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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 www.raleighnc.gov, keyword “Six Forks Corridor Study”
Email carter.pettibone@raleighnc.gov
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.

Today: Raleigh Rally to Win Over MLS

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Raleigh Rushes for MLS Bid

Our current professional soccer team, the North Carolina Football Club (NCFC), is rolling out the red carpet for Major League Soccer executives who are visiting Raleigh today to see if we should be given a bid to join their league.

The team will hold a public rally at 214 E. Martin Street in City Market at 5:00 pm to show MLS execs how badly we want to be an MLS team. During a morning press conference, NCFC owner Steve Malik will provide updates on the MLS bid process and progress towards a soccer stadium and entertainment center. That last part really sticks out. An “entertainment center” could mean anything. Could we be building a soccer stadium on top of the downtown canal? Could the entertainment center also be home to a future baseball team? Anything is possible.


If you haven’t been following this story, allow me to ITBring you up to speed.

1.) We have a professional soccer team in North Carolina.

2.) They were once called the “Carolina Railhawks” and they played in Cary. Surprisingly, the Town of Cary lifted the “all-beige ordinance” and allowed their field to be a natural green grass color.


3.) A guy named Jonny Steele played for the Railhawks. A few years ago, I met him through an ITB friend who was also on the team. Jonny Steele is one of the most legendary people I have ever met. That’s all I can say.

4.) Owner Steve Malik took over the team in 2015 and changed the team name to “North Carolina Football Club” or “NCFC” in December of 2016.

5.) Since 1929, the highest honor one could achieve while playing soccer was to play for Broughton.


6.) Major League Soccer is expanding their league and giving out bids. There are 12 other markets trying to get bids.

So where does Raleigh stand? We have a very impressive owner who wants an MLS team and wants it to play in a location where more people will attend games. He’ll be showing the MLS executives around Raleigh, meeting with local business leaders, and unveiling plans for a stadium. While I admire his efforts, I’m confused as to why we have to do any of this. If getting an MLS bid is anything like getting a Deb bid we shouldn’t even have to try. We’re from Raleigh. This is a birthright.

But, just to hedge our bets, I would encourage all Raleigh residents and soccer fans to show up at City Market today at 5:00 pm to show your support. I’ll provide more updates from the press conference that I’ll be attending, since I’m a media empire. Stay tuned.


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

photo by 919Raleigh.com

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 919Raleigh.com, 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.

Five Points Residents File Fireworks Class Action Suit

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Residents of Five Points are taking matters into their own hands after a disastrous 4th of July. To celebrate the birth of our great nation, many neighborhood residents gathered near the railroad tracks at the end of Bickett Boulevard to view the fireworks display being put on in downtown Raleigh. Then disaster struck. As the fireworks were starting, a Norfolk Southern train showed up and ruined everything.

“The train showed up right as the fireworks started and came to a complete stop. It would pull forward about ten feet then back up again, all while the train crossing signal kept ringing,” said Stahler McKinney, who notified me of this tragedy on Twitter.


Neighbors became more irate as they stared at a large train blocking their view of the fireworks.

“We have rights. It’s in the Declaration of Rights,” said Liza Jane Wambles. “Who the hell is Norfolk Southern? Isn’t that in Brier Creek? I’ve been drinking rosé all day, hashtag rosé allll dayyy!!!!” she slurred, before being cut off by her husband, Banks Wambles.

“Please don’t say “hashtag” in public. We’ve been over this,” he said quietly, pulling the bottle of rosé away. “But yes, this is definitely a problem. Now we’ve got to deal with three kids under 5 asking where the fireworks are. We can only distract them with Pirate’s Booty for so long,” he added.


Children could be heard crying “I can’t see! Moooooom, I can’t see!” while many parents wept silently, knowing there would be no end to the whining.

“This was basically our Vietnam. Explosions going off, the train crossing signal blaring, and little Charlie Jr. here torturing me with constant questions about why the train won’t move. I pushed my kids all the way out here in our UPPAbaby stroller that my wife got on micITBit. We were expecting to see fireworks.” said Charles Jarvis, a Five Points resident.

Emotions ran high as two dads fought over the last craft beer in the YETI Hopper. “My dad and Mr. Caldwell were wrestling in the street. Then Mr. Caldwell took a nap on the ground and the ambulance bagged and tagged him, so we went inside to play Mario Kart 8,” said one child, clearly desensitized to the ITB dad on ITB dad violence.

“now that Mr. Caldwell’s been bagged and tagged you wanna go play Mario Kart?”

“Yeah, the dad on dad crime isn’t a good look, but it happens. If word gets out that we can’t even see the fireworks from our neighborhood, our property values are going to plummet,” said Wambles.

The residents plan to sue Norfolk Southern for negligence, obstruction of independence, obstruction of freedom, potential decrease in property values, and “being annoying AF” as Liza Jane Wambles put it.  While the residents have yet to select a firm to handle the class action suit, they are expected to go with Stacy Miller and Miller Law Firm.


Brunch Bill Passage Causes ITB Euphoria

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It’s finally over. Our long Sunday morning nightmare is over. Less than a week after Gov. Roy Cooper signed the “Brunch Bill” into law, the Raleigh City Council voted 7-1 to allow alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

“After reading about the Brunch Bill protests on ITB Insider™, we knew we had to act fast to approve this,” said an anonymous council member. “We didn’t want any more protests, and we certainly didn’t want another pastel-colored frat wall blocking the entrance at the Cameron Village Harris Teeter.”

I don’t want to take all the credit for this victory. A lot of other people helped out, including the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association, legislators, and businesses who wanted the law changed. But I will say that before I addressed this on ITB Insider™ the bill had not passed. Once I investigative journalismed the issue, the bill was passed. I’ll let you all read between the beltlines on that one.


