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Development Beat: Ridgewood Shopping Center Sold, Lola’s Opens In Five Points

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Week of September 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence recovery efforts

Ridgewood Shopping Center sold

Lola’s Beach Bar opens in Five Points

City Hall Civic Campus updates

Land by Crabtree sold for more apartments (probably)

Noir adding another patio

Chavis Park awarded redevelopment grant

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

Before we begin, we’d like to highlight some ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery. Raleigh was spared from a horrible storm, thanks to Bonner’s masterful control of the Raleigh Weather Dome™®. As you’ve seen in the news, many other areas were devastated.

There have been tons of great efforts already, from local businesses to individuals who are willing to drop what they’re doing and take supplies to areas that need it the most. This list of organizations below is by no means comprehensive. City Council Representative Nicole Stewart has done a great job on Twitter (@Nicole4Raleigh) of keeping the public informed of ways to help. Here are a few:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – donations will be collected Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium (inside Gate A) and at the food bank distribution facility at 1924 Capital Blvd.

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

Here are a few tips on donating:

Why cash is better than donations

How to avoid charity scams. Do your homework first by checking out a charity.

  • Visit www.give.org to see if national charities meet the standards set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and www.charitywatch.org for ratings of charities by the American Institute of Philanthropy.  Other good sources of information are www.guidestar.org and www.charitynavigator.org .
  • Find out whether or not charities are licensed.  Many charities that solicit in our state are required by law to register with the N.C. Secretary of State. You can call that office toll free at (888) 830‑4989 or check out a charity or fundraiser on its website.

We’ll keep you updated on additional ways to help as things progress.

Ridgewood Shopping Center Sold

Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Jacksonville, Florida, purchased the Ridgewood Shopping Center last week. The 95,000+ square foot property was sold for $46 million, leaving many residents speculating on what is to come.

A two-story Whole Foods? A Snooker’s expansion that takes over the entire shopping center? The return of Tripp’s muffins? Unfortunately, plans for the property have not been announced.

Regency also owns Cameron Village and a number of other shopping centers in the area, so we’re confident that Ridgewood is in good hands. We assume Regency became aware of the property after reading @WNFIV’s article Dads Won’t Stop Fly Fishing In Orvis Parking Lot.


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Lola’s Beach Bar Opens in Five Points

Lola’s Beach Bar in Five Points is now open. The @TriangleExplorer brought this to our attention on Sunday.

Located a few doors down from NOFO and Third Place Coffee Shop on Glenwood Avenue, the bar stated on Twitter that they were open, but with a limited menu.

This is sure to be a big hit with Five Points parents, who have been at home with their children for 5 straight days.



City Hall Civic Campus Updates

The master plan for the City’s new downtown Civic Campus is now complete, and both City Councilors and members of the public have a chance to review it. The 60 page plan is available here.

Before we get into the details, let us not forget that the City has already knighted us to lead a panel on La Croix water fountains for this new development.

Here are a few of the highlights of the three phase project:

  • Phase I
    • Build a 20-story, 420,00 square foot East Tower of the new City Hall
    • Demolition of the vacant police headquarters
    • Enables the City to fully consolidate its fragmented downtown workforce
    • The land and new building will be owned and maintained by the City
    • Phase I is on track for completion by 2023 and has a projected cost of $190 Million (funded through a combination of lease savings, asset sales, and debt capacity)

  • Phase II
    • Develop the 20-story, 180,000 square foot West Tower
    • The West Tower will provide additional departmental offices and conference facilities for staff and additional public facing functions

  • Phase III
    • Replace the existing municipal parking deck with mixed-use private development and new parking facilities

The master plan will be voted on in today’s City Council meeting. As many predicted, we do not have that report on La Croix ready at this time, but we are working hard on it.


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Land Across From Crabtree Valley Mall Sold

Land across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall was recently sold for $9.5 million. Kotarides Developers purchased the 11 acre property, which is currently home to an apartment community. Developers have attempted to redevelop the land a few different times over the last ten years. There was even talk of a pedestrian bridge over Glenwood, which sounds like a great idea until you say it out loud. Go ahead, say it out loud. Yeah, you wouldn’t set foot on that thing either.

The latest developer, based in Virginia, hasn’t said what they plan to do with the land. Since this property is located too far from Hillsborough Street, we can take “luxury student housing apartment complex with six golf simulators and a bitcoin mining cave” off the table. We’re betting it will be redeveloped into an apartment building/complex with some sort of retail or office space.


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Noir Adding Second Patio

The owners of Noir Bar & Lounge recently filed site review plans to build a second patio behind the bar. The plans for this fenced-in, 1,460 square-foot patio would actually reduce the amount of impervious surface, although not by much. The fence will be eight feet of “solid wood” that will enclose the entire rear of the property.

The existing Noir patio usually serves as a performance area for digital musicians, often known as “DJs,” who use “samples” of songs to take their audience on a journey through various musical genres. We were unable to confirm if this second patio was simply for an additional DJ, or if it was some new type of vape club. We will not be investigating further.

Chavis Park Redevelopment

Today, the City Council will hear a report on a $747,600 grant issued to Chavis Park from the National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The grant will be matched by the City using funds from the 2014 Parks Bond, for a total of $1,495,200. The money will go toward implementing a master plan that will transform the park in a number of ways, including a new water feature (perhaps tied into the downtown canal?), an improved playground, and a new community center.

The total cost of the project stands at around $14 million, and construction on phase one is expected to start late this year or in early 2019.

Development Beat: Vita Vite Opens Second Location

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Week of September 10, 2018

Vita Vite Opens North Hills Location

Council Approves Olde Towne Rezoning

Triangle Glides Moving Out of City Market

Peace of Pizza Art

More Apartments Planned for Hillsborough

Update on Dix Park Master Plan

Apartment complex planned off NC-54

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Vita Vite Opens North Hills Location

Vita Vite has opened its second location. The popular wine bar and art gallery, which began with a downtown location nearly three years ago, opened a new location in the North Hills Park Central district over the weekend. @WNFIV got a tour of the space last month and obtained these exclusive images.

The new location offers a wine bar complemented by craft beers, and small plates. The 6,000 square foot space has a mezzanine level with outdoor seating and bars on both levels.

They’ll also display a collection of southern art along with goods from local artisans and vendors.


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A Grande Olde Rezoning

A 600-acre parcel of land in Southeast Raleigh was rezoned by the City Council last week. In February, PNC Bank announced plans to rezone and redevelop the land near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and New Hope Road into single-family housing, restaurants, retail, and a grocery store.

The site was originally set to be developed by Greystone Development as a golf-course community known as Olde Towne. Greystone had begun clearing the land but abandoned the project. The property had a land-use restriction that required any future development be accompanied by a golf course.

City Council approved rezoning case Z-7-18, which removed the golf course condition, reduced the number of homes that would be built, and set requirements for a 25-acre park and greenway space. PNC will now begin looking for a company to develop the land.


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Gliding Out of City Market

Photo: Triangle Glides

Triangle Glides, the tour company known for its “electric Trikke” tours, has moved from their home in City Market. Thanks to Ashton Smith’s #1 rated e-mail newsletter Raleigh, over-easy., for bringing this to our attention.

Triangle Glides will be located in a space adjacent to the new Union Station, which is managed by our good friends at York Properties. (John Koonce (johnkoonce@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace (brianwallace@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing.)

Not a bad idea to have something like this right next to a train station, and judging by the company’s online booking calendar, this relocation has hardly impacted their business.

A Peace of Pizza Art

Photo: @TriangleExplorer

Triangle Explorer discovered the greatest art installation ever last week. The City of Raleigh unveiled “Pizza Time” at the corner of Peace Street and Salisbury Street. After some investigative reporting we learned that this was the creation of Broughton faculty member Graymon Ward.

“Pizza Time” is part of the first Raleigh ArtBeats, a series of 16 semi-permanent sidewalk paintings. The City of Raleigh Transportation Department, the Office of Raleigh Arts, Artspace, and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance are behind the project. They’ll debut a new public art installation each month until August 2019.

We’re thrilled to see that the City is focusing on pizza art instead of another Light + Time tower, which has yet to produce a single rainbow. We even made this rendering of a full pizza at the Hillsborough Street roundabout in case the artists need any ideas.


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More Hillsborough Street Apartments

More apartments are planned for Hillsborough Street. Shockingly, they aren’t located on what we’re now calling “Luxury Student Apartment Row” (the area between The Velvet Cloak Inn (RIP) and the last new roundabout on Hillsborough Street).

Known only as “5700 Hillsborough Street” the new complex will be made up of two, three-story residential buildings comprising 176 total units, as well as a variety of parking options.

Given the unit breakdown — 20 one-bedrooms, 53 two-bedrooms, 27 three-bedrooms, and 76 four-bedroom+ units — we imagine this is going to be student housing.

5700 Hillsborough is being developed by CA Ventures — the same firm working on an apartment complex a few miles down the road at the site of East Village.

It’s All Part of the Dix Park Master Plan

City staffers last week presented Council with a update on the status of the Dix Park Master Plan. Here are the highlights:

  • The Dreamville Festival was going to be held this weekend, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
  • The Department of Health & Human Services will begin transferring ownership of several buildings over the coming months, including All Faiths Chapel, 3 stone houses, the House of Many Porches (which sounds like something out of Harry Potter), Benner House, and Richardson Circle
  • While the City will make basic safety and security improvements, the Dix Park Conservancy will likely handle any more significant renovations
  • The park has had more than 3 million impressions on social media
  • 15,000 visitors attended SunFest – oddly they did not mention @WNFIV’s highlight video about Club Sunflowerz
  • The master plan phase is expected to wrap up at the end of March 2019
  • All the necessary DNA samples have been acquired from Dr. Wu. They arrived in a mysterious package addressed to a “Gonner Baylord” with no return address.

District 54

A new apartment complex is being planned off NC-54 near I-40. Known as the District at 54, the 245-unit development will include four five-story residential buildings and a 200+ space parking deck on a six-acre lot, according to site review plans filed with the City. There will be 129 one-bedroom units and 116 two-bedrooms.

District at 54 is being developed by the Kaplan Companies, a large real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. This would be the company’s first foray into the Raleigh market, although they do have an office here.

We don’t know much else about the complex at this point, although if we had to wager, we’d say construction will start some time in the Spring of 2019.


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Development Beat: Transfer Co. Announces Food Hall Vendors

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Week of September 3, 2018

Transfer Co. announces food hall vendors

Cameron Village Post Office closing

AILLEA opens in Cameron Village

Heirloom Brewshop opening soon

Westin Hotel coming to Crabtree

Warby Parker, STIR coming to North Hills

Fitness coming to North West Street

Storage facility planned for Capital Blvd near Wade

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Transfer Co. Announces Lineup

Transfer Co. has revealed the list of restaurateurs and vendors that will occupy space in the 50,000+ square foot establishment located at 500 E. Davie Street. We obtained this information, and the following quote from Joe Kwon, cellist for the Avett Brothers, through an exclusive e-mail blast. It’s basically the same thing as interviewing him.

“Transfer Co. is an unprecedented opportunity to create connections between artisans and people in our community,” said Joe Kwon, culinary influencer, Transfer Co. creative consultant and cellist for the Avett Brothers. “We are turning this space over to the makers in our community so they can demonstrate what it takes to produce, say, a bar of chocolate or a fish fillet. In doing so, Transfer will showcase the incredible talent in our community through the lens of North Carolina culture. I’m very excited to see this historical warehouse repurposed as a place to gather and create connections between our gifted chefs, artisans and the people they aim to serve.”

Kwon’s passion for this project was very evident during the time we spent reading the e-mail that contained that quote. Here’s a quick rundown of the vendors and our brief descriptions of what they’ll offer:

Videri Chocolate Factory: Chocolate. 

Locals Seafood: Oyster bar and seafood market focusing on North Carolina seafood. 

Burial Beer Co.: Beer.

Benchwarmers Bagels: Jubala Coffee and Boulted Bread teamed up to invent bagels.

Che Empanadas: Argentine-style baked empanadas.

Chhote’s: Mumbai street-food.

Captain Cookie and The Milkman: Cookies, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches. 

Dank Burrito: Tacos, burritos, bowls.

Falafel & Co.: Palestine cuisine such as fresh pita, crispy falafel, dips, and salads.

Sushinara: Asian street food.

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: An urban farm. (We’ll be covering this in the next few weeks because it’s a great story.)

Transfer Co. describes itself as “a community gathering and events space, market, restaurants, and a creative production hub designed to maximize opportunities for innovation through the transfer of knowledge across tenants and customers.” Transfer Co. is scheduled to open in early 2019. The list of vendors with much more details can be found at the end of this post.


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Cameron Village Post Office Closing

The Cameron Village Post Office will close at the end of the year. Despite inaccurate reports from other outlets, the building has not been sold. The owners of the building brought in a partner about two years ago, but still own a majority of the property. They will still own the building after making some upgrades for the new single tenant (stay tuned) that’s moving in.

On one hand, 99% of the employees of this post office were extremely polite and courteous. On the other, this was the most difficult place in the world to obtain a passport.

This post office had already cut back their hours. Ever try going at lunch? It’s closed. Need to swing by after work at 5:00 pm? Closed. Nevertheless, a few people on Nextdoor are trying to save it.

We do not anticipate that their efforts will be successful. However, the post office already has representatives looking for a new space in the 27605 zip code. If you need a post office box, the UPS Store next to Moe’s may have some available.


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AILLEA Opens In Cameron Village

AILLEA celebrated its grand opening  on August 25 in Cameron Village. The beauty supply chain specializes in “luxury clean beauty brands,” whose best quality, in our opinion, is that none of them are tested on animals. According to this Cameron Village article, Kathryn Murray Dickinson, a former executive in the beauty industry, founded AILLEA after she discovered a lack of transparency when it came to organic, clean products. The Raleigh location will be the area’s premier clean beauty destination.



Heirloom Brewshop Opening Soon

Heirloom Brewshop received their ABC inspection permits last week. The owners told us they should be open in the next 2-3 weeks. Located in The Dillon, this unique store offers premium coffee, tea, saké, and an Asian-inspired menu.


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A Sequel for Soleil?

Ten years after it was set to be the anchor for the doomed Soleil Center, a new Westin hotel will finally make its way to the Crabtree Valley Mall area.

