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Friday, July 24, 2015

As we wrap up another week of the Development Beat, it’s time to take a look back at some recently issued non-residential renovation permits. Plus, the return of our photo hunt contest!

The biggest job for the week of July 13, 2015 was a $4 million renovation of the fire alarm system at the State Employees Credit Union offices at 3101 Wake Forest Road.

The job will be handled by Davie Construction Company.

The second largest renovation is related to a project we discussed on Monday at the Carolina Country Club; except this time it’s $1.295 million in renovations for “two pool areas and decks.” Clancy & Theys, which is also building the new pool equipment sheds from Monday, will be handling these renovations as well.

The Carolina Country Club is in the midst of a series of upgrades to its facilities

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

The Carolina Country Club is in the midst of a series of upgrades to its facilities

The third largest was an $850,000 renovation of the Dr. Pepper warehouse at 416 South Dawson Street, by Empire Properties. According to a flier put out by Empire:

This historic building was constructed in 1935, where it operated as the Dr. Pepper bottling plant for nearly 40 years, and is in the early stages of a full historic renovation.

The yellow brick building has an Art Moderne façade with streamlined brick pilasters, large plate glass display windows, and an extensive factory space to the rear.

Should be interesting to see how the renovation turns out.

Also receiving permits last week were two separate renovation projects at Cameron Village. The addresses listed didn’t turn up anything in county records or any standard mapping service. One of the parcel ID numbers, however, popped up in iMaps.

This parcel at Cameron Village is set to undergo some renovations


This parcel at Cameron Village is set to undergo some renovations

Since the addresses given are 425 and 433 Daniels, we assume they are both part of the highlighted parcel above. The jobs are described as “addition/cantina” and “alteration to shell/elevator.” The total cost for the jobs (which are spread across three permits) comes to $1,563,878, and will be handled by MP Contracting. One odd thing of note: the property is described as “The Byron Building” on one permit, and “The Bryan Building” on two others.

Finally last week, the CVS that will be built at the ground floor of the Stanhope residential mixed-use building on Hillsborough street received its interior completion permits, which amounted to a total cost of $469,386. Our old friends at Diamond Contractors will be handling the job.

OK, so now it’s time for the photo hunt contest. We’ve got a pretty exciting prize for the winner this time around too: a pair of tickets to the Family Festival and All-Star Basketball game, to be held August 1st at Broughton High School.

The event is being hosted by Building a Stronger Raleigh Together, and will  feature the San Antonio Spurs’ David West, the Phoenix Suns’ TJ Warren, former Boston Celtics’ player Chris Corchiani and other current and former professional players.

But enough about that, here’s the photo:

Where in downtown Raleigh is this artwork located?

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

Where in downtown Raleigh is this outdoor artwork located?

The first person to correctly guess where this photo was taken will win those tickets!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hold on to your hats readers, things are about to get real exciting: that’s right, a preview of a proposed Valvoline Instant Oil Change in North Raleigh.

The newest Raleigh location of the oil change and preventive maintenance chain would be built on the space of a former Citgo Gas Station, which was accompanied by a “Capital Food Shop,” at 8315 Falls of Neuse Road.

Interestingly enough, there is a YouTube video of the property in question, back when it was for sale.

The 3,504 square foot structure was first built in 1969, and the property was deeded to “The Trust of Diane Nieto” in 2013. I’m sure it’ll come up again in a future edition of Teardown Tuesday.

The new Valvoline Instant Oil Change will be housed in a new, 3,922 square-foot, 23-foot-tall structure. It will reduce the overall impervious surface on the lot by about 500 square feet.

Site plans for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Site plans for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change

The chain currently has two locations in Raleigh, one at 300 E Six Forks Road, built in 1997, and another at 4512 Pleasant Valley Road, built in 2001.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On July 1, site plans were filed for a new subdivision titled Oakwood Townes, to be located within the Mordecai neighborhood. With all the new talk of downtown development in historic districts, we thought it might be worth taking a look at.

This project, however, will not be of the dreaded “three-story residential with ground-floor retail” variety that many fear will come to Raleigh’s historic neighborhoods under the new UDO remapping.

