The Development Beat

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We take a look at two new restaurant projects and a new office for the general contractor behind the transformation of the old Lighting Inc. building at 500 West Peace.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Development Beat: Raleigh Renters Pay Average of $1.07/Square Foot
We take a look at the average cost per square foot for an apartment in Raleigh and how it stacks up against some of the nation’s most populaous metropolises.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Development Beat: Major Work Wednesday
The historic Boylan Apartments filed a “major work” application with Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission, but the project seems relatively minor in our eyes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
We take a quick look at all the demolition permits issued over the last week. Spoiler alert: none of the projects were very interesting!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Development Beat: The Cell Tower Compound
Verizon is building a new cell tower in West Raleigh, so we take a quick look at the process involved in building a new cell tower.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We take a quick look at some recently issued renovation projects from around the city, including work at both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works at Triangle Town Center, a new office space for Personify on South Dawson, new washer/dryers at the Hawthorne at Six Forks apartments and more!

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Development Beat: 5401 North
Today we take a look at the new mixed-use development 5401 North, which will soon be adding an apartment complex to the property.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
We take a brief look at the history of a soon-to-demolished home first built in the South Park neighborhood in Southeast Raleigh way back in 1930.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Development Beat: St. Mary’s Monday
Permits have been issued for a new service building for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Northwest Raleigh that will contain classrooms and a gymnasium.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
A new salad-themed chain restaurant is coming soon to Cameron Village, but in better news, the nonprofit Carroll’s Kitchen received permits to renovate the former home of the Square Rabbit on East Martin Street.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Development Beat: A Mystery Solved
ThinkGeek, a retailer specializing in geek-themed “apparel, home and office décor, electronics and gadgets, outdoor and survival gear and collectibles” will be holding its grand opening at the Crabtree Valley Mall tomorrow from 10-5.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Development Beat: North West Wednesday
The Development Beat takes a brief tour of the work underway at the old warehouse at 707 North West Street.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Development Beat: Torn-Down Tuesday
We take a look at an expired demolition permit for a teardown that happened quite some time ago and try unsuccessfully to find out what’s causing the holdup on construction of the new townhome development The Saint on St. Mary’s Street.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Development Beat: New Building Report
We take a look at the new Sycamore Run Apartments getting built on Old Poole Road in Southeast Raleigh.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup Part II
Permits have been issued for the new Cardinal Bar on North West Street, which will transform an old 1945 cinder block building that once housed a cab company into a bar and lounge. Plus: a new North Raleigh bottle shop!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Development Beat: This is Heavy
We take a look at the site plans for a proposed landfill in Northwest Raleigh from Commercial Cleanup & Dumpsters, LLC.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup Part I
We take a quick look at some recently issued renovation permits for work ranging from guest room improvements at the downtown Sheraton to $70,000 renovation of The Butcher’s Market in North Raleigh.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Development Beat: Crabtree Valley’s Newest Development
The final sitework permits have been issued for the Glenwood Place Apartments just south of the Crabtree Valley Mall and the I-440 interchange. Glenwood Place will eventually be turned into a mixed-use development of retail, office, housing and more.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Development Beat: Work Begins on Villages of Lake Boone Trail Apartments

Permits have been issued for the new Villages of Lake Boone Trail apartment complexes: three four-story buildings housing a total of 245 units. Plus, a pool & two “trash enclosures!”

Friday, July 29, 2016

Development Beat: H-Street Kitchen To Open Next Week
The H-Street kitchen has now received all the permits it needs to open and operate: but owner Gary Bryant wants to make sure everything is in its right place before they start welcoming guests inside.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Development Beat: Building a Better Brentwood
In light of a recent request for qualifications for improvements to Brentwood Park, we take a look at the park’s history and what might be coming in the future.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Development Beat: Wayback Wednesday — Raleigh’s ’77 Civic Center

