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Development Beat: Grant Avenue Apartments To Be Demolished For New Development

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Grant Avenue apartments to be demolished for new development

Wine & Design grand opening at Union Station this week

Seaboard Wine Tasting this Saturday

Hayes Barton Cafe investigation

After Brixxit, York announces new restaurant for Cameron Village

Raleighwood Cinema is closing

Publix permits issued at Smoky Hollow

Condo planned near Cameron Village

Josefs Pharmacy plans expansion

The Oakwood 24 is Saturday, December 21st to support Healing Transitions

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Grant Avenue Apartments To Be Demolished For New Development

An Atlanta-based developer has filed plans to build a high-end apartment complex on the 10.41 acre property that is currently home to the Grant Avenue Apartments.

Terwilliger Pappas recently submitted an administrative site review application for Solis Cameron Hills, an apartment project located at 2315 and 2318 Grant Avenue and 1329 Chester Road. The Grant Avenue Apartments, a garden-style complex originally built in 1954 and last remodeled in 1980, will be torn down.

The site plans call for the complete demolition of the existing 97,000 square feet of apartments. The new project will be a 381,712 square-foot, 9-building complex comprising a total of 321 apartment units. Of those, 158 will be one-bedrooms, 142 will be two-bedrooms, and 21 will be three-bedrooms. Eight of the nine buildings will be three-story residential structures, with the ninth serving as a two-story “community building.”

Renderings were drawn up by JDavis Architects. Terwilliger Pappas developed the Alexan at North Hills, as well as the Solis Crabtree complex near the Crabtree Valley mall.

View of existing apartments
Site plan

Wine & Design Grand Opening At Union Station

Wine & Design will hold their grand opening at Union Station this Wednesday (12/18) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary aka Mr. Wonderful, who did a deal with Wine & Design during their appearance on Shark Tank, will be in attendance. This is the 82nd location for Wine & Design, which officially makes the company an empire.

In January, we reported that Wine & Design planned to relocate its corporate headquarters to the upper mezzanine area of Raleigh’s Union Station. The 2,700 square foot space (managed by our good friends at York Properties) will be used as their new corporate headquarters and as an expanded retail event space. They also have access to a large outdoor event space with incredible views of downtown.

Harriet Mills, Founder of Wine & Design

In an exclusive interview, we spoke with Wine & Design CEO and Founder Harriet Mills about the new space. “We are super excited! We are going to have our headquarters there and will be training new franchisees and interviewing potential franchisees on our Discovery days. We are excited to show partners and potential partners how beautiful and cool downtown Raleigh is. I’m excited to have started here and to be able to be part of the the downtown Raleigh growth.”

They also plan to open a Wine & Design studio, where guests can come and make art. “The event space is beautiful. We have big plans and can not wait to share with the Raleigh community. So stay tuned!” said Mills.

Seaboard Wine Tasting 12/21

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village will host a tasting on 12/21 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring Sunrise Wines. Manny and Elia will be pouring some excellent Italian wines from north to south for holiday parties, dinners, and gift giving!

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!

Hayes Barton Cafe Investigation

We’ve received a lot of questions regarding the new awning on Hayes Barton Cafe recently. Among those that are fit to repost:

The topic has also been brought up on Twitter:

We have an EXCLUSIVE interview from an inside source. “Hey we didn’t change our name, just needed a new awning. Just a term of endearment that we put to good use. Everything else has our original name and always will. Staff/menu/cake etc.”

What a relief. BUT, can this source really be trusted? There’s only one way to find out. We’re going to investigate by eating every single cake to make sure it’s exactly the same as it has always been.


After Brixxit, New Restaurant Coming To Cameron Village

The departure of Brixx Pizza from Cameron Village (commonly known as Brixxit) left many residents wondering what would move into the space. Fortunately, our friends at York shared the following news last week:

“There’s a new breakfast, brunch and lunch joint coming to Cameron Village. The owners of The Daily Fare restaurant just signed a lease for the former Brixx Pizza space at Berkshire Cameron Village. They’ll be serving daily from 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM. YUM.”

