by William Needham Finley IV™

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.


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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.


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.

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