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Development Beat: Seaboard Station Block B, Cary Still Doesn’t Have An IKEA

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Details on Seaboard Station redevelopment

Designing Dix Park Gateway Plaza and Play

Seaboard Wine tasting and events

Hot yoga and circuit training coming to Gateway Plaza

Cary is getting a sports complex but still doesn’t have an IKEA

321 Coffee is close to getting a storefront

Museum of History Masquerade Gala Feb. 22nd

Vote for Brewgaloo to win Best Beer Festival

Raleigh is number 2

Outdoor hockey coming in 2021

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Details On Seaboard Station’s Block B

REMINDER: Logan’s Garden Shop isn’t going anywhere. Their property is separate from the planned Seaboard Station redevelopment.

Details have emerged on plans for the future of Seaboard Station, thanks to an exclusive administrative site review plan from Hoffman & Associates. Titled for now as Block B, this portion of Seaboard Station will include 449,554 square feet of mixed-use development (retail, restaurant, and residential use).

Block A and Block B highlighted in yellow

Block B will be housed in a 7-story building located at 18 Seaboard Avenue. It will include residential parking and 299 high-end apartment units (231 one-bedrooms, 65 two-bedrooms and 3 three-bedrooms). The existing 19,000 square-foot building that was home to the 18 Seaboard restaurant will be torn down. 

A presentation from Hoffman & Associates at a December Appearance Commission meeting describes the overall development: “The site includes 2 building towers on a below-grade parking garage with a shared amenity space between. Restaurants are proposed for the first floor of both buildings.”

According to plans included with the presentation, the hotel will feature a rooftop restaurant, and the streets will be lined with several amenities, including a fountain, wooden decking with flowering trees, “vine pocketing” on the building facades, and more. 

Construction on Block A, which includes more apartments, restaurant, retail, and hotel, and Block B is scheduled to begin later this year.

Designing Dix Park Gateway Plaza and Play

City Council authorized contract negotiations with a top-ranked design team for work on the new Dix Park Gateway Plaza and Play. This area will eventually serve as the principle entrance to Dix Park.

Totaling 12.5 acres, the Gateway will feature a 4-5 acre plaza and play area. The main goal for the Gateway is to create a “destination and an invitation to enter and explore other parts of the park.” The project may also involve the renovation of two historic homes to provide support services for the area.

According to a staff memo, nine proposals for designing Gateway Plaza and Play were received. Following a review, four firms were shortlisted for the job. Of those, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. scored the highest.

City Council voted to authorize negotiations with Valkenburgh, who also did the Master Plan for Dix Park. Once negotiations are complete, City Council will need to authorize the final contract. In 100% related news, the Jurassic Park jeep was recently spotted in Raleigh.

Seaboard Wine Tastings and Events

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village will host a free tasting Saturday 02/22 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Eddie Pellino with Haw River Wine Man will be pouring new arrivals and new vintages from Italy and Spain, including:

Garciarevalo Finca Tresolmos Verdejo; Rueda, Spain
Parpinello Ala Blanca Vermentino; Sardegna, Italy
Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Tuscany, Italy
Bidoli Merlot; Friuli, Italy
Morisfarms Mandriolo Rosso; Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
D. Ventura Pena do Lobo; Ribeira Sacra, Spain

We’d also like to remind everyone that Seaboard Wine has an ever changing selection of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines at the bar. Stop by Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Arrichion Hot Yoga + Circuit Training Coming to Gateway Plaza

Arrichion Hot Yoga and Circuit Training will soon open its second Raleigh location in a space at the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, not to be confused with the Dix Park Gateway Plaza and Play.

The fitness chain derives its name from an ancient Greek Olympian named Arrichion, a champion of “pankration,” a sport that bears a strong resemblance to modern-day MMA. 

Although he died in the ring, legend (Wikipedia) has it that Arrichion was “never defeated at Olympia,” as his fatal fight was described thusly:

“For when he was contending for the wild olive with the last remaining competitor, whoever he was, the latter got a grip first, and held Arrhachion, hugging him with his legs, and at the same time he squeezed his neck with his hands. Arrhachion dislocated his opponent’s toe, but expired owing to suffocation; but he who suffocated Arrhachion was forced to give in at the same time because of the pain in his toe. The Eleans crowned and proclaimed victor the corpse of Arrhichion.”

Hopefully the sessions at Arrichion are a little less intense. Callahan Construction is fitting out a vacant, 2,258 square-foot space at 2409 Crabtree Boulevard to accommodate Arrichion. 


Cary Still Doesn’t Have An Ikea

The Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to spend up to $2.36 million per year for 25 years to fund the construction of a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex in Cary. Raleigh City Council agreed to a joint funding proposal earlier this week.

The facility would focus on drawing “highly competitive tournaments and activities” that would attract regional and national participants and drive overnight visitation to Wake County. The Town of Cary would build, operate, and manage the complex with additional financing coming from “limited obligation bonds and corporate partners” (don’t count on IKEA to chip in).

Plans for the complex include:
25,000 square feet of multi-purpose space
12 full-sized basketball courts (could convert to 20 full-sized volleyball courts)
Arena seating for 4,000
Esports amenities
Full-service restaurant
Elevated walkway
Childcare space
Weight room, workout space, and walking track

“The hospitality tax would provide about $35 million of the project’s estimated $193 million cost,” said Wake County Commissioner Susan Evans. “This would be money well spent, because we don’t have anything like this facility in the county now, and I’m very excited about the new opportunities it would provide. The location is ideal.”

Some could argue that the location, Cary, is not ideal.

Progress On 321 Coffee

321 Coffee recently shared the news that they are $50,000 away from their fundraising goal to open a storefront location. The nonprofit coffee shop is staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and operates in partnership with students from NC State. Donations will help create a self-sustaining storefront that will provide meaningful work experiences to individuals with IDD year after year.

Last year, we reported that 321 Coffee had opened a retail location at the State Farmers Market. They have already done some amazing work and are ready to expand. According to their website, 321 Coffee operates over twenty hours a week and employs twenty-one individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

You can follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook at @321coffeesocial. Donations can be made here.

Museum of History Masquerade Gala Feb. 22nd

The Museum of History Young Associates are holding a Masquerade Gala on February 22nd from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am. The black tie (mask optional) event will feature silent auction tables, tarot card readers, and live music from Diverse Groove. Tickets are on sale now.

Other News

Vote For Brewgaloo To Win Best Beer Festival In America

Shop Local Raleigh’s Brewgaloo is once again in the running for Best Beer Festival in America. Brewgaloo is currently ranked third in the voting, which is being done by USA Today. You can vote once per day for the next 25 days.

Brewgaloo 2020 will be held April 24-25th in downtown Raleigh. The festival features over 110 craft breweries from around NC, as well as local food trucks, vendors, and bands.

Raleigh Is the 2nd Best Capital To Live In, According To Site That Ends Headlines With A Preposition

A report from WalletHub has determined that Raleigh is the 2nd best Capital in which to live.

Outdoor Hockey Is Coming to Carter-Finley

The North Carolina Hurricanes recently announced that the NHL Stadium Series will be played at Carter-Finley in 2021.

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