We take a look back at Raleigh’s old Civic Center, which opened in the middle of Fayetteville Street in 1977 and sat there until the City tore it down in 2006 before reopening the street to vehicular traffic.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Demolition permits were issued last week for a former gas station, convenience store and one-time barbershop on Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh in order to make way for Raleigh’s third Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Development Beat: Miscellaneous Monday
In our second edition of Misc. Monday, we take a look at the potential future of this onetime apartment complex turned empty parking lot adjacent to the History Museum downtown, which could be developed into an office building, a hotel or even an expansion of the museum itself.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Work begins on a new Italian Gelato spot at the Edison in downtown Raleigh, while the highly-anticipated Dram & Draught tavern on Hillsborough Street undergoes its final stages of inspection.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Development Beat: Triangle Springs Eternal
Site plans for a new psychiatric hospital in Brier Creek were recently approved by the Planning Commission, paving the way for the latest facility from Springstone, a national provider of mental health services.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Development Beat: Major Work Wednesday
We take a brief look inside the elaborate process for planning a new single-family home in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood District.

 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
A new restaurant for the former home of Brewmasters, a new hookah lounge for Western Boulevard and a new bottle shop on far north Capital Boulevard are but three of the fascinating subjects in today’s edition of Renovation Roundup.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Development Beat: 32 Unit Thursday
We take a look at plans for Magnolia Groves, a small apartment complex coming to North Raleigh. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Development Beat: Minor Work Wednesday
A historic home at the intersection of Blount and Peace that’s fallen into disrepair over the years is set to undergo a significant exterior makeover thanks to its new owner. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Development Beat: Twelve-Story Tuesday
We take a look at the preliminary plans for a new hotel in Brier Creek that will abut the I-540 interstate. 

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Development Beat: Miscellaneous Monday
Today on the Development Beat, we unveil a new feature: Miscellaneous Mondays, which will focus on undeveloped and abandoned sites throughout Raleigh. Today: the site that would have been the Soleil Center on Creedmoor Road.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Whiskey Kitchen, a “chef’s barroom” across from Nash Square in Downtown Raleigh, received its ABC Inspection last week and should hopefully be opening by the end of the month; plus: a new Pieology location at North Hills & more office renovations for our friend Dr. Girouard over at Let’s Get Thin.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Development Beat: A New Use for the Old Rex
The former home of Rex Hospital and the current campus for the North Carolina Division of Employment Security is set to be sold for private development once due diligence on the property has been completed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have officially been issued for downtown Raleigh’s newest apartment complex, The Metropolitan on West Jones Street, while North Raleigh will be gaining both a new Family Dollar store and a new children’s day care facility. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Development Beat: North Tower Tuesday
With a new, sleeker look, the 22-story, 450,000+ square-foot North Tower at Charter Square is moving ever closer to construction thanks to a recent approval from Raleigh’s Planning Commission.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
H-Street Kitchen on Hillsborough and Capital Grille at North Hills both received ABC Inspections last week and will be opening later this month, plus, permitted work begins on the new Crawford & Son on Person Street and Mama Joe’s Thai Kitchen on Friendly Drive.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Development Beat: Coming Soon to Creedmoor Road
Creedmoor Road could soon be getting a new self-storage facility and a new multifamily residential development thanks to two recently-filed rezoning cases.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Development Beat: Raleigh’s Apartments Among Nation’s Largest
Our friends over at RentCafe compiled a list of average apartment-sizes across the country’s 100 biggest cities: and Raleigh made the top ten.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
A former home decor and furniture store on Wake Forest Road is being cleared away to make room for Raleigh’s third Storage Max self-storage facility.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Development Beat: New Building Report
The Boxcar Bar + Arcade is getting a new outdoor canopy, North Raleigh is getting a new self-storage facility and Dr. Christopher Gudger will be opening up a new dental practice on Creedmoor Road.

Friday, June 24, 2016

O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
The North Raleigh Irish Pub & Restaurant O’Malley’s is set to undergo some minor renovations, and the newest company from Cindy Whitehead, the former CEO of of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which developed the first FDA-approved drug for women’s sexual desire, will be opening an office at North Hills.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This tractor sign means a lot to a lot of people, apparently

Development Beat: Nice Guys Finish Development Plans
We take an in-depth look at the recently filed site plans for The Standard, Hillsborough Street’s latest student-housing complex with ground-floor retail.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Heck-Andrews House

Development Beat: What the Heck-Andrews?
We take a look at the plans to renovate Raleigh’s historic Heck-Andrews house on Blount Street, which was sold to the N.C. Association of Realtors in January of this year.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Grove at Fallon Park is quite lovely

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
A handful of demolition permits from 2013 for the Grove at Fallon Park town home development were reissued last week, so we decided to see if there was anything left out there to demolish.