Upon hearing the news, residents cried tears of joy while group texting their friends to make Sunday brunch plans. “We were going to stay in Atlantic Beach through the weekend, but now that we can drink Bloody Marys two hours earlier we’re cutting our trip short. LOAD UP THE SUBURBAN, THOMAS, WE’RE GOING HOME,” said Hayes Barton resident Mary Lane Lane. Some residents became so excited after hearing the news that they couldn’t even keep their cars on the road.

At first I thought this might have been some sort of kamikaze attack on the Club by an OTB mom who was upset that her daughter wasn’t selected as a Deb. Then I remembered they haven’t sent out the Deb announcements for 2017 yet. This accident was clearly due to Brunch Bill euphoria.

How Brunch Impacts the ITB Economy

A representative from Capital Club 16 added that the law change would result in at least an additional $60,000 in mimosa sales…. each week. “This is great for our industry. I’ve had to hire 4 new employees just to manage our mimosa wheels.” The law change isn’t just helping restaurants that offer brunch. A representative from Capital Creations added that this was great for their business as well. “Giving people two more hours to drink mimosas and Bloody Marys is great for us. By the time people are done with a Sunday Funday and that French Toast has worn off they’re dying for a Sunday night anxiety pizza. We support the move 100%.”


It’s time to celebrate our newfound brunch freedom. I wanted to throw an ITBrunch Bash at Dix Park featuring The Connells with a menu of Rise biscuits, flights of French Toast from my favorite brunch restaurants, and Glowmosas. (A Glowmosa is a combination of the traditional mimosa and Glow, a juice made from pineapple, apple, mint, and lime from my friends at Humdinger. When combined with champagne this becomes the Glowmosa, a drink far superior to your run-of-the-mill mimosa.) We’d even have a mimosa ice luge shaped like the beltline. After eating, drinking, and Instagramming it all, we would take three hour Netflix naps and everything would be right in the world. Then I realized you have to get permits, call caterers, and do a lot of work, which we literally don’t have time for.

Preview of the ITBrunch Bash in Dix Park.

Instead, I’ll be dining at either NOFO or Capital Club 16 to kick off this new era of brunch. I’m also going to ask my lobbyists to get every good brunch spot in town to add the Glowmosa to their menu. I look forward to celebrating this Sunday. Thank you once again to all who were involved in making this happen. Now it’s time to work on a law to keep Chick-fil-A open on Sunday.

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.

Meredith Needs Help Saving Campus Lake After LaCroix Deal Falls Through

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After a deal with a corporate sponsor dried up, Meredith College needs help. Their iconic lake currently sits empty due to the erosion of pipes that caused the lake to drain in March. The beloved lake sits next to an amphitheater which has held countless concerts, graduations, and events over the years. Meredith administrators expect that it will take around $500,000 to fix the pipes and refill the lake. They’ve spent the last few months working on a wide range of solutions, including a major sponsorship from LaCroix.


“We had a deal with LaCroix where they would refill the lake if we agreed to make them our exclusive beverage provider. But then students kept filling up those damn Swell bottles and ITBlessed wine glasses with water in between classes. They were calling it “LaLake Water” and posting about it on Snapchat and Instagram constantly. The whole lake was empty again after 6 hours. It just wasn’t sustainable,” said Rachel Weaver, a Meredith administrator.

“This is why we can’t have nice things,” said one administrator.

They continued to look for other options. “We even tried filling it with the tears from the Cornhuskin’ losers but the lake actually isn’t big enough to hold that amount of liquid,” said Weaver. Similar to Homecoming or the Hunger Games, Cornhuskin’ is a yearly tradition where classes compete against each other to establish a pecking order for the next year.

“We also pitched the students on selling wrapping paper door-to-door to raise money, but that didn’t go over well at all,” Weaver added.


Some students even thought about raising money. “I thought about opening an Etsy shop to make graduation caps with quotes I found on Pinterest,” said Mary Lacy Anderson, majoring in Modern Romance Studies. “But then I had too much going on with planning our watch party for the series finale of Pretty Little Liars.”

Once those options fell through, Meredith turned to their alumnae for donations. So far over 700 alumnae have donated over $100,000. Another donor is willing to match donations up to $250,000. To spread the word about donations, the college considered filming a commercial featuring Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” as students surrounded the dry lake and sadly tried to hold water in their arms.

In the arrrrrrmmms of an angel……

“It was real symbolic, with the whole Meredith Angels thing, and then they’d be trying to hold nonexistent water in their arms. We had a director and everything. We were going to have Sarah McLachlan come do a live performance as well. Turns out that would cost as much as fixing the lake so we scrapped it. Plus we didn’t want to make everyone depressed,” said Weaver.


The Anthropology Department has tried to make the best of the situation by letting students excavate the dry lake bed. Students uncovered dozens of onyx rings and bottles of wine. “This is a great experience for the students. Sure, there are always one or two who sign up for anthropology because they think it’s related to Anthropologie, the retailer that sells boho-chic womenswear, shoes, accessories and home decor. We just let them post pictures of what we find on social media to keep them involved,” said one professor.

Meredith now has until June 30 to meet their fundraising goal. They’ve set up a donation site and are accepting donations from the public. “We’ve seen how passionate people can be over things like the brunch bill. To try to tap into that movement, we’ll be holding lakeside brunches with bottomless mimosas for all of our donors,” said Weaver.


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 bulldozer 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 www.HargettPlace.com.

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.

Protests Erupt Across Raleigh in Support of Brunch Bill

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Massive protests took place in Raleigh Wednesday morning, all with the same goal in mind: free our brunches. Demonstrations were held in multiple locations, as citizens of all ages, races (but mainly Caucasian), and genders came together in support of ending brunch inequality.

“We’re all in this together. It’s not about party lines, it’s about brunch lines,” said Kelly Simpson, who helped organize the protests by creating a Facebook event telling people where to go.

The protesters were supporting SB155, also known as the “Brunch Bill”, which would let local governments allow restaurants to serve alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. By statute, North Carolina currently allows alcohol sales statewide from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, except Sundays, when alcohol service cannot begin until noon.


