Gale Street Rezoning For Greater Height, Less Surface Parking

One of the latest rezoning cases for downtown Raleigh, Z-87-22, is up for a public hearing at the city council. This has all the indicators of passing without issue. The planning commission discussion was light, which you can watch here and here. There are very few nearby homeowners. The Raleigh Convention Center is next door. Finally, I’m not sure you can find that many better spots for taller buildings in downtown.

The request is to increase the allowed height from 20 stories to 40 stories.

Currently, the properties are used for parking with the lot on the west side of Gale Street being surface parking and the lot on the east side is an existing parking deck built in the early 1980s. As always, the removal of surface lots in downtown is always a good idea as far as I’m concerned.

As for the rest of the block, the ones not included in this rezoning, two projects have come up in recent history. I have a before and after post from 2012 about the renovation that took place at the Alfred Williams Building at 410 South Salisbury Street. That reno still holds up and looks fresh today.

The southwest corner of the block, at the intersection of Cabarrus and McDowell, used to be the home of an Enterprise Car Rental lot. This sits empty today as we’ve seen plans for a Courtyard Marriot hotel before. You can see the posts for that project here, which is a long-time coming as the posts are from 2017. According to Visit Raleigh, the latest update on this project say that it “is expected to start March 2024 with projected opening date of Dec. 2025” (Hotels Under Construction or Announced for Wake County, N.C.)

As of today, the public hearing for these Gale Street properties is on April 18, 2023.

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