Monday, June 20, 2016

This Sheetz on Green Road is located next to an apartment complex

Development Beat: New Building Report
Sitework is well underway for a new Sheetz getting built in far North Raleigh off Louisburg Road by a subsidiary of Charlotte real estate firm Tribek Properties.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Not quite ready for swimmers yet

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Bare Bones, Fayetteville Street’s newest burger joint, recently underwent its ABC Permit inspection, and the Meridian at Sutton Square Apartments, opening in July, are now installing the saltwater pool.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

The city broke down its remapping into 32 detailed areas

Development Beat: Remapping, Revisited
Nearly three years after the adoption of the City’s new Unified Development Ordinance, the owners of a North Raleigh senior care facility realized they’ve been in non-compliance with the new zoning code this entire time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The controversial site of a new development off Falls of Neuse

Development Beat: From Shopping Center to Center for Seniors
An undeveloped piece of land of Falls of Neuse that developers wanted to turn into a grocery-anchored shopping center could soon be turned into a new senior housing development. Plus: a rundown of everything that happened at Tuesday’s Planning Commission.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2607 Sadie Hopkins Street

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
We take a look at the long history of a small single-family in Southwest Raleigh that’s set to be torn down almost a year after City Council deemed it unfit.

Monday, June 13, 2016

reserve2Development Beat: New Buildings Report
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at Northwest Raleigh’s newest luxurious living community: The Reserve at Brookhaven, which will be holding an open-house soiree later this month.

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The crane in the background is for an unrelated project, but I thought it was a cool shot

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Raleigh’s newest burger joint is set to open in three days, and the new location for the nightclub FuBar across from the Stanhope on Hillsborough will be welcoming guests for the first time next Thursday. Plus, renovations at Biscuitville & Player’s Retreat!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

1600 Hillsborough today...

Development Beat: A Hillsborough Street Expansion
A 1960s-era office building at 1620 Hillsborough is set for a significant expansion that will add another 4,000 square feet of second-story office space over a surface parking lot. We also take a look at the surprisingly rich history of this property, which started off as part of the Cameron Park neighborhood. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

An overview map of the area

Development Beat: A Rezoning Case, Retracted
Planning Commissioners only heard one rezoning case at its most recent meeting: a Northwest Raleigh town home development they recommended Council deny. The property owners subsequently withdrew their application before Council got a chance to vote, so we try and find out what that means for the future of this property.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A shot of one of the St. Mary's homes from when 425 Boylan was under construction

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
On this week’s Teardown Tuesday, we’ve got three clusters of residential demolition projects to look at. Are any of these demolitions tied to a larger project? We try to find out. 

 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Brighton Pointe Phase I

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have been issued for the brand-new Corporate Center Apartments in West Raleigh, not far from the PNC Arena and for Phase II of the Brighton Pointe Apartments, which will add 88 units of senior living to this far North Raleigh development. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Slán, Tir Na Nog!

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We’ve got two new bars and three new restaurants to look at this week, including Tir Na Nog’s replacement & Stanhope’s latest restaurant tenant.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Map of all apartment complexes in Raleigh

Development Beat: Raleigh Rental Report
In today’s Development Beat, we take a look at the number of rental properties available in Raleigh and map out their locations across the city. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Family Dollar

Development Beat: New Building Report
Sitework permits have been issued for two new projects in Raleigh: a Family Dollar on Atlantic Springs and a new storage facility out in Brier Creek. 


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

googlefibercomingDevelopment Beat: Tech Tuesday
An absence of demolition projects means we shift our focus today to Raleigh’s ever-expanding broadband network, with a look back at all the requests for new fiber-optic cable installation since January 2015.

 

Monday, May 30, 2016

5,983 veterans are interred at the Raleigh National Cemetery

Development Beat: Raleigh National Cemetery
In honor of Memorial Day, we take a look back at the history of the Raleigh National Cemetery on Rock Quarry Road, where the Confederate and Federal dead were once kept separate.

