by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Beloved/Hated Silo Torn Down

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Beloved/hated silo torn down

The Cookie People open soon in Mission Valley

Seaboard Wine Tasting

Tesla expanding on Glenwood

Valentine Commons rezoning approved

Fuller Elementary to be demolished, rebuilt

First Bank planned for Six Forks

Reelin’ for Research kick-off March 11th

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Beloved/Hated Silo Torn Down

Raleigh’s skyline has been forever altered. The beloved/hated silo near the Boylan Bridge was removed this week. The silo had been used for silo purposes since the days of yore. More recently, it served as the backdrop to approximately 7 billion skyline pictures taken on the Boylan Bridge and the deck of Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing.

Some people loved the silo. Some people hated it. At a time like this, it’s important to take a step back and remember that we were the only media empire to provide live coverage of the devastating/joyous occasion.

The dismantling began early Wednesday morning.

Reactions to the loss of the silo were mixed. Some residents were glad to see it go, while others expressed mourning.

Others felt a sense of nostalgia.

We aren’t sure what the future holds for the roughly 500 square feet of land that was home to the silo.

Please enjoy/dislike these final images of a piece of Raleigh’s history.

The Cookie People Open Soon

It looks like The Cookie People will open their new store in the next few weeks, according to a post on the popular website Last October, we reported on the news from York Properties that The Cookie People were opening a retail location in Mission Valley.

The Cookie People (owners Darrin and April Morey) have been baking cookies and operating out of the State Farmer’s Market since 2008. They also operate a food truck and are available for catering.

They recently shared the news that they’re planning to open soon. We’ve been looking forward to this for months and can’t wait to try it out, in the name of journalism.

Seaboard Wine Tasting

This week’s Saturday Seaboard Wine tasting features wines from the Iberian Peninsula. Stop by from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday (3/7) to try a fine selection of wines from Spain and Portugal.

Seaboard Wine’s Winter Wine Class series continues with a class on March 27th. Classes are $39 and you can make a reservation here.

Tesla Expanding On Glenwood

Tesla is set to expand its Raleigh presence. While the high-tech carmaker currently has a service and sales center located in Northwest Raleigh, we’ve heard that bidding is currently underway for the second phase of construction on a new service center at 7101 Glenwood Avenue. 

Permits for the first phase were issued late last year to Management Resource Systems for a “change of use for Tesla Raleigh Service Center” – which makes it sound like they plan to re-use the space rather than tear down and build anew. The square footage listed on the permits matches up with the size of the existing building. The estimated project cost on the permits was listed at more than $2.6 million.

The 39-year-old, 38,0000 square-foot cinder block structure at 7101 Glenwood was previously home to a CompUSA and a Circuit City. In a way, by becoming a Tesla service center, the building is returning to its techie origins. We’d guess this will be open by the end of the year.


Valentine Commons Rezoning Approved

City Council this week approved a somewhat unique rezoning case: one that impacts an already-built development. The Valentine Commons apartments on Valentine Drive were built in 2012. The rezoning case will “allow proposed amenity improvements to respond to competition and provide more of a community feel” for the 2.4-acre site.

The rezoning will allow part of the existing courtyard to be replaced by a low-story social lobby and fitness center, landscaping in the courtyard will be improved, a sixth-floor roof will have newly installed pavers, railings, and furniture to create another outdoor social area. 

The rezoning case will also remove a requirement for retail space on the property, as Valentine Drive is considered a low-traffic area. In place of a retailer, the 1,000 square feet allotted for this purpose will be used for the Valentine Commons leasing office.

Both the Wade Citizens Advisory Council and the Raleigh Planning Commission voted in favor of the rezoning, which “aligns closely with those of the existing Planned Development” zoning classification.

A Fuller Elementary

Plans are underway to demolish Fuller Elementary School and build a new $44.4 million school in its place. Located at 806 Calloway Drive, the school will be torn down and rebuilt to meet “Wake County Public School System Program and Design Standards.”

The project website notes that the new school will result in “increased capacity [finished facility will have 46 classrooms], improved site circulation for buses and cars, improved physical education equipment and fields, and ADA accessibility.”

Construction of the new elementary school is scheduled to kick off in 2021, at which point students will be relocated to the Garner Ninth-Grade Center. The current schedule looks to have the new Fuller Elementary School open in time for the 2022/2023 school year. 

First Bank On Six Forks

Six Forks could soon see the addition of a new bank. Permits were recently issued for First Bank’s new three-story location at 3620 Six Forks Road. The 1.09-acre lot was previously home to a SunTrust Bank building.

First Bank acquired the land in October 2018, and Barringer Construction received permits to tear down the existing building back in December 2019. There aren’t many details available on the new building yet. Permits describe it only as a three-story “type II-B” structure with 19,110 square-feet of “B” occupancy.

Reelin’ For Research Kick-off

Join us to kick-off this year’s Reelin’ for Research Tournament benefiting the NC Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer research. Buy your ticket today and catch all the ACC Tournament action along with a BBQ dinner from the Villari Food Group and sides from The Fresh Market. There will be beer and wine donated by R&D Brewing. For more information about Reelin’ for Research go to

Wednesday, March 11th (6:00-9:00pm)
The Merrimon-Wynne House
500 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604

Greenways Are The Best Ways

For the month of March, Oaks & Spokes and Oak City CRE are teaming up to offer a custom “Greenways are the Best Ways” t-shirt featuring a map of the Raleigh Greenway system. 51% of all proceeds go directly to Oaks & Spokes. T-shirts are screen printed by hand in Raleigh on Bella+Canvas Tri-Blend unisex shirts. Prices start at $26 and include free shipping.

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  1. “The 39-year-old, 38,0000 square-foot cinder block structure at 7101 Glenwood”

    It’s concrete block not cinder block.

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