SB155 was referred to the House ABC Committee, projected to meet this week, which is most likely why so many protests sprung up on Wednesday morning.

Protesters chained themselves to tables and bicycle racks outside of popular brunch spots like Capital Club 16, Poole’s, NOFO, and Beasley’s Chicken + Honey.

“The mimosa has sat imprisoned, every Sunday until noon, for decades. I don’t want to be dramatic, but we might as well call it the “Nelson Mimosa” at this point,” commented Esther August, a barista at a local coffee pop-up wheelbarrow. (Apparently, it’s like a pop-up Taco Cart, but they use a wheelbarrow.)

“It’s pretty normal to have a crowd of about 20 plaid shirt-wearing bearded guys and their quirkily dressed platonic girl friends waiting for us to open so they can be the first to Instagram their food,” said an anonymous Beasley’s employee. “Chaining themselves to the trees outside was a little odd, but once they started singing a parody of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday” we knew something different was going on,” she added.

“We’ve suffered long enough. We’re live tweeting the protest hoping it will pick up national attention. Trust me, I work at Br&nd & Br@nd (a local digital marketing firm) I know how to leverage social media to amplify our key messaging,” said Leona Jordan, who considers herself an influencer despite having only 423 followers on Instagram.

The protests seemed to die down at Capital Club 16 once supporters finished dining on French Toast and cheese grit cake, commonly accepted as the best French Toast inside the beltline. “I honestly forgot what we were protesting. I could crush a Netflix nap right now,” said Davis Russell, who manages an Airbnb.


It wasn’t just the hipster crowd that came out in support of craft cocktails before noon. Over in Cameron Village, college-aged students formed a pastel colored wall of solidarity at the entrances to Harris Teeter, refusing to let anyone in.

“If we can’t have mimosas, you can’t have food.”

“If we can’t buy beer and champagne for our Glowmosas before noon, then no one can buy any groceries ever,” said Thomas Meyer Williams III, who added that he was “hungover AF” from the previous night’s band party at Delta Sig.

It seems that the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) has been effective in mobilizing support for the bill. They called on community leaders, industry professionals, restaurateurs and patrons alike to learn more about the benefits of the NC Brunch Bill and sign a petition at ncbrunchbill.com, which has over 6,200 signatures.


They’ve been posting about the impact of the bill across their social channels on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, encouraging supporters to use #FreeTheMimosa. Here are some examples of a coaster and social media ad that was created to spread the word.

Coaster Side 1
Coaster Side 2

NCRLA believes the change will increase tax revenue, benefitting both local and state governments. They also expect that, with more venues offering brunch on Sunday morning, the NC Brunch Bill will serve as a vehicle for job creation for people in the restaurant industry.

“We’ll keep an eye on the results of the House ABC Committee meeting,” promised Jordan. “Well, unless any more details come out about the Bachelor in Paradise investigation, then I’m totes going to have to drop what I’m doing to follow that.”

Learn more about the Brunch Bill at the NCRLA site.


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.

How a Fidget Spinner and a Fyre Festival Wristband Ended Up In the North Hills Time Capsule

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This is the story of how I got a fidget spinner and half of my Fyre Festival wristband added to the North Hills time capsule, extending my 15 minutes of Fyre fame to at least another 50 years. I also met a Hollywood director who told me he enjoyed my Tweets.

What a Time to be Alive

There’s nothing more ITB than reliving the past and reminiscing about the good ol’ days. So it came as no surprise that Raleigh residents were excited about the unearthing of a 50-year-old time capsule buried in the North Hills luxury retail destination center. On June 8th, 1967, before the beltline (BTB) even existed, a time capsule was buried in the sidewalk in front of The Cardinal movie theater to celebrate its grand opening. That capsule sat dormant for 50 years, waiting to melt people’s faces off like the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


For decades, residents wondered what was inside. I’d always thought it contained the founding documents for the pre-Algebra Club or maybe the original blueprints for the beltline. When North Hills announced that they would unearth the time capsule, and bury a new one, I knew I had to insert myself into the story somehow. Even though North Hills is now technically JOTB it has long been considered ITB, as long as you take Lassiter Mill to get there. Also, the annual revenue generated from ITB residents shopping in North Hills is greater than the GDP of Lithuania, so North Hills is clearly on #brand with our way of life. To make sure I was involved in this epic event I reached out to Bonner Gaylord, Broughton graduate and managing director of North Hills, about getting VIP access.

Bonner let me know that, like Fyre Festival, there wasn’t actually a VIP area at the unearthing. If I couldn’t get VIP then I at least wanted to contribute to the new time capsule. North Hills was accepting items from an exclusive group of businesses, nearby schools, and media outlets. Confused as to why I wasn’t included, since I’m both a business and a media empire, I politely demanded that they let me submit some items. They politely said they would consider it.


I thought long and hard about what I should add to this historic moment. It needed to be something ITB, but also something that represented 2017. I settled on an ITB Insider koozie, an ITBlessed wine glass, a can of LaCroix, half of my Fyre Festival wristband (I need the other half for the lawsuit, more on that soon), a letter to the future, and a rose gold fidget spinner engraved with “ITB 2017” and “WNF IV”. I wanted the fidget spinner to be shaped like the beltline, but I just didn’t have the time to get one made.

This is 2017.

On Wednesday, I met with Bonner and his North Hills colleagues for one of the most important decisions in Raleigh history. I laid out all of my items and waited nervously as they reviewed them. It was basically the same process used when selecting the next Dalai Lama. Bonner ended up choosing the fidget spinner and half of my Fyre Festival wristband, as you’ll see in the super dramatic film I made to commemorate the decision.

The next day I joined other residents traveling by Tahoe caravan along Lassiter Mill to get to the celebration. The crowd gathered around the spot on the sidewalk between what is now Bonefish Grill and the Verizon store, waiting to see what would emerge from the year 1967. History was being made.


