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Development Beat: Sneak Peek at Jolie Plans, Downtown Chick-fil-A To Close

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Plans unveiled for Scott Crawford’s Jolie

Chick-fil-A on Fayetteville set to close

Preparing for Trophy expansion

Seaboard Wine at High Park grand opening this weekend

Kane seeks input on “Clancy” development

DOT to take over Raleigh’s Fire Station 22

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Sneak Peek at Jolie Plans

Plans have been filed for Jolie, Scott Crawford’s newest restaurant. The five-time James Beard Award semi-finalist announced the venture over the summer.

Crawford recently filed a set of site review plans for Jolie that offered a glimpse of what the new restaurant will look like.

One of the most visible changes will be the addition of a new rooftop terrace seating area. The existing exterior is also set for a significant upgrade, including new doors, windows, lights, and paint schemes. Renderings of the interior paint a picture of a sleek, intimate space that makes the most of its 1,880 square feet of space.

Offering classic French dishes including rabbit cassoulet, souffles, steak frites, scrambled duck eggs, and more, Jolie is named after Crawford’s daughter and set to open next door to his existing restaurant, Crawford & Son.


Downtown Chick-fil-A To Close

After nearly a quarter-century in operation, downtown Raleigh’s only Chick-fil-A is set to close its doors for good. The restaurant will close on November 16th.

For a brief second last week, some residents feared the news was related to the hallowed Cameron Village Chick-fil-A location.

A News & Observer report indicated that the closure was wholly the decision of the franchisee, and had nothing to do with the building’s new owners, Capital Realty Group.

Despite its prime location, we imagine this particular Chick-fil-A generated less revenue than average, due to its limited hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. The location experimented with remaining open until 7 p.m. during the summer but reverted back to a 5 p.m. closing in September.

We aren’t sure what’s going to replace the Chick-fil-A, but based on this photo we’re speculating it could possibly be the location of Bird’s Raleigh HQ.


Preparing For Trophy Expansion

After spending days on a pizza and beer fueled stakeout, we’ve determined that work has begun on clearing out the convenience store at 825 W Morgan Street.

The space, along with the old West Morgan Street Laundromat, will eventually become part of Trophy, which has plans to expand their current location next door.

Seaboard Wine at High Park Grand Opening

Our friends at Seaboard Wine will be holding their Grand Opening in HighPark Village this Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

They’ll be offering free wine tasting from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, snacks from Ladyfingers and Taste, door prizes, and a wine sale. The first 50 customers will receive free Seaboard Wine totes.


Kane Seeks Feedback on New Development

Kane Realty is seeking feedback on their newest downtown project, which is currently known as the “Clancy Site.”

Although some had initially assumed the project was named in honor of the late, great novelist Tom Clancy – imagine a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring John Krasinski! – the name comes from the fact that the property has been the longtime home of construction firm Clancy & Theys.

Just last month, we reported on a rezoning case filed by Kane Realty that would allow the firm to redevelop a 6-acre parcel of land at 516 West Cabarrus Street.  Located between Dupont Circle and S. West Street, the project would be a mixed-use complex.

Kane Realty is seeking feedback so they can “better understand your vision for the area to help make this project the best that it can be. ” The brief survey asks things like how you “experience” the area, (resident, business owner, etc.) what you’d like to see the project achieve, what opportunities for improvement should not be missed, and how Kane can ensure the project “complements and enhances the character of the surrounding neighborhood.”


Road Improvements Force Fire Station 22 to Find New Home

A proposed bridge on Durant Road over the CSX S-line railroad tracks is already making its impact felt, as its construction will force the City’s Fire Station No. 22 to relocate about a mile down the road.

As part of the right-of-way land acquisition phase of the bridge project, the NCDOT is set to purchase the 1.95 acre parcel at 9350 Durant Road for about $1.4 million.

Council today is expected to authorize that sale, which will trigger the temporary relocation of Fire Station 22 to a facility at the EM Johnson Water Treatment Plant.

As the Durant Road property was originally donated to the City with the express purpose that it be used for a fire station, $100,000 of the proceeds from the DOT sale will go to the company that donated the land in 1997.

Permanent relocation plans for the new fire station have been in the works for more than a year. The $9 million project will see a new two-story fire station with a one-story apparatus area and three drive-through bays built at 10050 Durant Road on the Abbotts Creek Park parcel.

According to City staffers, “There will be no disruption in fire protection and hazardous materials response in the northeast sector of the City as a result” of the relocation.

For a full history on the station and the plans to relocate, you can, as always, check out Mike Legeros’ excellent write-up here.

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