Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I have to admit, I got pretty excited when I was sorting through last week’s issued permits and saw that seven of them were for demolition projects! Maybe this meant it was finally time for that epic, 5,000-word edition of Teardown Tuesday I’d been dreaming about for years.

Or maybe not. Upon closer inspection, four of those permits were for a ministorage facility, one was for a retaining wall and another for a “rooming house.” The final one, at least, was for an apartment complex, but the small dollar amount set off a few alarm bells. Let’s examine that one first.

The Glenwood Gardens Apartments

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

The Glenwood Gardens Apartments

Located at 2600 Glenwood Avenue, the Glenwood Gardens apartments were first built in 1953 and acquired by Grubb Ventures in 2012. In May 2014, we wrote about Grubb’s plans to demolish this long-standing affordable apartment complex and replace it with a new, 258,450 square-foot, 188-unit multifamily development.

Clancy and Theys will be handling the $50,000 demolition.

Where is Bauer??

Where is Bauer??

Next up, we’ve got that multi-permit self storage teardown mentioned earlier. Satellite imagery indicates there’s a total of eight buildings in the complex; each appears to be guarded by four hostiles and we believe the Vice President is trapped in the southeastern structure; the whereabouts of the detonator are still unknown. Sorry, I’ve been re-watching 24 on Amazon.

Let’s snap back to reality. Although each demolition permit issued for Uncle Bob’s Self Storage on the 2400 block of South Wilmington Street contains a different address (2403, 2405, 2407 & 2409), county records indicate these are all part of the same property. The buildings vary in size from 1,800 square feet to 2,625 square feet, but the cost — $20,000 — is the same for each. McKenna Construction will be handling the demolitions.


Update: Diane Piegza of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage was kind enough to reach out and let us know what’s coming next at their South Wilmington Street Facility: a new 36,000 square-foot, three-story building that will offer climate-control and video surveillance and that’s described by Piegza as “state-of-the-art.”  It was designed by Stinard Architecture out of Atlanta.

Before McKenna Construction can demolish the old buildings and build the new one, Uncle Bob’s will have to finish relocating the owners of the existing rental units. Piegza said they hope to begin work on the new building in March. Once permits are issued, we’ll report on it here.

Finally (we’re going to skip the retaining wall demolition, obviously) we’ve got the rooming house demolition at 1117 South Person Street. First built in 1915, the four-unit, 1,238 structure was purchased last year by an LLC that traces back to a private home in New Jersey. So, this job is probably mob-related. Cool. One thing to note; county photos and county records indicate there’s a secondary, possibly attached structure at this property. If so, it’s an additional two units and 830 square feet. Tiny.

Maybe this is kind of a "good riddance" situation?

Wake County

Maybe this is kind of a “good riddance” situation?

Deed records indicate the property was once owned by the Parker-Hunter Realty Corporation, which developed the Cameron Park neighborhood near present-day Cameron Village. For a little more information on this historic realtor, check out this entry on SurfRaleigh. 

We tried to look a little more into the development of the neighborhood surrounding this soon-to-be-gone rooming house, but didn’t have much success. We did dig up this map of the neighborhood from ten years before the house in question was even built though, so that’s something.

An old map of the surrounding neighborhood

Wake County

An old map of the surrounding neighborhood

DAS Construction Investment will be handling the $9,500 demolition.

2 thoughts on “Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

  1. There is little to nothing worth preserving in this part of South Park unless dilapidated rooming houses of this sort, corner stores that have dealers on the sidewalk or former crack houses currently boarded up with homeless dwellings If these houses had any significance I would say otherwise. If this is African American history?? Too bad!