John Kane, who bought North Hills to find out what was in the time capsule, gave a nice speech to kick things off. Bonner then took over the hosting duties and introduced a few people who spoke about what North Hills was like back in the day. Again, very ITB.

The old North Hills logo.

We were then treated to a speech from Broughton graduate and Hollywood Director and Producer, Peyton Reed. He talked about seeing various movies at The Cardinal movie theater while growing up in Raleigh. Reed went on to direct Ant-Man, Yes Man, The Break-Up, Bring It On, and many other projects.

Peyton Reed, Broughton graduate and Hollywood Director

They opened the time capsule and discovered that it had not been sealed properly, allowing water to seep inside. Apparently, the folks in 1967 thought that what looked like a metal ice cream bucket would be the perfect vessel for a time capsule. Some of the items were damaged, while others that had been wrapped in plastic were in decent condition. They finished the excavation and laid the items out on a table for people to view. (See pictures at the end of this post.)

They also laid out the items that would be going in the new time capsule. There was a yearbook and stuffed Rooty the Raccoon from Root, a newspaper from the News & Observer, a DVD from WRAL, the newest book from Raleigh native David Sedaris, and my fidget spinner and Fyre Festival wristband. I just hope the new time capsule is a YETI cooler so my items don’t get damaged.

Notice the fidget spinner just above the David Sedaris book.

After the event I spoke with Peyton Reed, who was nice enough to hang around for a bit to meet with fans. We talked about Fyre Festival, Twitter, and a few other topics and basically became ITBFFs. The only regret I have was not asking him if the scene in Bring It On where Jaime Pressly (also a North Carolina native) says “It’s already been broughten” is a reference to Broughton.

To impress Peyton Reed, and hopefully break into Hollywood, I filmed, directed, edited, and produced this documentary about the North Hills time capsule. Be sure to watch the part where Bonner approves my request to meet the Dalai Lama when he visits Raleigh later this year. You can also watch the full video of the event on the North Hills Facebook page.

UPDATE: This post has officially been endorsed by Peyton Reed.

Special thanks to Bonner and North Hills for including me in this historic event. The new time capsule won’t be opened until 2067. It is now one of my life goals to make sure I live to see the day my fidget spinner and Fyre Festival wristband are unearthed in front of a crowd of thousands. I even made a calendar reminder just so I don’t forget.

1967 Unearthed

The time capsule contents will be temporarily displayed at the City of Raleigh Museum.

The time capsule, not a YETI cooler.
John Kane holding a wet book.
Possibly the Zapruder film, but we’ll never know.
A letter
A key to the City
A letter confirming that Raleigh pretty much made the moon landing happen.

The Electric Storage Battery Company – ESB Exide Missile & Electronics Division

Time Capsule

I feel greatly honored in being asked to place an item of interest in the Time Capsule arranged for a ceremony at the new Cardinal Theater in the North Hills Shopping Center on June 8, 1967. Since this is the so-called Space Age, I am enclosing in the Time Capsule our ESB NEWS which is a company publication covering the news media of our company activities for May 1967.

In this issue is a rather interesting article on the batteries that were designed, developed and produced in Raleigh with Raleigh people that powered the Surveyor Spacecraft III that was launched in April and had a most successful flight to the moon, a softlanding on the moon, the taking and transmission of over 13,000 pictures of the moon surface, including a soil scoop or shovel which tested the moon surface for suitability for eventual manned landings. I am also enclosing a Western Union telegram in which Hughes Aircraft Company, who is the prime contractor of the Surveyor Spacecraft, congratulates our Division for our part in this successful program.

It is my understanding that this Time Capsule is to be opened 50 years from now. If this is so, I expect that by the time the Capsule is opened these initial attempts to explore space will be long forgotten, since at that time they will probably have hourly schedules to the moon, to Mars, Venus and other planets of our solar system. However, we are proud of our Raleigh area and the accomplishments of our people in this Outer Space Exploration Era.

By copy of this letter to Mr. C.E. Stone, Manager of the Ambassador Theater in Raleigh, I hope that this letter and the items mentioned will be suitable for placing in the Time Capsule at 11:00 A.M. on June 8, 1967.

L.E. Pucher

General Manager

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.

Pop-Up Suit Shop Opening Near Broughton

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We’ve all seen the commercials. “Buy 1 suit and get 7 suits, 5 pairs of pants, and 4 shirts free.” This sounds like a good deal, until you discover the suits fit about as well as a Hefty trash bag, and looks like something straight out of Mugatu’s Derelicte campaign.

JoS. A. Mugatu

Thanks to Raleigh’s newest pop-up shop, Hengs Suiting + Armoury, we are no longer faced with the dilemma of wearing trash bags or being forced to brave the mall crowd when going to Brooks Brothers. Just months after debuting an app to connect clients with their mobile tailoring service, Glenwood South Tailors is now offering high-end custom suits and off-the-peg (the ITB term for “off the rack”) suits through their Hengs pop-up shop.

Pop-up shops aren’t just for hipsters selling conflict-free organic vegetables grown in gluten-free soil. If done properly, these shops can actually serve a purpose. Starting June 21, Hengs Suiting + Armoury will be open for business by appointment. The best part, it’s one block away from Broughton, located in the same space as Glenwood South Tailors + Alterations.

Hengs will offer two options to start. The High-end Custom Suit, aimed at the attorney and accountant type, includes a custom-made suit, shirt, styling, and shoe shine starting at $1,000. The Young Professional is an updated style and fit on the classic workhorse suit that’s perfect for YPN meetings or networking events at bottle shops in Raleigh. That starts at $550 and includes free standard tailoring and alterations. They’ll also offer bulk groomsman suit ordering for 2018 wedding parties and provide clients with personalized styling sessions.

In classic entrepreneurial fashion, they are leveraging relationships with Nordstrom and Cole Haan. As the top rep in the area, they’ll offer made-to-measure suits from J.Hilburn. Their fabric is sourced from Italy (I’ve been there) and produced under humane working conditions in Portugal. They’re also actively interviewing local cut and sew tailors and seamstresses.

