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    Forsyth County Public Library

    The finishing touches to the new Central Library are currently being completed. A grand opening date should be forth coming. Exterior Photo courtesy of J. Silkstone Photography Interior photos courtesy of General Contractor Frank L. Blum Construction Co.
  2. This will be the Triad's first location of CycleBar, an indoor cycling fitness center. It will be going into one of the three retail spaces in the Twin City Lofts Bldg. at Fourth & Marshall. It represents at least a partial return of a fitness center to the site since the entire ground floor retail space was previously the location of a Gold's Gym before their lease was bought out by the condo developers. CycleBar has concierge-level service and amenities for riders. It's described as being like a rock concert, with an amazing sound system with DJ booth, custom lighting, and massive video screens in CycleBar’s CycleTheatre. Cyclists have access to playlists from the classes on their CycleBeats system. They also have a CycleGiving program to support local causes and they have meetups at restaurants, bars, and area events.
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    Benton Convention Center

    Here's the Winston-Salem Journal's photo gallery of pictures from the ribbon cutting of the newly remodeled Benton. There is still some ancillary work on the exterior on the N. Cherry Street side that remains to be finished. It turned out beautifully.
  4. Bookmarks, the organization that has produced one of the largest book/literary festivals in the Southeast opened a couple of weeks ago in their new 4,600 sq. ft. headquarters and bookstore at 634 West Fourth Street directly behind Foothills Brewery. This new space incorporates Bookmarks' offices, a meeting and conference room, and a nonprofit independent bookstore. There is a entrance alleyway directly from W. Fourth as well as off street parking on Holly Avenue. with direct access to the store. Foothills will be opening up an adjacent 5,400 sq. ft. cafe'/event space with the capacity of handling up to 300 people. It looks to become one of the most unique gathering spaces in Camel City. The floor plan to the left reflects the bookstore. The shelving is on wheels so that the space can be re-configured to meeting space with the capability to host up to
  5. Construction has recently commenced on yet another large downtown apartment project that consumes an entire city block! West End Station will consist of 229 residential units, with two courtyards, swimming pool & other outdoor amenities as well as underground parking. Its location just west of Broad Street & below West Fourth will further knit the West End District tighter into the Brookstown District at the BB&T Ballpark thereby enlarging the downtown urban grid. Here's the architect's comments on this reported $40 million project: Green Street elevation. West End Station West End Station is a 229-unit apartment project in Winston-Salem, NC. Developed by Charlotte based DPJ Residential, the building is designed on a site with significant topography at the edge of downtown. The primary front, along Green Street, is a 3-story façade, stepping a full story toward the rear of the site and Brookstown Avenue. A podium garage, accessed from the lower side of the site carves beneath the building, with 4 full levels of apartments resting above and addressing the Brookstown edge. A large pool courtyard and amenity plaza tucks behind the split portion of the Green Street arm of the building, flanking one of two elevated passive courtyards over the parking garage. Construction is expected to begin summer of 2017.
  6. Here's rendering of the finished project. I have a feeling that the Power Plant will become the epicenter of the Innovation Quarter. The first restaurant announced for B.P.P. is from Claire Calvin, the owner of an extremely popular West End restaurant called The Porch, which serves authentic Tex Mex cuisine in the West End Millworks complex. The name of the new restaurant Alma Mexicana translates to "Mexican soul." The native Texan said the new location would have a simpler, smaller menu at lunch designed to accommodate downtown workers, and a more "sophisticated" dinner atmosphere featuring shared-plate menu items and cocktails. She envisions Alma Mexicana to be an ideal, laid-back spot for Saturday lunch with the kids and a good spot to take a date at night. In addition to seating about 50 inside, the new restaurant will be able to serve another 25 on a patio below street level that she described as like a "sunken garden." The Porch has 3,000 square feet plus outdoor seating. Two bars are planned -- one geared toward lunch service with beer taps, and another orientated more toward cocktails and the night crowd. Earlier this week, additional tenants were announced: CML Microsystems, a wireless semiconductor and flash memory controller manufacturing and distribution company, will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Corporate Square Drive in Winston-Salem to occupy 5,650 square feet of a total approximate 20,000 square feet of the third floor of the main building of Bailey Power Plant. Twelve employees will conduct product marketing, sales, distribution and technical support out of the new location. “We are excited to be moving into the Innovation Quarter,” said Mark Gunyuzlu, president of CML Microsystems. “We have many capabilities in analog, mixed signal, DSP and microprocessor design, and we hope to leverage our technical depth and expertise to generate opportunities for collaboration with other companies there and so grow our presence.” Several Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center entities will occupy the fourth and fifth floors. Wake Forest Innovations and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter will relocate approximately 40 employees in 13,460 square feet of the fifth floor. Other Wake Forest Baptist entities to locate on the fourth floor and the remainder of the fifth floor will be announced at a later date. Wake Forest Innovations is comprised of the Center for Technology Innovation & Commercialization, which collaborates with industry to accelerate the development and commercialization of inventions stemming from Wake Forest Baptist, and the Center for Industry Research Collaboration, which expedites industry collaboration with faculty and staff engaged in pre-clinical and clinical research. Wake Forest Innovations personnel are currently located at multiple sites in Winston-Salem. The move to Bailey Power Plant will unite these teams under one roof and will free up space needed for the growing research activities of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Wake Forest Innovations will implement a “hybrid office” design in its new space, aimed to facilitate collaboration among teams. The new workspaces will feature open-concept workstations, small- and medium-sized “huddle” spaces, multi-use conference rooms and sound-dampening booths