Look for The Daily Fare to open in May 2020.

Say Goodbye To Raleighwood

After 26 years in operation, one of Raleigh’s first dine-in theaters has gone dark. Raleighwood recently announced that it would be closing following two straight years of steadily-declining attendance.

The owners identified a trend towards in-home entertainment and the growing popularity of streaming services as the main reasons behind their decision to close. Although Raleighwood’s lease at Falls Village was set to continue through January 2023, the theater’s current financial restraints made the prospect of waiting another three years to close untenable.

The owners noted that in their 26 years of operation they had hosted, “over 10,000 children’s birthday parties, and numerable Monday Night Football and Super Bowl games, Academy Award galas, 400+ corporate meetings and seminars, hundreds of TV series (24, Lost, Survivor, Seinfeld, The Walking Dead, etc.), hundreds of movies, two weddings and even one funeral service.”

“We would like to thank our friends, customers, neighbors and employees (two and three generations in some cases) for their support over these 26 years. Approaching 74 years of age, my wife and I have decided it’s time to find greener pastures and enjoy our five children and nine grandchildren. Thanks again for your support and patronage over the last 26 years!!!”


Publix Permits Issued At Smoky Hollow

Back in June, we reported that work would “soon be underway” on the ground-floor Publix at the Smoky Hollow/Peace & West development in downtown Raleigh. If 6 months counts as “soon,” then we were spot-on.

Permits valued at more than $6.8 million were recently issued for the interior fit-out of the grocery store. Although we don’t have an exact timetable for when work on the Publix itself will be complete, previous estimates have put the opening date to be somewhere in the neighborhood of spring of 2020.

Condo Planned Near Cameron Village

Lock7 Development shared a rendering of their 20-unit condo project coming near Cameron Village. The project is located at 615 Daniels Street.

Note: We originally wrote that this was a rendering of the project planned for the corner of Peace Street and Boylan, which is also being developed by Lock7.

Josefs Pharmacy Plans Expansion

Durham-based pharmacy Josefs Pharmacy has submitted plans to nearly double the size of their Raleigh location on New Bern Avenue. After more than a decade of operating in Durham, Josefs expanded to Raleigh in 2010 with their acquisition of the former First Citizens Bank at 2100 New Bern Avenue. 

The existing 2,350 square-foot building, which still looks like the bank it once was, was built in 1951. Per County records, the proposed expansion, which will add 3,010 square feet to the building, will be the first major renovation to the structure in more than 40 years.

Unfortunately, the site review plans did not include renderings of the new structure. It remains a mystery whether Josefs will maintain the existing bank motif.

The Oakwood 24 Run 12/21

Local runner Jon Frey will run for 24 CONTINUOUS HOURS at the Oakwood 24 this Saturday, December 21st at 3:00 pm. Frey is running to raise over $100,000 for Healing Transitions, a local non-profit. You can make a one-time donation or donate per mile to show your support. For example, $35 provides one day of recovery services for one person. In 2018, Jon and supporters from the fitness group F3 helped raise over $30,000 for the cause.

Members of the community are encouraged to come out and enjoy local food, music, and entertainment while supporting Jon as he runs at Oakwood Cemetery. Visit the Oakwood 24 site for more information about the event or to donate.

Jon entered the long-term recovery program at Healing Transitions in August 2016 and completed the program one year later. He has been in sustained recovery since then. He has completed five 100-mile ultra-marathons and 9 other marathons under 100 miles. Today, Jon dedicates his life to fitness, helping others in their recovery, and giving back to the community.

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Union Station Adds More Trains

Union Station will be home to the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club’s N Scale Model Railroad Display every weekend through the end of December, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This display is family friendly and free to the public.

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