Over the last few months, the polish has wrapped up on the new Citrix office site along West Street and today employees are moved in. In case you haven’t seen them, there are some fantastic photos of the new complex up on the company’s Flickr page that you should take a look at.
The opening was big with a lot of media coverage. The mayor, the governor, and other VIPs were all at the official opening. The politicians and the city love this stuff and used it in a well-made video to promote Raleigh and Citrix. I have it embedded below for viewing or you can see it directly on YouTube here.
Now that we’re rolling here let’s take a look at the site.
To a degree, the office portion of the Citrix complex is not mixed-use with the building being purely dedicated to employees. However, if you zoom out that is kind of how the warehouse district is made up these days.
Davie Street contains a mix of restaurants and bars and probably has the most activity but besides the mixed-use nature of The Hue apartments, the single-purpose warehouses and buildings are just that. The future of the district’s urbanity is still uncertain.
The Citrix parking deck does contain some retail spaces along the length of Morgan Street. Walking by, there is a lot of space here and a huge amount of sidewalk in front. I would imagine that this will open the parking deck for visitors who want to go here and will create a more mixed-use environment.
If you go look, you can see that there is plenty of space for all kinds of uses here. The space even has west facing windows overlooking the railroad tracks.
Weekend days and weekday nights are still pretty calm for the warehouse district so my guess is that these retails spaces may sit empty for awhile. However, if the politicians and media are to be believed and Citrix is the great catalyst that we’ve been waiting for, then I hope that I am wrong.
Fall has arrived in downtown Raleigh.
Here’s a construction update on The Lincoln, an apartment building being built to the east of Moore Square. Some parts of the project have topped out, giving you a sense of how big it will be. The Martin Street half is busy finishing the parking deck and the units surrounding it will follow.
Enjoy the photos taken from each corner. A sign on the site says The Lincoln will be completed in Late Spring 2015.
Here’s a nice Fall photo of the Charter Square construction site on the south end of Fayetteville Street. The southern tower has topped out and siding is starting to rise up along each side. You can also see the space for the future northern tower to the right in the foreground.
What I kind of wondered about was the low-rise section being built along Wilmington Street. In the past, I had actually assumed that the building footprint was to go from the Fayetteville Street sidewalk to the Wilmington Street sidewalk but that’s not the case here. I’ll admit to overlooking this when presented with the one rendering back in 2013.
This site plan shows that there will be a one-story building along Wilmington Street with about 9,000 square feet of retail space. Between it and the southern tower of Charter Square would be open space. The text on the site plan calls it “Flat roof (possible future plaza)” Indeed when looking at what is being built now, a roof seems to be going in.
To the immediate north of the tower and retail spaces is a pedestrian plaza cutting the block in half. The northern tower, which is still in the planning phases as of today, would complete Charter Square.
The plaza adds some nice complexity to this block as it aligns with the existing Fayetteville Street crosswalk and the pedestrian entrance to the Marriott hotel. The site plan also shows retail/restaurant space on the northwest corner but mostly facing the plaza. I wonder if this is the space where Eschelon Experiences’ new restaurant may go?
The building should be done by Summer 2015.
— Joe Milazzo II (@RTATriangle) October 30, 2014
Here’s something that I just had to share. I found this graph very interesting. If you can’t see the embedded tweet click here.
It shows that 8.6% of office space in Raleigh is located downtown compared to other cities that we generally compete with. Raleigh’s downtown really is small for the city of our size and the reverse rush hour traffic pattern that we have is very unique.
On the flip-side, perhaps this lack of office space has allowed the residential and arts communities to grow in downtown. Something to think about.
Kind of following up on a recent post about the upcoming apartment project, called The Gramercy, here is a photo of the corner of Glenwood Avenue and North Street. The site has been cleared of the former buildings and is ready to start construction.
The year of the bakery continues with some very delicious looking places that should be opening soon. Some new renovations are included in this season’s update including some activity on Hillsborough Street. This area primarily doesn’t see very many new shops and retail so perhaps this is the beginning of something.
For a complete list of eats, drinks, and coffees in and around downtown, make sure to bookmark the DT Eats page. Try something new!
- Tasty 8’s has opened on the 100 block of Fayetteville Street. (pictured above) They have really done a nice job with renovating the space and the gourmet hot dog menu looks, well, tasty!
- Across the street, Capital City Tavern has opened where Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern used to be.
- We’re still waiting on the contemporary patisserie, Lucettegrace, to open, located at 235 South Salisbury Street. They are currently hiring so perhaps the opening is soon.
- Ashley Christensen’s latest, Death & Taxes, is still undergoing work at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett Street.
- Posta Tuscan Grill, the restaurant in the Marriott Hotel, has closed and is being redone into Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen. The new restaurant concept should be open this winter.
- Seaboard Station has landed a coffee shop. Brew is open along Seaboard Avenue serving coffee, tea, and beer ever day.
- Seaboard Station is also getting a bakery. Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe is currently hiring and you might run into them at nearby events. Check their Facebook.
- Taverna Agora is moving from their location in North Raleigh to Hillsborough Street. Their space next to Second Empire is currently being renovated and you can see steel rising above the building. Rooftop seating perhaps?
- Nearby, a beer bottle shop is coming to 401 Hillsborough Street. The shop hopes to open this winter.
- Standard Foods still has their sign up for a “late Fall” opening.
- In Glenwood South, Clouds Brewing has opened up on West Street in the former Napper Tandy’s space.
- Work continues on the Raleigh Beer Garden, a 100-tap beer garden located at 614 Glenwood Avenue. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
- The building at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Tucker Street is finishing up and the Carolina Ale House, planned for the top floor, should open sometime before the end of the year.
- In the 510 Glenwood building, a Vietnamese noodle shop is planned for the former Oryx space. It will be called Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen & Bar and you can see work actively taking place.
- Same building, Vincent Barresi, owner of Vincent’s in North Raleigh, is opening an Italian restaurant at the corner space where Myst used to be. The new place will be called Big Boom.
- Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill has opened in the rear space of the building where Bogart’s (and more recently Cantina South) used to be.
- Eden Ultra Lounge has opened at 3 Glenwood Avenue where the former Dive Bar used to be.
- Another bottle shop and beer drinking locale has opened, located in the former Amra’s space, called The Stag’s Head.
- Aiko Bar and Lounge has now opened where Dual Lounge used to be. You might remember the story behind Dual as it was a product of the show Bar Rescue on Spike TV. Guess they couldn’t save that one after all.
- After Benelux Cafe moved out of their space in City Market, plans for a new coffee shop quickly came out. Expect City Market Cafe to open soon.
- In the Warehouse District, it looks like Spy Lounge has closed at 330 West Davie. In the works is a bar and arcade called The Boxcar Bar. If you don’t check them out, at least play some Pacman on their website.