for private calls or focused work. “The way people work and interact has changed rapidly over the past decade,” said Eric Tomlinson, chief innovation officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “This new work space in Bailey Power Plant will reflect our commitment to collaboration and become an incubator for understanding how teams can embrace open communication and work cooperatively.” “The addition of these diverse and exciting groups to Bailey Power Plant continues the momentum that the Innovation Quarter has experienced over the last half-decade,” said Will Partin, senior director of development for Wexford Science & Technology. “Bailey Power Plant played an important role in the history of downtown Winston-Salem, and we are excited for it to continue helping energize the city for decades to come.” New renderings released by Wexford Science & Technology reflect how the outdoor spaces around the main building of Bailey Power Plant will be revitalized. For example, the south entrance of Bailey Power Plant on 4th Street, which features a historic rail line that once brought coal into the power plant, will be repurposed into an elevated rail track, reminiscent of the High Line development of former overhead rail lines in New York City. ... 603161.jpg Canopied tables and chairs will be present along the elevated track and throughout the outdoor areas for workers, student, residents and visitors. Light fixtures will be added at the top of the chimneystacks, offering an exciting element to Winston-Salem’s skyline. ... 606161.jpg ... Night1.jpg
  7. The first phase of the Bailey Power Plant is a 110,800 SF redevelopment of the massive former RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company’s coal-fire power plant on Patterson Avenue between Fourth & Fifth Streets. Located in the epicenter of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Bailey Power Plant is Wexford Science & Technology’s sixth project and will bring Wexford’s redevelopment total to one million square feet and nearly $400 million in investment. It's central location in the Innovation Quarter across from Bailey Park will serve as an iconic site for office, restaurant & other entertainment tenants. The first tenant announced was the Venture Cafe': The global entrepreneur organization known as Venture Café, Started in 2009 in Cambridge, Mass., Venture Café began its global expansion in 2014. Its first expansion outside the Boston-Cambridge, Mass., area was in St. Louis, Mo. Venture Cafes are also in Miami, Fla., and Rotterdam, Netherlands.The organization is in a growth mode and currently considering other cities around the world. Each Venture Café is somewhat unique in each city but all part of a global network coordinated by the Venture Café Global Institute dedicated to building strong inclusive innovation ecosystems. The Venture Cafes are unique to their resident cities but can pull resources from the global network. Upcoming Venture Café locations will be opening soon in Philadelphia, Warsaw, Santiago, and Tokyo Bailey Power Plant will have a Venture Cafe "Innovation Hall." It will be 6,300 square feet in size and is rentable. Bailey Power Plant's Innovation Hall is called "Turbine Hall" - ... rbine-hall The Space: We have six spaces available for events depending on size. Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3 Enclosed space seating 8-10 conference style – $50/hour. Requires 1.0 hours set up and breakdown. Conference Rooms 4 and 5 Enclosed space seating 16 conference style – $75/hour. Requires 1.0 hours set up and breakdown. Turbine Hall: Open space seating 140 theatre style or 160 banquet style. $100/hour. Requires 2.0 hours set up and take down. Full Day @ Turbine Hall: Book all five conference rooms plus Turbine Hall. $3,000/day. Requires 8 hours of set up and take down. 6300 sq. feet total.
  8. Here's the rendering of what the final product will look like. It really will enhance the vibrancy of the central district of the Innovation Quarter along with the adjacent Bailey Power Plant project.
  9. In a further development of the downtown hospitality market that bodes well with the upcoming completion of the Benton Convention Center renovations, a Courtyard by Marriott is proposed on W. Fourth Street conveniently next door to Foothills Brewing, one of the largest craft brewers in the state, that is slated for opening in 2019. It appears to have a rooftop amenities floor that will offer a great view of the downtown skyline. This is one of several hotels that have been proposed for the central city that follows the lead of the Cardinal Kimpton Hotel along with the Hotel Indigo that is currently under construction in the Pepper Bldg. at W. Fourth & N. Liberty.
  10. Construction has commenced on Grubbs Properties second LInk Apartments project in the Camel City. The $43.5+ million project is located across from the Bailey Power Plant project & Bailey Park in the Heart of the Innovation Quarter. It consists of 344 apartment units wrapping around an 872 space parking garage, the spaces of which will be utilized by IQ district buildings in addition to the apartment units. Included in the project are 2 retail spaces totaling 5,000 sq. ft. fronting on East Fifth Street. The number of units makes this the largest apartment complex in Downtown so far unseating Plant 64 ( 243 units). The retail portion will further invigorate the area creating a synergy with the Bailey Power Plant mixed use development across the street offering possible additional street front dining options depending on who leases the space. It also does an awesome job in increasing the density of the downtown urban grid by occupying an entire city block. The photos show the project looking toward the west and south along with the rendering of what the project will look like upon completion. Looking toward the west: Looking south:
  11. The newest apartment community (shown below in preconstruction renderings & final product) in Downtown Winston-Salem has opened near the Innovation Quarter. The developer Goler Community Development Corporation and Laurel Street Residential LLC asked for the City's participation in the project in the form of a $325,000 grant and a $1.25 million loan to develop the 115-unit apartment complex on land in between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue with the intent of incorporating affordable housing as part of the downtown apartment inventory. The city money came from voter-approved bonds.The development consists of 14 studio apartments, 83 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom apartments. A quarter of the units — 29 apartments — would be set aside for people who make no more than 80 percent of area median household income. The market-rate units will rent for $1,045 to $1,445 per month, while the “affordable” units would go for $757 to $841 per month. The total cost of the complex would be about $15 million, including the city help.
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    Downtown Greensboro Developments

