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RaleighRob last won the day on February 21 2012

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  1. Good news: Rex is gonna open a Urgent/Primary Care center in the old St. Agnes hospital: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/06/19/2150017/southeast-raleigh-to-get-new-community.html
  2. It is big news. I thought about posting something if they had actually announced *where* in downtown they were gonna be. Was kinda hoping for some big announcement like Charter Square or something.....but..... The Independent weekly is now speculating Warehouse District, which seems kinda odd to me. But there definitely is the vacant space there. Hmmm.
  3. ^Greenshields spot woud've been great. Is the space that Wild Ginger left big enough for them? I'm guessing not. Hmmmm.
  4. Looks like construction on the apartments is well underway. However the block that had the old Jackpot looks like it's being used as just a lot for now. Good news for that old West Morgan Center down the street---Mayor Meeker's son Charles just bought it and plans to spruce it up a bit. The Burger Hut just closed but Meeker's got the owners of Busy Bee to put a restaurant in its place. http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/03/2039722/david-meeker-son-of-former-raleigh.html
  5. The Rapid Fitness is open now...although they don't even have a sign on the building yet. And some type of art gallary-slash-gift shop has opened in the little retail space next to the Pharmacy. Dunno much about them but they had a First Friday flag out recently. The old Rosie's plate is still empty. Though in the neighborhood there's a rumor that folks in the neighborhood are trying to convince the owner of Baja Burrito to open a second location there. (Good idea I think.) But that's just a fleeting rumor.
  6. Well, like Orulz says...plenty of room left for more hotels. (Not to mention how the Blount Street Commons area is just perfect for a few more Bed & Breakfast Inns!)
  7. Wake County is buying the old Coca-Cola plant on South Wilmington Street and turning it into a vocational/technical high school. http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/29/1968000/vocational-high-school-proposed.html
  8. Do what? We're always talking around here about the need for more residents to support businesses downtown. Those office dwellers might venture out for lunch a few days a week, but they quickly head back to their suburban cul-de-sacs at 5 and eat at the Applebees in some stripmall. If we want downtown businesses to thrive you gotta have residences. And downtown already has more than enough high-dollar condos that no one can afford so apartments makes way more sense. And the Hue ain't a waste of space as far as its use. We can argue about the architecture, design and quality of the building though, that's fine. I'm with ya there. But truth is, it's done its job of offering new options for people to live downtown. If you wanna make the argument that we need good towers at the Edison spot where there's retail on the ground plus offices above that, then residential above that....in the vein of RBC Plaza...I'm totally there with you. But I 100% disagree that we don't need apartments in the CBD. Oh we do...and way way more than this. And I'm definitely glad this hideous empty lot is finally getting something on it.
  9. Update on the Edison; http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/28/1964497/high-rise-apartments-pitched-for.html
  10. This summer, the city is re-doing the lanes on the current 5-lane stretch of Hillsborough Street between Oberlin and Ashe: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/20/1948118/raleigh-tries-to-appease-all-sides.html One lane in each direction, plus keeping the middle turn lane. Bike lanes, and street parking on the eastbound lane. I think it's a good compromise, and it should be relatively easy and low-budget for the city to do.
  11. ^Well I definitely like your optimism. Though I would be surprised if they wanted something that big here. First building that came to my mind is that 7 story office building on Fayetteville street that's been sitting empty between Exchange Plaza and Market Plaza. It could use some minor work but otherwise it's a good solid building. (Would be kinda convenient for them, too...they could entertain business clients next door at the Mint whenever they wanted to.)
  12. Another report with a bit more detail on the Person Plaza development: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/grocery-store-finally-coming-to-downtown-raleigh/Content?oid=2866792
  13. Update for this thread.... Phydeaux Pet shop is open in the capital city grocery space and Tyler's taproom is open. Most of Seaboard Station is full now...yet the owner filed for bankruptcy this week. Wow.
  14. Latest on the North Person area. This topic is due for updating. PieBird of course has been open a while and is probably the most popular spot in the neighborhood next to Krispy Kreme. A salon just recentlyo opened next to it too, and some of the other store fronts are trying to fill up. We still need something good in the old Rosie's Plate spot. (I think it'd be perfect for a burrito shop myself...Chubby's anyone? LOL) As many know the old Super 10 is becoming the latest version of Rapid Fitness. I kinda like the idea of more than one gym (O2 Seaboard, currently) being downtown, though this seems awfully close together. But competition is good regardless. Ok now to Person/Franklin Plaza. City Farm project is still in the works. But today I saw this article in New Raleigh and my jaw hit the ground: http://www.newraleigh.com/article/market-restaurant-and-escazu-moving/ Market and Escazu may be moving there. Also, a bakery called Yellow Dog. All I can say is if this info is correct and it happens, this would be heaven. (I live nearby.) Crossing my fingers. Also if anyone's interested, since much of this area is technically outside of the Downtown Alliance boundaries (which seems weird to me), the businesses have started their own minature version called the Person Street Partnership: http://www.mordecaicac.org/partnerships
  15. The architecture style shown in the drawings does fit the area well. More residential will help keep the retail/dining options (and hours) better too.
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