Work Begins on Taverna Agora Relocation; More Development for Triangle Town Center Area

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While the churches listed in this week’s Historical Record column all worship the God of Abraham, those who like their deities a bit older and more eccentric, like, say, Zeus, Poseidon or Aphrodite, might be interested to learn that work has begun at the new home of Taverna Agora on Hillsborough Street.

The future home of Greek restaurant Taverna Agora will be on Hillsborough Street next to the Holiday Inn.

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The future home of Greek restaurant Taverna Agora will be on Hillsborough Street next to the Holiday Inn.

The restaurant’s current spot, on Glenwood Avenue just past the mall toward Brier Creek, will remain open until the new one is ready, which should be sometime in January.

The current home of Taverna Agora on Glenwood Avenue

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The current home of Taverna Agora on Glenwood Avenue

Anyone who’s ever complained about poor Verizon service in the area around Taverna Agora should be relieved to learn that permits were recently issued to construct a new cell tower at 5820 Glenwood, a space apparently located between Rooms to Go and the Leather and Furniture Gallery.

The address listed on the permit was for 5820 Glenwood, which would place it somewhere between the Leather & Wood Furniture Gallery and Rooms to Go.

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The address listed on the permit was for 5820 Glenwood, which would place it somewhere between the Leather & Wood Furniture Gallery and Rooms to Go.

It is unknown at this time if the new tower will be cased in one of those hilariously bad disguises, where the steel structure is dolled up to look like an impossibly tall, impossibly fake pine tree, but one can only hope. Either way, there’s no way it’ll look any worse than the Time + Light Tower on Capital Boulevard. Kidding.

Wake Tech students attending classes in everything from forensics to homeland security training at Wake County’s Public Safety Education Campus off South Saunders street will soon be getting an upgrade to their main building. It is set to undergo a $4 million plus renovation, with the work being handled by Holt Brothers Construction.

Construction is underway at the Wake Tech Public Safety Education Campus

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Construction is underway at the Wake Tech Public Safety Education Campus

Coming Soon
The City Council voted on three planning items this week, all of which had been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission.

The first was a request for a public hearing on zoning case Z-10-14, which would rezone a parcel of land near the Triangle Town Center Mall behind the Target to commercial mixed-use, which would allow for residential, office and commercial uses.

Some of the land in question for zoning case Z-10-14. The parcel is close to the Triangle Town Center Mall and located behind the Target.

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Some of the land in question for zoning case Z-10-14. The parcel is close to the Triangle Town Center Mall and located behind the Target.

Council approved the request. A public hearing will be held at the October 7 city council meeting.

Council also approved a request for a 60-day extension for zoning case Z-14-14, which would allow for higher-density residential development in a rural area east of I-540 in North Raleigh.

This abandoned structure sits on some of the northeast Raleigh land up for a rezoning in case Z-14-14, which was granted a 60-day delay by Council.

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This abandoned structure sits on some of the northeast Raleigh land up for a rezoning in case Z-14-14, which was granted a 60-day delay by Council.

A request for a public hearing on case Z-16-14 was not approved, but instead sent to the Comprehensive Planning Committee for one turn. The case would allow for the creation of a new, luxury apartment complex in a space off Varsity Drive near NC State that is currently occupied by the Carolyn apartments.

The Carolyn Apartments on Varsity Drive near NC State

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The Carolyn Apartments on Varsity Drive near NC State

Wondering why this week’s Development Beat seems (mercifully) shorter than usual? Check out the Historical Record for a look back at Raleigh’s oldest church and information on another construction permit issued this month. 

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