The city once again saw a week lacking both a City Council and a Planning Commission meeting, meaning no official progress has been made on any development cases currently under review. However, a reader did ask us last week about the status of a project near Lake Boone that he called “The Villages of Lake Boone Trail.” Because this is the name of an existing development, it’s possible the reader was talking about Greenway Village at Lake Boone, a multi-family development consisting of 143 units spread across three buildings.
The project received a recommendation for approval from the Planning Commission in May, and is now in a holding pattern under the official status of “Approved Pending Appeal.”
The first item in this section doesn’t technically belong here, but it would be hard to consistently find projects to fit under a header of “Happened Already-ish.” Although permits were only issued Aug. 12 for the demolition of a number of small apartment buildings at a complex on Hawes Court, by the time this reporter arrived to take pictures Aug. 21, the buildings had already been demolished. Several other units were still standing and currently occupied, although a number of construction vehicles – including a way-cool dump truck and a bulldozer – remained on the property.
Two new stores will soon be opening on the ground floor of the Crescent Cameron Village residential mixed-use building; final permits for Brixx and Flywheel were issued Aug. 11. The two shops – a wood-fired pizza joint and a cycling fitness studio – should likely cancel each other out when it comes to the long-term health of nearby residents.
Last week we mentioned that a Planning Commissioner described living next to an IHOP as “nirvana.” If there’s one thing better than escaping the repeating cycle of birth, life and death, however, it’s probably having a decent pizza shop on the ground floor of your building.
More than $6 million worth of permits were issued for a new women’s hospital at WakeMed. Brasfield and Gorie, the largest healthcare contractor in the southeastern United States, is handling the massive job, one of a number WakeMed has undertaken in recent years. Fans of nineteenth-century medical practices, however, will be disappointed to learn that the facility will not specialize in the treatment of hysteria, nor will it offer its patients cures ranging from a good dose of nitrous oxide to other, more vulgar practices.
Visitors to the McDonald’s located at the southern border of the Crabtree Valley Mall might have noticed the sign out front advertising the location’s new look. That vision is about to become a reality; permits were issued Aug. 13 to the Hudson Company of Tennessee for $530,214 worth of work to the store. According to the sign, the location will shed its existing red roof and replace it with a yellow one. Adhering to a recent trend in fast food, the entire store will soon have a sleeker, more modernistic look. Good thing it’s not being built in Oakwood.
Those lucky enough to score box seats at the PNC Arena are about to get a little luckier. A $45,000 job there was permitted Aug. 11, and was described as “alteration to existing box.” Note – if you’re expecting some kind of joke here just because the preceding sentence included the words “score,” “lucky,” “box” and “PNC Arena,” you’re going to be disappointed. If this column was thus inclined, the paragraph on hysteria would have been much more offensive. Absurdity defuses offensiveness. 😉
Work is well underway and two more permits were issued Aug. 13 for the ABB Corporate Research Center on NC State’s centennial campus. ABB is a “global leader in power and automation technologies.” The company’s website boasts an entire section full of “ABB Technologies that changed the world.” The technologies they are responsible for include high-voltage direct current, HVDC, flexible AC transmission systems, FACTS, and unwittingly, Spider-Man villain Electro.