Development Beat: Renovation Roundup

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Friday, October 7, 2016

It’s been two weeks since we last looked at Raleigh’s most recently issued renovation permits, but it doesn’t appear we’ve missed out on much in that time.

Of the seventeen projects we flagged as “maybe interesting” the largest job was the $14.8 million Sprouts Farmers Market that will anchor the new Olive Park shopping center at 9414 Falls of Neuse. We actually wrote extensively about this project back in May.

Site plan drawings for Olive Park

City of Raleigh

Site plan drawings for Olive Park

Some highlights:

  • The center will be located just a half-mile south from the Harris Teeter-anchored Falls Pointe Shopping Center in North Raleigh
  • When this project went through the rezoning process last year as Z-2-15, it was met by significant neighborhood opposition and even had a valid statutory protest petition filed against it
  • Olive Park derives its name from developer Dan Brown’s daughter Olive and will, according to site plans filed last November, encompass a total of 62,620 square feet of retail, spread across three or four separate shell buildings.
  • In addition to the Sprouts grocery store, the Triangle Business Journal has reported that the center will also include a Bad Daddy’s, a City Barbecue, a Chronic Tacos, a Papa Murphy’s Pizza, a SuperCuts, a Lee Spa Nails and a Sleepy’s Mattress. Of course there’s a mattress store.

Fun stuff.

The next largest job — $1.5 million worth of renovations at Raleigh’s Fire Station No. 2 to be undertaken by Engineered Construction (we originally misidentified the contractor as McClure & Associates) — was written up by none other than Mike Legeros, Raleigh’s well, we were going to call him a “Raleigh’s premiere fire expert” but that makes him sound like some kind of pyromaniac instead of a skilled writer and researcher who provides excellent coverage of all news related to the Raleigh Fire Department. Either way, he wrote his own extensive post back in July covering this project.


Legeros noted that this project “is the second in a multiyear plan for “down to the walls” renovations of older fire stations not slated for replacement or relocation.”

The renovated station was designed by Davis Kane Architects. For more information on the project and the history of Station No. 2, check out Legeros’ post. 

Tragically, there were a number of other permits issued last week that don’t have existing write-ups we can just steal content from, so let’s blow through them as quick as we can.

Sunrise Wines, which we initially thought was an upscale bar for Winos who like to start their day off with a tall glass of vino, received an ABC Permit recently for a location on ACC Boulevard. Sunrise is apparently an importer of fine Italian wines, but we couldn’t find any information about their apparent plans to open a shop of their own.

The location appears to be a warehouse of some kind; maybe they just needed the permit in order to store booze? We looked up the permit itself, but state records indicate it’s been canceled, so who knows.

Also receiving ABC Permits recently were Aladdin’s Eatery, a Lebanese-American chain restaurant in Brier Creek, Cafe Lucarne, an eatery that opened in City Market this past summer and Burgerworks & Market, a convenience store at 2526 Hillsborough Street.

Finally, we’ve got two restaurant projects worth mentioning: Sola Coffee out on Lead Mine Road will be undergoing $112,000 in renovations that will add a new seating area to the popular coffee shop. Sola recently underwent a temporary rebranding as “Luke’s Coffee” in honor of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix or something. That’s cool, I guess, for fans of the show, but where were all the Monk’s Cafes when Seinfeld came to Hulu??

Monk's Cafe

Monk’s Cafe

Last but not least — actually, for many readers, especially you weird soccer fans, this might be the biggest project in months — the London Bridge Pub at 110 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh will be adding a kitchen at a cost of $40,000.

We imagine they will be serving British-themed food as well, which is unfortunate. We couldn’t find much information on this, and when we called were told to try back another time for details. Oh well. The pub’s website does have a section titled “Expansion,” and we foolishly assumed it would contain details about the new kitchen. Instead, it’s a section about booking the bar for private events.

Either way, one of the first reviews we read about London Bridge mentioned they’d left off a star because they’d been forced to bring their own food. So perhaps this project is merely a result of the owners trying to win a coveted five-star Yelp review from Ramon U. of Brooklyn, NY. We may never know, but at least we can end today’s post on a high note. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Development Beat: Renovation Roundup

  1. The construction company for the Fire Station #2 renovation project is Engineered Construction, not McClure & Associates.

  2. Soccer fans are weird and we like it like that. Have heard the menu plans first hand from the owner of London Bridge and I would call it “English-inspired” and think it will hit the mark with his clientèle.