Friday, May 27, 2016

An overview of the park

Development Beat: Kiwanis Park
The City of Raleigh is currently soliciting design proposals for a $700,000 renovation of Kiwanis Park, so we take a look back at how the park came to be.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Landmark at North Hills

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
The developers of the hit Temple Run series are set to undergo $179,925 worth of renovations to their North Hills office space, and three area restaurants received permits for minor renovation jobs. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

That wooded lot in upper right corner is where the development would go

Development Beat: Quail Hollow Mixed Use
A recently filed rezoning case would allow for a 20-story mixed-use development on Quail Hollow Drive near North Hills in Mitown Raleigh.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The site of the manufacturing plant

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
A plant currently embroiled in an environmental lawsuit that’s located off Atlantic Avenue and once housed a glass manufacturer and an electronics company is set for demolition.


Monday, May 23, 2016

A rendering of the Foxwood Luxury Apartments

Development Beat: New Building Report
We’ve got three new building projects to talk about today, plus the unveiling of a new feature: the development map!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Horseshoe Farm Park will be connected to a recently-opeend Greenway Trail

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Permits have been issued for Oak & Dagger, which will be replacing Tyler’s Taproom at Seaboard Station, and for continued work at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, a park that’s more than 20 years in the making.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The site of the new community center

Development Beat: The Oasis
The Oasis, a Muslim Community Youth Center, is set to get developed alongside a new single-family home neighborhood in Northeast Raleigh on Louisburg Road.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

burgerkingDevelopment Beat: Atlantic Plaza
A new shopping center is coming to the intersection of Atlantic and Spring Forest in North Raleigh, and it’s bringing with it the beloved fast-food chain Burger King.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trig

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
We’ve got two demolition projects to dive into today, including the former home of a modernist furniture store and a handful of Duke Energy warehouses in far North Raleigh.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Union Branch & Trust. I had trouble finding pictures of their branch locations. This one's in Creedmoor

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have been issued for Raleigh’s first retail banking location of the Greenville, NC-based Union Branch & Trust, which will be located on Mutual Court, near the intersection of Strickland and Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Civil War was way better than the other two Avengers movies

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
The Regal Cinemas theater at Brier Creek is set to undergo an extensive upgrade that will see luxury reclining seats installed in all 14 of its auditoriums. Plus: work begins for Wake County’s newest charter school.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

1522 Jones Franklin Road, which may soon be home to the offices of Hand of Hope

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Planning Commissioners on Tuesday recommended approval of three new rezoning cases, including one for the Christian Hand of Hope Pregnancy Center, which plans to move in next door the to the Preferred Women’s Health Center, an abortion clinic.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The marquee was not properly anchored to the building

Development Beat: The H-Street Kitchen
The Development Beat takes a tour of the future home of the H-Street Kitchen, thanks to proprietor Gary Bryant and our friends over at Rufty-Peedin Design Build.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

demostorageDevelopment Beat: Teardown Tuesday
A former clothing-shop turned church storage building was first set to be torn down two years ago; the permits expired without the work ever taking place. Now those permits have been renewed. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

cardinalDevelopment Beat: New Building Report
A new self-storage facility is coming to Brier Creek, and sitework has begun on the new Olive Park shopping center, which will be anchored by the city’s first Sprouts grocery store.

Friday, May 6, 2016

El Cora <3

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
A new Five Guys Burgers & Fries is coming to Capital Boulevard and the former home of Larry’s Southern Kitchen will soon be hosting Padrea’s Sports Cafe.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

1522 Jones Franklin Road, which may soon be home to the offices of Hand of Hope

Development Beat: A Hand of Hope
A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Center is looking to rezone an old home on Jones Franklin next to Preferred Women’s Health Center, an abortion clinic on Jones Franklin Road.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The apartments would be developed in the wooded area on the right

Development Beat: North Rodgers Lane Apartments
A new four-story apartment complex is being planned for North Rogers Lane, across the site from the new Rogers Lane Elementary School. Plans are pretty preliminary at this point, but we’ve got plenty of speculation inside.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

EC Brooks/Brooks Museum Magnet Elementary. Note: I got permission from the school before taking this shot.