I talked to my ITBFF, Brian Burnett (recently profiled in Walter Magazine) about starting the pop-up suit shop.

“The inspiration for Hengs comes from hearing horror stories about the big-box suit retailer experience. Guys aren’t getting measured properly and there’s little to no style advice or consultation. Not only are our clients saving time and money, they’re getting free personal styling, alterations, and tailoring with each suit. We care more about your look than just selling you a suit,” said Burnett.

Hengs has also merged with HarperGaston Personal Styling out of Chapel Hill, where Brian serves as Creative Director, to take care of clients that need more attention to their wardrobe. They’ve worked with professionals in engineering, law, finance, and tech to assist in personal style.

“In 2017, it’s about quality, service, and a personalized experience. That’s what Hengs is about,” added Burnett. With Father’s Day coming up and Christmas right around the corner (only 199 days away!), Hengs makes a great gift for those in need of a new suit and styling.

You can follow Hengs on Instagram @hengstailorraleigh and Facebook @hengstailorraleigh. Tell them ITB Insider sent you and get 15% off your first Young Professional suit. Also, be sure to download their app.

We’ve partnered with Glenwood South Tailors and Alterations to bring you this story.


Five Points Couple Excited About Boylan Skyline Selfies

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A Raleigh couple can breathe a sigh of relief after over 15 months of waiting. The news of the Boylan Bridge Brewpub’s reopening has brought joy to a Five Points power couple who were beginning to give up hope.

Vance Craig VI, a 31-year-old Senior Super Duper Executive Broker at a boutique commercial real estate firm, spoke about how difficult the wait has been, “It’s my right as a Raleigh native to crush 12 beers and enjoy the view on that deck. Do you know how many deals I could have closed out there by now? At least two, I bet.”

Craig VI can now crush beers and close deals.

Mary Cameron Knoll Craig, Vance’s stay-at-home-wife, runs multiple Instagram accounts that have been impacted by the closing. During the bar’s hiatus she had no choice but to put her account devoted to images of skyline selfies on hold. “Ugh, you don’t even know how many likes I’ve missed out on with this place being closed. Where am I supposed to go for skyline selfies, Dix Park? You can’t even drink out there.”


Her husband added, “We didn’t know what to do. Sure, we could have driven all the way from Five Points and taken a skyline selfie on the bridge that’s 20 feet away from the bar, but that just looks like we’re trying too hard.”

“Exactly. Our skyline selfie needs to appear organic and authentic so we’ll get more likes. No one likes a try-hard,” explained Mary Cameron.

“Plus, if people saw us posing on the bridge for a picture they’d think we were doing engagement photos or headshots for a residential real estate website. Everyone knows we’re married and that I’m in commercial real estate. People would start asking questions,” said Craig VI.

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The couple seemed surprised to learn that the bar would now offer a new menu and expanded wine list.

“This place has a full menu? I thought they just served cheese quesadillas, pretzel cheese dip, and whatever that Summer Ale beer is,” said Craig VI.

The couple’s assumption was backed up by a social media analyst with Walk West. “We’ve analyzed thousands of social posts related to this location. We have never seen a single picture of food or beer. Users are taking the same exact picture with the skyline as a backdrop, especially women between the ages of 21 and 40. Typical images contain at least 5 girls wearing Aviator sunglasses, oversized t-shirts, and Jack Rogers sandals. Sometimes they’ll wear those gladiator sandals and a festival ready layered Bohemian dress or super chic cutoff jean shorts and a top with fringe. We expect a flood of skyline selfies from this location in the coming weeks,” commented the Walk West representative.

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Being at the mercy of the brewpub’s back and forth has been hard on the couple, but has also been an issue for another member of their family, Mabel the dog. “Thank God we can finally take Mabel to a bar where she can sit outside while we social climb by taking skyline selfies with other couples that we envy,” said Mary Cameron.

“It’s finally summer and I’m just ready to get lit on this deck. Now all we have to worry about is which Barbour apparel to wear,” said Craig VI.

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.

Development Beat: 616 Oberlin Residents Forced To Move

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Week of May 22, 2017

616 Oberlin residents forced to move

Shelton’s Furniture is moving back ITB

Rumors swirl over Village Subway

Work begins on Downtown Raleigh YMCA

Cary is getting an IKEA

BBQ planned for 510 Glenwood

Biscuitville set for upgrades

American Girl Store Will Return to Crabtree Valley Mall

616 Oberlin To Residents “You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here”

616 At the Village is a new apartment complex on Oberlin Road located across the street from the Harris Teeter block of Cameron Village. Residents began to move in over the last few months, excited about being located next to the iconic Cameron Village. That excitement fizzled on Saturday when residents received an e-mail telling them they had until this Saturday to find a new place to live. Finley received an e-mail from a source who had moved into the building earlier this month. We called the now former resident to find out more.

“They terminated my lease completely, but promised to give me my application and administrative fee back. They say they’re offering up to $1,000 in moving expenses. They said the sprinkler system isn’t up to code so they have to tear out the ceiling, which means the people on the top floors have to move. Some people were allowed to move down to units in the lower floors, but I have no idea how they were chosen. They told us it would take 3 to 4 months. I don’t even understand how they got an occupancy permit to begin with. They started leasing in March and a good number of people had already moved in. There was a girl crying outside the building because she had moved in four days ago and was told she had to leave.”

This is the most amazing part:

“I walked by the office twice today and they were giving tours of the units. There was a mother with her college kids walking around touring the first floor. It was unbelievable.”

Oddly, the website is still listing a “Leasing Special” where people can “move-in today!”

According to our source, people living on the first and second floor are allowed to remain, but they received a notice that they’ll have to move up to the higher floors in November while work is done to their units. I guess the silver lining to all this is that the traffic on Oberlin won’t be AS bad since there are fewer people living there. But seriously, we feel terrible for the folks who’ve just been kicked out. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.

