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Steel is rising out of the ground at the Bloc 83 site. Two Hillsborough is now being built next to the already open One Glenwood. To the left of the photo above is the parking deck that will support the new building. This explains why Boylan has been closed here for awhile.

At the pace that the first building held, Two Hillsborough should be open this time next year. The space between them should also be something special as the website reps it as “Raleigh’s largest urban courtyard.”

Rendering for Downtown’s Home 2 & Tru Hotel

This month, the appearance commission will be discussing a proposed hotel for the corner of Lenoir and Wilmington Streets. Spying the agenda, we see some renderings and floorplans of the new 12-story building. It looks like a combined Hilton-branded Home2 & Tru hotel.

The bottom “half” is basically parking space with the hotel rooms above an amenity floor. The amenity floor is making space for things like an outdoor terrace, pool, fitness area, and conference rooms.

Duda Paine, also known for The Dillon, are the architects on this project. You may have heard of Narsi Properties, the owner and developer, as they have multiple hotel projects around the triangle.

It’s been years in the works on this one it seems so let’s hope for construction soon as downtown has a big need for more hotel rooms.

Next Reader Meetup is on Jan 29!

Need an ANOTHER excuse to come out to Transfer Co. Food Hall on a Wednesday night? Well, we’re giving you one this month. Our next reader meetup is on the calendar.

January 2020 Reader Meetup
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where:Transfer Co. Food Hall
*Look for our City of Raleigh flag that marks the spot!*

No need to sign up or be on time. We keep these things real casual so come on by and say hello. Our hosts, in addition to myself, this time around include:

Park City South project moves forward with rezoning approval

This month, the multi-tower development planned along South Saunders Street, located between downtown Raleigh and Dix Park, took a big step forward. The Raleigh City Council approved the rezoning request required for this large mixed-use project.

A rendering of the development is posted above and you can see more about it over at the architect’s, LoHa architects, website.

The overview presentation and some council discussion, a good watch to get caught up quickly here, is also available to watch.

Pic of the Week

107 West Hargett Street. December 2019.

The expansion of the Lumsden Bros. Building on West Hargett is looking very nice lately and it caught my eye on a cool weekday evening. I think it is looking great and is even more appealing than the renderings we saw early on.

The exterior looks about complete and I’m happy to have that sidewalk back as well.

Recently, FastMed Urgent Care announced plans to move its offices, including over 100 workers, from Clayton to this building. They’ll be taking 25,000 square feet, pretty much the majority of the space, and will be providing an urgent care center on the ground-floor. They want to open in Fall 2020.

Cameron Crest Townhomes coming to St. Mary’s Street

Almost two years ago, we saw plans for townhomes at 416 St. Mary’s Street after the removal of some single-family homes on the site. Not much has happened since. Now, the developer, Edinburgh Development, and sales firm Monarch Realty Co., has announced that Cameron Crest, shown in the rendering above, is up for reservations on the same location.

Jump over to their site for more info.

No doubt the units will be high-end being four-stories, averaging 2,700 square feet, and including a rooftop terrace. Customizations are also possible to add that personal touch.

Construction has officially started so maybe we’ll get a feel for the new homes around this time next year. Like I said in the previous post, it’s great to see townhome “row house” units being built near downtown. It’s a great way to add density as well as give people some space.