by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Luxury Student Housing Planned for NC State Tailgating Lots

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Week of April 23, 2018

Luxury student housing planned for NC State tailgating lots

Crunch Fitness coming to Cameron Village

Oberlin Rising dedication

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park and fundraiser event

Casa Providencia Opens, Heart’s Cry Hiring Development Director

Nest Fine Gifts & Interiors Coming to Cameron Village


Luxury Student Housing Coming to NC State’s Trinity and TX Lots

North Carolina State University announced last week that the Trinity and TX parking lots on Trinity Road are under contract for sale. The two lots, renowned for their popular tailgating festivities, will not be available for the 2018 football season, which is only 130 days away. The lots held a combined total of about 1,500 cars.

A preliminary site plan was filed on January 16, 2018 for Station At Raleigh, a 3-story apartment complex of 174 units (12 one bedroom, 4 three bedroom, and 158 four bedroom) located in 21 buildings, and accompanied by 729 parking spots. The contact information on the plans shows that the applicant works for Landmark Properties, a Georgia real estate firm whose website notes they are the “nation’s top developer of student housing….2 years running.”

While looking through the preliminary plans, we noticed that the name Station At Alafaya, located in Seminole County, Florida, was referenced in the exterior elevations section. It’s not uncommon for developers to reuse plans from previous projects, so we looked into The Station At Alafaya. Their website states the apartment complex is “an exclusive society for Alafaya’s trendiest inhabitants. You aren’t a resident, but rather a member of the most elite community in Alafaya.” Their long list of amenities includes a gaming lounge, golf simulator, resort-style pool, outdoor terrace, fitness facility, meeting rooms, a clubhouse, and… printing!

If the Station At Raleigh is based on the plans for the Station At Alafaya, expect similar amenities. An Instagram video from The Station At Alafaya shows that the apartment complex is basically a resort.

So, pending the deal closing within the next few months, this is what’s replacing decades of NC State tailgating. We’re sure NC State fans who have graduated will not be pleased at this news, while prospective students are salivating over living in luxury just a few football fields away from NC State’s Carter-Finley stadium. We’ll keep you updated on the progress.


Crunch Fitness Coming to Cameron Village

The former home of Kerr Drug, Eckerd, and Rite-Aid in Cameron Village will soon be occupied by Crunch Fitness, a gym that emphasizes a “No Judgements” mantra. The company has been around for nearly 30 years and has over 225 locations. Our friends at New City Design are involved in the project, so we’re sure the free weights and elliptical machines will be perfectly level. Putting this gym right next to Chick-fil-A and around the corner from Rise is a pretty genius move.


Oberlin Rising Dedication

The dedication ceremony for the Oberlin Rising sculpture and park was held over the weekend. Smedes York, Thomas Sayre, Howard Craft, Reverend Barry Young, Mable Patterson and Art Ross presented opening comments at the ceremony. The project is a monument to the community on Oberlin that was started in 1870s by freed slaves following the Civil War.

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park And A Fundraiser

You may recall our exclusive story on Seaboard Wine’s plans to move from Seaboard Station to High Park earlier this month. Last week, Seaboard Wine shared some progress updates on their new space.

We offered to send ITBlake the Builder over to help. Then we remembered he’s not allowed near heavy machinery, or any construction equipment at all, after “the incident.” We do not expect this to cause any delays.

Seaboard Wine will be throwing their last fundraiser event ever in the Seaboard location this Wednesday, April 25th. Sample wines from around the world with light hors d’oeuvres, plus enter the raffle to win a bottle of your favorite wine poured at this fundraiser for MS. 50% of the ticket price and 20% of the wine sales will be donated to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 919-831-0850 for reservations. Donations can be made here


Casa Providencia Opens, Heart’s Cry Looking for Development Director

While this development won’t shut down any roads or prevent you from making it to brunch, we think it’s still worth covering. Last year, we wrote about Misty and Matt Hedspeth, the Raleigh couple that moved to Panama to save orphans. Congratulations are in order for the Hedspeths and their team at Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry, who have been working for years to open Panama’s first, and only, special-needs orphanage. Casa Providencia, a special-needs home and therapy center, opened in March and is now caring for their first group of children.

Now that Casa Providencia is open, Heart’s Cry is hiring a Development Director. This person will find and meet with new potential supporters, create and implement a growth strategy plan, and coordinate between the Board of Directors and staff. Here’s more information on the position. We’ll have a more in-depth article on this next week. Donations to Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry can be made here.

Nesting at Cameron Village

Home furnishings boutique Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors is coming to Cameron Village. They’ll be moving into the space that is currently home to Ann Taylor.

First opened in Wilmington, North Carolina, the store describes itself as a “premier provider of interior design and decorating services” that offers furniture, accessories, and gifts. T.L. Stewart Builders out of Sanford will be handling the $200,000+ renovation of the 4,212 square foot space.


Apex Outfitter moving into DECO’s old space
The upscale “action sports retailer” Apex Outfitter will be moving into DECO’s old space at 19 W. Hargett Street, following DECO’s move around the corner in fall of 2018.

South Moon Under opens at North Hills
South Moon Under, a “leading fashion e-commerce and brick and mortar retailer, offering women’s and men’s clothing, swimwear, accessories and gifts,” celebrated its grand opening this weekend at North Hills in a space next to Ruth’s Chris.

Cold Off the Press opens on South Street
A new smoothie and juice bar that previously operated out of a space at 219 Fayetteville Street has opened on South Street.

Nancy’s Pizza opens in North Raleigh
A deep dish pizza restaurant whose Raleigh debut we first reported on in September 2017, opened its doors this past month. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to 1971, when “Italian immigrants, Nancy and Rocco Palese, opened their first pizza parlor, Guy’s Pizza, in Chicago.” Guy’s eventually began serving “stuffed pizza,” a variation on a recipe for an Easter specialty cake known as scarciedda. Stuffed pizza is unlike most “deep-dish” variations found outside of Chicago in that the sauce is served on top of a layer of cheese and toppings, all of which rest on two layers of crust. It is, essentially, a pizza pie.

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