The luxury brand, owned by Marriott, is slated to open in June of 2019 at 4501 Creedmoor Road, according to a listing on the Marriott website. Although permits were applied for in September 2017, they do not appear to have been issued yet.

Valued at more than $60 million, the permits describe work for a pool, a parking deck, the hotel itself, and restaurants on the 4th and 18th floor. We would, however, take those permits with a grain of salt, as they state the Westin will be a 42-story structure with only 54 rooms. Something about that just sounds off.

The Triangle Business Journal reported that the hotel will also include a conference center, a rooftop bar and a full-service restaurant.

STIR Coming to North Hills

STIR, a new oyster restaurant, is coming to the ground floor of the Bank of America Tower in North Hills. We have obtained an exclusive press release confirming that the restaurtant offers “premium oysters, craft cocktails with artisanal ice, and a made-from-scratch menu.” That’s right, artisanal ice.

The release actually includes a full paragraph about artisanal ice:

“Using purified, artisanal ice that has been hand-cut to complement each one of their imaginative craft cocktails, STIR is bringing an intense focus on artisan ice and craft cocktails to Raleigh’s cocktail and dining scene. STIR uses the freshest ingredients available, refreshing food and beverage menus regularly to highlight seasonal delicacies and keep the creative juices flowing.”

It’s about time someone in Raleigh stepped up to the plate and delivered the artisanal ice we’ve all been demanding. STIR is set to open in 2019. In the meantime, we’ll just have to get by with our cloudy, generic, plebeian ice.

Warby Parker Coming to North Hills

Photo by photojournalist Jeffry Aden.

Warby Parker, an upscale chain that sells sunglasses and prescription eyewear, will soon be opening at 4154 Main at North Hills. Jeffry Aden, husband of Broughton graduate Caroline Williams, obtained the above photographic evidence indicating that the store will be located next to Chick-fil-A.

Pilates Studio Coming to North West Street

North West Street will soon be home to Raleigh’s first FlowCORPS High-Intensity Pilates studio, a fact brought to our attention through Ashton Smith’s #1 rated weekly newsletter, Raleigh, over-easy. The company’s website states the studio will be opening in fall of this year.

Permits for the fit-out of their new space at 911 N. West Street were issued in early July to Riley-Lewis Construction. This will be the latest tenant for the recently revived “Rainbow Building” whose overhaul was overseen by our friends over at August Construction Solutions.

Unlimited Storage

Yet another site review plan was filed last week for a self-storage facility on Capital Boulevard. Bee Safe Storage, based out of Greensboro, will build out two, five-story buildings totaling 145,486 square feet, because you never can have enough storage.

Located at 1108 and 1261 Capital Boulevard, the site is currently home to the used car dealership Skyline Motors. Bee Safe has an existing Raleigh location off Falls of Neuse Road.

Burlington Coat Factory

We first reported on North Raleigh’s new Burlington Coat Factory last September, and now, a year later, the store is set to hold its grand opening. Burlington will serve as the anchor retailer at the Plantation Point shopping center on Capital Boulevard, inhabiting the space that was once occupied by Marshalls.

Transfer Co. Vendors

  • Videri Chocolate Factory: Videri’s second location, featuring a chocolate production factory, retail counter, event space and pastry training center for chefs. Among many accolades, Videri holds three consecutive Good Food Awards and acclaim as Travel Magazine’s Best 10 Things to Do in Downtown Raleigh and GQ Magazine’s 50 Best Things to Eat Right Now.
  • Locals Seafood: Oyster bar, restaurant and seafood market focusing on North Carolina seafood and seasonal interpretations of traditional dishes. The restaurant and market will sell fresh fish, fresh and steamed shellfish, smoked seafood and ready-to-cook entrees. Locals Seafood already enjoys a strong North Carolina presence in cornerstone establishments such as Whole Foods.
  • Burial Beer Co.: An art-focused space from Asheville’s Burial Beer that will host can and bottle releases as well as offer a draft selection of hallmark brands and experiential, small-batch beers for purchase. Burial Beer Co. crafts a range of innovative, hop-forward ales, big dark ales and quaffable lagers, all with a dedication to modernization and revitalization. Its wild program boasts a full array of Belgian-inspired and Carolina terroir-driven sour ales. The brewery touts accolades such as Craft Beer & Brewing’s Top 25 Best Small Brewers in the World, Draft Magazine’s Top Beers of the Year and Paste Magazine’s Best Saison.
  • Benchwarmers Bagels: An exciting new collaboration from the masterminds behind Jubala Coffee and Boulted Bread, a bakery that earned acclaim as one of Food & Wine’s Top Croissants in America and Bon Appetit’s 2016 Best New Bakeries.
  • Che Empanadas: Chef Anabel Rossbach brings Argentine-style baked empanadas, handcrafted from historic recipes that feature local and organic ingredients.
  • Chhote’s: A taste of the Mumbai street-food scene with a variety of authentic bite-sized offerings in an atmosphere designed to cultivate conversation. Designed by Anson Fernandes, a Mumbai native and founder of Biryani Maxx in Cary, North Carolina. Biryani Maxx was named one of three brightest yet hidden culinary gems by News & Observer’s Greg Cox in 2017.
  • Captain Cookie and The Milkman: “North Carolina’s sweetest superheroes” serving small-batch cookies, local dairy, hand-dipped shakes and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, which Eater listed as one of its top ice cream sandwiches.
  • Dank Burrito: Clarke Merrill, executive chef and owner of Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria, Dank Burrito and Beaufort Olive Oil Company, brings his chef-inspired tacos, burritos and bowls, featuring fresh ingredients and house-made salsas, slaws and kimchi.
  • Falafel & Co.: The Bahhur family, long-time Triangle restaurateurs, launch a crave-worthy menu of Palestine cuisine with generous servings of authentic dishes, such as fresh pita, crispy falafel, savory dishes and signature dips and salads.
  • Sushinara: Chef Jae Lee offers Izakaya-style Asian street food featuring a special combination of flavors representing different countries in Asia. Chef Lee has worked at highly acclaimed kitchens around the country, such as Veritas and Danube in New York City and the Washington Duke Inn and Fin’s in North Carolina. He has spearheaded several Asian concepts in the Triangle.
  • Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: A certified naturally grown urban farm cultivated in large shipping containers. Sweet Peas grows and provides nutrient-dense microgreens to local chefs, farmers’ markets, CSAs and produce delivery services in the Triangle.

Development Beat: Boutique Inn Planned For Boylan Heights, Guasaca Coming To Hillsborough Street


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Development Beat: Boutique Inn Planned For Boylan Heights, Guasaca Coming To Hillsborough Street

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Week of August 27, 2018

Boylan Heights mansion could become boutique inn

Guasaca coming to Hillsborough Street

Dogwood Country Club opens in downtown Raleigh

Urban Outfitters opens in Warehouse District

Kale Me Crazy coming to Cameron Village

Condos planned for Hillsborough Street

Gigi’s Pizza opens in former home of zpizza

Melting Pot set for renovations

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Montfort Hall Owners Planning Boutique Inn


Updated as of Wednesday 8/29/18 2:30 pm.

A boutique inn could be coming to a pre-Civil War era home in Boylan Heights. Jeff and Sarah Shepherd and Keith Shepherd and his wife Natalia Luckyanova purchased the historic Montfort Hall property in June. The new owners hope to transform the roughy 6,000 square foot mansion from its current state resembling the home of Miss Havisham into a 6-10 room boutique inn and event space.

Located at 308 South Boylan Street, the home was built in 1858 and will require extensive renovations and a rezoning before it can become a boutique inn.

The owners met with Boylan Heights neighbors last week, a prerequisite to filing a rezoning application. The News & Observer reported that some neighbors expressed concern that, upon rezoning, future owners could build something industrial on the property.

The new owners offered to place a variety of conditions in the rezoning application that would ensure the property could only be used as an inn, even if it were sold in the future. Overall, there was overwhelming excitement and support of the project, even from those who had concerns. According to the attorney for the new owners, there was actual applause at the end of the meeting, which he said has literally never happened before.

County records show the new owners purchased the home in June for $1.1 million. An Instagram account (@montfort.hall) and website www.montforthall.com have been set up so people can follow along with the project. Jeff and Sarah Shepherd are driving the vision and day to day management, and Sarah will run the business once the inn is operational. The owners hope to be open by January 2020.

UPDATE: Here are some pretty amazing pictures from one of our insider photojournalists. We can’t wait to see the renovations once the Ghostbusters get through with it.


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Guasaca Coming to Hillsborough Street

Guasaca will soon open its newest Raleigh location on the ground floor of the Target at 2512 Hillsborough Street (RIP The Alley). Fit-out permits for the space were recently filed, which means they should be open in the next few months.

The restaurant, known for their delicious arepas, has operated out of its flagship Lake Boone Trail location for about five years. No word on if they’ll add any Twisted Freezes to the menu to compete with the Taco Bell Cantina down the street.


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Dogwood Days of Summer

Downtown Raleigh’s very first “urban country club” held its grand opening celebration this past Saturday. Dogwood Country Club isn’t your typical country club. It’s actually a retail store, golf training facility, and simulation outlet located at 301 W Cabarrus Street.

Members of Dogwood will receive priority booking on the simulation machines, unlimited practice time, discounts, a free birthday lesson, and more.



A Truly Urban Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters held its grand opening celebration this past Friday at The Dillon, downtown’s newest mixed-use development.

Urban Outfitters bills itself as “a lifestyle retailer dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding.”

August Construction Solutions, a local firm best known for its role in redeveloping North West Street, handled the construction.

Kale Me Crazy Coming to Cameron Village

It looks like the national “Super-food” cafe chain Kale Me Crazy will soon be open in the former home of Baskin-Robbins in Cameron Village.

The restaurant, which also offers “juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment,” says it wants to support its customers’ “healthy lifestyle[s] through the use of fresh, organic, and raw foods.”


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Condos Coming to Hillsborough Street

Blue Sky Development filed site plans last week for the University Park Condos, an 88-unit, 5-story, two-building condominium project at 3411 Hillsborough (near the Arby’s). Blue Sky recently built the Friendly Apartments just off Hillsborough Street and is planning another apartment complex at 2812 Hillsborough.

Currently home to the shuttered Friendly Gas Station, the site would include the two condo buildings, covered basement parking, surface-level parking and about 7,000 square feet of amenity space.

The 88 units would be broken into 59 one-bedrooms, 28 two-bedrooms, and 6 three-bedrooms. Blue Sky still described the project as an apartment complex on their website, which appears to have been the initial plan for the space. The recently filed site review plan leaves little doubt that this will, in fact, be a condominium. The main selling point, we imagine, will be views of Hillsborough Street’s iconic Arby’s, whose sign at night sometimes reads “Roast Sand Delicious.” Mmm-mmm.

Pizza Replaces Pizza on Fayetteville Street

Just three months after the closing of zpizza at 421 Fayetteville Street, Gigi’s Pizza has opened in its place.

In addition to New York Style pizza, the eatery also offers an array of classic Italian dishes, including strombolis, calzones, chicken parmigiana, and Garfield’s favorite, lasagna.

Considering the quick turn around from the closure of zpizza to the opening of Gigi’s Pizza, we weren’t surprised to learn that Gigi’s has kept in place the 20-tap self serve draft system.

Melting Into a New Space

The Melting Pot on Wake Forest Road could soon be subject to a significant expansion, according to a site review plan filed earlier this month.

The plans note that the existing 4,852 square foot restaurant would expand into the vacant 1,136 square foot space in the rear of the building, which had previously been home to an Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

The site plans don’t hint at what use may be made of the space. We’re hoping it’s something like a Guinness Book of World Records sized fondue pot.

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Development Beat: Lola’s Beach Bar Coming Soon to Five Points, Morgan Street Food Hall Opens

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Week of August 20, 2018

Lola’s Beach Bar set to open soon in Five Points

Morgan Street Food Hall opens

Foundation work begins on The Standard

City to finalize agreement on new Triangle Racquet Sports Facility

Tapworks opens on Glenwood

Council To Award Renovation Contract for Kiwanis Park

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Beach Bar Opening Soon at Five Points

Five Points has long been home to some of Raleigh’s most popular night life spots. Icons such as Churchill’s and The Point will soon be joined by Raleigh’s first “gritty surf/tiki bar” in the form of Lola’s Beach Bar.

We first reported on plans for the new bar/eatery back in September 2017. This was followed up in May of 2018 with some top-notch investigative reporting by William N. Finley IV, who discovered that Lola’s would be serving beer, margaritas, cocktails, street tacos, burritos, nachos, and more.

Then we uncovered a bombshell….an ABC Inspection permit was recently issued for the space, usually the final piece of the bar-opening puzzle.

Lola’s Beach Bar has already set up a slick website, and has a presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As of this writing, none of these revealed an exact opening date.

Although we had originally heard the bar/restaurant would be opening in July, the end of August or early September seems like the perfect time for a bar that will bring back fond memories of summer revelries and help Raleigh’s bar-going crowd ease back in to the fall and winter months.


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Morgan Street Food Hall Opens

Morgan Street Food Hall has opened its doors in the former Jillian’s space at 411 W. Morgan St. The newest food baby from Niall Hanley, who also brought you Hibernian Restaurant & Pub and Raleigh Beer Garden, is unlike anything we’ve seen in Raleigh. Imagine if food trucks could operate indoors, or if the Crabtree Valley Mall food court consisted of food that was edible.

Niall Hanley, father of the food hall

Designed by New City Design Group, the food hall contains nearly two dozen vendors, an outdoor patio, and more. Here’s a list of the vendors that William Needham Finley IV exclusively obtained from the gift bag he received while visiting in July.

The Arbor – bar

Auntie Betty’s – cocktail bar

Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas – pizza

Boba Brew Bubble Tea and Smoothies – self-explanatory

Carroll’s Kitchen – a nonprofit social enterprise restaurant dedicated to ending homelessness for women in Raleigh, NC. Go support them.

Cocoa Forte – they dip things in chocolate. More restaurants should follow their lead.

Cousin’s Maine Lobster – it was on Shark Tank, they serve lobster. Have not verified if they are actually cousins.

