by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Work Begins On The Standard, Oak Heart Vet at Longview Grand Opening

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Construction begins on Hillsborough Street’s The Standard

Grand opening of Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview

Council to hear results of dog park study

Mami Nora’s Rotisserie opens, tragically closes the next day

City seeks tenant for former horse barn in City Market

Planet Fitness coming to Harvest Plaza Shopping Center

Melting Pot at Holly Park set to expand

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The Standard Begins to Rise on Hillsborough Street

Construction on Hillsborough Street’s newest apartment complex, The Standard, is now in full swing.

Although foundation work on The Standard began back in August, the $45 million trio of permits issued to Landmark Construction last week will allow construction to begin on the building shell and parking deck.

It appears that the parking deck will be underground in whole or in part, with ground-floor retail above it and apartments above that.

The permits don’t list the total number of residential units, and pre-construction documents are somewhat conflicting; one states there will be a total of 217 units, another gives a breakdown that totals 232.

The amenities of other Standard locations across the country – and keep in mind, these are all student housing complexes – include everything from heated outdoor spas to infinity pools, rock climbing walls, fitness studios, clubhouses, and tanning beds.

We’re curious to see what the Raleigh location will offer, although we know one thing that will set it apart: the old tractor sign from the now-demolished North Carolina Equipment Company building, saved by our very own intern ITBlake.


Grand Opening of Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview

The Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview is holding their Grand Opening event this Saturday, January 26th.

Join Oak Heart this Saturday from 2-5pm for its pet-friendly Grand Opening, located at 2116-F New Bern Avenue in the Longview Shopping Center next to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

The event will include tours of the new hospital, pet and people caricatures by Bruce Stevenson, a pet adoption event, complimentary drinks from Trophy Brewing Co. and Whiskey Kitchen, a raffle with prizes from BurgerFi, Melitta Coffee, and ThunderWorks®, and appetizers.

After the Grand Opening, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will show a special screening of the movie “Best in Show” with $3 of every $8 ticket sold benefitting the SPCA of Wake County.

More information on the grand opening can be found here:


Council Receives Results of Dog Park Study

Raleigh Dog Park Study

City Council today will receive a report from the Parks, Recreation & Greenway Advisory Board on the results of the 2018 Raleigh Dog Park Study.

The study was a “comprehensive citywide planning effort that will guide the long-term planning, design, delivery, operation, and maintenance of public dog park facilities throughout the City of Raleigh.”

Through the planning process, Northwest Raleigh was deemed the area most in need of a future dog park, although a number of factors will go into determining future locations.

This data-driven approach will look at adoption records, concentrations of dog ownership, and the locations of dog-friendly apartments, among other factors, to help determine where dog parks are most needed.

The study offers up a number of recommendations, such as having a dog park within a 10-minute drive of every resident, encouraging new residential developments to provide on-site dog parks, creating more “pop-up” dog park events, and more dog-friendly events in general.

You can view the full study here.


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Mami Nora’s Opens, Closes Due to Fire

Tragedy struck the new Mami Nora’s Rotisserie Chicken restaurant just one day after it opened for business when a 3:00 a.m. accidental electrical fire caused enough damage that the restaurant is now closed indefinitely.

Work began on Mami’s second location back in October 2017, located in a 9,100 square-foot space at 6711 Glenwood Avenue. The space had previously been home to Hibachi Sushi and Blinco’s sports restaurant.

In a Facebook post, Mami Nora’s said they are diligently working to re-open the Glenwood Avenue location, although they have no timetable at this point.

The original Mami Nora’s remains open at 2401 Wake Forest Road.

After our long awaited and exciting opening we are saddened to announce that Mami’s suffered a fire last night. It is…

Posted by Mami Nora's Rotisserie Chicken on Saturday, January 19, 2019

City Seeks Developer for Former Horse Barn

Horse Barn in downtown Raleigh

The City of Raleigh has issued a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for the lease and redevelopment of the so-called Esso Station at 230 East Martin Street.

According to the RFEI, the 817 square-foot building originally served as a gas station, then a dry cleaner in the 1970s, and most recently as a horse barn for the police department.

Now, the City is hoping to find a “private operator” who will use the property for food/beverage/retail service and help further “activate” Moore Square.

We appreciate that the RFEI doesn’t try to oversell the 817 square-foot, single-story brick building. It will require “significant renovation” and the future developer will have to work around historic preservation requirements.

A few years ago, Justin Miller, friend of the ITB media empire and Zookies Cookies’ dog treat connoisseur and the hands behind #justfurkicks, had sought permission to open a taco restaurant in this space. Miller eventually decided that the costs of renovating a 102-year-old building and a lack of clarity and special capabilities from the city were too much trouble, and scrapped the project.

William Needham Finley IV proposed the following concept, which has yet to receive any investment from local developers.

LaCroix Drive Through Renovated

Planet Fitness Coming to Harvest Plaza

Galleria to become Planet Fitness in Raleigh

Planet Fitness will be opening its newest Raleigh location in York Properties’ Harvest Plaza shopping center on Strickland Road.

The estimated cost for renovating the 20,236 square-foot space is just under $1.4 million. The work will be handled by local developer 919 Commercial.

According to county records, Harvest Plaza was built in 1996 and expanded three years later. This will be Planet Fitness’ fourth location in Raleigh.

Holly Park’s Melting Pot Expands

Melting Pot Raleigh Enterprise Rent A Car

The Melting Pot is about to expand.

In August, we reported on a set of site plans that called for the existing 4,852 square foot Melting Pot at Holly Park to expand into the vacant 1,136 square foot space in the rear of the building.

Last week, permits were issued that will transform what was once an Enterprise Rent-a-Car into what may be an expanded dining area for the fondue-focused restaurant.

It’s a shame the project won’t be finished by Valentine’s Day, which we imagine is a busy night for The Melting Pot, but we imagine the new space might be good to go by Mother’s Day.

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