by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Bloc 83 Progress, Cameron Village Turns 70

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Work begins on Hillsborough Street’s Bloc 83

Cameron Village celebrating 70th birthday

Seaboard Wine Tasting (10/12)

NC State’s master plan for athletics

NC Museum of History Halloween Party October 31st

Pullen Arts Center expansion underway

Hyperloop coming to Raleigh this week

Apartments coming to Trailwood

Other News

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Progress On Bloc 83

Allen’s Automotive is gone and construction is underway on Bloc 83’s Tower 2. The project includes office and retail, an urban courtyard, and a 655-space parking garage. Located at 615 Hillsborough Street, the project is being developed by Heritage Properties and designed by Gensler Architects. 

Tower 2 is, oddly enough, the third phase of the Bloc 83 project, which also includes One Glenwood and the Origin Hotel. The project will include 159,940 square feet of office space, 1,400 parking spaces, and ground-floor retail.

Permits valued at more than $41 million were issued last month to the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Those permits list the total number of stories at 11, while the project’s website lists the number at 10.

While each component of the Bloc 83 project is impressive, our favorite planned feature is “Raleigh’s largest urban courtyard,” which will feature “a band stage, projection screens for community gatherings, and a designated fitness zone for yoga/group workouts.”

Cameron Village Celebrating 70th Birthday

The greatest retail destination center in Raleigh is turning 70. Cameron Village will celebrate with a party on Saturday, October 12th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Be sure to follow @shopcameronvillage on Instagram for more details.


Seaboard Wine Tasting 10/12

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting special guest Pierina Bianchini, export manager for Raìna, a biodynamic winery located in Montefalco, Umbria. They will be sampling four of her wines plus a few other surprises from Italy on Saturday, October 12th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On October 23rd, they’re hosting a Brunello Class with owner Alberto Passeri from Fattoria La Gerla in Montalcino, Italy. The class starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20. Reservations can be made here

Their next fall Wine Class is on October 18th, and features South African wines. Classes are $39-$45 each and last from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. You can buy tickets here.


NC State Athletics Seeking Makeover

NC State is about to get a makeover. The university is embarking on a planning process to improve the facilities housing all 23 of the school’s varsity sports programs. 

The university is currently seeking a design team to oversee the planning process, which will focus on improving student-athlete success and well-being, the recruitment of student-athletes and coaches, and the overall fan experience. Although, when a school serves chicken and waffle cones at its football games, we’re not sure how it’s possible to improve upon the fan experience.

The focus of the plan is on the next 10-15 years, with an “identification of immediate needs” during the first five years. The design team will assess in greater detail Carter-Finley Stadium, Doak Field, Case Academic Center, and their respective, associated facilities. The study will likely result in improvements to, and possibly the replacement of, some of these facilities. Could Carter-Finley support 100,000 fans? We’ll have to see what the study says.

A pre-design meeting was indicative not only of the level of interest in this process – there were more than 40 attendees – but also the high level of talent that’s being attracted, which included representatives from Moseley Architects, the Beck Group, Kimley-Horn, SEPI, HKS, and a number of other prestigious firms. 

The budget for this master planning process is between $150,000 and $250,000.

NC Museum Of History Spooktacular Soiree

The NC Museum of History is hosting a Spooktacular Soiree on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm. ITB Insider is a proud sponsor of this event, held at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh.

The event will feature a costume contest in the following categories: most historically accurate, funniest, and scariest. Attendees will enjoy live music from The Five Nines (who opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers and also recently released an EP), food, beer, and a speciality cocktail. More info available here.

Tickets are $35 for members of the museum ($45 for nonmembers). Money raised from this event directly supports the NC Museum of History.

Pullen Arts Center Expansion Begins

Work is now underway on the expansion of the Pullen Arts Center, thanks to a set of permits issued to Focus Design Builders out of Wake Forest. Located at 105 Pullen Road, the arts center houses a wide range of programs including: pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking, summer camps for children, and more.

The permits, valued at more than $2.6 million, describe a 22,410 square-foot addition to the existing center that was originally constructed in 1958. 

According to the City, the expansion is just one part of a multi-purpose construction project that also includes a renewal of the North Pullen Park campus, an upgrade to the sewer lines, roadway and pedestrian improvements, and the addition of accessible parking and emergency services access for the theatre, arts center and ballfields. 

The overall project is estimated to cost around $6 million, which was allocated from the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum. Construction is expected to wrap up by the fall of 2020.

Hyperloop Coming To Raleigh

Is Raleigh getting a hyperloop? Don’t worry, we didn’t actually know what a hyperloop was until we spent hours researching the topic. According to Wikipedia, Virgin Hyperloop One is an American transportation technology company that works to commercialize the high-speed technology concept called Hyperloop. Virgin’s XP-1 will be on display at the Triangle J Council of Governments’ Regional Summit in Pittsboro, North Carolina this week.

The pod will be on display on Oct. 10th at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. On Oct. 11th, the pod will be at the Research Triangle Park at The Frontier (800 Park Offices Dr, Research Triangle, NC 27709).

We aren’t sure if Raleigh’s inclusion on this hyperloop road show means we’re definitely getting one. If we had to guess, the chance of a hyperloop being built here is lower than Felson’s returning to Cameron Village.

Apartments Planned For Trailwood

A new batch of what looks to be student housing is planned for the intersection of Avent Ferry and Trailwood Drive. Dubbed the Trailwood Apartments, the 122-unit project will be situated at 901 and 921 Trailwood Drive, just south of NC State. 

A breakdown of unit types notes that there will be 23 “2-bedroom roommate” units; something typically found only in college housing. There will also be 11 studio units, 66 one-bedrooms, and 22 regular two-bedrooms. The preliminary design work was done by none other than Finely Associates (Ed. note: no relation) and reveal a pretty standard, three-story stick–built complex.

Other News

ITBlake ran for mayor
ITBlake the politician launched his Raleigh mayor campaign less than a week before the election. He has since been called a “national treasure” and is now being considered a legitimate political candidate.

Here are just a few of his campaign promises:

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Raleigh was ranked in a report
The “Emerging Trends in Real Estate®” outlook report from the Urban Land Institute ranked “Raleigh-Durham” number two in its “Overall Real Estate Prospects” list, and number one in its “Homebuilding Prospects” section.

RIP Nash Square Tree
One of Nash Square’s oldest and most beloved trees will soon be cut down due to disease and rot. A statement from the City: 

The Willow Oak stands on Martin Street across from the Berkeley Café. This magnificent tree is 90 feet tall and has graced the park for more than a century. Sadly, old age and disease have taken their toll, and we have to say goodbye. Thank you to everyone who has taken time over the years to stop and appreciate the tree’s strength and beauty.

Progress on The Wade
The Wade, our favorite condo project and the future home of ITBlake, is nearing completion. Contact Beacon Street Development for more information.

Vest Season has been delayed, again

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