Cow Bar Burger & Fries – self-explanatory and delicious

Curry in a Hurry – Indian cuisine

Hook & Cleaver – they have the meats

Iyla’s Southern Kitchen – Southern food, it was good

Makus Empanadas – Argentinian, empanadas

MKG Kitchen – Vietnamese cuisine

Morgan Street Java and Creperie – crepes and espresso

Oak City Fish and Chips – fish and chips, in Raleigh, hence the name

Raleigh Raw – another location for the raw juice and smoothie shop from Sherif Fouad and Leslie Woods

Raleigh Rolls – this is actually Thai ice cream that’s rolled with toppings

Sassool – Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine

The Bowls – East Asian cuisine, rice bowls, egg rolls, etc.

The Broth – Ramen and Japanese cuisine

Wicked Taco – tacos

Hours:

Sunday – Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thursday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The space will also house retail tenants, including The Soaperie, Five Points Baking Co., Hail Mary Mix, Mike D’s BBQ, and more to come.

So congrats to Niall and everyone who worked hard to bring this to downtown Raleigh. After driving by on Monday, we can already tell this is going to be a huge success.


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A Standard Foundation

It’s been just over three months since Landmark Properties began tearing down the former home of the North Carolina Equipment Company at 3101 Hillsborough Street. Last week, permits were issued to Landmark’s construction arm for foundation work for The Standard, a new five-story, 232-unit student apartment complex that will include a parking deck and ground-floor retail.

Perhaps the most crucial of the numerous conditions required in the rezoning case for the development was a promise to attempt to preserve the iconic tractor sign that once sat on top of the building.

“The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted,” the rezoning case noted to everyone’s delight.

Not to take all the credit for this, but ITBlake the intern’s efforts to save the historic sign were covered in The News & Observer.

The N&O Praises Intern For Saving Iconic Sign



Raleigh Racquet

In January of this year, City Council was presented with a plan that would turn 48 acres of City owned land off  Mount Herman Road into the $25 million, 50+ court Raleigh Racquet Sports and Health Center. (Note: We originally wrote that this was on Mount Herman Church Road. A commenter informed us that Mount Herman Church Road is in Durham. We apologize for not knowing much about these roads, as we’ve never actually driven on them.)

Today, Council is expected to authorize a lease with Triangle Racquet Sports that will allow the project to move forward. Staff highlighted a number of benefits that will come with the agreement, including annual revenue to the City of about $275,000 and an economic impact of $3.5 million.

Although the entire cost of building the facility will be covered by Triangle Racquet Sports, the City will get 50 percent of the court reservation fees and 20 percent of any third-party leasing fees. Triangle Racquet Sports is requesting a one dollar per annum 50-year lease for the property.

In addition to the tennis courts, the facility will include a public park with amenities such as playground, walking trails, community picnic shelter, and public restrooms.


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Tapworks Open on Glenwood South

Just over three months after construction began on the self-serve beer shop Tapworks on the ground floor of 222 Glenwood, the store has opened its doors to a thirsty public.

A grand opening celebration for the 50-tap shop is scheduled for Thursday, August 30, where beers from Blueprint, Highland Brewing Company, CrankArm and more will be served alongside a unique array of appetizers and light entrees, such as the North Carolina-themed First in Flight, which features three duck bacon + sweet corn wontons alongside three duck wings. If this and other dishes are half as good as they sound, we imagine Tapworks will become known just as much for its food as it is for its wide array of beverage options.



Council Set to Award Contract for Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park, located at 2525 Noble Road, will soon be subject to a massive renovation project, following an expected contract award to Poythress Commercial Contractors at today’s City Council meeting.

Due to recurring floodplain issues, it was decided that a mere renovation of the existing community center was impractical. The project will include the demolition of the existing Kiwanis Park buildings, construction of a new 3,140 square foot community center, new multi-age playground and athletic court, installation of a pre-engineered picnic shelter, and parking lot improvements.

The construction award for this project was delayed slightly due to an error with the original bid form, which meant that the initial round of bids were all rejected. Of the four new bids received June 18, Poythress was low by about $200,000.

In addition to the above-mentioned renovations, two add-alternates were selected as part of Poythress’ bid package, including playground site preparation and a new basketball court.


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Development Beat: Taco Bell Cantina Opens

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Week of August 13, 2018

Taco Bell Cantina opens on Hillsborough Street

Townhomes coming soon to West Street

The Fairweather requests design adjustment

Mojito Lounge opens this week

Brovelli opens in City Market

Apartments planned for Hill Street in Northeast Raleigh

Panda Express Coming to Wake Forest Road

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


Taco Bell Cantina Has Arrived

The Taco Bell Cantina has officially opened. In January, we broke the news that Taco Bell would open its first Raleigh “Cantina” location on the ground floor of the 2304 Hillsborough apartments. On Monday morning, the restaurant opened its Fire sauce packet arms and welcomed patrons.

ABC Inspection permits – the ones that will allow this Taco Bell to serve draft beers and liquor slushies – were issued last week.

Liquor slushies aka “Twisted Freezes”

For those unfamiliar with the Cantina brand, they differ from traditional Taco Bells in three main ways: they’re slightly more upscale, there’s no drive-thru, and they serve booze. The Hillsborough Street location offers six draft beers, liquor slushies (Twisted Freezes), and frosé (frozen rosé).

There’s also a nice mural by Clark Hipolito.

While this isn’t exactly the return of Hillsborough Street’s iconic Cantina bar that was once located across the street from East Village, we imagine this location will be quite popular.


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The West Street Way

Work is now underway on downtown Raleigh’s latest townhome development. The West Street Townhomes, located near the intersection of West and Lenoir Streets, will be comprised of 12 single-family row homes spread across three separate buildings, all of which will be connected by an adjoining courtyard.

Lambert Development has said that the townhomes will offer three distinct designs ranging in size from 1,400-1,600 square feet. Each residence will include “sleek, modern, high-end contemporary fixtures and finishes and garage parking” as well as “skyline views from rooftop terraces.”

Concept 8, a local firm that has built a number of custom homes throughout Raleigh, will be overseeing the construction.


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Fairweather Progress

The Fairweather, a luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and close proximity to Dix Park, has filed an administrative alternative design request dealing with the city’s “transparency” requirements.

Outlined in the Unified Development Ordinance, transparency requirements are specified in order to lend “visual interest to street-facing building facades.” We don’t imagine the developers will have much trouble getting this adjustment approved.

The demolition phase of the project began last month with the teardown of the old Motor Parts Warehouse at 522 S. Harrington. The development is expected to stand five stories tall and include 45 residential units, structured parking, and street-level retail.



Mojito Lounge Replaces Stag’s Head

Less than a month after it was announced that Glenwood South’s beloved Stag’s Head bar would be closing, its replacement is set to make its grand debut.

The Mojito Lounge will hold its grand opening for “Raleigh’s New College Night” this weekend. The “sophisticated Latin-Themed Lounge” will feature music by DJ David Dice, DJ Juice, and YODJWoody.

According to its Facebook page, the lounge will include a full bar, live entertainment, bottle service, and VIP Service. Those planning to attend should “dress to impress” as a flier for the celebration notes that the dress code will be “strictly enforced.”


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An Oily Opening In City Market

Brovelli is now open in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The shop offers 25 different infused oils, infused vinegars, herb blends, wine, and gift items.

Hill Street Blues

Plans for a new Raleigh apartment complex were filed last week, and for once, it looks like it won’t be built on Hillsborough Street. Site plans for the Hill Street Apartments, a two-building 14-unit complex, were filed by local developer Springfield Ventures.

Located on Hill Street off Skycrest Drive, the two, two-story buildings will stand less than 30′ tall and offer a total of 22 parking spaces.


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Panda-monium

Panda Express is making its way to Raleigh. Permits were issued last week for the construction of a new 2,200 square-foot building at 4215 Wake Forest Road, near the T.G.I. Friday’s and across the street from Raleigh’s first Lidl grocery store. Venture Construction will oversee the $250,000 build-out of the new restaurant.

The chain offers a variety of classic Americanized Asian dishes such as Orange Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki and String Bean Chicken, and we imagine the Wake Forest location will be open either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.

Development Beat: Jazz Club Coming To Village Subway, Apartments Planned At East Village

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Week of August 6, 2018

A jazz club is coming to the Village Subway in Cameron Village

Apartments planned for Bellwood Drive behind Cameron Village

Apartment planned for East Village property

Yacht Club coming to West Johnson Street

Tasting bar now open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Dix Park to add a cafe

Krispy Kreme plans kiosk for Crabtree Valley Mall

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Jazz Club Coming to Village Subway

The Village Subway is on its way back. Smedes York has plans to open a jazz club in Cameron Village’s iconic underground that was once home to music venues, bars, and shops during the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

York, a Broughton graduate, member of the Raleigh Hall of Fame, and Chairman of the Board of York Properties, hopes to bring life back to the space that has been dormant for decades.

This is some of the greatest news we’ve ever reported (first in a 2016 article about the return of The Fresh Market that apparently no one read, then re-reported last week on Twitter).

The N&O covered the story as well, reporting that the club hopes to open towards the end of 2019. We’re thrilled at this development, as it gives us hope that Felson’s could potentially return. (It isn’t returning.)

While we await the arrival of the new establishment, be sure to check out “The Underground: Photographs of Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985” which is currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum (COR).

For an in-depth look at The Village Subway, read Goodnight Raleigh’s coverage from 2008, which includes a list of bands that played there and a wealth of information in the comments section.


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Apartments Planned for Bellwood Behind Cameron Village

A new apartment project is being planned on Bellwood Drive, just behind Cameron Village. As journalists, we’ve known about this since 2017, when we got a hot tip from a reader that “the townhouses on Bellwood are falling apart. It’s a long story but the HOA is trying to get all the owners to allow them to negotiate a sale.” We were too busy (lazy) to actually do any journalism on the matter, until now.

The project was presented to the Cameron Park Development Committee last week. A representative from the developer shared the following details:

349 units

Buildings will be 4 stories, with one 6-story building that will be the same height as the 4-story buildings due to the slope of the land. They’ll need a zoning variance for this.

520 parking spaces

Rental rates between $1,500 and $2,500 a month

Roughly 65% of the units will be 1 bedroom (750 square feet to 1,000 square feet)

Residents will have access to ground floor office space, but the project will not have commercial space. They probably realize it’s foolish to compete with Cameron Village in the retail arena. The project will probably take at least 2 years to build, and another year for approvals.


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Apartment Planned For East Village Property

Site review plans were filed last week for a 3-story mixed-used apartment building located on the property that’s now home to East Village, College Beverage, Curious Goods, DIGITZ, and Triangle Motorsports.

CA Ventures, a real estate investment holding company based in Chicago, is listed as the Client/Developer/Owner on the project, named 3020 Hillsborough. The property will be developed across a total of nine existing parcels.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot building will house 142 residential units (76 one-bedrooms, 59 four-bedrooms and 7 two-bedrooms) and ground-floor retail. The plans also offer a small preview of some of 3020’s amenities: a pool and adjoining clubhouse, a “cyber lounge,” and 147 parking spaces with a separate bicycle storage area.

So what does this mean for Hillsborough Street icons East Village and College Beverage? We spoke with some nice people at JDavis, but they were not sure what the developer had planned for the existing businesses.

Update: According to some crowdsourced journalism, East Village has stated that a developer is looking at the property but it is not under contract yet. If the project is approved and moves forward, East Village will have the right of first refusal to put the restaurant in the bottom floor of the apartment building.



Raleigh’s First Yacht Club

Raleigh will soon be getting its very own Yacht Club, sort of. Site plans were filed for the renovation of the property at 710 W. Johnson Street that would turn the one-time home of the Office Tavern into The Yacht Club.

The site plans indicate this will be a two-story restaurant/bar, with 1,451 square-feet of space on the first floor, 2,296 square feet on the second floor, and 781 square-feet of outdoor dining space, of which 402 square-feet will be covered.

Based on the name, we’re guessing there will be some sort of nautical theme. We’re hoping they at least have a solid Yacht Rock playlist full of hits from Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, and more.



Tasting Bar Now Open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Just a few weeks after moving to their new location at High Park, Seaboard Wine has now opened their Tasting Bar. Hours for the Tasting Bar are:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We imagine this will be a hit with the surrounding Five Points neighborhoods, who often participate in nightly wine walks. More information on tastings and events can be found on their website, www.seaboardwine.com.



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Cafe on a Hill

Ashton Smith’s number 1 newsletter in North Carolina (Raleigh, over-easy) recently called our attention to a new Dix Park development, Dix Café.

They are now serving food from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and offer “Handcrafted Sandwiches, Fresh Salads, All-beef burgers, Smoothies & more” at a location on the grounds of Dix Park. The café is run by Services for the Blind, a division of DHHS, as part of their blind entrepreneur program, NC Business Enterprises.

It’s worth noting that there was at one time, an eatery named “Dix Grill” on Cafeteria Drive in one of the old Dix Hospital buildings, but it appears that space is used now for meetings of the Dorothea Dix Master Advisory Committee.

We’ll keep an eye on this as more details emerge.


Krispy Kreme Bringing Doughnut Kiosk To Crabtree

You know when you go to the mall and see those kiosks selling things like emoji-shaped pillows, cell phone accessories that will break within six months of purchasing, and random stuff that you’d never actually buy? Well, for some reason, Krispy Kreme decided to put one of those at Crabtree.

Permits were issued last week for a “Krispy Kreme Kiosk” for Crabtree Valley Mall. First, did no one at Krispy Kreme stop and think about that acronym? Maybe go with “doughnut stand” or any other word that doesn’t start with the letter K.

The stand will be installed on the first floor of the mall by Gleeco, Inc. for $8,282. The 123 square-foot doughnut stand is described as “pre-manufactured” — which may explain why the permit cost was so low.

We have no idea what this will look like, but Reddit user TheLegendofMikeC shared this UK “micro-store” last year.


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Development Beat: Work Begins On Raleigh’s Wegmans

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Week of July 30, 2018

Work begins on Raleigh’s first Wegmans

Update on Oberlin and Fairview fire station

Cameron Village Chick-fil-A set for upgrades

Players’ Retreat set for crucial addition

Rosewater coming to North Hills

The Warehouse District: Then & Now

Old Amtrak Station finally receives demolition permits

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Work Begins on Wegmans at New ITB Shopping Center

North Carolina’s first Wegmans grocery store is now under construction, as permits for the foundation were recently issued to Vannoy Construction.

