Trophy Brewing Expansion on Morgan Street

Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street. June 2018.

Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street. June 2018.

Trophy Brewing is expanding. The brewery that started in a small retail building along Morgan Street has taken over the entire building now and site plans were submitted for a small expansion. The plans suggest that more of the angled parking in front will be used for outdoor space and some for a small building expansion.

The site plans show a small addition on the eastern side of the building facing the street as you can see in the screenshot below. For reference, I’ve added an overlay of the “Morgan Monsters” mural which I hope you’ve seen by now. (cause it’s great!)

Site plan map for Trophy Brewing.

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Site plan map for Trophy Brewing.

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The new space should be finished by next Summer.

Not much else to report on this. It is great to see a downtown brewery expand due to, I’m assuming, continued success. Some of Trophy’s beers are at the top of this blogger’s favorites for sure. Go Raleigh beer!

Options on the Table For New City Hall Tower

Raleigh Municipal Building. June 2018.

Raleigh Municipal Building. June 2018.

During a March 27, 2018 meeting of the Economic Development and Innovation (EDI) Committee, there were some good details discussed over the future Civic Campus Master Plan. I wanted to bring out some details from the meeting minutes here today.

You can watch the video of the meeting on YouTube here or embedded below.

To quickly recap, the city is currently working on a master plan to possibly redevelop city hall as well as offload various city-owned property in and around downtown Raleigh. The point would be to consolidate the downtown workforce as well as expand for projected growth. The epicenter of the project would be on the block consisting of the Raleigh Municipal Building (RMB) and former police headquarters. (Basically the Avery C. Upchurch Municipal block)

You can dive straight into the minutes here. Some additional relevant reading:

First, let’s take a look at the municipal block today. There are three main structures:

  1. Fomer Raleigh Police Headquarters, currently empty
  2. Raleigh Municpal Building with offices and City Council Chambers
  3. A parking deck

With the city owning the entire block, it’s basically agreed that the new campus will consist of new development there.

The civic campus is assumed to include the following departments:

With internal conversations and surveys, the consultants found that a conservative 1.5% city staff growth rate would be appropriate to ensure that any new buildings would be useful for 30 to 50 years after being built.

But before we get into what can be built, the “do nothing” scenario was considered. The cost to maintain current buildings and continue to lease space as growth is needed over the next 30 years will cost around $200 million dollars. $80 million would go towards maintenance of current facilities with an estimated $120-160 million going towards leasing space.

The Build Scenarios

Buiding a new tower presents a few options that allow the city to be more flexible in the future.

With the RMB offering some flexibility, it would be possible to extend the life of that building while still putting downtown workers into a new one. There are three scenarios on the table. (emphasis is mine)

Option #1: 20 stories (above capacity)

Option #2: 17 stories +/- (at capacity)

Option #3: 14 stories +/- (below capacity)

Options 1 and 2 allow the RMB to be vacated and therefore, avoid maintenance and upfit costs. If option 3 is pursued, then outside space will still be needed whether it is within the RMB or elsewhere. RMB then presents a $40M renovation cost.

That’s as far into the details as I’d like to get into it, please take a look at the minutes and watch the video if you want more. I’m sure this will be an ongoing discussion within the EDI committee.

It’ll be interesting to see where they go with these options but either way, the options to build a new consolidated tower sound like a cost-effective option compared to leasing space across downtown Raleigh.

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Pic of the Week

Hillsborough Street with One Glenwood tower under construction. June 2018.

One Glenwood is really coming along with the lower floors having their facade being put in place now. The parking deck, seen on the right from this angle, flew up and is giving Morgan Street an urban feel. At the pace I’m seeing, it seems the building will be ready by this Winter for sure.

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The Rogers House in its new home at the corner of Bloodworth and Cabarrus Streets.

The Rogers House has landed at its new home at the corner of Bloodworth and Cabarrus. It’s one of the two homes that were saved from West Street where The Fairweather, a 45-unit condo building, is planned to go. The second house, larger home, the neighbor to The Rogers House, could not be saved.

