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Development Beat: Demolition Begins At Future WakeMed Building

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Demolition begins on former Post Office building

Onward Reserve coming to Cameron Village

Seaboard Wine Events and Tastings

Work underway on Iris Coffee Lab

Snooze coming to SOJO (Midtown East)

Quail Corners wants to expand

Kay Yow Cancer Fund 2020 Celebration Run/Walk Feb. 22

Museum of History Masquerade Gala Feb. 22

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Demolition Begins On Former Post Office Building

Demolition is underway on the former home of the Post Office in Cameron Village. In 2019, WakeMed announced plans to renovate and redevelop the two-story building into a medical office building. We have learned via Instagram that the layout of the building didn’t work for WakeMed, resulting in the demolition.

York Properties commented on the plans to renovate and remodel, “That was the original intent. Unfortunately the building layout didn’t work for the new tenant’s needs. So, while we’re sad to see a piece of our company’s history demolished, a new piece is being built. And, as #SmedesYork always says, “You can’t rest on your laurels.” Even better, WakeMed will end up with a wonderful parking situation (a much-coveted feature here in Cameron Village) and a brand new facility with which to serve our community!”

The existing 42,184 sq ft office building was originally constructed in the early 1960s. Monteith Construction applied for “shell building” permits for the new two-story structure in July of 2019. As development experts, we believe construction will begin once the demolition is finished. 

Onward Reserve Coming To Cameron Village

A new outdoor-lifestyle store is coming to Cameron Village, Raleigh’s finest retail destination. Cameron Village announced that upscale men’s clothier Onward Reserve would be opening this summer in the space formerly occupied by the Certain Things boutique at 404 Daniels Street.

Onward Reserve “mixes laid-back southern hospitality with a world class retail atmosphere.” The shop features a range of men’s clothing – from button downs and pants to leather boots and zip-up sweaters – alongside accessories like hats, belts, sunglasses, and a “Trout Decanter Set.” We thought Orvis had the fish-themed decanter set market cornered, so it’s nice to see someone giving them some competition.

Seaboard Wine Events and Tastings

Seaboard Wine’s first Flight Night is Thursday (2/13) from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Doreen Colondres from Vitishouse Wine School will be hand slicing Fermin Iberico jamon from Spain, the finest ham in the world, while the staff of Seaboard will be pouring a flight of three fine French Champagnes. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased here.

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine 15% off bottle sale runs through Friday. They will also be pouring glasses of fancy French Champagne at the bar all day through Friday ($14 per glass).

Seaboard Wine will continue to offer free Saturday wine tastings from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Check their website for the schedule.

Work Begins On Iris Coffee Lab

Work is underway on Glenwood South’s newest coffee spot, Iris Coffee Lab. We first reported on the plans back in June of 2019. At the time, EatRaleigh noted that signage for the shop was already in place. An unusually long permitting process delayed plans to open the store in the former home of Voda Boutique, which relocated to North Hills.

City records and Iris Coffee Lab’s Instagram indicate that permits valued at more than $100,000 were issued to Majesty Construction & Consulting in the first week of February, paving the way for what we imagine will be a late spring 2020 opening.

Snooze Coming To SOJO (Midtown East)

A new restaurant is coming to SOJO (the Midtown East shopping center) off Wake Forest Road. Final bidding is underway on Snooze, a 6,731 square-foot breakfast and brunch spot. This will be the chain’s first entry into the region. Snooze has more than 30 locations in the U.S.

Located at 1110 Mercantile Drive, the new restaurant will feature avocado toast, “hockey puck” hash browns, a “Pancake flight”, and more. Their typical hours of operation are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Given the current status of the project, we imagine construction will be complete at some point this fall, although it’s hard to say definitively.


Quail Corners Wants To Expand

The Quail Corners shopping center could soon be expanding onto an adjacent parcel of land totaling nearly 3 acres. The owners of the shopping center recently filed a rezoning case which would change the zoning on two properties at 1200 and 1204 East Millbrook from R-4 to CX-3. That is, it would change the allowed use on the land from four residential units per acre to commercial mixed-use. 

Building height on the new development would be limited to two stories. We are not aware of specific plans or what new shops or restaurants may occupy the space. The Quail Corners shopping center was first built in 1969. County records indicate it’s been under the same ownership since at least 1978.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund Run/Walk Feb. 22

The 2020 Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk will be held on February 22nd at NC State. Your participation and fundraising will enable the Fund to continue to make an impact in the fight against all cancers affecting women. Sign-up to participate or donate here.

Where: Stafford Commons at NC State University
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: On-site check-in begins at 9 a.m., Run/Walk begins at 11 a.m.
Distance: 4K (approximately 2.5 miles) and “mini-K” routes available

Museum of History Masquerade Gala Feb. 22

The Museum of History Young Associates are holding a Masquerade Gala on February 22nd from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am. The black tie (mask optional) event will feature silent auction tables, tarot card readers, and live music from Diverse Groove. Tickets are on sale now.

General Admission Ticket includes: full open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction tables, tarot card readers, and live music with Diverse Groove. $50 for members, $60 for non-members

VIP Ticket includes: full open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction tables, tarot card readers, live music with Diverse Groove, a private room with a full open bar with premium liquor selection, a private food table, and a lounge area. PLUS! VIPs get 30 minutes before the event (7:30pm) to tour the Toy Boom exhibition with a glass of champagne. Get the true experience with VIP! Space is limited. $70 for members, $80 for non-members

Other News

EatRaleigh shared that Longleaf Hotel is offering a coffee service

OakCityCRE shared that fencing is up at the former Goodwill property. Last summer, we reported that Highwoods Realty paid $6.4 million for the property at 321 West Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.

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