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Today on Teardown Tuesday, we look at the impending demolition of the Brooks Museum Magnet elementary school near North Hills. Most of the school will be torn down, and a new campus built in its place.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Another rendering of 2600 Glenwood

Development Beat: New Building Report
After tearing down the old Glenwood Gardens apartments in February, vertical construction work has begun for its replacement: the luxury, 186-unit 2600 Glenwood complex.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The current home of Pelagic

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
This week in renovations: Pelagic Beer & Wine is expanding, hidden gem Poppyseed Market is getting a new cooler and discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning will be joining Planet Fitness and Kroger in the Creekside Crossing shopping Center on Six Forks Road.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Airbnb is illegal in Raleigh, yet a search of the site turns up more than 300 listings in the city

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Planning Commissioners met this week to discuss short-term rentals, downtown hotel parking and two new grocery stores planned for North Raleigh: a Publix & a Lidl (pronounced Lee-dle).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A rendering of the new Rogers Lane Elementary school

Development Beat: New Building Report
In this week’s new building report, we take a look at two new educational facilities coming to the Capital City: Primrose, a chain-daycare center, will be opening its third Raleigh location and Clancy & Theys is beginning work on the new Rogers Lane Elementary school.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The former Greyhound station in downtown Raleigh. The Link Apartments can be seen on the right.

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Today on Teardown Tuesday we take a look at the plans to tear down downtown Raleigh’s former Greyhound Station at 314 West Jones Street. Greyhound relocated to a new home on Capital Boulevard, apparently to make way for yet another downtown apartment complex. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Moore Square

Development Beat: The Moore Square Three
In a Development Beat exclusive, we bring you a brief look at the top-three proposals for the long-gestating renovation project set to take place at downtown’s historic Moore Square park.

Friday, April 22, 2016

This looks like the kind of place Brienne of Tarth might stay to be honest.

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Mysterious work at the old Dr Pepper warehouse in downtown Raleigh received renovation permits last week, along with new locations for Pho Vietnam and McAllister’s Deli. Plus: The Knight’s Inn on New Bern is getting a big-time upgrade in the form of new automatic entrance doors.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

mooresquareDevelopment Beat: GoRaleigh Station Update
The renovation of the former Moore Square Bus Station is about eight weeks into construction, and the project manager, Gil Johnson, provided the Raleigh Transit Authority with an update; we’ve got that and more inside.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Road-widening work on Sandy Forks Road

Development Beat: Sandy Forks Office Development
The Kimberly Development Group is planning a new two-story office building for a vacant piece of land on Sandy Forks Road in North Raleigh, a use that is line with the recent Six Forks Corridor Study.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Thomas Concrete plant on West Street

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Teardown Tuesday makes a return thanks to a small demolition job at the Thomas Concrete plant on West Street near Wade Avenue, a job that will be smartly handled by IQ Contracting. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

The site plan for the new Fairfield Inn and Suites

Development Beat: New Building Report
A new hotel is coming to the Triangle Town Center Mall, and the EM Johnson Water Treatment Plant is getting a new electrical outbuilding that’s tied into a larger renovation of the facility.

 

Friday, April 15, 2016

loganDevelopment Beat: Renovation Roundup
The week of April 4 will likely go down as one of the most dramatic in the storied history of Raleigh’s inspections department: permits were issued for renovations ranging from rooftop solar panels to retaining walls at Union Station. A look at these fascinating projects + more awaits!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A site plan drawing for the site

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Planning Commissioners this week discussed case Z-6-16, a new grocery-anchored shopping center near the intersection of Leesville and Strickland Roads in North Raleigh.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Harry's Guitar Shop

Development Beat: 616 Glenwood
The former home of Harry’s Guitars will soon be transformed into Glenwood South’s newest nightclub, 616 Glenwood, care of local bar owner Dan Lovenheim.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Yarborough House

Development Beat: Terrific Tuesday
Today on Terrific Tuesday we take a look back at the old Yarborough House, once one of Raleigh’s finest hotels and home to a number of the state’s governors throughout the late 1800s following the Civil War. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

The IHOP on its last day

Development Beat: New Building Report
The IHOP at 1313 Hillsborough closed its door this Saturday, so today we take a look at the developer’s future plans for the site: a new, 83-unit apartment complex.

