by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Five Points Signs Peace Treaty With Hayes Barton Baptist

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Five Points Neighbors and Hayes Barton Baptist Church save homes

Lonerider 10th Anniversary

2811 Hillsborough To Add Rush Bowls Restaurant

New Shopping Center Planned for New Bern Avenue

Slice Pie Co. & Sweet Water NY Ice Opening on Martin Street

Chick-Fil-A at Townridge Set for Kitchen Expansion

Artists’ Studio Planned for Sunnybrook Drive

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Three Five Points Houses Saved After Peace Treaty Is Signed

Residents of Five Points are feeling ITBlessed after the signing of an agreement that will save three of the infamous six homes on White Oak Road that Hayes Barton Baptist Church had planned to remove.

In March 2018, Hayes Barton Baptist announced expansion plans that called for the removal of six residential properties (owned by HBBC) on White Oak. Neighbors launched the “Save Six” movement to voice their concerns, and started a petition that was signed by more than 1,200 people.

Five Points Neighbors, an initiative designed to fight for the integrity of the Five Points community, made an announcement about the agreement this week. According to an exclusive press release that we obtained, the following commitments have been made:

The Church will remove only three houses (1806, 1810, 1812), and include an attractive landscaping barrier between White Oak Road and the new parking lot.

The Church will not remove or demolish the remaining houses (1814, 1816, 1818) and commits that it will not do so for at least ten years.

The Church intends to use the remaining houses for affordable housing, and will work with the Five Points Neighbors Coalition to support the program.

The Church will develop a White Oak Road parking entrance/exit that will include a gate to restrict the flow of traffic, other than for Sunday service, Wednesday service, and other major events (e.g., weddings, funerals, school events).

The Church will develop and implement procedures to regulate the flow of traffic onto White Oak Road from this exit following the Sunday worship service.

The Church will join in the White Oak Road neighbors’ efforts to implement traffic calming measures on the one-way portion of White Oak Road, including but not limited to speed humps and other signage.

“Today represents a very important milestone for us and our Five Points community,” said Vernon Hunter, Five Points Neighbors liaison and resident. “This process wasn’t easy. We, alongside our Church neighbors, worked diligently to come up with a proposal that met their needs while ensuring that the integrity of our community was not neglected. We are still overwhelmed by the support shown to us over the past year, and ask that our community continues to remain an ally as we navigate the next steps of this agreement.”

HBBC and Five Points Neighbors will continue to work closely together on next steps. Implementation of the agreed-upon plan will also be contingent on required governmental approvals.


Lonerider 10th Anniversary

Lonerider Brewery is hosting its 10th Anniversary Party on Sunday, April 14th. They’ll be debuting new beers on tap, bringing back an old fan favorite, food trucks, a pop up mini golf course, and more.

20% of all proceeds from food trucks will go back to Triangle Beagle Club, who will be hosting their 4th Annual Beers for Beagles event the same day.

More details can be found on their website.

Reserve your tickets at

Rushing to Hillsborough Street

A quick-service restaurant chain focusing on healthy fruit and granola based offerings will soon open its newest location on the ground floor of the 2811 Hillsborough Street Apartments.

For the uninitiated, “Rush Bowls” start out with blended fruit, to which the restaurant adds “nutrients, protein, juice or milk and an assortment of decadent yet wholesome ingredients. We top things off with crumbles of crunchy granola & a drizzle of the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted.”

It’s described as a “complete meal-in-a-bowl” that will “satisfy your hunger and fuel your life …whatever your RUSH might be!” Sounds pretty Xtreme!

The $143,000 fit-out of the 738 square-foot space will be handled by Milewski Construction Company.


New Shopping For New Bern

Site plans have been filed for a brand-new shopping center at 4201 New Bern Avenue that will be called Wilder’s Grove Retail.

The 2-acre site across from Walmart was once home to a now-demolished Golden Corral restaurant. The plans call for the now-vacant site to be replaced by two new buildings; one a stand-alone, 7,300 square-foot retail store, the other a cluster of buildings that will include a 1,900 SF Dunkin’ Donuts (or is it just Dunkin’ now?) and three retail stores totaling 3,900 square feet.

The project is being developed by Riddle Commercial Properties, which also owns the shopping center just behind this one. Riddle Commercial Properties was *not* founded by Edward Nigma.

Pies & Italian Ice Coming to Martin Street

EatRaleigh recently reported that a joint venture between the Slice Pie Company and SweetWater Ices, will be coming to 17 E. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.

The Slice Pie Company, according to its Facebook page, operates as a wholesale company serving pies to “individuals, Triangle restaurants, shipping across the country, delivering, serving large corporate events, weddings, and donating to local charities and organizations.”

The company is run by a father-daughter duo, and is home to an apple pie that won the Blue Ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair, thanks in part to the “unmatched signature crust.”

SweetWater offers “New York Italian ice in the heart of North Carolina” and to our knowledge has only operated thus far as a food truck/food cart without a home-base retail location.

Townridge Chick-fil-A Cooking up Kitchen Upgrade

Perhaps in conjunction with the overarching plans to upgrade the Townridge Shopping Center on Glenwood Avenue, which includes facade improvements and the addition of several new tenants, the existing Chick-fil-A is set to undergo a $55,000 kitchen renovation.

Although we don’t know the exact details of the project, we imagine it will at the very least improve the efficiency with which the kitchen operates, and may possibly expand its current operating capacity.

The renovation is being handled by the Sterling Building Group out of Greensboro.

Exclusive Artists Commune Planned For Southeast Raleigh

A rezoning case was recently filed that would allow for the creation of a unique community for artists at a space on Sunnybrook Road just outside the beltline near Rock Quarry Road.

The case would rezone the 4-acre site to allow for “Neighborhood Mixed Use” with a maximum of three stories, although plans for the project call for only two stories.

In addition to the shared artist workspaces and studios, the mixed-use development will include retail space, including an Artist Coffee Shop and an Artist Bookstore. There’s just one thing: these shops won’t be open to the public, and only artists working on-site can access them. Talk about an exclusive shopping experience!

The proposal notes that the site is currently ¾ forested, and that the developers will construct an arboretum trail through that forested area as a way of connecting to the neighborhood. The forest will continue to be used as an outdoor classroom for at-risk youth to study. The enviroKIDs Summer Camp has been studying the forest for 6 years.

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