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  1. Here is a word-for-word section from the TBJ article. "Lundy's current plan for the property includes erecting two 20-story buildings - one for commercial and the other for residential - with expansive retail space at the bottom of both buildings. The total amount of commercial space will exceed 300,000 square feet with lease rates in the low 30s, Baker estimates, adding the current plan also calls for the residential tower to have 250 condo units. Company officials estimate the project will cost about $160 million at the full buildout with structured parking. But before all that, the Lundy Group may also have to buy the adjacent 0.8-acre property which currently is occupied by a law firm, Baker says. He declined to discuss financial specifics. Both towers will start going up at the same time, he says, and the earliest completion time would be sometime in 2018." Good stuff. Sad truth is, they want to do 40 floors worth of skyline changing structure, but they will bypass the design scrutinizing by the city and just stay at the comfortable (but idiotic) 20 floor "max"
  2. Quoted highlights of the article courtesy of the Triangle Business Journal: "The Pappas version of Crabtree Village isn't as dense as the previously approved plan and saves more trees..." "The proposed Pappas plan could allow up to 525 apartment and condo units, a 200-room hotel, up to 250,000 square feet of office space and up to 60,000 square feet of retail space." "Pappas says the group is focused first on building the 315 apartment units in six buildings, an investment valued at more than $40 million. Later, they could add more residential units, the hotel and the commercial and retail buildings." "Both the new and old master plans would allow one of the Crabtree Village buildings to be constructed as a mixed-use tower as tall as 200 feet..."
  3. Saw someone post this once: "Sometimes it seems most citizens would be fine with the departments operating out of trailers" Much Love Raleigh, B. Gay., Tom, and Rusty
  4. You're right, the temporary "headquarters" will be on Six Forks Rd. while the department will maintain a central command office in a renovated building at the Cabarrus/Dawson st. intersection. The current headquarters will be moved out of and demolished unless the council decides to keep it around till they know what their next move is. North Hills is quite bland, maybe Bonner would like to dig it up and take it to work...you know, like a trophy. Here is my little rant on this whole project: I have been in the current RPD more than 50 times, for both visiting my dad and volunteer work. There is no doubt that every aspect of our public safety and emergency services needs upgrading and the manner in which the council wanted to do it for the last 10 years was the easiest possible way but also the most expensive. Back in the 90's, the RPD was actually in serious talks to relocate next door to the Hillsborough Place building (current Campbell Law School), imagine how cheap that would have been! People have been calling this "Meeker's shiny tower" and calling the height overkill without probably researching the property, it's tiny! The small space, which also has to integrate the entry and exit drives to the underground portion of the parking deck, required the building to be taller. In fact, the property is half the size of the new Judicial Center's site but with almost the same amount of heated square footage all while needing 50 times the technology the Judicial Center needs(comparing apples to oranges and justifying the costs). I agree, the 911 emergency services, traffic control, and IT servers should be located in a hardened structure separate from the proposed project, but only a few blocks away so not to lose the advantage of accessing existing underground utilities which are incredibly expensive to install. With that component out, the city should still pursue an RPD/RFD public safety headquarters on the current site that is not built as a hardened structure but as a safe, architecturally pleasing, publicly involved, and LEED cert. mid-rise structure. Another thing that some people need to understand is we aren't looking to build this because we are seeking immediate crime and safety results from the departments but we are building this because we have a civic duty to provide our public servants with the tools needed to perform their job properly. Better response times and lower crime rates come as a result of these tools with time. Cost estimates for both components could be significantly lower then the current plan but that requires action soon while construction costs are still low along with efficient designs. Get to work people! Sorry for the long post.
  5. City Council voted 4-4, effectively killing the current proposal and sending everything back to square 1. 1 step forward, 100 steps back. nice
  6. Raleigh's population now estimated at 385,507 as of Jan. 1. Probably top 400,000 in a year and a half. Raleigh's Population tops 385,000
  7. So on SSC, a Charter Sq. rendering shows a box at the southwest corner beside the 14-story residential tower which i'm assuming is the odd box everyone keeps wondering about going up. But the rendering posted further up on here doesn't show the box. It has to be a public access to the underground deck since it is a public deck. Has anyone seen this on site plans?
  8. I went downtown this past Monday to check out the Urban Design Center and see how Fayetteville St. was coming along. The vista down the street to the Capitol is quite impressive and I know it will be really nice once it is complete. I couldn't help but notice how run-down some of the old buildings really looked since the trees were taken out, the trees really helped them out. Hopefully, all of the owners will take advantage of the facade upgrade grant to really improve their appearance. Quiznos isn't on Fay. St., but their signs for it are. They direct you down through the Exchange Plaza courtyard to their entrance on Wilmington St. In all, walking down the Fayetville St. sidewalks and hearing and seeing the construction taking place gives you a feeling that reopening it to cars is really going to turn that stretch around, sooner than later. btw, i'm new to urbanplanet, glad i finally got on here
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