Located in the new Midtown East shopping center off Wake Forest Road, the 22 acre site will include about 21 retail and restaurant spaces, a 700 space parking deck, and the coveted Wegmans.

The current lineup of entities not named Wegmans includes Maple Street Biscuit Company, Club Pilates, Cava, Salon Del Sol, and Bella Lifestyle.

In a June meeting of the Midtown Citizens Advisory Council, Paul Muñana of Regency Properties, which owns a number of other local shopping centers (Cameron Village), provided an update on the project. Here are the full minutes of that CAC meeting.

In addition to the Wegmans, they are building 7 new buildings (5 managed by Regency, 2 “paid leases”) and two new roads. Muñana said Midtown East would also be home to a 150-room hotel.

A “smaller than average” Wegmans (110,000 sq. ft.) will be located at the back, top deck of the property with a road leading to it and with parking beneath it. Muñana pointed out that there will be a nice open space area with artificial turf. According to Muñana, Midtown East is expected to open in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2019.

WNFIV Note: I will never refer to any part of Raleigh as “Midtown.” North Hills is North Hills. Full stop. According to cartography, the area where Wegmans is being built is closest to Crabtree Heights. If that doesn’t sound catchy enough, might I suggest coming up with a new name based on nearby landmarks or areas the way they do in larger cities (ex: how SoHo refers to South of Houston Street in Manhattan). Here are a few options: BTB (below the beltline), NoThomp (North of Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac (Hi Mark)), or SoJo (South of Trader Joe’s).


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Update on Oberlin and Fairview Fire Station

Last week, we did some hard-hitting journalism to find out why it was taking so long to finish building the fire station on the corner of Oberlin and Fairview. Country Club Hills residents were having flashbacks to that fateful morning in December, over 20 years ago, when they awoke to the glow of a mansion on fire. A mystery to this day…

We did some journalism by asking the following on social media:

Fortunately, Raleigh fire expert Mike Legeros had already covered this on his Fire Blog (not to be confused with WNFIV’s upcoming Dumpster Fyre Podcast). The delay in construction was caused by the discovery of some contaminated soil that had to be removed. Construction is now underway and should be finished in the spring of 2019. Here’s the project page with more information that our friends at the City of Raleigh sent us.

Until then, here are some options for nearby residents.



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Cameron Village Chick-fil-A To Add Canopy

In my years of writing this column, I’ve been witness to the pitfalls and the possibilities, the perils and the promise that new construction can bring to the City, but few projects have ever achieved pure perfection in the way the Cameron Village Chick-fil-A did.

Built in 2011, the two-story 7,574 square-foot Chick-fil-A is surely the prize gem in Cameron Village’s already shining crown, serving up delicious efficient food in a gleaming complex packed with clean tables and more than enough room to host a serious birthday bash.

So that’s why I was caught off guard by a renovation permit issued for the space last week: what do you do to the building that has everything? The answer, apparently, is an improved canopy.

The $50,00 permit issued to R & L Builders and Sons last week is for a new overhead shade canopy, although it doesn’t specify where the canopy will be located. While it may not be finished in time to protect patrons from North Carolina’s cruel August sun, we’re sure it will be a welcome addition for years to come.


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A Rosy New Plan for Former North Hills Bruegger’s

Kane Realty Corporation announced last week that Rosewater, a Mediterranean restaurant from the Giorgios Group, will open in the old Bruegger’s space in 2019. This put to rest the rumors we started last year that Bonner Gaylord would use the space to fulfill his dreams of opening his own surf shop.

Giorgios Group has restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Asheville including Vin Rouge, Parizade, and Bin 54. The North Hills location will be their first restaurant in Raleigh.


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A New Retreat at Players’ Retreat

Two years after undergoing a major renovation to their kitchen, Players’ Retreat is set to upgrade another crucial element of their building: the restrooms.

Permits were issued last week to Benjamin Hale Builders for the addition of a wall to create a new accessible toilet room. The $5,000 project will add a new 50 square foot restroom to the popular restaurant.



This Warehouse is No Longer Bare

In last week’s Raleigh, over-easy newsletter (currently the number 1 ranked newsletter in Raleigh) our friend Ashton Smith included an interesting photo comparison showing the Warehouse District as it was in 2006 and as it is today. Kudos to Matt Robinson of Raleigh Skylines for this flashback.

Power of the Press

A week ago, we reported on some reporting that demolition was underway on Raleigh’s old Amtrak station at 516 West Cabarrus Street. Here’s an updated look from photojournalist Rachel Meyer (who also runs The Whisk Project, @the_whisk_project on Insta).

On the same day our journalism debuted, a demolition permit was applied for — and approved a mere three days later by the City of Raleigh. We’re not saying our Pulitzer-level work spurred Clancy & Theys into action on this $40,000 permit, but we’re also not saying it didn’t.

It’s always sad to see a long-standing downtown structure demolished, but it’s not as though the old station was on par with Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, or Raleigh’s new Union Station.


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Development Beat: Pooleside Pie Progress

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Week of July 23, 2018

Pooleside Pies files plans

Demolition begins at old Amtrak station

New kind of pharmacy coming to Glenwood

Work begins on Oak Steakhouse

Crabtree Terrace progress

5401 North continues to expand

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Planning for Pizza

Renowned Raleigh restaurateur Ashley Christensen is one step closer to achieving our dream of a Poole’s mac and cheese pizza. Site plans were recently filed for Pooleside Pie, which will offer Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas at 428 S. McDowell Street, right next to Christensen’s Poole’s Diner.

The building is currently the home of the “All are welcome, Raleigh, NC” mural, which is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Raleigh. Built in 1915, the 3,950 square foot brick warehouse building will now undergo a significant renovation.

Top 5 Instagram spot in Raleigh

The project is being designed by Louis Cherry Architecture, perhaps best known for their beautiful redesign of the Cameron Village Library. Pooleside Pie won’t be the firm’s first venture into restaurant design. They were also behind Crawford and Son and Joule Coffee.

While it’s hard to say how far out Pooleside Pies is from opening, Christensen has been keeping her future customers updated through social media on @poolesidepie, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any new updates.

For all you non-foodies out there, Neapolitan is a style of pizza made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. According to Wikipedia, it must be made with “San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a protected designation of origin cheese made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio in a semi-wild state.” It is not pizza made with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.


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On Track for Demolition

With Amtrak service having switched over to the new Union Station earlier this month, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the teardown of the old station began. Our friend Ashton Smith reported in her newsletter, Raleigh, over-easy., that the demolition work has started.

While taking pictures of the site, we learned that the canopy, built in 1897 and part of the original Union Depot (also known as Union Station), will be moved to Spencer Yard. Spencer Yard is home of the N.C. Transportation Museum, and is named after the first president of Southern Railway, Samuel Spencer.


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Farmacy Coming to Glenwood South

The Hemp Farmacy is setting up shop on Glenwood South. Located on the corner of Glenwood and Hillsborough Street, they’ll be selling products infused with CBD Oil, which claims to offer all the benefits of THC without the high.

According to their Facebook page, which really should be using the tagline “The Dopest Farmacy In Raleigh,” the store will offer “a wide variety of nutritional supplements derived from the Hemp Plant,” and “CBD products from a large number of manufacturers.”

The Farmacy will supposedly be “The East Coast’s First Stand-Alone CBD Dispensary” and its products will come from organically-grown American processors.


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Now open in their new location at High Park.


Oak City Steak Coming To The Dillon

Permits for one of The Dillon’s tastiest tenants were recently issued to the Lennon Construction Company. They’ll transform a 5,125 square-foot space on the ground floor of The Dillon into Raleigh’s first location of the high-end Oak Steakhouse chain.

This won’t be the Oak’s first North Carolina location. The restaurant won this year’s “Best Steak” in Charlotte’s “Best of the Best Awards,” which is surprising, since most people in Charlotte have underdeveloped palates.

In addition to its location in Charlotte’s South Park district, the chain also operates restaurants in Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville.


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Newest Mixed-Use Underway at Crabtree

Final sitework permits were issued last week for Crabtree Terrace, a six-story 178,000 square-foot office and retail development at 4509 Creedmoor Road.

Located across from Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Terrace will offer 140,00 square feet of Class A office space, along with 38,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Developer East West Partners officially acquired the land in January 2018, after which it wasted no time in tearing down the existing three-story, 31,000 square-foot “solar glass” exterior building constructed in 1972.

Just when we think Crabtree Valley has reached a maximum level of density, we’re proven wrong. We can’t imagine what the area will look like in ten years.

Northern Living in North Raleigh

Years after the final sitework permits were issued for the start of 5401 North, a planned mixed-use community off Louisburg Road just north of 540, work continues on this massive 400-acre development.

Last week, permits were issued for 5401 North Apartments, along with a number of single-family homes. The apartment complex will apparently comprise four 3-story buildings each containing 48 units, and offer a number of amenities including an outdoor pool.

When complete, 5401 North will offer everything from single-family residential units to townhomes and the aforementioned apartments, in addition to office, retail, dining and amenity spaces. Despite its outside both beltlines status, 5401 North sounds like a pretty nice place.


Development Beat: Seaboard Wine at High Park Opens, Work Begins On Apartments Replacing NC State Tailgate Lots

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Week of July 16, 2018

Seaboard Wine at High Park is now open

Work begins on luxury student apartments at former NC State tailgate lots

Condos planned for North State Street

Village Subway photo exhibit at City of Raleigh Museum

Raleigh is getting its first Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Deco Raleigh opens in new location

Two Roosters Ice Cream coming to Person Street Plaza

Contact wnfiv@itbinsider.com with news or to be featured in the Development Beat.


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Seaboard Wine at High Park Opens

Today is the big day for our friends at Seaboard Wine at High Park. After 33 years in the same location (21 as Seaboard Wine and 12 as Simple Pleasures’ warehouse), they are now open in their new home at High Park Village on Whitaker Mill Road.

The store will be open regular hours Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Their tasting bar will tentatively re-open Monday 7/23. More updates can be found at www.seaboardwine.com and Facebook (@seaboardwine), Twitter (@seaboardwine) and Instagram (@seaboard_wine).

Also, congratulations to Lisa Jeffries for being the first customer! She’s been tracking the progress and shared the first ever inside look with us. History was made today.

 


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NC State Tailgating Takes an L

In April, we reported that the Trinity and TX parking lots on Trinity Road, renowned for their popular tailgating at NC State football games, would one day be replaced with a luxury student housing complex. That day has come.

Over the last few months, many NC State fans put out yard signs that read “Save the parking lots!” in hopes that the development would be stopped. In a show of solidarity, some fans even met in the empty parking lots to eat Bojangles’ tailgate specials paired with Coors Light and listen to pregame speeches.

Despite their best efforts, final sitework permits were issued last week for The Station at 4200 Trinity Road. The project was  described in the preliminary site plan as a 3-story apartment complex of 174 units (12 one bedroom, 4 three bedroom, and 158 four bedroom) located in 21 buildings, and accompanied by 729 parking spots.


Developer Landmark Properties is behind the project, along with many other luxury student apartments across the country. If The Station is similar to their other projects, and we assume it is, students can expect amenities such as a gaming lounge, golf simulator, resort-style pool, outdoor terrace, fitness facility, meeting rooms, a clubhouse, and…..free printing!

It’s sad to see the loss of such a great piece of tailgating real estate. On the bright side, college football is only 39 days 7 hours 2 minutes and 16 seconds away.


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Condos Planned for North State Street

Five Horizons Development, a local firm that’s also behind the 10 Arros project on New Bern Avenue, has filed plans for a new condominium development on North State Street.

Tentatively titled the North State Street Condos, the project will offer 30 one-bedroom units and a total of 33 parking spaces.

The three-story building will comprise a total of 78,148 square feet, take up .64 acres of impervious surface area, and provide 3,620 square feet of open space. We’re not sure what kind of amenities the new condos will offer, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted with any future developments.


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Reliving the Village Subway

The City of Raleigh Museum (COR) kicked off “The Underground: Photographs of Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985” last weekend. The photography exhibit will let visitors experience the music scene of of the iconic Village Subway, once located beneath Cameron Village.

As everyone from Raleigh knows, the Village Subway housed everything from music venues, bars, and shops. Photographer Chris Seward has some incredible shots of the Village Subway’s spectacular music scene.

The exhibit will be open from now until December 2018.



Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar Coming to McNeill Pointe

Permits were recently issued for Raleigh’s first location of The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar at McNeill Pointe. McNeill Pointe is currently under construction and is located  just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant.

The Shuckin’ Shack has locations stretching from Maryland to South Carolina, with one in Durham and two (two!) in Cary. Although it specializes in seafood, the restaurant also offers meals more suited to landlubbers, including chicken wings and mini corn dogs.

When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four buildings and over 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses.



Deco Raleigh Moves Into New Space

Deco Raleigh, a gift store and gallery that carries work from local artisans and makers, has moved. Fortunately, they didn’t move far. Previously located at 19 West Hargett Street, the store moved just a few feet away to 207 South Salisbury Street.

Two Roosters Coming to Person Street Plaza

Two Roosters Ice Cream is coming to Person Street Plaza. They’ll be taking over the location that housed Lumina Clothing.

According to their Instagram post, Two Roosters will be doing a pop-up space during the summer and will close for the winter to work on renovations.


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Development Beat: Union Station Is Open, Empire Properties Expands On South Dawson

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Week of July 9, 2018

Union Station opens

Empire expands on South Dawson

The Local Squirrel expands in Cameron Village

Kaiju Bowl & Bao opens

Papa Shogun coming to Seaboard Station

PNC Arena upgrades player fitness area

Sultan Kebab House heading to Western Boulevard

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi begins work on Raleigh location

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Union Station Opens

Union Station is now open for business. Official Amtrak service at Raleigh’s brand-new train station began at 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Located at 510 W. Martin Street, the station’s original opening date was delayed slightly due to the platform not meeting required regulations regarding its slope, which was apparently too steep by one percent.

Union Station also includes three stories of commercial and office spaces, which are managed by our friends over at York Properties. John Koonce (johnkoonce@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace (brianwallace@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York will also coordinate the event space leasing.

Congratulations to all involved on making Union Station a success!


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Empire Expands on South Dawson

Just a few blocks from Union Station, Empire Properties has acquired three more properties along the west side of the 400 block of South Dawson. This is in addition to Empire’s planned 12-story mixed-use project at the intersection of Dawson and Davie.

