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Development Beat: Demolition On Glenwood, Progress On Jolie, Wine & Design

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Demolition begins at site of Glenwood hotel

Upgrades coming to Peace Street

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 7/27

Blowfish to replace Pho Pho Pho

Highwoods bought the Goodwill building

Plans released for Crabtree’s Sears Tower

The Cha House coming to Hillsborough Street

Christmas in July – on Friday Papa Murphy’s is holding a benefit at Trophy on Maywood

Dog of the Week

Other News: Progress on Jolie, Wine & Design, Rush Bowl opens

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Demolition begins at site of Glenwood hotel

Demolition is underway on Glenwood South at the site of what will be a AC Hotel by Marriott. It’s been nearly two years since plans were announced for the project, located near the intersection of Glenwood and Hillsborough.

The seven-story building known as “The Willard” will have hotel rooms because it’s a hotel. Original plans included two stories of condominiums, but then commenter Jeff said that the condos weren’t part of the project anymore. Now we don’t know WHAT to believe and we can’t find anything online that disputes the 5 stories of hotel rooms and 2 stories of condos theory. It looks like we’ll have to wait until this thing is built to learn the truth.

The hotel is being designed by Overcash Demmitt out of Charlotte and JDavis Architects out of Raleigh. Renderings released as part of a site review plan indicate the hotel’s exterior will be similar to the other trendy, upscale Marriott AC Hotels.

Upgrades coming to Peace Street

In the midst of a wave of redevelopment that is reshaping the landscape of Peace Street, the City is seeking a contractor to improve the street itself. 

In a request for bids, the City describes the project as “streetscape improvements on Peace Street from St. Mary’s to North West Street.” These improvements will include utility coordination, landscaping, erosion control measures, pavement removal and replacement, sidewalk improvements, traffic control, and more.

Designed by ColeJenest & Stone, planning for this project began in 2005, when preliminary concepts were presented to the Appearance and Planning Commissions.

In a presentation to City Council in 2017, City staffers laid out several challenges the project would face, alongside several additional goals. These include bike racks to be added at Gaston and Glenwood, the utilization of “Big Belly” trash cans, allowing more time for pedestrian crossings at the Glenwood Avenue intersection, and a sidewalk connection at the Gaston Street intersection.

The City does not mention anything about adding more signage to warn trucks about the Peace Street Bridge.

The total project budget is around $2.1 million. Bids are due to the City by July 30. Based on previous schedule projections, work should be wrapping up by the end of 2020.


Leave it to Beavers Tasting at Seaboard Wine 7/27

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (7/27) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Brad Beavers from Winebow just returned from his family beach trip (hopefully at AB), and is ready to pour some refreshing wines.

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!

Blowfish to replace Pho Pho Pho

The popular Glenwood South restaurant Pho Pho Pho will be replaced by a bar called Blowfish. In the four years since Pho Pho Pho opened, it became known not just for its Pho, but for its crawfish boils and a wide array of traditional Vietnamese dishes.

The Triangle Food Blog recently reported on Blowfish: “The good news that Michael DePersia of National Restaurant Properties shared exclusively with us is that Ashlie Cade who owns The Bison Bar on Whitaker Mill Rd. and St. Jacques French Restaurant on Falls of Neuse Rd. purchased the restaurant and plans on some light renovations and remodeling, extending the bar, etc. She will open a neighborhood bar called Blowfish this fall, tentatively planning on serving breakfast tacos a few mornings and an expanded taco menu thru the lunch, dinner and late night hours throughout the week with an emphasis on the bar having reasonably priced beer, wine and mixed drinks.”


Highwoods bought the Goodwill building

Highwoods Realty paid $6.4 million for the Goodwill property at 321 West Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh. 

Very few details were released when the Board of Directors of Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. announced the sale of the property earlier this year.

Last week, however, we exclusively obtained county records indicating that the building was purchased by Highwoods Realty for a staggering $6.4 million. The building’s total assessed value was around $2.4 million.

In May of this year, Rev. Dennis McLain, president, GCF® said that “The sale of the property will create a number of new opportunities for GCF and those they serve around the world.” Now that we know the selling price, the number of opportunities created will be even greater than most imagined.

Highwoods has yet to announce plans for the property, but we bet that it will be transformed into a high rise office space similar to their other downtown buildings, such as One City Plaza and PNC Plaza.

Plans released for Crabtree’s Sears Tower

Earlier this month, we reported that the owners of the Crabtree Valley Mall were working on a plan to transform the old Sears site into a 30-story mixed-use tower.

We obtained exclusive plans which indicate the new development will be split into two tracts. The first tract will allow up to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial use, up to 225 hotel rooms, and no residential units. The majority of tract one will be limited to a 12-story height.

The entirety of Tract Two will be limited to 12 stories, and the allowed building types include townhomes, apartment buildings, “general” buildings, mixed-use building, and civic uses. A structured parking deck is also planned.

The site is currently zoned Regional Mixed Use and allows for buildings up to 12 stories. The recommended maximum height for buildings in RMU designations is 20 stories.

The developers also claim that the rezoning will benefit the public by “allowing for the redevelopment and revitalization of Crabtree Valley Mall, which is one of Raleigh’s most important retail shopping centers.”

This is where we’re going to have to disagree. Crabtree doesn’t even make the top three most important retail shopping centers in Raleigh. That list is currently: 1.) Cameron Village 2.) North Hills 3.)

The Cha House coming to Hillsborough Street

Instagram: @chahouseusa

The Cha House, an “Asian-inspired tea house” will be moving into the former home of Pieology at The Stanhope on Hillsborough Street.

Cha House, which currently operates a location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, offers loose-leaf teas, brown sugar boba, and “signature Taiwanese street dishes.”

Permits valued at more than $175,000 for the renovation of the 2,237 square-foot space on the ground floor of 3001 Hillsborough were issued last week to Callahan Construction.

Papa Murphy’s Christmas in July at Trophy Maywood

On Friday (7/26) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Papa Murphy’s is holding a benefit for Zach’s Toy Chest at Trophy on Maywood. Donate a new toy and get a free pizza and a drink.

Dog of the Week

Other News

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The highly anticipated Jolie is coming along nicely, according to some exclusive photos we found on

Rush Bowls opened on Hillsborough Street

Progress on Wine & Design at Union Station


  1. There’s an article from last fall (behind a paywall) mentioning the condos were removed because of additional parking and separate elevator.

    There’s also a discussion, along with the original rendering that included the 2 floors of condos.

    Sorry I didn’t cite my sources. I’m a bad journalist 😉

  2. The piece about the 30 story Crabtree tower is confusing. It talks about the property being split into two parcels, with parcel 1 having a 12 story tower and parcel 2 having a 12 story tower. What happened to the 30 story tower?

    Second. If Crabtree is claiming to be one of the Triangles most important shopping centers (which I don’t dispute), why do you claim it’s not and list the top three shopping centers as Cameron Village, North Hills and Last I looked wasn’t a shopping center, and if it is can you give us its address?

  3. With all of the development going on in the ” Smokey Hollow ” area including the upgrade to the Peace Street and Wade Avenue bridges why is that the railroad bridges and the sidewalks underneath them continue to be such eyesores and even perhaps a health hazard with all of the bird droppings?

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