by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Vita Vite Opens Second Location

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Week of September 10, 2018

Vita Vite Opens North Hills Location

Council Approves Olde Towne Rezoning

Triangle Glides Moving Out of City Market

Peace of Pizza Art

More Apartments Planned for Hillsborough

Update on Dix Park Master Plan

Apartment complex planned off NC-54

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Vita Vite Opens North Hills Location

Vita Vite has opened its second location. The popular wine bar and art gallery, which began with a downtown location nearly three years ago, opened a new location in the North Hills Park Central district over the weekend. @WNFIV got a tour of the space last month and obtained these exclusive images.

The new location offers a wine bar complemented by craft beers, and small plates. The 6,000 square foot space has a mezzanine level with outdoor seating and bars on both levels.

They’ll also display a collection of southern art along with goods from local artisans and vendors.


A Grande Olde Rezoning

A 600-acre parcel of land in Southeast Raleigh was rezoned by the City Council last week. In February, PNC Bank announced plans to rezone and redevelop the land near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and New Hope Road into single-family housing, restaurants, retail, and a grocery store.

The site was originally set to be developed by Greystone Development as a golf-course community known as Olde Towne. Greystone had begun clearing the land but abandoned the project. The property had a land-use restriction that required any future development be accompanied by a golf course.

City Council approved rezoning case Z-7-18, which removed the golf course condition, reduced the number of homes that would be built, and set requirements for a 25-acre park and greenway space. PNC will now begin looking for a company to develop the land.


Gliding Out of City Market

Photo: Triangle Glides

Triangle Glides, the tour company known for its “electric Trikke” tours, has moved from their home in City Market. Thanks to Ashton Smith’s #1 rated e-mail newsletter Raleigh, over-easy., for bringing this to our attention.

Triangle Glides will be located in a space adjacent to the new Union Station, which is managed by our good friends at York Properties. (John Koonce ( — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace ( — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing.)

Not a bad idea to have something like this right next to a train station, and judging by the company’s online booking calendar, this relocation has hardly impacted their business.

A Peace of Pizza Art

Photo: @TriangleExplorer

Triangle Explorer discovered the greatest art installation ever last week. The City of Raleigh unveiled “Pizza Time” at the corner of Peace Street and Salisbury Street. After some investigative reporting we learned that this was the creation of Broughton faculty member Graymon Ward.

“Pizza Time” is part of the first Raleigh ArtBeats, a series of 16 semi-permanent sidewalk paintings. The City of Raleigh Transportation Department, the Office of Raleigh Arts, Artspace, and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance are behind the project. They’ll debut a new public art installation each month until August 2019.

We’re thrilled to see that the City is focusing on pizza art instead of another Light + Time tower, which has yet to produce a single rainbow. We even made this rendering of a full pizza at the Hillsborough Street roundabout in case the artists need any ideas.

More Hillsborough Street Apartments

More apartments are planned for Hillsborough Street. Shockingly, they aren’t located on what we’re now calling “Luxury Student Apartment Row” (the area between The Velvet Cloak Inn (RIP) and the last new roundabout on Hillsborough Street).

Known only as “5700 Hillsborough Street” the new complex will be made up of two, three-story residential buildings comprising 176 total units, as well as a variety of parking options.

Given the unit breakdown — 20 one-bedrooms, 53 two-bedrooms, 27 three-bedrooms, and 76 four-bedroom+ units — we imagine this is going to be student housing.

5700 Hillsborough is being developed by CA Ventures — the same firm working on an apartment complex a few miles down the road at the site of East Village.

It’s All Part of the Dix Park Master Plan

City staffers last week presented Council with a update on the status of the Dix Park Master Plan. Here are the highlights:

  • The Dreamville Festival was going to be held this weekend, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
  • The Department of Health & Human Services will begin transferring ownership of several buildings over the coming months, including All Faiths Chapel, 3 stone houses, the House of Many Porches (which sounds like something out of Harry Potter), Benner House, and Richardson Circle
  • While the City will make basic safety and security improvements, the Dix Park Conservancy will likely handle any more significant renovations
  • The park has had more than 3 million impressions on social media
  • 15,000 visitors attended SunFest – oddly they did not mention @WNFIV’s highlight video about Club Sunflowerz
  • The master plan phase is expected to wrap up at the end of March 2019
  • All the necessary DNA samples have been acquired from Dr. Wu. They arrived in a mysterious package addressed to a “Gonner Baylord” with no return address.

District 54

A new apartment complex is being planned off NC-54 near I-40. Known as the District at 54, the 245-unit development will include four five-story residential buildings and a 200+ space parking deck on a six-acre lot, according to site review plans filed with the City. There will be 129 one-bedroom units and 116 two-bedrooms.

District at 54 is being developed by the Kaplan Companies, a large real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. This would be the company’s first foray into the Raleigh market, although they do have an office here.

We don’t know much else about the complex at this point, although if we had to wager, we’d say construction will start some time in the Spring of 2019.

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