Friday, April 8, 2016

hangover1Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at some recent renovation projects around the city, including a new wings place on Hillsborough and some improvements at The Ritz music venue in North Raleigh.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

villa1Development Beat: La Esquina Latina
South Saunders Street could soon be welcoming a new Spanish-language business center, where patrons will be able to file taxes, have documents notarized, pay bills and perform other assorted services.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

velvet1Development Beat: Site Plan Redux
We take a look today at two recently filed site plans, one for yet another student housing complex on Hillsborough Street and another for a new bar named The Cardinal on N. West Street downtown.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The old wall is being completely removed

Development Beat: Terrific Tuesday
We don’t have a teardown to talk about today, but we do a have a rebuild resulting from an unintended demolition at Boylan Bridge Brewpub in February to look at.

Monday, April 4, 2016

These apartments are scheduled for demolition

Development Beat: New Building Report
Back in December, the Gordon Street Family Apartments were torn down by Legacy Custom Homes. In February, Legacy bought the property and is now developing four single-family homes on the site. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Natty Greene's before it closed

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at some recent renovation projects, including the beginning of a relocation of the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe from 222 Glenwood to the former home of Natty Greene’s on West Jones Street.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Marq at Crabtree

Development Beat: Real Estate Report
Today on the Development Beat, we count down the top ten largest real estate sales in Raleigh since the beginning of 2016, including the record-breaking sale of the Skyhouse Raleigh apartments in the core of downtown.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Very cool design here

Development Beat on Hillsborough Street: The H-Street Kitchen
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at the ongoing work at the former home of the Varsity Theater and the Hillsborough Street Textbook Store. Once Rufty-Peedin finishes construction, the new H-Street Kitchen will open in the space.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

statepen7Development Beat: Terrible Tuesday
Today we take a look at the history of the original North Carolina State Penitentiary, which started out as a series of log-cabin detention cells and eventually morphed into massive, gothic structure by the time construction on the actual facility was completed in 1884, nearly 20 years after the State Legislature first authorized the project.

Monday, March 28, 2016

On the left, you can see the empty lot for Crabtree Commons, future home of J. Alexander's. On the right, the Creekside at Crabtree.

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have been issued for North Carolina’s first J. Alexander’s restaurant, which will be located behind the Crabtree Valley Mall in the Crabtree Commons Development, which was once home to Kidd’s Hill Plaza and the Steak and Ale restaurant.

Friday, March 25, 2016

An old sign directing guests to their rooms

Development Beat: The Capital Plaza Hotel
The Capital Plaza hotel at 2815 Capital Boulevard has sat vacant and abandoned for years, but once funding is secured, a brand-new Raddison Hotel will take its place and the entire property will be rehabilitated.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Short-term rental services offer visitors to the city a cheaper alternative than most hotels

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Planning Commissioners this week presided over a lively discussion attended by more than a dozen surrounding neighbors for a proposed rezoning case that would fill a now-vacant lot in North Raleigh on Strickland Road with 64 townhomes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

milkbarDevelopment Beat: Renovation Roundup
Today on the Development Beat, we’ve got a quick look at the latest from the owner of Noir Raleigh and The Anchor Bar: The Milk Bar. Plus, a number of other recent renovations, including the restoration of a burned-out cleaners, a new roof for Sam’s Club and some upgrades for a Skechers store!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 12.15.27 PMDevelopment Beat: Teardown Tuesday
It’s Teardown Tuesday here on the Development Beat, where we take a look at the demolition of a Mordecai apartment complex built in 1958, and an office building at Crabtree that we thought was going to be renovated instead of destroyed.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Mitchell Mill Apartments

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have been issued for the new Magnolia Grove apartment complex in North Raleigh on Louisburg Road, a two-story, 20-unit structure that will be built and developed by the Sambrick Companies.

 

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 2016: Exterior of 500 West Peace Street

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
The Raleigh offices of Nationwide Insurances are set to undergo a major renovation, Hobby Lobby received permits out by the Triangle Town Center, downtown Raleigh will soon welcome a new brewery & a new music space, plus: an update on the adaptive reuse at 500 West Peace Street.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Russ Allen

Development Beat: New Bern Avenue’s New Condos
Former City Manager Russ Allen has partnered with Stuart Cullinan of Five Horizons Development to bring a pair of five-unit condominium buildings to the 500 block of New Bern Avenue.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hundreds of residents spilled into the overflow areas set up throughout city hall

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look back at last week’s Planning Commission, where they got an update on the controversial citywide rezoning case finally voted to recommend approval of another rezoning case that’s been kicking around for the past three years.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A postcard from the 1960s

Development Beat: Terrific Tuesday
It’s Terrific Tuesday here on the Development Beat, where today our subject is the Carmichael Gymnasium at NC State, which first opened in 1961.

