthouse Preview

The much-anticipated Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open on April 26th. Located on New Bern Avenue in the Longview Shopping Center, this is the first Alamo Drafthouse in North Carolina. Featuring 11 screens, a full kitchen and bar, and Video Vortex (the largest VHS and DVD rental collection on the East Coast) this is much more than just a movie theater.

The menu blows the standard $7 box of Milk Duds and $12 bucket of popcorn right out of the water. Starters range from fried pickles to loaded cheese fries, and yes, avocado toast. With vegan options, sandwiches, pizzas, brunch (served all day, every day), cookies, milkshakes and more, this is a legitimate restaurant that just happens to be inside of a movie theater. Guests can order from the menu at any time during the movie and have their food brought to them inside the theater.

They’ve got a ton of beers on tap, including 27 from North Carolina breweries, with another 8 rotating taps to go with an extensive list of bottles and cans. Guests can grab a 32 ounce “Crowler” that can be filled with a draft beer and then sealed. There’s also an impressive cocktail menu, which will include movie-themed drinks from time to time, and wine with plenty of rosé all daaaaay.

During the media preview, which we were invited to, the owners stressed the fact that they are a “community of neighborhood theaters” and do things differently than your normal theater chain. With programming aimed at all demographics (Saturday mornings sometimes feature a cereal bar and show kid-friendly movies/tv shows) and relationships in place with many local groups (Raleigh Little Theatre, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, VAE, and many more) this place should be a big hit.


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Southeast Raleigh YMCA Breaks Ground

The home of the Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Southeast Raleigh Elementary School broke ground last week. Located at 1436 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, the 32 acre property will include the joint YMCA and public school, mixed-use housing, and commercial spaces. Southeast Raleigh Promise, an independent nonprofit, will take the lead role in supporting children, families, and neighborhood needs in Southeast Raleigh.

The Southeast Raleigh Promise organization described their goals:

“We envision a site, along the Rock Quarry Road corridor, that has tangible, physical resources including a state-of-the-art YMCA with quality wellness facilities, a pre-K-5 school, safe and affordable housing for families, access to healthy food, and accessible spaces for recreation and play.”

In September 2016, the YMCA announced it hoped to have the school portion of the development — which would be run by Wake County in a joint partnership — open in 2019. The rest of the facility may be ready around the same time.


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Oberlin Rising Dedication On April 21st

A dedication for the Oberlin Rising sculpture and park will be held at 11:00 am, this Saturday, April 21st. Located at 801 Oberlin, the sculpture was created by Thomas Sayre and includes work from Howard L. Craft, an African-American poet and playwright, and others. The project is a monument to the community started in the 1870s by freed slaves following the Civil War. The art is on private land and funded by the York Family, who have lived in the nearby area for decades.

David Crabtree recently covered the project and interviewed Smedes York, Joe Holt, and Thomas Sayre about their involvement. It’s a really fascinating look at the history of this area and what went in to the project.

The Art of Parking at The Dillon

The Dillon, Kane Realty’s mixed-use development in the warehouse district, has now opened its 950-space parking deck. The deck will feature fully-automated pay stations, with no cashiers on site. Daily parking will cost $2/hour or $18/day.

While the parking deck is exciting news to many who can never seem to find a parking spot on their way to leveraging synergies at HQ Raleigh, it wasn’t the only new development at The Dillon recently. Some of the artwork commissioned by the developers is now visible to the public. Ashton Smith, friend-of-the-media-empire and owner of her own newsletter empire (Raleigh, over-easy), got a look at some of the new art last week.

Kane Realty issued a press release announcing that several original commissions are set to be installed. Curated in partnership with CAM Raleigh, local and regional artists will be featured in a variety of works. No word on if a 40-foot mural of ITBlake the intern will be commissioned.


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Time Warp at the City of Raleigh Museum

Time Warp, Raleigh’s hottest party that has everything, is coming up on April 21st. For more details, check out WNFIV’s write up. The party will raise funds to support the City of Raleigh Museum. Buy tickets here.


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2nd Annual Chris Combs Classic On April 21st

The second annual Chris Combs Baseball Classic will be held on April 21st at NC State’s Doak Field. Broughton will play Middle Creek at 12:00 pm and Johnson-Lambe has once again agreed to donate a set of game jerseys to the team that raises the most money. All proceeds go to ALS Awareness in the name of Team Chris Combs. Combs is a Broughton and NC State alum who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. The Walk to Defeat ALS will also be held on Saturday at the Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh. Donations can be made here.

Standard Shutdown

The TBJ has reported that Standard Foods, a restaurant and grocery store that served as a downtown showcase for fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, has shut down. This is not the first time Standard Foods, located at 205 East Franklin Street, shut down. It closed for several months in 2016 before reopening in October. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the food Instagrammers out there.

PBX 5th Anniversary On April 22nd

While this isn’t related to development, we want to wish our friends at PBX® a happy 5th birthday. They’ll be hosting an Outdoor Pop Up Mat Class to celebrate at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 22nd. Please RSVP here for the free event.

Midtown Yoga Opens In North Hills

Midtown Yoga, the locally-owned studio on the ground floor of North Hills’ Park Central Apartments, celebrated its grand opening this past weekend. The Raleigh Construction Company began work on the space back in October of 2017. Midtown Yoga owner Emily Wallace had previously been holding Yoga classes in outdoor spaces at North Hills.

Lidl Buys Up Land in North Raleigh

It’s been nearly a year since we first reported on German grocery chain Lidl’s plans to open a second Raleigh location on Buffaloe Road. Lidl US Operations, LLC recently paid $1,222,881 for the vacant 6.17 acre property located at 4117 Buffaloe Road to the trustee of the Buffaloe family (seriously) who used to own the land. The new store will be about 35,962 square feet in size, and be accompanied by a 180-space parking lot. Lidl opened their first Raleigh location on Wake Forest Road in November 2017.

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