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  1. Cameron Village Developments

    Just to clarify, I'm basing my thought on the 4br part on the hundreds of such units around campus, and the presence of about zero such units for seniors...the three buildings going up by the post office in Five Points might have some 4 br units, but certainly not the whole buildings. My money is still on student housing, albeit higher end student housing. Sure in 1960 they weren't thinking about additional floors. That is the nature of Cameron Village's original spread out. So while I'm not a structural PE it seems like it could be done....pull out the as-builts and/or original design and see what was put in. The west wall is almost certainly anchored into the embankment so one side is all set. Take some test bores too and see where the bedrock is...this site cascades off a plateau so it might be fairly shallow...I bet you could get away with screw piles at less than all four corners before going up. And I'm only talking about putting an envelope around the ground floor anyway to support some sticks over top....unconventional in this town, sure, but not unheard of, especially when historical resources are in play.
  2. 301 Hillsborough Street

    In this article Lundy is quoted as wanting to preserve as many old buildings as it can...they own quite a lot of stuff downtown now. While they don't yet own the Hicks mansion and Flying Saucer building, it gives me hope that if they did acquire them, they would somehow preserve them, incorporate them into the overall plan, ar at the very least, move the Hicks mansion over to say Blount St.
  3. Kane, being the big conservative supporter that he is, likely has a long list of companies that couldn't care less about HB2 on speed dial. Law firms. Investment and banking firms...those are his bread and butter(I realize Kane recruited Allscripts to North Hills) and I think more likely to stay a-political. Having said that, it could very well affect the other projects if this keeps cascading.
  4. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    I think that its because there aren't enough places approved for HUD elderly assistance. I think you'd find they fill up no matter where they are located. There really aren't that many HUD elderly units in the City...I think Capital Towers is the biggest and Sir Walter second biggest..., though the City itself provides some units too (e.g. Glenwood Towers, Halifax, Etc.). As an aside, I am not the only one who thinks coupling greenspace with senior housing is a good thing. Interestingly this author notes the benefits of both urban location and greenspace, which while difficult to pull off both for a single facility, Raleigh might be just the sort of place it can be achieved, especially with Dix master planning just under way...maybe a slice of Heritage Park can be rolled up into elderly living space and pedestrian improvements between the two areas added in.
  5. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    It was vacant for years before becoming an old person's home. Honestly a highrise doesn't serve seniors very well. I'd more inclined to couple seniorliving spaces with parks and close to medical facilities. Plopped down in the middle of a loud busy city never seemed like the best situation. At this point the taxes generated by a rehabilitated Sir Walter would probably offset the HUD subsidization. I don't know for certain but guess the subsidies might net a few hundred thousand a year? For every hundred thousand in rent subsidy you'd have to add 10M in tax value to the building for it to be a wash which seems doable. Plus if it was a hotel again, that's additional room tax it would generate beyond simple property tax. Plus visitor spending=sales tax.
  6. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    Reopen the Sir Walter Hotel thread...
  7. Beer in Raleigh

    Sorry, that was pretty ambiguous of me. I was thinking primarilybotanical beers...infused with plants and other food flavors. I consider things like citra hops, oak aged stuff and chocolate or milk stouts to be in the mainstream lineup now and all of that is available nearby.So, some examples from recent travels...cherry porters are not that rare, but I have yet to find one around here. Lemon-Orange zest Saison,Coconut stout,Thyme SaisonCarrot IPA. Beat Ale, Star Fruit Tart, Honey Spruce black lager, Pine lager, Fig get my drift. Sounds strange I know, but 95% of the time, the places doing this sort of stuff are doing it very well. Fullsteam actually does some things like this, but in the beginning they just weren't pulling it off very well (sorry Durham folks, I know ya'll love Fullsteam). They have gotten better and I hear the head brewer changed something over a year ago, so hopefully they'll continue to push the envelope on some new combos. For dark beers I think Double Barley is a great local option...gotta drive a little down to the boonies near Smithfield, but its worth it.
  8. Beer in Raleigh

    I have done a whole bunch of beer touring around the country the last couple of years. Over 100 breweries. I have come to the conclusion that the Triangle beer scene is almost a reflection of its architecture. Raleigh has good but not much great beer. It mostly follows predictable patterns and perhaps one place or another will have a "thing". Double Barly does dark beers. Trophy loves its Wits and Saisons, etc. What I wish someone body would do here is a massively experimental place like NC breweries Assclown in Charlotte or Fonta Flora in Morganton. Another recent out of state example is 7venth in Dunedin Fl. Anyway, it just feels like a massive hole in the scene here. I thought Trophy might fill it at first with its peanut butter beer, but they've since gravitated back to a more center of the road approach, though well done mind you. As an aside, my fantastic SO, drew this perfect likeness of me for use as aprofile pic in places like UP. So now that ya'll know what I look like, feel free to wave if you see me cruising through downtown on foot or bike.
  9. FWIW there are election day and early voting threads in the coffee house
  10. Glenwood South miscellaneous developments

    Yeah I've seen that in a spot of two. Not surprised this is the area that gets a store first (if it does). It's got the highest concentration of apartments and condos in the downtown area. I've been suggesting the West and Harrington area is the best/most likely place for one for a while now. If I were a betting man, I'd think the east side doens't get much beyond Taz and Stones for a good ten years anyway.
  11. Whelp the time periods involved with modernist architecture's emergence, and the peak of white flight are indisputably largely overlapping. Obviously there is no causationbut the time periods involved then require that modernist buildings almost always either a) contributed to "urban renewal" by removing older structures or b) landed in the farthest reaches ofcity accessible by highway or at a minimum needing a vehicle, and rarely c) were part of thesmart growth of an urban core. Take, Cameron *looks* like it was a smart outgrowth ofdowntown, but it contributed heavily to the flight of downtown, and kicked off the displacement of the freedmanOberlin community....notwithstanding that most of the modernist aspects of it have long since been overwritten with facade updates and demos. So having said all of that, when I see those little block screens, I tend to also associate thosewith the grand whole, where modernism and white flight are inextricably linked.
  12. I mostly have to like the urban aspects of a modernist building before I get attached to the building itself as well. Garland Jones had the good street presence for instance. One thing I never lose sight of, is that modernist buildings almost always can be built with today's materials, using today's techniques for the same relative cost. So I don't care about losing a modernist building itself very often, but if it was well situated and a good addition to a neighborhood or commercial corridor, then I like any building, modernist or whatever, to stay. I care little for the one out on Glenwood for instance (I forget thearchitect...Milton Small maybe?)...suburban in orientation, and far removed from the rest of town when it was built. And concrete screening blocks are still being mass produced today...and patina on those just means they're more likely to fall down, there isn't any character gained from old ones. Mostly they represent white flight style living to me...screen out the unsightly inner city neighborhoods from your new modern office! Good riddance to their use and to the Baptist Student Union.
  13. 4th Ward District

    Lay looks like they swiped that rendering off the Instagram already....
  14. Durham folks, has this project been talked about yet? Not sure exactly where this is, but close to central park and the DIY area.
  15. 4th Ward District

    So I think the Lenoir/West intersection is getting this: Also, Greenman, where did you get the rendering for the Icehouse site? I can't find it on the Lambert of the Raleigh Architecture sites...