Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The former home of Trig Modern, an upscale home goods retailer located on West Jones Street in Downtown Raleigh, will soon be demolished to make way for an apartment complex that will likely cater to the kind of people who’d furnish their one-bedrooms from a place like Trig.




Fans of Trig’s modernist designs shouldn’t feel too triggered over this demolition though, as the retailer will be relocating to a spot at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road. For those less familiar with the store, here’s how they describe themselves on their website.

Trig Modern’s showroom provides a portrait for sensible living — an antidote to excess, formality and convention. Classic modern furniture rests comfortably beside new modern accessories and iconic items from the mid-20th century.

It’s worth checking out some of their furniture: they’ve got some really interesting offerings.

These barstools from the Cherner Chair Company are lovely


These bar stools from the Cherner Chair Company are lovely

For all intents and purposes though, this modernist furniture store is now a thing of the past, as far as the site at 328 West Jones Street is concerned. So what does the future hold? Well, if you’ve been reading and paying attention to the Development Beat (I don’t, so don’t feel bad if you don’t, either) you might recall a teardown project I reported on back in April for the former Greyhound Terminal, also located on West Jones Street in Downtown Raleigh.

Like 328 West Jones, the site of the former bus terminal is owned by Metropolitan Apartments, an LLC that traces back to Banner Property Management. which will be developing the new Greyhound Apartments.

Banner Property Management, which also developed the nearby Lincoln Apartments, was listed on the site plans filed in 2015.

According to the site plans — which, keep in mind are nearly a year old at this point — the 270,000 square-foot, six-story, 250-unit multifamily Greyhound apartment complex would consist solely of one and two-bedroom apartments.

Site plans for the new Greyhound Apartments

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Site plans for the new Greyhound Apartments

Site plans indicate that the property will also include two courtyards; one in the center at 6,794 square-feet and another 3,002 square-foot one on the eastern boundary. Although regulations would only require 250 parking spaces, 347 are proposed. It appears the bulk of this parking would be located underneath the apartments.

Whether all of these details will be incorporated into the final design of the project remains to be seen at this point, but considering that Clancy & Theys is handling the demo and was listed as a “company officer” in the state records for the LLC that had purchased the property in 2013, it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll be handling the construction of the complex as well.

J. Davis Architects has been listed as the designer of record for the project. Clear Site Industrial is handling the demolition of the former Trig store for $45,490.

An early rendering of the new apartment complex

An early rendering of the new apartment complex

As it happens, Trig wasn’t the only demolition project to receive permits last week, although the other one was just for a bunch of warehouses owned by Duke Energy.

Said warehouses are located on the 7600 block of Capital Boulevard, in far North Raleigh. The four buildings will be torn down by Metcon Inc. for a total of $100,000.

The land was first acquired by Carolina Power & Light in 1972, with the warehouses built a few years later in 1978. In 2000, Carolina Power & Light was merged into Progress Energy. Duke and Progress Energy officially merged in July 2012. In 2013, Duke Energy-Progress purchased the land.

I reached out to Duke Energy to see if they could tell me what the future holds for this site, but they told me I needed to pay my electric bill before they would answer any questions. Stupid.

4 thoughts on “Development Beat: Teardown Tuesday

  1. My favorite part of that rendering is the ghost man giving a piggy-back ride to a ghost woman, and the two-headed ghost about to run into them.

  2. I wish I could see all that detail but since for some reason this site keeps assuming mobile users are either too dumb to use their thumbs to zoom anyway or generally don’t care to see the thoughtfully posted content, it locks it down and doesn’t allow zooming. 😉

  3. Jeff,

    Hadn’t even noticed the ghosts! It looks like the piggy-back guy is walking through the Stop sign.


    Sorry for the mobile issue: what’s the problem, the text is too small? I know sometimes the images don’t link properly, but I double-checked and they seem OK here. I usually do my first read-through on mobile when I write one of these, but it usually shows up alright.



  4. Nah the text is fine. But since I can’t zoom that means I can’t really see much detail on pictures or site plans. I complained before and someone , maybe you, made all the photos clickable so I could then open them and zoom to my heart’s content.

    It’s not the end of the world or anything but it’s kind of a pet peeve of mine since we had this awesome period of a few years where you could actually use sites on a mobile device until someone somewhere decided to start coming up with mobile friendly standards that show less content and lock things down.