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Approved: Up to 40-story development in Warehouse District

New cocktail program and event space at BREW in Gateway Plaza

Seaboard Wine upcoming events and tasting this Saturday (2/8)

Beer and Pizza restaurants planned for 3800 Glenwood

A Capital Rezoning

Fitness to replace fitness in SOJO

The Merchant NC bar coming to South Salisbury St.

NC State Greek Village Part IV

Other news

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Approved: Up To 40-story Development In Warehouse District

City Council has approved a rezoning that allows for up to 40 stories to be built on a site in the Warehouse District. The area is currently home to CAM, HQ Raleigh, and a few other offices. The 1.88 acres are located in the block bounded by Davie Street, Harrington Street, Martin Street, and West Street.

Buildings on the lot include 406 W Davie St, 310 and 324 S Harrington Street, which were part of the Raleigh Cotton Oil & Furniture Co in the days of yore. The factory campus, constructed in the late 1800s, was one of the largest factories in Raleigh and operated until 1920. 

City Staff noted that the project will demolish several historic resources on the existing site, which is located within the Depot National Register Historic District. This district contains “the city’s only significant collection of buildings related to the heyday of railroad transportation and shipping in Raleigh”.

The Planning Commission and the local Citizens Advisory Council both voted unanimously in favor of the case. The CAC vote was “contingent on affordable housing being offered as a zoning condition.” Developers offered conditions that would include affordable housing and keeping the historic facades and building materials.

New Cocktail Program And Event Space At BREW In Gateway Plaza

We can confirm that BREW has opened a large event space and added a full cocktail bar to their location in Gateway Plaza at 2409 Crabtree Blvd. In an exclusive interview (a press release we received via e-mail), co-owner Cindy Sholar shared details.

“As we looked around our community, we realized that we could bring what we loved so much about the mornings – gathering together for a cup of coffee – and extend it into the evening with a full bar. Once we had the vision down, leasing enough space to be able to host people day and night was just the next logical step.”

The Community Room is a 2,000 sq ft space located directly adjacent to the main BREW space. It features a full coffee bar and has the capability to add a full cocktail bar. The space can accommodate up to 150 people and is available to rent in three-hour blocks throughout the week. Check out their website for more details.

BREW has also extended their hours, added a full selection of signature cocktails, beer, and wine, and added a much larger selection of food. 

BREW Coffee bar has been a local staple in the coffee scene for the last five years. They have 2 other locations in the area: 2310 Bale St (across from Mami Nora’s on Wake Forest Rd) and 122 E. Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511 (located inside the Cary Theater).

Seaboard Wine Events and Tastings

Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village is kicking off a weekly “Flight Night” wine tasting every Thursday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm with a special guest and theme. Get an early start on Valentine’s Day on Thursday (2/13) with Doreen Colondres from Vitishouse Wine School. Doreen will be hand slicing Fermin Iberico jamon from Spain, the finest ham in the world, while the staff of Seaboard will be pouring a flight of three fine French Champagnes.

The Flight Night is an informal format but the event does end at 7:00 pm. Make your reservations here.

Their weekly Saturday tastings will continue this weekend (02/08/20) from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Bradley Beavers with Winebow will be pouring a selection of wines from around the world including South Africa, Serbia, New Zealand, Spain and Washington State.

Seaboard Wine’s next Winter Wine Class will be held February 28th from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. Each class is $39. You can make a reservation here.

Beer and Pizza Restaurants Planned For 3800 Glenwood

Two new restaurants are planned for the 3800 Glenwood building. An insider sent us a letter from Grubb Ventures, the developer of 3800 Glenwood, that states: “We are excited to announce two new food and beverage options that will likely open near the end of the year. The Pizza Press Restaurant and The Glenwood Taproom have both decided to locate in the 3800 building.” 

An extensive Google search returned nothing on The Glenwood Taproom. However, Google informed us that The Pizza Press Restaurant has locations nationwide, including one in Chapel Hill. Their website also lists Raleigh, NC on their “Coming Soon!” section.

Exhibit A: Discovered by ITB Insider

We recently reported that 3800 Glenwood hoped to open in May of 2020. The five-story building, designed by architectural firm Duda Paine, will include 114,000 square feet of Class A office space, as well as restaurant space on the ground floor. 

A Capital Rezoning

City Council has approved a rezoning case for the old Capital Plaza hotel. The hotel at 2815 Capital Boulevard has sat vacant since 2005. Hardly any news of its redevelopment was available until last year when this rezoning case surfaced. Nothing has been done at the 8-acre site since it was auctioned off in 2011 to the development firm CB Hotel.

The property will remain CX-5 (conditional use with a maximum height of five stories), but the approval by City Council removed restrictions preventing residential development not classified as “congregant care.”

While County records indicate the property is still in the hands of CB Hotel, the rezoning application was filed by Alliance Residential, one of the nation’s largest private multi-family developers. We’ve heard that Alliance may be in the process of purchasing the property from CB, but have not been able to confirm this. 

According to a report prepared by City Staffers, the request was determined to be inconsistent with the Future Land Use Map but consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The Atlantic CAC voted 20-2 to recommend approval of the request on the condition that a pedestrian-friendly connection is provided from Capital Blvd to the rear of the Site.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project, but also recommended that Council “consider the impacts of reducing the block perimeter standard on the street network in the area.” 

So what does that all mean? We’re guessing an apartment development.

24 Hour Fitness Could Replace Life Time Fitness On Six Forks

We have it on good authority that the Life Time Fitness at the SOJO (Midtown Corner) shopping center on 601 East Six Forks Road will be replaced with a 24 Hour Fitness.

Further bolstering this claim is a flyer for Midtown Corner from Foundry Commercial that lists a 44,000+ square-foot “Fitness” space as “Coming Soon.” We also uncovered a new fitness facility on renderings of Midtown Corner. The logo in said rendering bears a very strong resemblance to the 24 Hour Fitness logo. 

As best we can tell, the Life Time closed down in late 2019. If the 24 Hour Fitness rumor pans out, this would mark the chain’s first entry into North Carolina.


The Merchant NC Coming To Salisbury Street

Through reading Ashton Smith’s Raleigh, over-easy newsletter, we have discovered that The Merchant NC is coming to 126 S. Salisbury Street. It appears that Local Icon Hospitality is behind this new bar and restaurant. They’re the same group that has had success with The Architect, Linus & Peppers, Virgil’s Taco, The Green Light, and Little City Brewing.

According to their website, The Merchant NC “pays homage to a forgotten piece of Raleigh history.” We have also learned that “a vintage, secret door provides an escape to a cocktail experience nestled in classic atmosphere with modern flair. The Merchant will offer guests a carefully selected lineup of classic and adventurous cocktail options along with a chef-driven bar bites menu”. Exciting!

NC State Greek Village Phase IV

We did not photoshop this. This is an actual image from Phase 4.

NC State University is looking to hire a Commissioning team that will oversee both the design and construction phases of its long-planned Greek Village project. The project will transform the old Greek Court into the new Greek Village.

The fourth phase – there are a total of five planned – will include the construction of “three multi-residential buildings comprised of townhouses and apartments” totaling about 83,000 sq ft in size, along with seven additional house lots for individual organizations. 

The Greek organizations receiving new housing lots in Phase IV include: Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Sigma, Pi Beta Phi, and Pi Kappa Phi.

The total project budget for Phase IV is a whopping $36 million. The buildings will be constructed on a site just south of Western Boulevard and east of Varsity Drive on NC State’s South Campus. They are expected to open in time for the 2023 school year.

Other News

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