Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

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The Dillon Supply Warehouse

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It’s a terrific day for a Teardown Tuesday, as we’ve got not one but two tantalizing demolitions to talk about.

Stock photo

Actual event not pictured; this is a stock photo. Pretty sweet, right?

The first teardown for today is actually a bit of a tragedy: the 5020 Atlantic Avenue location of Brothers Cleaners suffered severe fire damage back in November. According to WRAL: “While firefighters contained the fire to one building, workers said the fire started in the dry cleaning area and then spread to the rest of the building. About 90 firefighters responded to the blaze.”

90 firefighters! That’s intense. The fire happened on November 6. On January 11, the DH Griffin Wrecking Company received $50,000 in permits for the “demo of fire damaged building to slab.” That means the whole place is getting torn down. I wonder if anyone’s clothes were salvaged from the fire. Probably not. I guess businesses like that have insurance to cover incidents such as this, but it must’ve been pretty costly.

Brothers Cleaners in happier days, circa 2005

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Brothers Cleaners in happier days, circa 2005

The one story, 11,300 square-foot structure that once housed Brothers Cleaners was originally built in 1998. RIP Conventional Brick and Metal Single Tenant Structure, 1998-2015. “A life spent cleaning is a life well spent.”

According to its website, the Atlantic Avenue Brothers Cleaners is survived by its siblings at North Hills, the Village at Townridge and Creedmoor Pointe.

The next demo project on the plate for today is a much bigger project, but unlike Brothers Cleaners, it’s not a total teardown. Barnhill Contracting Company on January 13 received $800,000 in permits for “demo — remain walls and slab” meaning they would leave the core of the building in place.

This demolition is part of the Dillon Supply Warehouse project, Kane Realty’s ambitious, 17-story mixed-use development in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The News & Observer ran a great piece in late December about the development, so if you’re interested, I’d recommend checking it out.

The Dillon Supply Warehouse

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

The Dillon Supply Warehouse

The existing 67,200 square-foot warehouse was first built in 1952, although the land was owned by the Dillon Supply Company since at least the 1930s. The structure was built in order to manufacture the steel and pipe products the company was known for. It was officially purchased by an LLC tracing back to Federal Capital Partners of Maryland in December of 2015.

Designed by Duda Paine architects, the new development will feature everything from a ninth-story indoor/outdoor restaurant and 25,000 square feet of ground floor restaurant and retail space.

This will certainly be a transformative project; not just because of how different it will be from its surroundings, but because alongside Union Station, the redevelopment of Dillon Supply is certain to bring all kinds of new projects and businesses into this corner of the city.

An early rendering of The Dillon

An early rendering of The Dillon


2 thoughts on “Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

  1. Dillon could built the facility in 1952 because the original Raleigh Union Station at the corner of Martin and Dawson had closed several years earlier. The tracks to reach the station ran parallel to Martin through the site that Dillon built on.

  2. Hi ct,

    My apologies, are you saying that the warehouse *couldn’t* have been built in 1952? I got that date from the official county building record, but just to be sure, I did a little more digging into the Wake County Book of Deeds. I managed to find a survey map drawn up in June 1949, bearing the title “Union Station Property to be Conveyed to Dillon Supply Company.”

    The map shows the site of the current warehouse (here’s a link to the image) and it looks like the site was being prepped for development of the warehouse.

    I’m not an expert at reading old maps though, so maybe take a look and see what you think.