New Pizza Shop Set to Open in Cameron Village

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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.” 

Happening Now-Ish
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.

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James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

 
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.

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James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

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.

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James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

 
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. 😉

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James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

 
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.

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James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

6 thoughts on “New Pizza Shop Set to Open in Cameron Village

  1. “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.”
    WTF? How does this statement relate to the article? Oh yeah – Mr. Borden thinks he’s a creative writer and doesn’t recognize his pseudo intellectual doucebaggery for what it is.

  2. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for your feedback – I’m sorry I haven’t gotten around to responding to any of your comments yet. They all more or less express the same sentiment, so I figure replying to this one is as good as any.

    As you said, the style and tone of the Development Beat column is often childish and unprofessional. However, this column/segment is not intended to be “hard news” like most everything else we publish.

    If this were a print newspaper, for example, this piece would be published in the opinion/editorial section.

    You’re right that the line about hysteria in this most recent column has nothing to do with anything else in there. I’m really not even sure what I was going for with that. I just try to add jokes or non-sequiturs to the items in this section so it’s not just a list of what’s getting built where and for how much.

    Anyway, thanks for reading – and please continue commenting, I appreciate all feedback.

    James

  3. “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.”

    THIS was a classic line…don’t know why I found it amusing but I did…and the one about WakeMed was a giggler as well. Nice to see women this day and age aren’t locked up for PMS or fits of rage anymore…men have really learned to cope with being married! 🙂

  4. James: Your characterizing this column as “not hard news” is hard to believe. Your editors should keep these comments out as they invariably are made at the expense of others who don’t find them so endearing. Editors: Please cut the cute comments out.

  5. Holly,

    Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the column. Haha yes and I like to think men have evolved a bit since that time. Although we still have a long way to go.

    Citizen,

    You’re right that I shouldn’t have said the column isn’t intended as hard news. These columns aren’t complete editorials where I’m writing about my take on whether the city should charge for the R-Line; they contain actual news items. I also try to add commentary to the actual news, to make it slightly more interesting.

    I completely understand your lack of endearment for the “cute comments.” The idea of adding commentary to planning news was the genesis of this column, so it’s not an element that will likely be going away anytime soon. If you have any suggestions for how that commentary could be improved, I’m all ears.

    One thing I did want to clear up – when you said the comments are “invariably made at the expense of others,” did you mean the jokes themselves were at the expense of other people in the sense that I’m picking on them, or did you mean the comments were at the expense of the readers who don’t enjoy them, in the sense that they have to suffer through reading them?

    Thanks,

    James

  6. Great column, but I’m wondering if you’ve come across any news about North Hills Tower II? I read an article in the Triangle Business Journal a couple weeks ago that said that Kane Realty had success with pre-leasing and planned to break ground on the project mid-August, but mid-August has come and gone, so I’d be interested to hear if the project is still on track. By the way, thank you for covering the Raleigh area with such quality journalism!