Monday, March 12, 2016

Home Sweet Home!

Development Beat: New Building Report
In today’s new building report, we explore permits for Generosity II, a Southeast Raleigh flex office building located near the Pepsi Bottling Plant.

Friday, March 11, 2016

1700 Glenwood Avenue

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We take a look at some recent renovation projects around the city, including an office building at Five Points, Tower II at North Hills and something for the Universoul Circus.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Luxiana at Cameron Village is probably Raleigh's most upscale mattress store

Development Beat: Mattress Mania
Ever wondered how many mattress stores there are in Raleigh? Ever wondered *why* there’s so many mattress stores in Raleigh? We’ve got answers to these and to all of life’s most important questions in today’s edition of the Development Beat.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

schusterDevelopment Beat: Planning Commission Report
In today’s Planning Commission report, we take a look at their February 23 meeting, during which they discussed an affordable housing development, an oft-delayed townhome project and a new historic overlay district in the Glenwood-Brooklyn neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sushi Nine was damaged by a fire last week

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Ravaged by fire earlier this year, the Sushi Nine restaurant on Western Boulevard is now set to be torn down, and hopefully replaced with a restaurant that serves something other than raw fish. Yuck.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Work continues on the Creekside at Crabtree, March 2016

Development Beat: New Building Report
Site work is underway for Crabtree Commons, the latest mixed-use development in the Crabtree Valley Mall area that’s located right behind the mall and right next to the brand-new Creekside at Crabtree residential development.

Friday, March 4, 2016

224 Fayetteville Street

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We’ve got an oversized issue of the Development Beat to bring you today with a look at several interesting renovation jobs taking place around the city, including the historic 224 Fayetteville building, Raleigh’s Fire Station No. 5 and some work at the old Nehi Bottling Plant.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stone's Warehouse on Davie Street.

Development Beat: Like a Rolling Stone
A recently filed subdivision plan for the redevelopment of downtown Raleigh’s Stone’s Warehouse offers further insight into developer Jason Queen’s plans to transform the former home of Carolina Transportation into an upscale mixed-use development.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Taco Bell at 2748 Capital Boulevard following a somewhat recent remodel

Development Beat: Run for the Border
The Shoppes at Battle Ridge in Southeast Raleigh will soon be home to Raleigh’s 10th and newest location of the venerable fast-food chain Taco Bell.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3515 Glenwood

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Teardown Tuesday today tackles two demolition projects; one of them the tragic loss of a unique architectural landmark, the other, a less-tragic demolition of a multipurpose building that was actually destroyed last June in a fire.

Monday, February 29, 2016

They look excited. I would be too!

Development Beat: New Building Report
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at the new building going up at Uncle Bob’s self-storage on South Wilmington, and a change-of-use permit that will transform an old Kroger into the Galaxy Fun Park.

Friday, February 26, 2016

This warehouse is scheduled for partial demolition

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
It’s renovation roundup time here on the Development Beat, and this week we take a look at some downtown transit projects, a new pizza joint and a renovation at the old Indoor Flea Market on Capital Boulevard.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 8.32.03 PMDevelopment Beat: Bid Bonanza
The City of Raleigh is currently bidding out work for two projects we’ve discussed in the past, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get an update on both Horseshoe Farm Park and the City’s plan to install between 38-55 new bike racks around town.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

familydollarDevelopment Beat: Retail Roundup
A new Family Dollar store is planned for North Raleigh on Trawick Road, across the street from The Starbar and the Tower Shopping Center.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

An interior of the old Saint Ambrose Church

Development Beat: Terrific Tuesday
It’s Terrific Tuesday here on the Development Beat, where today we take a look at the old Saint Ambrose Chapel, torn down in 1965.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A communications equipment shelter

Development Beat: New Building Report
We kick off the week with a look at a new storage facility on Capital Boulevard and a new equipment shelter for Verizon Wireless. Exciting times are upon us!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Bank of America Plaza