    Looks like Zimmerman can pull his sign down. Regarding the Ballpark Office Bldg. that structure looks really great & is a great addition to DT GSO.
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    Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

    A very interesting article about Wake Forest's partner in the development of the IQ. An exciting part of the article is the mention of the next step for the district: Wexford and Wake Forest—which currently controls 130 acres of land in Winston-Salem—are now huddling about their next redevelopment project: the creation of a second downtown on 45 acres between two highways that, if realized, would double the size of the Innovation Quarter. Tomlinson calls Wexford “an amazing partner” with which Wake Forest “is joined at the hip” in development, design, and construction meetings that concern the Quarter. “They have been willing to share success factors with us, and we are now part of a pantheon of 13 innovation centers,” says Tomlinson. “It’s been a complete pleasure working with them.”
  14. Construction continues on an infill project on N. Trade St. next to Mary's Gourmet Diner and Famous Toastery the dueling brunch palaces in the Arts District. It's a 3 story mixed used building that has the third floor residential condominium that has already sold. Space is still available for office use on the second floor and retail on the first. It's giving additional density in that part of downtown and is a nice complement to the AFAS Bldg. that is currently under construction around the corner at Liberty/Seventh.
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    Plant 64 Mixed Use Development

    Here's a Wings over Winston aerial photo showing a view over Plant 64 which has remained essentially 100% leased since opening. It has proven to be one of the most successful residential projects downtown. The complex also has commercial space which is occupied by The Variable which is a rapidly growing advertising agency.