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Development Beat: 20-Story Building Planned Next To Clyde Cooper’s

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20-story building planned next to Clyde Cooper’s

Plans for 12-story building on Martin Street

New bus terminal coming to Union Station

Q Shack to close North Hills location

Plans for Rosewater in North Hills

Collection Brewing Coming To Atlantic Avenue

Cape Fear Seafood to open in old Lucky 32 space

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20-Story Building Planned for Downtown Raleigh

A 20-story building could be coming to the parking lot next to Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque in downtown Raleigh.

Highwoods, who acquired the property in August 2016, is reported to be reviving plans for a 20-story office tower at the intersection of Wilmington Street and Martin Street.

Original plans, dubbed the Edison Office Building, got as far as the demolition phase, when several buildings from 301-313 S. Wilmington Street were torn down to make way for the $75 million project.

A look at the property before demolition.

wrote about the demolition back in December 2016. By that point, the property had already been sold, and there was no real plan in place for the lots. That didn’t stop me from making a few predictions, which ended up being remarkably on-point.

“We imagine [a new development] won’t vary greatly from the originally approved plans, which called for a 19-story office building with “14,350 square feet of retail space and 255,895 square feet of office space on a 1.3-acre site.” That proposal also included a 6-level integrated parking structure containing 315 spaces. ” – Development Beat, “Teardown Tuesday” December 6, 2016

We’ll throw in a new prediction: the development will have broken ground by this time next year, and there will be no major issues or serious delays once the project is underway.

Clearscapes Planning 12-Story Building

A 12-story mixed-use development is being planned along West Martin Street in the Warehouse District.

Clearscapes, an architectural firm in Raleigh, has filed plans that will require the property at 307, 309, 311, and 313 West Martin to be rezoned to allow for the 12-story height. The current cap is five.

Constructed in the 1920s, the existing historic structures on the site are to remain in place. According to Clearscapes, the buildings are an important part of the fabric and character of the surrounding district. Check out this discussion for more info.

Clearscapes is responsible for a number of high-profile projects in downtown Raleigh, including the convention center, the new Go Raleigh station at Moore Square, the Marbles Kids Museum, and many others.


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New Bus Station Connecting to Union Station

GoTriangle was awarded a $20 million grant that will fund the construction of a unique bus transfer facility connected to Raleigh’s Union Station.

According to a press release issued by GoTriangle, the Raleigh Union Station bus project (RUS Bus) will “provide direct connections on a number of existing and future GoTriangle and GoRaleigh bus routes to the existing Amtrak service and future commuter rail service included in the Wake and Durham county transit plans.”

The RUS Bus facility will be built on the site of the existing warehouse that GoTriangle owns from a previous rail project. GoTriangle plans to begin bidding the project out early next year and hopes to open the facility by 2022.


Q Shack Leaving North Hills

The Q Shack at North Hills is closing.

Q Shack owner Tom Meyer sent an email out last week detailing his plans to close the North Hills location and pivot to a catering-based business located in a space with a larger kitchen more suited for catering.

The Q Shack has operated out of its space at North Hills near the movie theater for 13 years and will remain open through mid-January 2019.


Kiss From A Rosewater

Site plans were recently filed for work on Rosewater Kitchen & Bar, which will be located in the former home of Bruegger’s in North Hills.

In July, it was announced that local restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias would be opening his 12th restaurant. The Mediterranean restaurant will be “rooted in seasonality and responsibly sourced ingredients that bring to life the charm and intimacy of the village lifestyle.”

Plans show that the existing Bruegger’s building will have about 800 square feet added in order to accommodate Rosewater. The building’s exterior will also be made over to more closely resemble a Mediterranean restaurant than a bagel shop.

Bakatsias operates a number of restaurants throughout the Triangle region, including Bin 54 in Chapel Hill and Vin Rouge in Durham, although Rosewater will be his second Raleigh location.

Update: We originally wrote that this was the first Raleigh location for Bakatsias. A reader informed us that Bakatsias actually had an earlier restaurant in Raleigh, “located in the ill-fated back corner of the sad shopping mall on Newton Road near Six Forks. Without actual access to Six Forks, the mall has always suffered. The back corner where his restaurant existed 22-23 years ago was finally refashioned as your favorite type of entrepreneurial venture – a storage facility.”


Collection Brewing Planned Off Atlantic Avenue

A brewery and tasting room is coming to the former home of Twin Specialities motorcycle shop off Atlantic Avenue.

In May, we reported on a rumor passed along by one of our readers about the alleged brewery. Our investigation uncovered that the former owner of Twin Specialties was retiring, and had leased the space to a brewery.

Site review plans filed last month call for some minor renovations in order to accommodate “Collection Brewing,” which describes itself as a brewery and tasting room.

Cape Fear Seafood Coming to Raleigh

Cape Fear Seafood Company will soon be making its way to Raleigh.

The Wilmington, NC-based seafood restaurant announced last week that they would soon be opening their fourth location in the spring of 2019. The space at 832 Spring Forest Road was previously home to the Kamado Grill and Lucky 32.

This location is the first of three coming to the Raleigh area over the next three years. As the name implies, the main focus of the menu is seafood, although they do offer a variety of other options, including ground-chuck burgers and buffalo chicken sandwiches.

1 Comment

  1. Regarding your story, “Kiss From A Rosewater,” I’m not sure that I agree with the statement “Rosewater will be his first Raleigh location.” It may be his first Raleigh location in a while but Giorgios Bakatsias has certainly had locations in Raleigh in the past. Cafe Giorigios for one.

    It might also have been worth mentioning that he was a 2014 James Beard nominee.

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