424, 426, and 430 South Dawson, which are home to Mad Ethel’s Tattoos and Deep South bar, were recently acquired by a subsidiary of Empire for an undisclosed sum. The three structures were originally built in the 1940s and have been home to a variety of tenants, including the Matthews Shade Company, a roofing company, and others.

Although we don’t know what plans Empire has for their newly acquired South Dawson buildings, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a restoration similar to what they did with the old Dr. Pepper building, the Baldwin& building, Personify, and Reunion Marketing, all of which are nearby.


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The Local Squirrel Expands In Cameron Village

After two years, The Local Squirrel is expanding into a larger space in Cameron Village. The store, owned and operated by Rachael Riddle, offers jewelry, home accessories, and gifts, all with a focus on local vendors. They even carry items form the highly coveted ITB Insider merchandise line.

“The new space allows us to expand many of our categories in store starting with our baby selection. We have an additional room in the shop that we’re calling “The Little Acorn Room.” Look for swaddles, toys, accessories for baby and mommy, surrounded by beautiful local artwork perfect for a nursery. We’ll also be bringing in several new Local Makers. I mean at the end of the day, Raleigh is kinda a big deal,” said Riddle.

They’re now located at 2014 Cameron Street. Stay tuned for a potential trunk show hosted by ITBlake the intern.

Kaiju Bowl & Bao Opens

Kaiju Bowl & Bao, a ramen restaurant from Ken Yowell, owner of Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, officially opened its doors to the public last week.

Located at 170 East Davie Street in the former home of Dickey’s BBQ and next door to Oak City Meatball, the restaurant has been under construction for nearly 8 months.

The restaurant features a kind of “Asian chicken wing,” along with a variety of other Japanese-inspired menu items. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space was handled by Carolina Design & Construction.


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Axis Powers Invade Seaboard Station

Less than a month after the loss of Korean restaurant Kimbap, it appears that a unique new restaurant will be taking its place. Triangle Explorer recently posted about Papa Shogun, a new Italian/Japanese concept that will open in Seaboard Station.

While there’s been an explosion of so-called fusion restaurants in recent years — like the sushi/burger Cowfish at North Hills, or the spectacular Korean/Mexican Lucha Tigre in Chapel Hill, this is the first time since World War II we’ve read about the Japanese and Italians joining forces.

It’s certainly an interesting concept, and we’re interested to see what kind of menu Papa Shogun will offer when it opens.


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A Better Workout at PNC Arena

Permits valued at around $170,000 were issued to Spec Con Inc. last week for an improvement/alteration to the PNC player fitness area/locker room.

We’re not exactly sure what kind of gym upgrades that kind of money can buy, but we’re glad the Hurricanes are making these improvements.

In addition to an improved workout, the permits indicate the players will also have improved cabinetry, a relocated sink, and new ice and beverage machines. This should lead to a Stanley Cup victory within the next 2-3 years.

The Sultan of Western Boulevard

After the closing of Greek Fiesta’s Western Boulevard location, N.C. State students were at a loss for a quick, easy place to get kebab-style meals — but not for much longer.

An ABC inspection permit was issued last week for “Sultan Kebab” at 3933 Western, and while the name implies it won’t be kebabs of the Greek variety, grilled meat is grilled meat.



Rockin’ Out on Strickland Road

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi, Durham’s popular Japanese restaurant, will soon open a brand-new Raleigh location at Harvest Plaza on Strickland Road.

The $332,930 renovation of the 4,910 square foot space at 9650 Strickland Road is being handled by Golden City Construction. An opening date has not yet been announced.

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Development Beat: New Crawford Restaurant, Seaboard Wine Moving to High Park, and Demolition Near Broughton

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Week of July 2, 2018

Scott Crawford opening French bistro next to Crawford and Son

Seaboard Wine begins move to High Park

Demolition begins across the street from Broughton

Imurj adds a kitchen

Council set to award Capital Boulevard Corridor Study contract

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Crawford To Open French Bistro On Person Street

The N&O reported that Chef Scott Crawford is planning to open a French bistro next to his existing restaurant Crawford and Son. Jolie, named after Crawford’s daughter, will offer classic French dishes including rabbit cassoulet, souffles, steak frites, scrambled duck eggs, and more. The beer and wine will all be French as well.

“We’re excited because we believe this classic French restaurant experience is essential to a thriving neighborhood, and here, we’ll be able to revisit time-honored dishes from our classical training, and modernize using new techniques, too,” Crawford said in a press release.

Crawford is a five-time James Beard Award semifinalist. Foodies have already begun to form a line in front of the restaurant, which is anticipating a late October or early November opening.


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Opening Date for Seaboard Wine at High Park

EXCLUSIVE: Seaboard Wine, our favorite wine store and sponsor, has an anticipated opening date of Monday, July 16 in their new location at High Park. Like all construction projects, this date is tentative. They’ll close their Seaboard Station location on Tuesday, July 3, and begin the move on Thursday through the following week.

“We are looking forward to moving into a professionally run retail center with a commitment to locally owned businesses and are excited to be a part of the Five Points, Anderson Heights, Hayes Barton, and North Hills neighborhoods,” said Doug Diesing, owner of Seaboard Wine at High Park.

They’ll keep the Seaboard Wine name (they were the first ever tenant at Seaboard Station) and add “at High Park” to denote their new location. We’re looking forward to checking out the new space in a few weeks.


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Demolition Starts Near Broughton

Demolition has started on the Ligon Building at 800 St. Mary’s Street. Located across the street from Broughton High School, the 63-year-old, four-story, 25,000 square-foot office building will be replaced by a 129,639 square-foot apartment building with 61 units.

Selwyn Property Group, a Charlotte-based developer, acquired the property in 2015 for just over $2 million. The building will consist of two three-bedroom units, forty two-bedroom units, and 19 one-bedroom units.

The existing building housed many dental offices that were frequented by Broughton students for decades. Fortunately, our sponsor Downtown Dental is located nearby and is more than happy to take in these students.


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A Kitchen Imurjes

Imurj, a creative collaborative space for artists, will soon add fresh-cooked food to their array of offerings. Located below Whiskey Kitchen, Imurj received a small renovation permit for the addition of kitchen equipment described as “Imurj Kitchen Area.”

We don’t know what kind food will be served, or if they will even be offering food to the public. For all we know, this could be some sort of new wave food art concept that’s just for show.



Studying Capital Boulevard

City Council is expected to authorize a contract with the engineering consulting firm WSP to begin the process of studying Capital Boulevard.

According to the contract, WSP will focus on “understanding the use of Capital Boulevard by residents, workers, businesses, and travelers on all transportation modes.” Extensive data collection and transportation modeling are included in the contract. The study will also evaluate parks, streetscape/urban design needs, and future land uses.

Meetings to solicit public input will begin in the spring of 2019, while WSP is expected to present Council with its final report a few months later.

Development Beat: Another 10-Story Tower For Hillsborough Street

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Week of June 25, 2018

Ten-story tower planned for Hillsborough Street

Poyner Place YMCA opens in Downtown Raleigh

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park

New Oakwood bar will require a key

Red Hat taking over Buku space in 2019

Happy + Hale opening in North Hills

Flower shop opens on Hargett

Kaiju Bowl & Bao set to open July 6

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Another 10-Story Tower For Hillsborough Street

Site plans for Two Hillsborough, a ten-story building at the intersection of Hillsborough and Boylan, were filed last week. The site is currently occupied by the former offices of Stop Hunger Now, Audio Exchange, and, most notably, Dram & Draught. EXCLUSIVE: Dram & Draught is in talks to move into another space within the walkable footprint of their current location. They also just unveiled their summer cocktail menu, featuring 10 new cocktails.

Two Hillsborough will consist of a 10-story, 275,000 square-foot office building with two separate one-story retail buildings comprising a total of 4,850 square feet. Leo Suarez pointed out on The Raleigh Connoisseur that the plans seem to indicate the retail buildings will be made from reused shipping containers.

Two Hillsborough is the third project in that area being developed by Maryland-based Heritage Properties. They are also behind the ten-story One Glenwood and Two Glenwood, the hotel and parking deck located at the former home of Shelton’s Furniture (RIP).


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The Downtown YMCA Is Back For Good

Just a few weeks after William Needham Finley IV’s super exclusive, insider preview of downtown’s Poyner YMCA, the facility has officially opened its doors.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 21st and featured a variety of local leaders, members of the Poyner family, and members of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Also present was a confused contingent of Village People fans who mistook the ceremony for the first show of a long-awaited reunion tour. Fun fact: Randy Jones, the Cowboy from Village People, was born in Raleigh. That means we can without a doubt claim that their hit song “Y.M.C.A.” is about a YMCA in Raleigh.

Located at 227 Fayetteville Street, the 26,000 square-foot Poyner Y will feature group fitness classes, small group training opportunities, and state-of-the-art equipment. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this happen!


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Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park

EXCLUSIVE: Our favorite wine store and sponsor is making progress on their new space at High Park. Seaboard Wine at High Park recently shared exclusive images with us through their Instagram (@Seaboard_Wine) that show the addition of lights and a bar. These are critical components of a successful wine store.

They’re planning to open the new location in July. We’ll have more details on an exact opening date soon.


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The Key to a Successful Bar

The News & Observer reported last week that Oakwood’s newest bar will be designed specifically for the local neighborhood. Atlantic Lounge is the brainchild of James Howard and Dan Murphy, the pair behind the Cardinal Bar on N. West Street. The bar will only be accessible through a locked door on Pace Street. Around 500 keys will be given out to members that will be recruited over the next few weeks.

Set to open later this summer, the Atlantic Lounge will be located beneath Crawford & Son on North Person Street, offering enough space for a “few dozen” people. According to The N&O:

“Howard called the Atlantic Lounge a social experiment. After years of opening bars and hearing the early excitement from neighbors turn to lamentations of it being taken over by outsiders a few months later, he said he wanted to build a bar for the neighborhood.”

We’ll be interested to see how this concept plays out.



Red Hat Has Plans For Buku Space

Red Hat recently announced plans for the ground floor space of their downtown building, which is currently occupied by Buku. Drum roll……. it’s more space for their internal marketing department and not Raleigh’s newest bottle shop, as many had speculated.

The Triangle Business Journal reported last week that Red Hat will transform the space into a showcase area for their internal marketing department. The space will eventually house about 60 Red Hat employees, and could open as soon as spring 2019.

Buku announced earlier this month that it will open a new location in the space formerly occupied by Àn in Cary. The folks behind Buku will also be opening a new restaurant concept in downtown Raleigh in spring of 2019.

Happy + Hale Opening in North Hills

The newest location of Happy + Hale will open in the Park Central building in North Hills on June 27th. The Raleigh-based restaurant has been offering salads, juices, and smoothies in their downtown location since 2014. The new location will add a few new twists, including indoor seating for up to 50 people, outdoor patio seating, and brunch on the weekends. They’ve also partnered with Counter Culture Coffee and Brewery Bhavana to offer coffee and beer.

The restaurant was founded in 2013 by Tyler Helikson and Matt Whitley, who started serving salads and juices from the back of an electric golf cart and modified tricycle. We’re not making that up. They were basically the Uber of salads and have now grown to multiple brick and mortar locations. Congrats to everyone involved! William Needham Finley IV had a chance to check it out.



Flowers On Hargett

Petale opened its doors last Thursday at 15 W. Hargett. The retailer offers an array of bouquets of flowers and other assorted gifts. The name pays homage to both the modified leaves surrounding the reproductive part of a flower and the types of pedals found on bicycles.

Interestingly enough, the shop also offers “subscription” plans, with a fresh bouquet of flowers delivered to the recipient’s house either once a week or once a month on Mondays.


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Kaiju Bowl & Bao Sets Opening Date

Kaiju Bowl & Bao, a ramen restaurant from Ken Yowell, owner of Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, announced they will open on July 6.

Located at 170 East Davie Street, the restaurant will feature a kind of “Asian chicken wing,” along with a variety of other Japanese-inspired menu items. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space located next door to Oak City Meatball began last November under the supervision of Carolina Design & Construction.


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Development Beat: Gables Motor Lodge Approved, Highway to the Valet Zone

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Week of June 18, 2018

Gables Motor Lodge rezoning approved

Morgan Street Food Hall announces opening date

Union Station to open June 27

Silence of the Lambos: Alchemy may lose its Valet Parking Zone

Kroger closing its Raleigh locations

Western Boulevard Senior Apartments break ground

City to sell 517 South Blount Street

IHOP name change not permanent

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Green Pastures Ahead for Gables Motor Lodge

In the first ever edition of the Development Beat, we reported on a plan to sell the iconic Gables Motor Lodge. After much speculation (Mordecai Outraged Over Rumored Buyers of Iconic Property) that included a Dave & Buster’s, a Wahlberg-themed Food Hall, and a Big Lots, a much more suitable plan has been approved by the local Citizens Advisory Committee.

The Mordecai CAC voted (95-1) to recommend approval of rezoning case Z-14-18 last week. The rezoning will allow for the addition of a pair of two-story buildings to the site, bookmarking the existing lodge and bringing the total number of rooms to 19. In addition, the developer is looking into the possibility of adding a water feature, and fencing around the property line.

The developer had noted that they want to make something that “pays tribute to Mordecai,” and in so doing, will try to ensure the iconic sign out front is incorporated into the project.

The case still needs to be approved by City Council, but strong support from the local CAC always goes a long way towards approval. You can watch the entire presentation from last week here.


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The Foods in the Hall

The highly anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall announced last week that it will be opening its doors on July 23.

The 20,000 square-foot space at 411 W. Morgan will be home to about 20 different restaurants, as well as a number of retail carts selling food and food-related items.

To date, the restaurants confirmed include: Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza & Tapas, Boba Brew, Carroll’s Kitchen, Cocoa Forte, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cow Bar, Curry in a Hurry, Hook & Cleaver, Iyla’s Southern Kitchen, Makus Empanadas, Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, MKG Kitchen, Morgan Street Java & Creperie, Oak City Fish & Chips, Raleigh Raw, Raleigh Rolls, Sassool, The Bowls, The Broth, and Wicked Taco.

This is probably more restaurants than existed in the whole of downtown Raleigh just fifteen years ago. We’re looking forward to the opening.