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
We close out another week on the Development Beat with a look at some recent renovation jobs, including a new Mattress Firm, repairs at a barbecue joint and a huge re-roofing job at a local apartment complex.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Condominium Office Building

Development Beat: The World’s Smallest Subdivision
Today on the Development Beat, we’ve got an update to a reader question about a Raleigh real estate investor and a look at the World’s Smallest Subdivision.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

schusterDevelopment Beat: Planning Commission Report
Raleigh’s Planning Commissioners met last week on Fat Tuesday to go over a handful of rezoning cases, including a new student-focused multi-family project on Hillsborough Street, which is severely lacking in such developments.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

615 E. Lenoir. Yuck!

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
It’s Teardown Tuesday here on the Development Beat, and we’ve got four residential demolition projects to look at, two of which are being cleared out to make way for a new subdivision in central Raleigh.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Glenwood Gardens Apartments

Development Beat: New Building Report
Less than five days after demolition permits were issued for the affordable Glenwood Gardens apartments, retaining wall permits have been granted to Clancy & Theys so they can begin work on the new multifamily complex that will be replacing them.

Friday, February 12, 2016

wells fargo ground upDevelopment Beat: Renovation Roundup
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at some recent renovation projects, including some law offices at the Wells Fargo Center and a few fire-sprinkler jobs. It was a slow week!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Photos of the Treeo retirement living community

Development Beat: Retiring in Style
Today on the Development Beat, we take a look at some site review plans for a new retirement facility in North Raleigh developed by ONE|ƎIGHTY communities.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A rendering of the new CVS

Development Beat: Lake Boone Trail Update
Site plans have been filed for the redevelopment at the Villages at Lake Boone, and it looks like a new CVS will be occupying the corner of Lake Boone and Landmark near Rex Hospital.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Maybe this is kind of a "good riddance" situation?

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
It’s Teardown Tuesday here on the Development Beat, and we’ve got a total of three projects to look at: an apartment building, a storage facility and an early 20th century rooming house!

Monday, February 8, 2016

No sweet mid-90s cars were damaged in the fire

Development Beat: New Building Report
An apartment complex in North Raleigh is having one of its buildings, damaged by fire and torn down last year, replaced. Plus: a new triplex is getting built off Western Boulevard. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Johnson Hall at Meredith College

Development Beat: Renovation Roundup
On today’s Development Beat, we take a look at some recently permitted renovation projects, including an extensive job at Meredith College, a new home for a laser and skin care center and the renovation of a top-tier pizza restaurant.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

hillsborocollageDevelopment Beat: Hillsborough Street Revitalization Update
In today’s Development Beat, we take a look at plans for the second phase of the Hillsborough Street Revitalization Project and speak with the project engineer from the City, Richard Dickie.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This looks like a video game map from the 1980s.

Development Beat: Planning Commission Report
Planning Commissioners met last week to discuss a handful of rezoning cases, so we take a brief look at all four of them in today’s Development Beat.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The grocer in August 2015

Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday
Today’s Teardown Tuesday takes a look at a small demolition project on South Saunders Road in South Raleigh at a building formally known as Alberto’s Place Tavern.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Alexander Place Shopping Center

Development Beat: New Building Report
Permits have been issued for a new 5-story parking deck on NC State’s campus, and we’ve got the exclusive, and site work is nearing completion for a new multifamily development on Glenwood Avenue in Brier Creek.


breezeDevelopment Beat: Week of January 25
This week on the Development Beat, we look at continued work on the new Breeze Thru gas station in South Raleigh, a Northeast Raleigh affordable housing development, a new Waffle House and more.


The building that will house the new Best Buy is still under construction

Development Beat: Week of January 18 
Although this week marked the start of individual Development Beats posts, we’ve compiled them into one piece, similar to the old format of the column. Anyway, this anthology covers everything from the most recent Planning Commission (well, at the time) Meeting, the relocation of a Best Buy, the HQ Raleigh expansion and more!

The IHOP will be built on the ground floor in the space on the right side of the photograph.

Development Beat: Week of January 11
In the second week of January, the Development Beat touched on everything from a new IHOP on Hillsborough to the start of a large mixed-use development near the Crabtree Valley Mall.

 

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