Crash of the Resident Wave, Elan Apartments Taking Shape (7/10)

Elan Apartments under construction
This is part 7 of a 10 post series, rolled out all week, on residential projects in downtown Raleigh. Go here to see all the posts so far.

Another long running project, Blount Street Commons seems to deliver here and there. To the best of my knowledge, this nameless apartment project, owned by Elan Raleigh Property LLC, has been coming together at the corner of Wilmington and Polk Street since about November of 2013.

The four-story parking deck is pretty much done and the units are being put together around it. You can see units being built along Wilmington, Polk, and the new mid-block street John Haywood Way. Parking deck entrances are along both John Haywood Way and Wilmington Street, kind of around the bump out where the street starts to swerve down to Peace Street.

Elan Apartments under construction

Unless I’m missing something, this project does not appear on the city’s development sites. Unless it’s “tucked” under some greater Blount Street Commons plan, which is on the city’s website, then that may be how it exists. The State or nearby William Peace University could be players but I have nothing to prove that.

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  1. First of all, I like this project, although we don’t know as much about it as we normally do about other projects. The developer does nothing different than most other developers who jumped on the bandwagon in the recent years. It seems to have a decent urban form, so I will ignore the cheap construction materials.

    As for the reason we don’t see much in the city’s website, it is probably because the project sits on former State Government property. Maybe the State Government has more information on this project. Just a guess.

  2. This appears to have come in under MP-3-2011, which allowed up to 224 units.

    There were attached site plans that are not in the record online.

    The applicants were LNR realty with connections to North Hills, incidentally.

  3. Brad, have you seen any renderings? I don’t expect anything different from what the developers have done elsewhere, but I was wondering if anyone has seen the actual designs – not site plans, though.

  4. LNR was the development group that bought the Blount Street Commons area from the state (back in 2006 maybe?). They designed the development for the area as a whole but they’re not related to the actual buildings, other than possibly the carriage houses on John Haywood Way. They’ve since sold all of the plots, been bought out/ merged a few times and are in a different market now.

    My husband and I are going to build a house on one of the lots, so I’m dying to see a rendering of this building. Super frustrating that there’s nothing out there. Fingers crossed that it will look classy!

  5. Being right next to the state government complex, it’d be really nice if these were priced at a rate that the average rank-and-file state employee could afford to live in. Or at least offer a discount for them. (After all, most of them haven’t seen a raise since 2008 yet the price of rent throughout the city continues to skyrocket out of control.)
    But I’m not holding my breath on that. :-(

  6. Yeah, what’s up with that Charlotte skyline shot for Elan’s North Carolina tab when the only project on the site is the one in Raleigh?

  7. Att: Obama , Raleigh is getting there as far as becoming a big city ! Per “The Charlotte
    Observer” , Raleigh & Charlotte is ranked #1 in the U.S.A. for growth @ 71 % in the next 15 yrs.
    This was in last weeks paper . I remember when Raleigh’s population was 65,000 people . I am from Raleigh . Dwight Nipper

  8. @Dwight….Where is Mark’s name anywhere in this posting or comments? I don’t see it. I surely don’t see anything under his name to click since I can’t find his name. I think I am more confused than ever.

  9. @ John , Hopefully Leo will read this post . Mark’s posting was app. done last week . Leo , can you bring Obama’s or Mark’s posting back up ? Obama stated that Raleigh was a small town & everyone was trying to make it a big city .
    Thanks Leo if you can help John on this .
    Dwight Nipper

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