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Union Station Readies for Rail

Raleigh’s new Union Station will soon begin servicing rail passengers. The station’s opening was delayed slightly due to the platform not meeting required regulations regarding its slope, which was apparently too steep by one percent.

Much of this area, which includes three stories of commercial and office spaces, will be managed by our friends over at York Properties.

John Koonce (johnkoonce@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace (brianwallace@yorkproperties.com — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York is also handling the management and will coordinate the event space leasing.



Silence of the Lambos

 

The following is a true story. We are not making any of this up.

Owner of an array of downtown hot spots, including the Capital City Tavern and the Oak City Tavern, Dan Lovenheim is also the proprietor of Glenwood South’s Alchemy nightclub. His Lamborghini can often be found in front of Alchemy, parked in the nightclub’s valet zone.

It turns out, not everyone appreciates seeing something other than a Yukon from Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac parked along Glenwood. A number of local businesses in the area began complaining that the valet zone in front of Alchemy was “not being operated for the lawfully-intended purpose.” The initial application for a valet zone was approved in February 2016. Apparently, the valet area is often used as reserved parking for the Lambo.

According to a report prepared by City of Raleigh staffers, the claim “was later substantiated by parking enforcement agents who monitored this area nightly and cited the owner’s vehicle on several occasions.” Staff had telephone conversations with the owner, as well as two personal meetings regarding the misuse of the valet zone. The owner continued to state this was untrue.

More recently, several Raleigh police officers corroborated that no valet parking was taking place. Two ranking officers have stated the Club owner admitted the same to them during a meeting on October 30, 2017. It seems the City of Raleigh did more detective work on this issue than Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. And we applaud their efforts. We can’t just give away parking spaces for uses other than parking willy-nilly.

Since Glenwood is technically a highway, one could state that it is, in fact, a highway to the valet zone. We’ve all been in that situation, sitting on Glenwood South, searching for a parking spot to go to Dillo. Revvin’ up your engine, listen to her howlin’ roar. Metal under tension, beggin’ you to valet park and go. It’s a highway to the valet zone, you’re gonna park your car right in to the valet zone. Well, probably not much longer after today’s City Council meeting. They’ll vote on whether they should return the three parking spaces currently designated as Alchemy’s valet zone back to the public.


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Kroger Klosing

In an announcement that shook the supermarket world, Kroger announced last week that it would be closing all 14 of its area locations, a move that will affect about 1,500 employees.

Only four of those stores are actually in Raleigh. Of those, one, at 8345 Creedmoor Road, will reopen as a Harris Teeter and the other, at 7905 Falls of Neuse Road, will reopen as a Food Lion.

Kroger first opened in the region in 1989 and acquired the Matthews, N.C. based Harris Teeter chain in 2013.  Kroger has now come to the conclusion that the region is “over-stored.”

No plans have yet been announced for the future of the Krogers located at 6300 Creedmoor or 350 Six Forks Road, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any permits issued at those spaces.


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Senior Living Apartments on Western Break Ground

Site work is wrapping up for the new Overture Centennial Apartments on Western Boulevard across from Pullen Park. Apparently, Overture is a “brand” of senior living complexes, something we missed when reporting on this in the past. The complex will cater exclusively to the 55+ crowd.

Although permits for the building itself have not been issued, the site plans we reported on described it as a 182,720 square foot, three-story 180 unit complex that will include 235 parking spaces. The plans also broke down the unit sizes: 108 one-bedroom units and 72 two-bedrooms.



City To Sell Blount Street Property

City Council today is expected to authorize the sale of a cinder block structure at 517 S. Blount Street to a company that could redevelop the derelict property into a three-story mixed-use development.

Built in 1950, the existing 2,275 square-foot structure would likely be demolished in order to make way for an as-yet unknown new development. The property is zoned DX-3, which means downtown mixed-use with a height restriction of three stories.

An LLC that appears to be owned by an Orthopedic Surgeon submitted a bid of $495,000 for the land. The proceeds will go toward affordable housing efforts in the City. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved.

Don’t Expect IHoB Signage Anytime Soon

For those of you who missed IHOP’s gimmicky “name change” marketing campaign (the pancake chain recently announced it will now be known as the International House of Burgers) we have some good news: the classic signage adorning Raleigh’s IHOP’s won’t be changing anytime soon; or ever, really.

It turns out the name change is only a short-term marketing campaign, and not an official or legal name change that will require the signage in front of your favorite breakfast spot to be upgraded. Raleigh’s gone through enough changes recently, and we’re glad to see at least one thing remain constant, even if it is just the logo for a chain breakfast joint.


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Development Beat: Finishing the Bell Tower, Apartment Plans Near Broughton Expand

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Week of June 11, 2018

NC State Memorial Belltower progress

Developers revise plans for apartments near Broughton

Plans unveiled for new office building at Glenwood Place

Work begins on new Chamberlain Apartments

Barcelona Wine Bar coming soon to The Dillon

The ZEN Succulent coming to Wilmington Street

Kimbap to close

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Memorial Belltower Progress

The Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough Street is one step closer to being completed. When NC State began planning their bell tower as a monument to honor NC State alumni killed in World War I, it was intended that the tower would actually contain bells. Unfortunately, financial difficulties forced the university to cut back and cancel an order for a 54-bell carillon.

The plans, first drawn up in 1920, included a number of features that did not make it to the final stages, such as a bell playing console, glass clock faces, and a spiral staircase. A letter to the original architect, William Henry Deacy, notes that the university’s plan to install a “false speaker system” in place of the bell carillon was only supposed to serve as a temporary solution.

Multiple fundraising efforts have been undertaken over the last few decades. One consisted of a middle-aged woman standing near the bell tower while rattling a tin can for donations and shouting “Finish the bell tower!” as she handed a flyer to a young Marty McFly.

In 2009, students led a campaign to raise money to purchase bells for the tower. Thanks to a 2017 gift from Bill and Frances Henry, NC State can complete the 54-bell carillon and interior stairs of the Memorial Belltower.

The university issued a request for proposals to find a design-build team to manage the $6.1 million project, which also includes stabilization work and upgrades to the surrounding plaza.

We recently got a look at slightly-redacted versions of the submitted proposals along with projects they’ve worked on.

Clancy & Theys Construction and Davis Kane Architects: Davis Kane led the feasibility study for the bell tower’s completion

Frank L Blum Construction and Williard Stewart Architects: reconstruction of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro

Holt Brothers Construction and RATIO Architects: renovation of the Reynolds Coliseum

LeChase Construction Services and EYP Architects: Duke University’s Cromwell Quad Residence Hall Renovation

New Atlantic Contracting and Walter Robbs Architecture: Winston Salem’s Union Station Renovation

Smith’s Bell and Clock Service and The PACCARD Foundry: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis bell installation

It seems like the obvious choice here is Holt Brothers and Ratio Architects, since the Holt Brothers both played football at NC State. We’ll let you know who NC State ends up choosing.


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Developers Revise Plans for Apartments Near Broughton

Last summer, we reported that the Ligon Building located across the street from Broughton at 800 St. Mary’s St. would be torn down. A new four-story, 55-unit apartment building from Charlotte-based developer Selwyn Property Group would go in its place. Selwyn purchased the property in March of 2015 for just over $2 million.

Last week, Selwyn filed a brand new site plan for the complex, which has now grown to 129,639 square feet with 61 apartments. There will be two three-bedroom units, forty two-bedroom units, and 19 one-bedroom units. The existing 63-year-old office building will need to be torn down before the apartments can be built. This building houses many dental offices that we assume were frequented by Broughton students. Fortunately, our sponsor Downtown Dental is right down the road and more than happy to take in these students.


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Glenwood Place Office and Retail Space

Plans for an 85 foot tall, 120,000 square foot office and retail space at Glenwood Place were unveiled last week. The plans show ground-floor retail, with at least four levels of office space above it.

The building is part of Glenwood Place, a Grubb Ventures project that was first announced more than three years ago. Glenwood Place was to have around 800 dwelling units, 900,000 square feet of office space, a 250-room hotel, and around 110,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. In 2016, the project was scaled back to fit under the property’s current zoning conditions.


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Work Begins On Chamberlain Street Apartments

The Chamberlain Street Apartments, located off Hillsborough Street, received permits valued at more than $17 million last week. Wells & Wells Construction will work on a new three-story, 53,410 square foot, 42-unit student apartment building.

There will be three one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms, 14 three-bedrooms and nine “four or more bedroom” units. The site plans for 113 Chamberlain were filed around the same time as plans for a slightly larger complex nearby at 102 Logan Court. It appears that demolition permits have been issued for the existing structure, and that permits for the apartments have been applied for but not issued.


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Wine Bar Coming to The Dillon

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, a chain of Spanish tapas eateries, will soon open its first North Carolina location at The Dillon. Permits valued at $807,596 were issued last week to the KBE Building Corporation for the new restaurant at 430 W. Martin Street.



The ZEN Succulent Coming to Wilmington Street

Popular Durham terrarium and plant craft business The ZEN Succulent will soon open a new location in downtown Raleigh. The company announced plans for the new shop at 208 S. Wilmington last week.

The space was formerly home to Moon and Lola, which announced plans in March to close both its Raleigh and Charleston, SC retail locations to focus more on e-commerce. The 1,238 square foot space should be filled with terrariums, plants, and gifts by the end of July.

Kimbap Closing This Weekend

Kimbap, a Korean-inspired restaurant in Seaboard Station, will be closing on Saturday, June 16. We’re sad to see it go, as their food was exceptional. The owners posted the following on Facebook last week.

Dear customers and friends near and far,We are sad to bring you this news today, but the time has come. Kimbap will be…

Posted by Kimbap on Tuesday, 5 June 2018


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Development Beat: Condos Coming to South Street, Tractor Sign Saved, Sky Terrace Opens

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Week of June 4, 2018

Condos planned for South Street

Sky Terrace opens at The Dillon

ITBlake the intern was in The N&O for saving the tractor sign

Davie Street Pub coming soon to former Calavera location

Mixed-use planned near Metropolitan

Wade Avenue Whole Foods set for renovations

Viva Chicken in North Hills opens June 13

Details on Revisn Hotel near Glenwood South

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Condos Coming to South Street

Lambert Development, the group behind the luxury townhomes at West + Lenoir, have filed plans for their latest downtown Raleigh venture: a condominium project at 611 West South Street.

According to a source (the renderings we found on The Raleigh Architecture Company’s website) the South Street Condominiums will be a modernist luxurious living space located in the heart of downtown.

Our source (the plans) notes that the development will consist of two three-story buildings housing a total of 87 units (55 one bedroom, 32 two bedroom). The buildings will sit on a now-vacant 1.76 acre site and comprise a total of 105,084 square feet. 126 parking spaces will be provided.

The lot was previously home to Bennie’s Auto Services, Inc. Lambert acquired the land in early 2016.


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Sky-Walking At The Dillon

The Dillon, Kane Realty’s new mixed-use development in the Warehouse District, held a special First Friday event this past weekend to open the Sky Terrace. We obtained this information from a confidential source (see Tweet below).

The Sky Terrace offers stunning panoramic views of downtown Raleigh. While we could not attend the First Friday event, William Needham Finley IV posted pictures from a super exclusive VIP event he attended weeks ago.

5/5 beltline rooftop views at The Dillon. @thedillonraleigh

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Tractor Sign Saved, Thanks To ITBlake the Intern

The iconic tractor (or bulldozer) sign that sat atop the N.C. Equipment Co. building on Hillsborough Street has been saved.

Breaking news: the sign is safe. cc: @n8tastic

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We can all thank ITBlake the intern, who created a social media campaign using #savethesign and handcuffed himself to the sign for weeks in order to prevent it from being demolished. He was even recognized by The News & Observer’s Josh Shaffer in an article last week. Here’s a full story on ITBlake’s hard work.

The N&O Praises Intern For Saving Iconic Sign

Davie Street Drinking at the Palladium

Work is now underway on The Davie Street Pub. Located at the corner of Blount and Davie on the ground floor of the Palladium Plaza condos, the new pub will reportedly open later this summer. We can’t glean much about what the new bar will be like based on the permits.

The $110,946 renovation of the space that once housed Calavera Empanadas will be renovated by local contracting firm Carolina Design & Construction.


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Mixed-Use Rises From the Nearby Ashes

Photo: Brian James Patrick Oschwald

Six months after a devastating fire — causes still unknown — destroyed the in-progress Metropolitan Apartments in downtown Raleigh, Banner Development began rebuilding the complex from the ground up.

Many wondered what the future would hold for a 2-acre trio of properties at the corner of Jones and Harrison streets. The properties are currently owned by the NC League of Municipalities, the NC Association of County Commissioners, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

A source (The News & Observer) says that the owners joined forces and enlisted the help of national real estate firm CBRE to seek out redevelopment proposals. Those proposals could bring everything from more apartments to a hotel or a new mixed-use project to the corner.

Zoning currently allows for a maximum of 12 stories, but it’s likely this could be changed. Since Banner ignored our suggestion to re-christen The Metropolitan as The Phoenix, it’s our hope that whatever the site may become, the future developers choose to use this brilliant, if obvious, moniker.

Thankfully, Not a Whole Store Renovation

Small changes are in store for the Whole Foods on Wade Avenue. Permits valued around $65,000 were issued to Raleigh’s own Ten Penny Construction for a job described simply as “alterations and repairs.”

We don’t imagine the renovations will be too visible to the public eye. Subcontractor permits list an electrical company, a fire protection company and mechanical and plumbing companies. So it’ll probably involve the building’s sprinkler and mechanical systems. Let’s just hope they’re using organic, BPA-free, non-GMO, fair trade certified, gluten-free building materials.



Viva Chicken Opening June 13 in North Hills

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A new restaurant offering Peruvian-style chicken will soon open in North Hills. Viva Chicken is known for its “pollo a la brasa, a delectable herb-enhanced rotisserie chicken cooked in a charcoal-fired oven imported from Lima, Peru.” One of our sources (an e-mail we received from a PR firm) shared the menu highlights:

  • Rotisserie chicken (served as a quarter, half or whole) marinated for 24 hours with herbs and spices
  • Sides including solterito (Peruvian corn salad), canary beans, cilantro-infused rice, plantains, yuca or sweet potato fries
  • Signature juices such as herbal limeade (lime, basil, rosemary and mint), Maracuya passion fruit juice and the Chicha Morada (Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, apple and limes) made in-house daily.

