by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Jazz Club Coming To Village Subway, Apartments Planned At East Village

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Week of August 6, 2018

A jazz club is coming to the Village Subway in Cameron Village

Apartments planned for Bellwood Drive behind Cameron Village

Apartment planned for East Village property

Yacht Club coming to West Johnson Street

Tasting bar now open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Dix Park to add a cafe

Krispy Kreme plans kiosk for Crabtree Valley Mall

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Jazz Club Coming to Village Subway

The Village Subway is on its way back. Smedes York has plans to open a jazz club in Cameron Village’s iconic underground that was once home to music venues, bars, and shops during the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

York, a Broughton graduate, member of the Raleigh Hall of Fame, and Chairman of the Board of York Properties, hopes to bring life back to the space that has been dormant for decades.

This is some of the greatest news we’ve ever reported (first in a 2016 article about the return of The Fresh Market that apparently no one read, then re-reported last week on Twitter).

The N&O covered the story as well, reporting that the club hopes to open towards the end of 2019. We’re thrilled at this development, as it gives us hope that Felson’s could potentially return. (It isn’t returning.)

While we await the arrival of the new establishment, be sure to check out “The Underground: Photographs of Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985” which is currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum (COR).

For an in-depth look at The Village Subway, read Goodnight Raleigh’s coverage from 2008, which includes a list of bands that played there and a wealth of information in the comments section.


Apartments Planned for Bellwood Behind Cameron Village

A new apartment project is being planned on Bellwood Drive, just behind Cameron Village. As journalists, we’ve known about this since 2017, when we got a hot tip from a reader that “the townhouses on Bellwood are falling apart. It’s a long story but the HOA is trying to get all the owners to allow them to negotiate a sale.” We were too busy (lazy) to actually do any journalism on the matter, until now.

The project was presented to the Cameron Park Development Committee last week. A representative from the developer shared the following details:

349 units

Buildings will be 4 stories, with one 6-story building that will be the same height as the 4-story buildings due to the slope of the land. They’ll need a zoning variance for this.

520 parking spaces

Rental rates between $1,500 and $2,500 a month

Roughly 65% of the units will be 1 bedroom (750 square feet to 1,000 square feet)

Residents will have access to ground floor office space, but the project will not have commercial space. They probably realize it’s foolish to compete with Cameron Village in the retail arena. The project will probably take at least 2 years to build, and another year for approvals.

Apartment Planned For East Village Property

Site review plans were filed last week for a 3-story mixed-used apartment building located on the property that’s now home to East Village, College Beverage, Curious Goods, DIGITZ, and Triangle Motorsports.

CA Ventures, a real estate investment holding company based in Chicago, is listed as the Client/Developer/Owner on the project, named 3020 Hillsborough. The property will be developed across a total of nine existing parcels.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot building will house 142 residential units (76 one-bedrooms, 59 four-bedrooms and 7 two-bedrooms) and ground-floor retail. The plans also offer a small preview of some of 3020’s amenities: a pool and adjoining clubhouse, a “cyber lounge,” and 147 parking spaces with a separate bicycle storage area.

So what does this mean for Hillsborough Street icons East Village and College Beverage? We spoke with some nice people at JDavis, but they were not sure what the developer had planned for the existing businesses.

Update: According to some crowdsourced journalism, East Village has stated that a developer is looking at the property but it is not under contract yet. If the project is approved and moves forward, East Village will have the right of first refusal to put the restaurant in the bottom floor of the apartment building.

Raleigh’s First Yacht Club

Raleigh will soon be getting its very own Yacht Club, sort of. Site plans were filed for the renovation of the property at 710 W. Johnson Street that would turn the one-time home of the Office Tavern into The Yacht Club.

The site plans indicate this will be a two-story restaurant/bar, with 1,451 square-feet of space on the first floor, 2,296 square feet on the second floor, and 781 square-feet of outdoor dining space, of which 402 square-feet will be covered.

Based on the name, we’re guessing there will be some sort of nautical theme. We’re hoping they at least have a solid Yacht Rock playlist full of hits from Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, and more.

Tasting Bar Now Open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Just a few weeks after moving to their new location at High Park, Seaboard Wine has now opened their Tasting Bar. Hours for the Tasting Bar are:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We imagine this will be a hit with the surrounding Five Points neighborhoods, who often participate in nightly wine walks. More information on tastings and events can be found on their website,


Cafe on a Hill

Ashton Smith’s number 1 newsletter in North Carolina (Raleigh, over-easy) recently called our attention to a new Dix Park development, Dix Café.

They are now serving food from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and offer “Handcrafted Sandwiches, Fresh Salads, All-beef burgers, Smoothies & more” at a location on the grounds of Dix Park. The café is run by Services for the Blind, a division of DHHS, as part of their blind entrepreneur program, NC Business Enterprises.

It’s worth noting that there was at one time, an eatery named “Dix Grill” on Cafeteria Drive in one of the old Dix Hospital buildings, but it appears that space is used now for meetings of the Dorothea Dix Master Advisory Committee.

We’ll keep an eye on this as more details emerge.

Krispy Kreme Bringing Doughnut Kiosk To Crabtree

You know when you go to the mall and see those kiosks selling things like emoji-shaped pillows, cell phone accessories that will break within six months of purchasing, and random stuff that you’d never actually buy? Well, for some reason, Krispy Kreme decided to put one of those at Crabtree.

Permits were issued last week for a “Krispy Kreme Kiosk” for Crabtree Valley Mall. First, did no one at Krispy Kreme stop and think about that acronym? Maybe go with “doughnut stand” or any other word that doesn’t start with the letter K.

The stand will be installed on the first floor of the mall by Gleeco, Inc. for $8,282. The 123 square-foot doughnut stand is described as “pre-manufactured” — which may explain why the permit cost was so low.

We have no idea what this will look like, but Reddit user TheLegendofMikeC shared this UK “micro-store” last year.

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  1. Yacht Club – I wonder if it’s named after the Swannsborough Yacht Club in Swansboro, NC, which is basically a really fun-ky dive bar with good seafood and awesome sunset view over Bogue Sound.

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