Shelton’s Furniture Moving Back to Raleigh

In what can only be described as a “furniture miracle” Shelton’s Furniture is moving back to Raleigh. After saying goodbye to Shelton’s in March, we are pleased to report that they’ll be back in Five Points soon. According to their website they will be located at 233 Bickett Boulevard and will be open as soon as June 1.

Cary Is Actually Getting an IKEA

Although we don’t normally stray outside the city limits of Raleigh for this column, we did speculate back in January on the rumors of a new IKEA coming to Cary. It’s now been made official: a new IKEA will be moving into the space now occupied by the Sears and Macy’s department stores at the Cary Towne Center Mall.

The press release states that the Town Council will review the IKEA proposal for an approximately 359,000 square foot store and a two-level parking structure with 1,000 parking spaces. If approved, the IKEA could open as early as summer 2020.

As we wrote last time, Cary Towne Center has been struggling lately, and we hope this new store will serve as the shot in the arm the mall so desperately needed.

Work Begins on Fayetteville Street’s YMCA

Raleigh’s newest YMCA plans to open by the end of 2017 in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a 26,000 square-foot space in the recently renovated 227 Fayetteville. A press release issued last month noted that “LRC Properties acquired 227 Fayetteville in late 2012 and recently completed a $14.5 million renovation on the 10-story building. The developer received a 2016 Imprint Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for its work.”

Permits issued last week indicate that in order to make way for the new gym, existing escalators and “abandoned stairs” will need to be torn out. There will reportedly be a ground-floor entrance from Fayetteville Street, although the YMCA itself will occupy two upper floors.

BBQ Planned for 510 Glenwood

Last week, we noted that the 17-year-old condominium 510 Glenwood was set for a serious face-lift. The N&O followed up later with news that Matt Kenner, owner of the Milk Bar, just a block away, will be opening a barbecue joint on the ground floor of 510. We’re just glad it won’t be another new Mexican restaurant.

Rumors Swirl Over Village Subway Plans

Last week, the Triangle Business Journal ran a “subscribers only” (as in, you gotta pay to play) article teasing a potential reopening of the famous Village Subway in Cameron Village. Other news outlets fell for it and ran some non-stories themselves. WNCN did some digging and reported:  “A spokesperson for York Properties, the company that owns Cameron Village, says it’s too early in the process to discuss any details and there’s no master plan, but there have been discussions about bringing back Raleigh Underground.”

Discussions! No offense to the good folks over at TBJ, but if this is the kind of “exclusive content” they’re offering subscribers, I’m glad I saved myself the $97 annual fee. Also, to clarify WNCN’s report, Regency Centers actually owns Cameron Village. Finley knows what’s going in the Village Subway space, in fact he even mentioned it in the story that no one read about The Fresh Market reopening over a year ago. This project is very early on and we respect York Properties too much to start throwing out clickbait stories. We’ll provide updates in the next few months.

Raleigh’s Only Biscuitville Set for Upgrades

There are approximately 51 Biscuitville locations in the State of North Carolina, and only one of them resides in Raleigh. Situated at the corner of Wake Forest Road and Hodges Street, the restaurant is a popular breakfast spot, especially with local commuters.

In fact, I’ve never driven by a Biscuitville location in the morning that didn’t have a line of cars snaking into the street, although it doesn’t look like this project will do anything to expand the parking lot/drive-thru area. The exterior/interior renovations will cost $43,000 and be handled by Qualified Builders, a business name we imagine leads to a lot of “Who’s on First?” type-situations.

She Was An American Girl (Redux)

Last fall, we reported on the opening of a unique holiday store at the Crabtree Valley Mall: it wouldn’t be selling Halloween costumes or Christmas ornaments, but rather, the beloved American Girl dolls.

Originally, this pop-up location was set to be open from October 1, 2016-January 31, 2017. But as Amanda Hoyle over at TBJ reported last week, the store is set to reopen in the same location (the former home of Rack Room Shoes next to Sears) beginning in July, although it will reportedly close again in January 2018.

Development Beat: New Tenants at Dock 1053, New Downtown Pizza and Beer Spots

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Week of May 15, 2017

Dock 1053 to get a new cafe and bar, and event space

Benny Capitale’s pizza coming to Fayetteville Street

Growler USA coming to Blount Street Parking Deck

North Ridge Country Club upgrades to Leisure Pool

North Hills is trying to create a Neighborhood Conservation District

510 Glenwood is getting a facelift

Hummingbird Cafe Coming to Dock 1053

The owner of PoshNosh Catering announced plans to open two new businesses inside the former food distribution warehouse on the corner of Whitaker Mill and Atlantic Avenue now known as Dock 1053. Hummingbird will operate as a cafe serving breakfast and lunch during the day. After 5 p.m. it will become a bar serving small plates, cocktails, wine, and champagne. According to the N&O, the stools will be repurposed from other venues, including Finch’s. Whitaker & Atlantic will be an event space that features an additional kitchen, bar, and bridal suite. Dock 1053 is currently home to several offices, artist’s working spaces, a furniture store, the Pinetop Distillery, and the Lynnwood Brewing Concern.

Grubb Ventures, which owns Dock 1053, recently acquired the nearby Peden Steel property, as we reported in January. The company is reportedly planning to develop a project similar to 1053, although the current tenant, Waste Management, still has several years remaining on its lease.


New Pizza Place Coming to Fayetteville Street

This pizza’s for lovers. Benny’s, a pizza chain billing itself as home of the “Virginia Slice” will soon take over the space at 121 Fayetteville Street previously home to Crema. The chain adds a different surname depending on its location, including a Benny Cappella’s in Chapel Hill and a Benny Pennello’s in Charlotte. The website notes that Benny Capitale’s will be opening in Raleigh this summer, offering $4 slices of cheese and $5 slices of pepperoni, sausage, and monthly specialty pizzas. Whole pies will be available ranging from $30-$38 dollars. Mama Mia, that’s a pricey pizza! The $28,000 renovation of the 1,615 square-foot space will be handled by Fusion Contractors.