Located at 4361 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, the dining room seats 70 and a patio seats 34. They plan to open on June 13 and will be open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Revisn-ist Future: Glenwood South’s New Extended Stay Hotel

We previously reported that plans for the Boylan Flats apartments in Glenwood South had been scrapped in favor of building an extended-stay style hotel to be named Revisn.

One of our sources (the hotel website) seems to indicate the hotel is for guests who need accommodations for 30 days or longer. Another source (a hotel brochure) promises that Revisn will be worlds apart from the competition, offering everything from smartphone control of the space, in-unit laundry machines, and Amazon Echo Dot.

The 48 one and two bedroom units will boast “fully-equipped kitchens with GE appliances, modern, designer furnishings by Yannis (or is it Laurel?), 4K SmartTVs in the living room and each bedroom.”

If this all sounds fancy, it may be due to the fine tastes of Revisn developer Dicky Waila, who was involved in the mythical Soleil Center, which I covered previously.

Soleil was a proposed 43-story hotel/condominium development across from Crabtree Valley Mall that, at 480 feet, would have been the second-tallest building in Raleigh. The Soleil Center actually made it as far as the permit stage in early 2008 before it was scrapped. Fortunately, Revisn is a little further along, and is expected to open in September.


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Development Beat: EXCLUSIVE Poyner YMCA Tour, Mecca Sold, Bakery Coming to Five Points

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Week of May 28, 2018

Super exclusive Poyner YMCA sneak preview

Mecca restaurant bought by Empire Eats

Flake & Crumb Bakery coming near Five Points

PLUS Dueling Piano Bar coming to Glenwood

Vault Craft Beer to open on South Street

IKEA no longer coming to Cary

Brewery planned for motorcycle shop on Atlantic

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It’s Fun To Tour the Poyner YMCA

The James M. Poyner YMCA is almost ready to open its doors. William Needham Finley IV got an exclusive sneak preview of downtown Raleigh’s newest wellness center a few weeks ago.

Located at 227 Fayetteville Street, the 26,000 square foot Poyner Y will feature group fitness classes, small group training opportunities, and state-of-the-art equipment. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on June 21st, but we have photos and highlights from the exclusive tour for media empires (and the other people that the Y invited):

There’s plenty of room for speciality classes

Including hot yoga and Zumba®

hot yoga studio

Their dedicated cycle studio is actually the first true bike share in Raleigh

Group training space

Regional Associate Branch Director Matt Lilley, after bench pressing 900 pounds.

Coffee and snack bar operated by Benelux Coffee

They also have locker rooms with saunas, a meeting room on the first floor for 15-20 people, and much more. Here’s more info on memberships.

Hours of operation:
5:30 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday

As you can see, the space looks great and offers some new features and programming that you won’t find at other YMCA locations. The Rock was invited to join the Poyner Y, but has yet to complete his member registration.

We’ll also check in on the construction progress of the Southeast Raleigh YMCA, a 35,000 square foot facility that is expected to create 190+ part-time and full-time jobs.


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Mecca Bought By Empire Eats

Paul and Floye Dombalis

Our city’s oldest restaurant has been sold. The News & Observer reported that the Dombalis family announced the sale of downtown’s Mecca to Greg Hatem and Empire Eats. The Dombalis family had owned the restaurant for over 90 years. Hatem plans to keep the same name, menu, and staff, in order to prevent massive protests from Raleigh residents.


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Bakery Coming to Gavin Street In Five Points

A mysterious new bakery by the name of Flake & Crumb will soon open on Gavin Street, not far from Neuse River Brewing Company and Nickelpoint Brewing Company.

Few details are available at this point, but permits valued at $26,000 were issued last week for the upfit of a space at 1515 Gavin St. that described the future tenant as “Flake & Crumb Bakery.”

Our working theory is that the man behind Flake & Crumb is the same person behind Larry’s Coffee, which is also located on Gavin Street. County records indicate the property at 1515 is owned by Larry Larson. Larson just happens to be the Larry behind Larry’s Coffee. We can reasonably infer that Larson is behind this new bakery. If you’d like to nominate us for a  Pulitzer, you can do so here.


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PLUS Dueling Piano Bar Coming to Glenwood

PLUS Dueling Piano Bar is coming to Glenwood South. They’ll take over the spot that was once home to Hi-Five and a bunch of other businesses we can’t remember. Located at 510 Glenwood Avenue, they plan to open later this summer in August. Thomas Hester (York Properties, Broughton) represented PLUS in the transaction.



Vaulting Over the Beer Competition

Raleigh’s newest craft beer spot will take over a building formerly used as a bank at 518 W. South Street. Property owners Greg and Laura Kelly acquired the land for just over a half-million dollars a few years ago. The building was constructed in the late 1950s and was designed by architect Fred Carter Williams. According to Vault’s website, this was one of the first drive-thru banks in the area.

Although approvals are still required from the City, the website notes they hope to open in the fall, when “10 of our 18 taps will be dedicated to the craft beers of North Carolina.” The remaining 8 taps are a mystery for now.


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IKEA Cary Falls Apart

What we assume the Cary IKEA would have looked like

Cary’s dreams of welcoming the region’s first IKEA crumbled faster than a piece of particleboard furniture left out in the rain. Citizens mourned last week’s announcement that the Swedish furniture store would not be coming to the Cary Towne Center mall.

Shock spread from the feeds of Facebook to the tunnels of Twitter after the announcement was made. We are now referring to the event as “Blue Wednesday.” The hardest hit by the news had to be the owners of Cary Towne Center, who pretty much based an entire redevelopment plan of the center around the IKEA anchor.

IKEA claimed to be “re-evaluating current expansion plans” and indicated they were shifting away from suburban locations to thriving downtowns. We’re pretty sure IKEA got wind of Cary’s strict ordinances that would require their iconic blue facade to be painted beige.

We’re not sure what will happen to Cary Towne Center at this point. If they can’t land a big name tenant (think Circuit City, the Limited, Journeys Shoes, etc.), they may soon make an appearance in Dan Bell’s YouTube series on the topic of abandoned malls.



Brewery Planned For Former Motorcycle Shop

One of our loyal readers posed an interesting question: Now that the beloved Twin Specialties motorcycle shop off Atlantic Avenue has closed, was it true that a brewery would be opening in its place?

Given that Twin Specialties shared a building with the popular bar/restaurant Scooters, adding a brewery to the space seemed to make sense. We did some journalism and used a telephone to get in contact with Joe G., the former head technician at Twin Specialities. He confirmed that Twin Specialties owner Joe S., who decided to retire and close shop, had leased the space to a brewery. No further details were available.

Joe G. announced he would be opening a brand-new shop, All In Motorcycles, at 3208 Wellington Court.

Development Beat: Cantina Coming to Five Points, Chipotle Coming to North Hills, Trophy Expansion

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Week of May 21, 2018

Lola’s Cantina in Five Points

Chipotle coming to North Hills

Orvis grand opening at Ridgewood

Demolition set for old NC Equipment Co. building

Peace Street hotel finally approved

Trophy expanding their Morgan Street location

Work underway on The Dillon’s Urban Outfitters

Metropolitan apartments receives pool permits

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EXCLUSIVE: Lola’s Cantina Coming To Five Points

We covered the news of Lola’s coming to Five Points in an article last year and didn’t have many details on what exactly it would be. We aren’t even sure if it’s called “Lola’s Cantina” or just “Lola’s.” William Needham Finley IV decided to investigate by taking a picture on his way to a power meeting at Third Place last week.

As you can see from these exclusive images, we can now deduce that this establishment will be serving beer, margaritas, and cocktails.

We were also able to uncover that they will serve street tacos, burritos, and nachos.

We’re not sure of an exact opening date, but the landlord of the space said it should be ready towards the end of June/beginning of July. This should be a hit with the Five Points neighborhood.


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Chipotle Coming to North Hills

Kane Realty Corporation announced that Chipotle will be opening in the Lassiter District (between Verizon and Panera Bread) in the fall of 2018. The North Hills location will be their sixth restaurant in Raleigh.


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Dads Already Fly Fishing In Orvis Parking Lot

Photo: Zach Hearon

When we first reported that the beloved Tripps restaurant at Ridgewood Shopping Center would become Raleigh’s second Orvis location, we joked that fly fishing fans would be camped out in YETI cooler igloos waiting for the grand opening.

It turns out we weren’t that far off the mark.

Orvis, which has offered “Quality Clothing, Fly-Fishing Gear, & More” since 1856, currently operates a location at the Triangle Town Center Mall. The new location, designed by our friends at New City Design Group,  celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, and already appears to be a hit among Raleigh’s fly fishing fans.


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Demolition Set For Old NC Equipment Co. Building

Demolition permits have been issued for the old North Carolina Equipment Company building, a property best known for the iconic tractor sign resting on its roof. Taking its place at 3101 Hillsborough Street will be The Standard, a 5-story student apartment complex and 452-space parking deck.

As part of the 2017 rezoning request, a condition was offered by developer Landmark Properties that ensured they would do everything they could to preserve the iconic sign. We’re pretty sure ITBlake the intern’s protest contributed to this decision.

“The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted,” the rezoning application stated, although it should be noted there is not a 100% guarantee this will happen. Landmark Urban Construction Raleigh will handle the demolition.

Peace Be With You, And Also With Hotels Featuring Rooftop Amenities

After weeks of discussion, City Council finally bestowed its blessing upon the long-delayed boutique hotel at 615 W Peace Street, located between the Peace Street McDonald’s and Starbucks.

The approval of the case allows the developers to create an unenclosed deck, patio, or shade structure on the top of the building that can extend 12 feet above the maximum height limit.

Developer MJM Group, which specializes in hospitality projects, is in discussions to select a boutique brand to manage the hotel. The 40-45 room hotel is expected to open in 2020.


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Trophy Expanding Morgan Street Location

 

Our friends at Trophy Brewing are expanding their Morgan Street location. Known for producing the best beer (Trophy Wife) and the second best beer (Cloud Surfer) in America, Trophy has operated in their 827 W. Morgan Street location since 2012. Part of that building has been occupied by a laundromat and convenience store for decades.

Trophy will expand into that space and also add more outdoor seating. Construction should start in late fall and finish in summer or fall of 2019. We were planning on making the announcement in a sit down 20/20 style interview between ITBlake the intern and Trophy owners David Meeker, Chris Powers, and Woody Lockwood. However, ITBlake isn’t old enough to interview breweries yet. For more details, check out the N&O’s story.



Urban Outfitting The Dillon

Permits have been issued for the Urban Outfitters that will be located in The Dillon. Our friends over at August Construction Solutions, known for their work in transforming a large portion of North West Street into sleek, stylish office spaces, will be overseeing the Urban Outfitters fit-out.

Although ACS has done many retail projects across the country — it’s their bread & butter — owner Michael Iovino told us he’s especially excited about the chance to work on such a key project in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

“This is the first time since our inception that one of our national clients has built a location in Raleigh. We are excited to showcase our abilities. The Dillon is a high profile project and UO is a likewise tenant. The opportunity to work with Kane Realty Corp. to prove there is a local asset with such a national reach so close to The Dillon, Peace and North Hills amplifies the magnitude of this Urban project for ACS” said Iovino.

Work on Urban Outfitters is expected to wrap up by the middle of August, and is currently scheduled to open to the public on August 23.



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Metropolitan Pool Party

Captured by photographer Brian James Patrick Oschwald.

It was never determined what started the fire that destroyed the Metropolitan apartments that were under construction near Glenwood South. The 241-unit luxury apartment building was set to open in the fall of 2017. The fire, of course, delayed those plans. ITB Insider’s exclusive on-the-scene coverage was Pulitzer-worthy and saved at least one life. You’re welcome.

In November 2017, a set of permits for the rebuilding of The Metropolitan were issued to Clancy & Theys, who will serve as general contractor. Last week, permits were issued for the apartment’s fancy new pool, whose construction cost was estimated at just under $400,000.

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Development Beat: Roundabout Condos Coming to Hillsborough Street, For Real

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Week of May 14, 2018

Luxury condos coming to Hillsborough Street

Historic house holds up Fairweather condos

Potential buyer looks to restore Gables Motor Lodge

New bar planned for Glenwood South

Lumina Clothing closes

La Stella on Hillsborough Street is La Gone

Peking Duck & Dumplings replaces Pho Vietnam on Hillsborough Street

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Luxury Roundabout Condos On Hillsborough Street

Hillsborough Street is no stranger to new housing projects. The last few years have seen a wave of development, mostly in the form of luxury student housing featuring ground-floor retail.

Last week, the developers of The Paramount and the Aloft hotel unveiled plans for a different kind of Hillsborough housing project: a five-story luxury condominium building dubbed “The View on Pullen Circle.”

The 35-unit condo building will be situated at the roundabout connecting Hillsborough and Pullen, offering views of the NC State bell tower, the Gregg Museum of Art and the Aloft Hotel.

William Needham Finley IV is talking with his attorney Stacy Miller of Miller Law Group, to determine if the developers infringed upon the Five Points roundabout apartment complex concept that he unveiled in 2016. This could potentially reach the Supreme Court.

The one and two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 900 to 1,300 square feet, will start in the upper $300s. Development partner Mark Andrews noted in the press release we were sent that, “The View on Pullen Circle offers residents a remarkable location and upscale features.” Those upscale features include a rooftop terrace and deck, along with parking and bike storage underneath the building.

Work on the property will be overseen by the South Atlantic Construction Company, and is expected to begin later this year with a completion date of late 2019 or early 2020.


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Move House, Get Out The Way

When we first reported on plans for The Fairweather, a new five-story luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and proximity to Dix Park, we noted that its construction would require the teardown of a warehouse and two single-family homes. One of those buildings, at least, has now been saved from the wrecking ball.

Last week, it was announced that one of those homes, known as “The Rogers House” will be relocated across town by well-known historic home saver and walking proponent, Matt Tomasulo (aka Mike Tomatosoupasaurus).

It seems that “historic” is a bit of a tricky term when it comes to describing the 87-year old, 1,188 square-foot house currently sitting on the lot at 517 S West Street. Its age alone seems to qualify it, but it technically isn’t considered an “official” historic house.

