Here’s some very positive news for fans of The Edison, a multi-building development that was planned for the core downtown area. Skyhouse Apartments was up for review by the Raleigh Planning Commission yesterday, June 26, and was approved unanimously.
The 264 foot tower will sit at the southwest corner of Blount and Martin Streets and will consist of ground-floor retail as well 320 apartments. It’s a great location and turns an empty lot into an active, urban development with plans for one to four bedroom units.
Watch your Raleigh Planning Commission in action in the video below. Included are more renderings and conversation over a few concerns about the building.
As a little side note, I thought it was cool that the presenter mentioned the William Christmas plan.
“The applicants received a variance from additional right of way dedication as most all projects do in the historic Christmas plan for the City of Raleigh and this project is no different. No additional right-of-way was provided and no additional street widening is required.”
If you are unfamiliar with the southwest corner of Blount and Martin, for years it has been a grassy field with numerous whirligigs made by Vollis Simpson. You may have seen a bigger one, titled Wind Machine, at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the video, there was discussion of incorporating one of Simpson’s pieces into the new building as public art, most likely for the outdoor pedestrian plaza.
Here is a snapshot of the plan for the ground floor, click for a more zoomed out view.
North is up in this picture so the intersection of Blount and Martin is in the top right corner of the image.
A couple of quick notes about the plan:
- Along Martin, a small pedestrian plaza will be built along the west side of the building.
- Between the building and the existing parking deck will be a driveway with a few more parking spaces.
- Other than the few spaces mentioned, no new parking will be built as the deck that exists today will support the new tower.
- 14 foot sidewalks and new urban trees will be planted around the building in keeping with the comprehensive plan.
- Retail space will cover the entire Martin Street side of the building.
A concern about the building and it’s proximity to the historic structures in City Market and along Blount Street was brought up in the commission meeting. We’ve talked about building large towers next to small buildings before and I feel there is no issue as the corner of this block will accommodate all users adequately.
Earlier news reports claim that groundbreaking could occur as early as this year.
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