They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot Pub

An endless array of draft beers are offered at Growler USA

The Blount Street Parking Deck is about to get a whole lot boozier. Microbrewery pub and restaurant chain Growler USA will soon open its newest location in a street-level space in the city-owned parking deck at 314 South Blount Street. Growler currently has ten locations across the country, including one in Charlotte. While the locations boast slightly different beer and menu offerings, they claim to offer up to 100 varieties of beer on tap. As the name implies, many of these beverages can taken home in a growler. The $358,000 renovation of the 2,152 square-foot space will be handled by Sparkman Construction.

Hilton Midtown Renovations

A massive 18-phase renovation of the Hilton Midtown Raleigh that will involve pricey, floor-by-floor renovations of the entire property is now underway care of Continental Contractors, which received permits with a combined listed cost of more than $4.7 million last week. We wonder if any of the contractors working on the job will be allowed to stay there during construction.

North Ridge Country Club Upgrades to Leisure Pool

North Ridge Members Forced To Practice Putting Due to Lack of Leisure Pool

Wading pools are out and leisure pools are in, apparently. The North Ridge Country Club on Falls of Neuse last week received permits for a $340,000 project that will replace the club’s existing wading pool with a brand-new leisure pool. For the unwashed masses who don’t know the difference, a wading pool is a “shallow artificial pool for children to paddle in,” while a leisure pool is just what you call a regular swimming pool when you’re in an amenities race with other country clubs in the area. Hopefully no one decides to throw a Snickers bar in upon completion. Aquatic Management Group will be handling the work on this project.

Progress on Exploris School

A 47,915 square foot building on Kindley Street just south of the Meymandi Concert Hall will soon be torn down — even the slab will be removed — in order to make way for the new home of the Exploris Charter School. Built in 1986 and previously the site of a Duke Energy data center, the building was acquired by Exploris for $4.4 million in April 2016. Exploris will consolidate both its middle and elementary schools into the new location, a ten-story structure that will also house commercial office space. Metcon will be handling the $50,000 demolition.

North Hills Neighbors Seek Shelter From Storm of Subdivisions

In an effort to “preserve and enhance the general quality and appearance of their neighborhoods,” residents of North Hills in February submitted to City Council a petition requesting consideration for a “neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis.”

The analysis is the first step in creating a Neighborhood Conservation District, an overlay that helps preserve neighborhoods by regulating built environmental characteristics such as lot size, setbacks, residential density, building height, and vehicular surface area. Per the petition, the intent is to “maintain the current built character of the area and prevent subdivision of existing lots.”

City Staff performed an exhaustive analysis of the neighborhood in question, which we’ve linked here. At this point, the staff recommendation to Council is to authorize the initiation of a text change that would “incorporate the North Hills neighborhood built characteristics and regulations into the UDO.” The text change would also “modify the list of standards that can be regulated by the NCOD and contemplate a threshold for City Council authorization of a neighborhood study.”

Approval of the text change will require a public hearing before Council. We wish the neighbors the best of luck!

Land Swap Meet

A joint effort from Wake County, the City of Raleigh, and the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness and Catholic Charities could soon lead to the development of the Oak City Center on Wilmington Street.

Before the site can be redeveloped into a new home for the outreach center, however, City Council will need to approve a minor property exchange with Wake County.

Per today’s City council meeting agenda, “The exchange will involve a 0.142 +/- acre portion of the City’s 41.84 acre property located at 1500 South Wilmington Street for a 0.261 +/- acre portion of Wake County’s 4.2 acre property located at 1430 South Wilmington Street. The property exchange will be shown on a recombination plat and title transferred with deeds between the parties.”

While this seems like an odd bit of bureaucratic red tape to have to jump through, its inclusion as an item in the consent agenda likely means the approval will go through without any trouble.

510 Glenwood Set for a Facelift

One of the first new developments in downtown Raleigh, 510 Glenwood was built in the heady days of 1999. The luxury condo building is fast approaching its 20th birthday and facing much stiffer competition than it did when it opened 17 years ago. As a result, the building’s owners have announced that a major exterior renovation will be starting as soon as this week.

Per City records, a permit for facade alterations has now completed its final review. The $123,795 project will be handled by JM Thompson Construction. Our friends at New City Design Group will be handling the design work.

Downtown Discotorium

While we aren’t sure what a “discotorium” is, that’s what will replace the Mosaic Wine Lounge at 517 West Jones Street, which closed at the end of April.

This week’s City Council agenda notes that the owner of the Five Seventeen Lounge and Discotorium requested a two hour parking zone in the daytime and a passenger loading zone in the evening be established on the south side 500 block of West Jones Street. The two-hour zone will allow for short-term restaurant parking, while the passenger loading zone will offer customers “the convenience of having a safe and convenient area for curbside drop off and pick up in the evenings.”

While we have no idea what kind of place Five Seventeen will be — although we hope the owners take some aesthetic cues from The Simpson’s Disco Stu — the former Mosaic Wine Lounge was, for more than 10 years, “a home for many underrepresented music genres in the Triangle.”

Development Beat: The Wade Breaking Ground Soon

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Week of May 8, 2017

The Wade luxury condominiums breaking ground soon

Outdoor driving range planned for West Raleigh

Empire Properties wants to build a new mixed-use development in DTR

Update on two of downtown’s new hotels

Moore Square renovation project out for bid, again

The Wade

One of Raleigh’s newest condominium projects will soon break ground. Located in Historic Hayes Barton at 620 Wade Avenue, The Wade will be a five-story building consisting of 27 condominium residences that come in two and three bedroom floor plans.

The project is being developed by Beacon Street Development, the same group behind the Fairview Row condominiums in Five Points. Beacon bills The Wade as “a meticulously designed community where no detail has been overlooked.” We met with Beacon to make sure they really weren’t overlooking any details.

