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Development Beat: Moore Square Reopening, Demolition On Hillsborough

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Moore Square grand reopening

Demolition on Hillsborough Street

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/3

Rush Bowls coming to Sir Walter

Mural on Morgan Street

XL Soccer World Expansion

New apartments on Sussex

Amazon hub renovation

Dog of the Week – Raleigh Little Theatre is hosting a dog costume contest and letting ITBlake serve as a judge for the second consecutive year. The contest will be held this Thursday before the showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as part of their Movies in the Garden series.

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Moore Square Grand Reopening

A grand reopening will be held for the new and improved Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh this weekend. The official ribbon cutting will be held on August 2nd, followed by a grand opening celebration on August 3rd.

Plans to renovate the park began in 2009, although construction did not begin until nearly a decade later. We aren’t sure what took so long. A City of Raleigh representative told The N&O that the project was affected by rain, stating “2018 was the wettest year on record in the history of Raleigh.” So there’s that.

Now that it’s finally opening, residents can enjoy a downtown farmers market, a water feature, play areas, special events, concerts, and a restaurant space. Square Burger, the latest project from Greg Hatem’s Empire Eats, will be operating out of the restaurant space on the property.

Hopefully, the renovation included some Instagram-able attractions on the level of the Dix Park sunflowers. We’re looking forward to finding out.



Demolition On Hillsborough Street

Photo captured by Brian James Patrick Oschwald

Demolition continues on Hillsborough Street. A trio of demolition permits were issued for the teardown of three buildings at 11 South Boylan and 615 and 701 Hillsborough Street.

Those buildings were most recently home to the offices of Stop Hunger Now, Audio Exchange, and Dram & Draught, which has relocated to One Glenwood. The structures are being removed to make way for the next phase of the Block 83 development (formerly known as Two Hillsborough).

A 10-story, 275,000 square-foot office building and two separate one-story retail buildings will be built on the property.

The project is being developed by the same team behind One Glenwood.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/3

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (8/3) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Jeremy Reiter with Empire Distributing will be pouring a lineup of 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!


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Rush Bowls Coming To Sir Walter

Rush Bowls will be making its way to the ground floor of the Sir Walter apartment building at 400 Fayetteville Street.

The eatery recently held a grand opening celebration for its Hillsborough Street location. According to @EatRaleigh, Rush Bowls plans to open on the ground floor of the Sir Walter once renovations are completed. Hopefully, they’ll have better hours than the Chick-fil-A that once occupied that space.

Renovations on the building are being handled by Weaver-Cooke Construction, which looks to have received its first set of permits for the job back in November of 2018.



Mural On Morgan Street

In celebration of the upcoming 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup hosted by the NC Courage, a new mural has popped up on Morgan Street Food Hall. Artist Taylor White recently completed the mural depicting four soccer superstars – Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Amanda Sampedro (Atletico Madrid), and Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

The Courage are the reigning champions of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as winners of the 2018 Women’s International Champions Cup. You can purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC, held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

XL Soccer World Expansion

XL Soccer World on Hillsborough Street is about to get a whole lot larger. 

Recently filed site plans call for a 5,800 square-foot addition to the main facility, as well as a new 28,000 square-foot practice field, to be added to the XL Soccer World Complex at 5600 Hillsborough Street.

XL Soccer World is a 32,000 square foot facility offering “youth leagues and programs for ages 2 through adult.” The facility includes two full-size professional indoor fields and one “mini-field.”

Whether this expansion has anything to do with the potential new soccer stadium in downtown Raleigh remains to be seen, but it’s of little doubt that interest in fútbol has never been higher in the City of Oaks.



New Apartments On Sussex

A new apartment complex is planned for N. Rogers Lane in West Raleigh. Site plans were recently filed for The Sussex Apartments, a seven-building, 216-unit multifamily development.

The drawings paint the picture of your standard midscale apartment complex, complete with a clubhouse, a fitness area, and a business center. The 216 units will be broken up into 30 one-bedroom units, 118 two-bedrooms, and 68 three-bedrooms. All will stand four stories tall.

Amazon Hub Renovation

Raleigh’s Amazon Prime Now Hub will soon be subject to a half-million dollar renovation. The hub, which bills itself as “the procrastinator’s delight” allows Amazon Prime subscribers to place orders and have products delivered within hours.

The 221,886 square foot “office/warehouse” property is located on 3200 Bush Street. Amazon only occupies about 30,000 square feet, while Wake Tech takes up 81,090.

Dog of the Week

Raleigh Little Theatre is hosting a dog costume contest and letting ITBlake serve as a judge for the second consecutive year. The contest will be held this Thursday before the showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as part of their Movies in the Garden series.

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