by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Finishing the Bell Tower, Apartment Plans Near Broughton Expand

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Week of June 11, 2018

NC State Memorial Belltower progress

Developers revise plans for apartments near Broughton

Plans unveiled for new office building at Glenwood Place

Work begins on new Chamberlain Apartments

Barcelona Wine Bar coming soon to The Dillon

The ZEN Succulent coming to Wilmington Street

Kimbap to close

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Memorial Belltower Progress

The Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough Street is one step closer to being completed. When NC State began planning their bell tower as a monument to honor NC State alumni killed in World War I, it was intended that the tower would actually contain bells. Unfortunately, financial difficulties forced the university to cut back and cancel an order for a 54-bell carillon.

The plans, first drawn up in 1920, included a number of features that did not make it to the final stages, such as a bell playing console, glass clock faces, and a spiral staircase. A letter to the original architect, William Henry Deacy, notes that the university’s plan to install a “false speaker system” in place of the bell carillon was only supposed to serve as a temporary solution.

Multiple fundraising efforts have been undertaken over the last few decades. One consisted of a middle-aged woman standing near the bell tower while rattling a tin can for donations and shouting “Finish the bell tower!” as she handed a flyer to a young Marty McFly.

In 2009, students led a campaign to raise money to purchase bells for the tower. Thanks to a 2017 gift from Bill and Frances Henry, NC State can complete the 54-bell carillon and interior stairs of the Memorial Belltower.

The university issued a request for proposals to find a design-build team to manage the $6.1 million project, which also includes stabilization work and upgrades to the surrounding plaza.

We recently got a look at slightly-redacted versions of the submitted proposals along with projects they’ve worked on.

Clancy & Theys Construction and Davis Kane Architects: Davis Kane led the feasibility study for the bell tower’s completion

Frank L Blum Construction and Williard Stewart Architects: reconstruction of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro

Holt Brothers Construction and RATIO Architects: renovation of the Reynolds Coliseum

LeChase Construction Services and EYP Architects: Duke University’s Cromwell Quad Residence Hall Renovation

New Atlantic Contracting and Walter Robbs Architecture: Winston Salem’s Union Station Renovation

Smith’s Bell and Clock Service and The PACCARD Foundry: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis bell installation

It seems like the obvious choice here is Holt Brothers and Ratio Architects, since the Holt Brothers both played football at NC State. We’ll let you know who NC State ends up choosing.


Developers Revise Plans for Apartments Near Broughton

Last summer, we reported that the Ligon Building located across the street from Broughton at 800 St. Mary’s St. would be torn down. A new four-story, 55-unit apartment building from Charlotte-based developer Selwyn Property Group would go in its place. Selwyn purchased the property in March of 2015 for just over $2 million.

Last week, Selwyn filed a brand new site plan for the complex, which has now grown to 129,639 square feet with 61 apartments. There will be two three-bedroom units, forty two-bedroom units, and 19 one-bedroom units. The existing 63-year-old office building will need to be torn down before the apartments can be built. This building houses many dental offices that we assume were frequented by Broughton students. Fortunately, our sponsor Downtown Dental is right down the road and more than happy to take in these students.


Glenwood Place Office and Retail Space

Plans for an 85 foot tall, 120,000 square foot office and retail space at Glenwood Place were unveiled last week. The plans show ground-floor retail, with at least four levels of office space above it.

The building is part of Glenwood Place, a Grubb Ventures project that was first announced more than three years ago. Glenwood Place was to have around 800 dwelling units, 900,000 square feet of office space, a 250-room hotel, and around 110,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. In 2016, the project was scaled back to fit under the property’s current zoning conditions.


Work Begins On Chamberlain Street Apartments

The Chamberlain Street Apartments, located off Hillsborough Street, received permits valued at more than $17 million last week. Wells & Wells Construction will work on a new three-story, 53,410 square foot, 42-unit student apartment building.

There will be three one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms, 14 three-bedrooms and nine “four or more bedroom” units. The site plans for 113 Chamberlain were filed around the same time as plans for a slightly larger complex nearby at 102 Logan Court. It appears that demolition permits have been issued for the existing structure, and that permits for the apartments have been applied for but not issued.

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Wine Bar Coming to The Dillon

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, a chain of Spanish tapas eateries, will soon open its first North Carolina location at The Dillon. Permits valued at $807,596 were issued last week to the KBE Building Corporation for the new restaurant at 430 W. Martin Street.

The ZEN Succulent Coming to Wilmington Street

Popular Durham terrarium and plant craft business The ZEN Succulent will soon open a new location in downtown Raleigh. The company announced plans for the new shop at 208 S. Wilmington last week.

The space was formerly home to Moon and Lola, which announced plans in March to close both its Raleigh and Charleston, SC retail locations to focus more on e-commerce. The 1,238 square foot space should be filled with terrariums, plants, and gifts by the end of July.

Kimbap Closing This Weekend

Kimbap, a Korean-inspired restaurant in Seaboard Station, will be closing on Saturday, June 16. We’re sad to see it go, as their food was exceptional. The owners posted the following on Facebook last week.

Dear customers and friends near and far,We are sad to bring you this news today, but the time has come. Kimbap will be…

Posted by Kimbap on Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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