“What’s great about infill projects like The Wade and Fairview Row is that they allow you to design around existing infrastructure. We believe that you can really limit a project’s impact while increasing density if you design it the right way. When you’re working with buildings in these locations you can encourage walkability, which contributes to that lowered impact on the environment and on the city infrastructure,” said Jim Wiley, President of Beacon Street Development.

From its location near the corner of Wade Avenue and St. Mary’s Street, The Wade will be in walking distance to Cameron Village, Fred Fletcher Park, Five Points, Glenwood South, and downtown Raleigh.

“We’ve worked on a lot of projects in a lot of different places. While visiting these great places we try to better understand the design and planning that contributes to the overall experience. We see great buildings and try to figure out how to use great planning principles. Architecture will change. Great planning principles are true, like adhering to age-old proportions seen in Greek columns, for example,” said Wiley.

In addition to 10-foot ceilings and over-sized windows, future residents of The Wade can choose from a wide selection of flooring, cabinetry, lighting and more when customizing their residence.

The Wade – Dining Room

“Our desire is to offer the highest quality possible. We want to give people exactly what they want,” said Justin Hime, Director of Sales and Marketing at Beacon Street.

The building will feature several amenities including an office conference space, rooftop terrace, dog washing station, virtual concierge service, fitness room, Google Fiber, and an outdoor rose garden. Beacon is working with Frank Liggett of Liggett Design Group to create a traditional southern landscape on the grounds. A video rendering of the project was recently released.

Even in its current state as an undeveloped piece of land, William Finley IV has confirmed that The Wade is already more luxurious than the accommodations at Fyre Festival. We’re working with Beacon to give you exclusive access and keep you up to date as this project progresses.

Outdoor Driving Range Planned for West Raleigh

A rendering of the Drive Shack Florida location

The Board of Adjustment heard a case yesterday for a proposed “outdoor sports arena” that would be located in West Raleigh at 1021 Corporate Center Drive.

The owners, an LLC by the name of AIS Forestry & Farming, were required to petition the City for a special use permit in order to operate an “Outdoor Sports and Entertainment facility in excess of 250 seats.” The facility would be located on roughly 66 acres of land that sits adjacent to Interstate 40.

A source with knowledge of, but not directly affiliated with the project, told us that the site would likely be the home of Raleigh’s first Drive Shack, a “golf-related leisure and entertainment business” that sets itself apart by selling batteries, circuit boards, and speaker wire. Kidding about that last part, we just love Radio Shack jokes.

Drive Shack is basically a 3-story indoor/outdoor driving range with suites and a restaurant and bar. While Drive Shack is new, consider it a competitor to Topgolf, which currently operates about 30 locations throughout the country. We’ll keep an eye on this as it develops.

Downtown as Destination

While downtown Raleigh isn’t lacking new condominiums and apartments, the number of available hotel rooms has failed to keep pace with the city’s tremendous growth over the past decade. Fortunately, a number of new hotels have either broken ground or been announced in recent months. Here’s an update on two of those.

Residence Inn Marriott in Downtown Raleigh
Finley got to check out the Residence Inn by Marriott last week, thanks to our friends at Raleighwood Media Group who were hosting a tour of the progress. Located at 616 South Salisbury Street, the hotel has some amazing views within the rooms and meeting rooms, as well as on the 10th floor rooftop bar that overlooks Memorial Auditorium aka the house that Ira David Wood III built. They’re planning to open in mid-June of 2017. We’ll take another look when they have a grand opening.

Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites – 200 West Davie
In an effort to shore up the number of hotel rooms in the City’s downtown core, Council reduced the number of parking spaces required for downtown hotels to 1/2 a space per room last year. This ordinance did not apply to the developers of the new Hilton Dual Brand Hotel coming to downtown. As a result, the developers had to file a variance request in order to benefit from the 1/2 space per room deal available to other downtown hotels.

The site plan for this hotel, which we covered back in January, describes a 13-story (bad omen), 259-room hotel that will be a “dual brand” Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites. I think “dual brand” means they charge you twice for the same room, but I could be mistaken.  The site plan also notes a proposed 14th-story terrace and differs from a 2015 proposal calling for a Hilton Garden Inn at the same location.

The Empire Strikes Back

With his latest project, Greg Hatem hopes to triple the number of stories allowed on the site at 404 and 406 South Dawson. Empire Consolidated Development, founded by Hatem, has filed a rezoning request with the City to allow for a mixed-used building up to 12 stories tall next to Crank Arm Brewing on Davie Street.

404 and 406 South Dawson could soon be home to a 12 story mixed-use building

As for the building’s occupants, it appears at this time that the only guaranteed uses will be office and ground floor retail. Residential use may be included as well, but it’s too early to say for certain. Despite its preliminary nature, construction could start on this development by 2018, if approved by the City Council.

Moore Square Redux

With the recent reopening of the former Moore Square bus station, Raleigh residents are now turning their eyes across the street to Moore Square park itself, wondering when the City will begin its long-awaited renovation of the space.

Although work on the project was bid out more than a year ago, Councilors ultimately decided to reject all submitted proposals and start the procurement process over from scratch. It’s a little complicated and a lot boring to explain why they did this, but long story short, there’s a million ways to bid out a government job, and Council decided to go with a more open process.

The job itself, as defined in the bidding documents, “consists of landscape renovations to Moore Square including the construction of a new public pavilion. The park improvements include a new central lawn, planted areas, pedestrian walkways and gathering spaces, sidewalk improvements, site lighting and furnishings, a play area, integrated public art and a jet-field water feature.”

The bids aren’t due until June 5, and we don’t imagine Council will be awarding that project until August at the earliest. This means we might see some dirt moving on this project by the end of the year, but that’s taking an extremely optimistic view of things. Planning on this project started more than eight years ago and construction is scheduled to last about 12 months.

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