A letter from the State Historic Preservation Office dated March 18, 2013, lists the home as falling under the “Old Fourth Ward Historic District,” although it was determined that the district was not eligible for listing in the National Register. Apparently, “this area lacked sufficient integrity, primarily as a result of numerous demolitions over the years.”

The home will be moved to the corner of Hargett and Bloodworth, not far from where Tomasulo’s other historic home relocation project, Guest House Raleigh, ended up.

Once it’s moved and the other home at 523 S West and the Motor Parts Warehouse fronting Harrington are demolished, work will begin on The Fairweather.


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Renewal of Raleigh’s Gables

In the first ever edition of the Development Beat, we reported on a plan to sell the iconic Gables Motor Lodge. After much speculation (Mordecai Outraged Over Rumored Buyers of Iconic Property) that included a Dave & Buster’s, a Wahlberg-themed Food Hall, and a Big Lots, it looks like the property has finally found a buyer with a plan worthy of the space.

A group of buyers, including musician Tift Merritt and hotel developer Daniel Robinson, have plans to redevelop and expand the property. Representatives from Gables Lodge LLC appeared before the Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council last week to unveil their plans, which include adding a pair of two-story buildings, bookmarking the existing lodge and bringing the total number of rooms to 19. In addition, the group is looking into the possibility of adding a water feature, and fencing around the property line.

The developers noted that they want to make something that “pays tribute to Mordecai,” and in so doing, will do everything they can to ensure the iconic sign out front would be incorporated into the project.

New Bar on Glenwood South

The one-time home of the David Wade Salon and, more recently, Feelgoodz fair-trade footwear, will soon be transformed into a two-story bar/nightclub.

Site plans for the building at 612 Glenwood indicate the space will be developed by the Bunch of Fives Hospitality Co. The plan for the structure is to add a second story “for bar area” as well as an “addition of 789 SF outdoor bar area with improved site area at rear.”

The preliminary sketches make it look as though there will be outdoor seating in the front of the building, with an outdoor bar and metal staircase out back. We don’t know when this new bar will open, or even what it’s going to be called.


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Lumina Clothing Company to Close

Lumina Clothing Company, a staple of the North Person Street district, will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.

The company announced last week its plans to close their flagship location, located at 215 E Franklin Street. The store will be holding sales through the end of the month, and a closing party will be held before the store shuts down for good as a way of thanking all of those who “helped make [Lumina] such a vibrant part of the community.”

0 For 2: Second Restaurant in Former Hillsborough Street Bookstore Closes

It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on the permits issued to our friends over at Rufty-Peedin Design Builders to transform the former Hillsborough Street Bookstore into the stylish, if short-lived, H-Street Kitchen.

In the time since, H-Street has come and gone, replaced — briefly — by a second location of La Stella Wood Fired Kitchen, which still operates out of a space on Fayetteville Street. On Friday of last week, La Stella announced they would relocating their Hillsborough Street location to a space on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.



A Defeated Pho on Hillsborough

Speaking of short-lived Hillsborough Street haunts, just two years after permits were issued for Pho Vietnam on the ground floor of 2811 Hillsborough, a brand-new restaurant, Peking Duck & Dumpling, has opened in its place.

The restaurant, whose motto is “We believe good times deserve great food,” offers diners everything from roast duck to spicy pork ear. Credit to Triangle Food Blog for bringing this to our attention, and credit to Philadelphia’s Chinatown for helping us appreciate how delicious duck can be.

Development Beat: Pizza Coming to Dock 1053, More Apartments On Glenwood

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Week of May 7, 2018

Pizza restaurant coming to Dock 1053

Sterling Glenwood (formerly the Beckanna) apartments set for expansion

Progress on McNeill Pointe shopping center

Neon art coming to Dix Park

Wahlburgers finally opened downtown

Construction commences for 22-story FNB Tower

Raleigh’s newest Dog Park opens

Soft opening for Seoul 116

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Lynnwood Bringing Pizza Place to Dock 1053

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Lynnwood Brewing Concern, which operates a grill and taproom in North Raleigh and a brewery and bar at Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, will soon add a new restaurant to Dock 1053.

Wilson’s, named after Lynnwood’s owner’s dog, will focus on “flatbread pizzas and crafted sandwiches” and will feature “several house-made sodas & mixers” in their craft cocktails. Check out the full article from Broughton alumnus Hart Roberts. Wilson’s is set to open in late August.

More Apartments Planned on Glenwood Near 440

Grubb Properties is planning to expand the Sterling Glenwood apartment complex, formerly known as the Beckanna, from 254 units to 493 units. The property, which Grubb purchased in 2013, is located directly across the street from the recently opened 296-unit Sojourn Glenwood luxury apartment complex owned by Grubb Ventures. Grubb Ventures is owned by Gordon Grubb and based in Raleigh, while Grubb Properties is owned by Gordon’s brother Clay Grubb and based in Charlotte. We can reasonably deduct that this apartment expansion is the product of an intense sibling rivalry.

Site plans were filed by Grubb Properties indicating plans to renovate the two existing apartment towers at Sterling, which were originally built in 1964. They also plan to add two new apartment towers and a parking deck to the site.

The new buildings will stand 128 feet tall and appear to be about 10 stories tall. No word on when construction might begin.


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Progress On McNeill Pointe

Once home to the Ham ‘N’ Egger diner, which later became the Oak City Diner before being torn down in 2008, McNeill Pointe is now under construction just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant. When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four buildings and over 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses.

Work has begun on the first round of tenants, House of Hops and The Simple Greek. This is the second location for Raleigh’s House of Hops craft beer retail store, which has been serving a variety of beers since July 2014. The Simple Greek is the brainchild of Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC reality show “The Profit” and promises “real Greek food made with fresh, healthy ingredients using authentic family recipes.”

This is a real billboard promoting The Profit television show. This is not photoshopped.

The $7 million project is getting built out by the Raleigh-based Centre Construction Group, although Triangle Enterprises out of Cary is listed as the contractor for the House of Hops build out.



Neon Art Coming to Dix Park

Dix Park will soon play host to “Light the Woods with Sound,” an interactive public art installation from Raleigh visual and neon artist Nate Sheaffer. The installation will be displayed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from May 11 to May 27. The event is free but they ask that you register in advance.

More about the installation:

“Sheaffer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound.”

Sheaffer owns and operates Glas, a teaching facility/gallery/art factory/studio, and has over 30 years of glass blowing experience. “Light and music appeal to us on primitive levels, reaching into the core of our minds’ response to the world around us. For me, music, light, and art are inseparable, essential.”

This project is made possible by the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, the Office of Raleigh Arts, and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Partners for this public art project include Glas Neon, Optic Artworks, and Emily Alexander.


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Wahlburgers Opened

After what felt like years of anticipation, Raleigh’s first location of the celebrity-chain burger joint Wahlburgers opened on Fayetteville Street last week. The restaurant offers a “upscale fast-casual” burger menu, which we imagine falls somewhere between Five Guys and Chuck’s.

The burgers will all feature “Wahl Sauce” — a blend of ketchup, mayo, pureed caramelized onions, pickles and other spices. The restaurant’s biggest draw has to be the chance to spot Donnie or have Mark rap “Good Vibrations” while bringing out your order.

According to the News & Observer, the most famous brothers have yet to visit the Myrtle Beach, S.C. location, which opened a year and a half ago (can you really blame them?). We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the Wahlbergs.



22-Story FNB Tower Breaks Ground In DTR

The new 22-story FNB Tower on Fayetteville Street broke ground last week. Located next to the building that houses Stacy Miller’s office and Miller Law Group, the tower will have 239 residential units spread throughout 13 stories, six stories of commercial office space, and two floors of amenities/tenant storage space.

Developed by Dominion Realty Partners, the building will serve as the regional headquarters for First National Bank. Choate Construction, which is based out of Atlanta but operates a regional Raleigh office, is overseeing construction on the $116 million project. For more on the project, check out the video.

The Dog Days of Spring

Birdie, so fresh and so clean. @golden_girl_birdie

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Pet owners, rejoice: your dogged search for a new place to cajole with your canine friends has come to an end. Raleigh’s newest dog park officially opened this past weekend.

Grand opening ceremonies for the new Buffaloe Road Dog Park were held on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1.5-acre park is located next to the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center at 5908 Buffaloe Rd and features two separate areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. The fenced-in off-leash area also offers multiple entry gates, dog waste stations, a drinking water pad, and shade for you and your pets. Sounds like a howling good time!

A Soft Seoul 116

Less than two months after work began on their space at 116 N. West Street, City Market Sushi’s sister restaurant Seoul 116 held a soft opening in a space that was once home to the famed Blue Martini.

Our friends over at NC Triangle Dining were on hand for the opening, and shared some of Seoul 116’s succulent dishes on Twitter.

 

Development Beat: A More Perfect Union Station

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Week of April 30, 2018

Dedication ceremony held for Union Station

Oberlin Road closed near White Memorial

Event: Wine & Food Evening supporting Dress for Success Triangle

Buku will remain downtown

Work begins on self-serve beer spot on Glenwood

Heirloom Brewshop underway at The Dillon

Council may or may not decide on Peace Street Hotel

Land near Moore Square to be redeveloped

Stough Elementary will be torn down, rebuilt

City Council to hear more on Sir Walter Apartments


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A More Perfect Union Station

A dedication ceremony was held on Monday for Raleigh’s Union Station, the brand-new, $111 million multimodal transportation center. The station is expected to open to the public in mid-May, with Amtrak service starting in June.

The event was held to honor the partners that helped bring this facility to life. Among those partners were our friends over at York Properties, who were selected last year to manage the station’s three stories of commercial and office spaces.

John Koonce (johnkoonce@yorkproperties.com – 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace (brianwallace@yorkproperties.com – 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York is also handling the management and will coordinate the event space leasing.

The ceremony was held at the site of the new station at 510 W. Martin Street. Mayor Nancy McFarlane was one of many government officials to speak. According to McFarlane,

“Union Station is a great addition to Downtown Raleigh that will meet the city’s needs for years to come, both as a hub of transportation and a center of activity in the community. The event hall, plaza, and other public spaces are truly beautiful, and unique. They will make the station a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike.”

Guests in attendance shared some great pictures.

Oberlin Road Closed Near White Memorial

White Memorial Presbyterian Church posted the following to their Facebook page on Monday: “The City of Raleigh has informed us that a portion of Oberlin Road will be closed for water and sewer work from April 30-May 11. It will be closed from Fairview to Davis and we anticipate significant impact. Please plan accordingly for church activities.”


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Event: Wine & Food Evening Supporting Dress for Success Triangle

A wine and food evening in support of Dress for Success Triangle will be held on May 12. This one-time experience features a mini-3 course food and wine pairing menu and dessert display, auction items, and raffle prizes.

The event will be held at Lucarne – 309 Blake St. (not to be confused with ITBlake Street) with food created by Tyson Detzler – Chef De’ Cuisine at Royale. There are two limited seatings (25 guests): 5:30-7:00pm OR 8:00-9:30pm. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here.

Buku Will Remain Downtown

Buku, a popular — and delicious — global street food restaurant that has been operating out of the Red Hat Tower on South Wilmington Street since 2010 recently announced that their lease has been extended through January. The restaurant, which recently opened a second location in Wake Forest, is now looking for a new downtown spot to call home.


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Tapworks Coming to Glenwood South

A self-serve beer shop is coming to Glenwood South this summer. Featuring 50 taps, Tapworks will open in the ground floor of 222 Glenwood. Morris Construction Company out of Garner received a permit valued at $134,021 for the fit-out of a 1,815 square foot space.

Work begins on Heirloom Brewshop at The Dillon

Over at The Dillon, Heirloom Brewshop, offering premium coffee, tea, sake, and an Asian-inspired food menu, is making progress. They recently took to Instagram to show off progress of the space.

A Peaceful Resolution?

A zoning case for a new boutique hotel on Peace Street between the Starbucks and the McDonald’s could finally be decided by Council today, nearly a month after the public hearing for it was first opened. 

The case, Z-17-17, was most recently before Council on April 17, where the primary focus was clarifying what, exactly, constitutes a rooftop amenity.

Essentially, the developers would be able to create an unenclosed deck, patio, or shade structure on the top of the building that can extend 12 feet above the maximum height limit. According to a memo prepared by staff, “There is no limit on the size, or footprint, of the element. It would be possible to construct an unenclosed deck, patio or shade structure that covers 100% of the roof area.” 

Whether a decision on the case will be made today remains to be seen, but we think it’s been long enough.

A Sale on South Blount

Two properties near Moore Square were recently sold for $3.5 million. Situated at 415 S. Blount Street and 422 South Person Street, the 1.33 acres of land is currently being used as a private parking lot. A 4,235 square-foot, one-story metal building currently sits on the otherwise vacant land.

The property has been owned since the 1960s by various members and trusts representing members of the Sanders family. The pair of parcels that were recently sold were once used as a service garage for the nearby Sanders Ford dealership that was located at 329 S. Blount. Before Sanders, the property was home to Nash Motor Sales.

Although no development plans have been announced or filed for the site, the land is currently zoned DX-7, or Downtown Mixed Use, with a height cap of seven stories of office or residential development with ground floor retail.

Elementary, My Dear Stough

Site plans have been filed for the demolition and complete rebuilding of Stough Elementary School on Edwards Mill Road. The new two-story building will be about 133,000 square feet and offer 122 parking spots. Stough is currently housed in three one-story buildings totaling nearly 70,00 square feet. The oldest was built in 1967; the newest in 2003. Stough Elementary will relocate in the 2019-20 school year to a new elementary school, E-24, being built on 12004 Strickland Road in Raleigh.

Sir Walter’s Request

City Council today will hear more on Capital Realty Group’s plans to acquire and rehabilitate the historic Sir Walter Apartments at 400 Fayetteville Street.

Capital Realty Group is requesting up to $3 million in City funds for their redevelopment of the building, which serves low-income elderly individuals and couples over age 62.

The real estate firm would spend a total of $39 million acquiring and developing the property, resulting in 36 efficiency units, 114 one-bedrooms and seven two-bedrooms. All 157 units will be targeted to individuals at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income.

There are currently only 140 rental units available at the Sir Walter. Capital Realty is seeking to renovate the top floor to add an additional 18 units, one of which will be used for an on-site manager.

According to a memo prepared by City staff, which recommends Council commits up to $3M to the project, rents will not increase for the tenants, and they will continue to pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.

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