I’ll have to visit the West Street site next as crews start to work on The Fairweather. Meanwhile, the new foundation for the historic Fourth Ward house is already being put together as the renovation work is underway. It’s a good fit for the Prince Hall Historic District.

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South Street Townhome Plan Flips to Condos, Adds More Units

611 West South

The site of 611 West South. April 2018.

A plan for townhomes at 611 West South, which has seemed to stall throughout 2017 has changed and now includes more units. Site plans (SR-48-18) show 87 units across two, 3-story condo buildings.

Renamed to South Street Condos, in short, the plan has changed from this:

Site Plan Map of 611 West South

Plan submitted in 2016. Click for larger

to this.

Site Plan Map of South Street Condos, 2018.

Plan submitted in 2018. Click for larger

If you haven’t seen the site, there’s a very large culvert that runs straight down it. Similar to the original plans, it looks like the developer won’t even touch it and will leave it as open space.

The plans mention a possible future greenway here as well.

The plans show a parking deck entrance in both buildings as well as some surface parking along the western building. I want to guess that with it being only 3-stories tall, the bottom floor will mainly be for parking and ground-floor amenities.

The very rough renderings included in the site plan, however, seem to show units on the ground-floor going all the way around so I’m guessing the renderings are more for massing then actual look and feel.

Raleigh Architecture Company is leading the design on this project.

It’s interesting to note that they only required 71 parking spaces but are providing 126.

At the end of the day, I’m glad to see more units coming to the area. I’m crossing my fingers for one or two retail spaces but this site plan does not suggest that that is the case.

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Pic of the Week

Corner of Blount and Morgan Street

The corner of Blount and Morgan is looking very colorful these days.

Marbles have demolished the car service shop here and, for the time being, installed this colorful mural and plaza. It’s a dramatic difference for sure and with evening shade is quite pleasant to walk through.

With expansion plans on the horizon, Marbles is sure to grow and I can’t see it being a total shocker that this lot is a holdover for something much grander down the road.

Kudos to the team behind this install though as it’s a great contribution to downtown’s public space!

State of Downtown Raleigh 2018: Highlights Part 1

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Every Spring, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance releases their “State of” report and it’s full of data goodness about our city’s core. If you want to dive into it, go here.

Having seen a few of these, there are some stats that I go for each year and I wanted to put them down here for Part 1.


Government everywhere.

We’re still a government town and the figure below shows the latest breakdown of employment by sector.

Employment by Sector - State of downtown Raleigh 2018

Downtown Raleigh has the densest office market in the Triangle. The count of urban workers is now at 47,000 and is projected to be at 56,500 by 2030.

Compared to last year:

The rest more or less went down a percentage point.



There are now 8,500 residents living in downtown Raleigh and we’re projected to hit 10,000 by 2022. The occupancy rate is also at 95%, up one over last year so we’re ready to absorb more units.

Population Highlights - State of downtown Raleigh 2018

List of Projects

And finally, here’s the big list of developments from the report showing completed, under construction, and planned projects in downtown Raleigh.

List of developments - State of downtown Raleigh 2018

Introducing the DTRaleigh Community

Logo for the DTRaleigh Community

I’m excited to announce that I’m making a drastic change to the commenting that has been taking place for years on this blog. Soon, it will be closed for good. Instead, I’m hosting a much more powerful platform for online conversations and discussions that will all take place on the DTRaleigh Community.

Built on Discourse, this will allow readers to engage on topics much easier and with richer features. Embed maps, images, docs easily and keep up with the conversation on the go with the Discourse app.

While the Community is technically separate from the blog, I’m going to try my best to keep all blog content on the Community as well. In theory, you could never visit this site again and not miss a beat.

For those that don’t follow the conversation, it’s business as usual. I encourage you to follow however as the conversations typically dive into the topics even deeper than here on the blog and sometimes, the community reports things first before anyone else.

See you on the forums.

NOTE: Commenting on this blog will close on June 1.

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