Oakwood Townes will be built on a 5.16 acre parcel of land at the intersection where Brookside Drive intersects with Watauga Street and becomes N. Boundary Street. It will include 37 attached two-bedroom town homes, with an average density of 7.4 acres per unit. They will range in size between 1,200 and 1,800 square feet.

SIte plan drawings for Oakwood Townes in Mordecai

City of Raleigh

Site plan drawings for Oakwood Townes in Mordecai

The property is currently home to a series of single-story multifamily units originally built in 1958. It was purchased by York Properties in February 2015.

The existing structures on the property currently cover 44,376 square feet of impervious surface; once the new town homes are built, that number will nearly double to 87,751 square feet.

New sanitary sewer easements will be added to the property, along with a dedicated open space area.

While York Properties owns the land, the developer on the plans is listed as Legacy Custom Homes. Legacy has developed a number of upscale residential projects in the area, including one at Five Points off Glenwood and another at Carlton Square near the Crabtree Valley Mall.

A check of their website shows a limited availability of homes in most of their communities; we imagine this will also be the case for these Oakwood Townes as well.

The existing homes on the future site of Oakwood Townes

Wake County

The existing homes on the future site of Oakwood Townes

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welcome back to Teardown Tuesday! It’s been more than a month since any nonresidential demolition permits had been issued, and as much fun as Terrific Tuesday has been over the past two weeks, it’s good to get back to our roots.

Granted: what we’ve got this week ain’t much, but it’s something.

A small warehouse type structure which is apparently an old construction trailer on the North Hills property not far from North Hills Park, just a little closer to the road, was permitted for demolition on July 14.

This construction trailer at North Hills is scheduled for demolition.

Wake County

This construction trailer at North Hills is scheduled for demolition.

The $13,000 project will be handled by Cecil Holcomb Demolition. County records for the property indicate the assessed building value is $0, although the land itself is valued at $1.079 million. It is owned, of course, by Kane Realty, the developers behind the North Hills complex.

We couldn’t find permits indicating when exactly these trailer was built; although it appears some work was done on it in 2010, county photos show that it’s been there since at least 2008.

OK: that wasn’t much. But hey, something’s getting torn down, and that’s always exciting. For the record, there were three residential demolition projects permitted last week, with a total value of $40,000.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The most significant “new building” type permit issued last week was also the least expensive: its cost is listed as $1.

The project is the new stadium at Athens Drive High School, which broke ground in May. Designed by Anegram Studio, the 3,000-seat stadium will be built for about $5 million by Muter Construction.

The groundbreaking for the new stadium at Athens Drive was held in May

Wake County

The groundbreaking for the new stadium at Athens Drive was held in May

The $1 permit issued last week was listed as “final site” — likely, final site work, which means construction of the actual stadium should begin soon. It is predicted to open in the fall of 2016.

The other nonresidential new building jobs were pretty small in nature: two new pool equipment buildings at the Carolina Country Club on Glenwood Avenue, and a new outdoor deck at the Marble’s Kids Museum. The pool buildings, which will come in at 168 and 443 square feet, will be built by Clancy and Theys Construction for $29,000 and $79,995, respectively.


Some new pool equipment buildings will be constructed at the Carolina Country Club

The 305 square-foot deck at Marbles will be built for $24,516 by Holt Brothers Construction.

One other thing of note: a new batch of town homes at Paddington Village in North Raleigh off Louisburg Road received permits last week.

Record Editor James Borden poses with his hero, Johnny the Running Toilet

Leigh Ann Hammerbacher / Raleigh Public Record

Record Editor James Borden poses with his hero, Johnny the Running Toilet

We don’t normally report on new town homes, because really, who cares, but something about these ones caught my eye: they’re getting built on Pooh Corner Drive. That’s a real street name in Raleigh. Pooh Corner Drive. Excellent. Maybe this is where Johnny the Running Toilet lives?

Tomorrow: Teardown Tuesday is back! Also: don’t forget to come out to our first Trivia Night this Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 PM. The event will be hosted by Record editor & Development Beat columnist James Borden at North Street Bar in Glenwood South.

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