Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh To Get First Downtown Supermarket In Decades

Jul 29, 2016
Kroger announced it is buying Harris Teeter.
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As Raleigh's housing boom continues, the downtown area is set to get its first grocery store in decades.

The company that manages Seaboard Station, a shopping center off Peace Street, announced plans to add a full-service Harris Teeter in the next two years.

Komodo Food truck at the LA Street Food Fest
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Raleigh might soon see more food trucks on the streets.  The city council will hear about a pilot program tonight that would allow the trucks to set-up along some curb sides in the city.  Right now they're limited to private property and special events. 

Mary-Ann Baldwin chairs the council's Law and Public Safety Committee which drafted the program.  

"Food trucks really do create community and in areas where there are no restaurants, it serves as a gathering spot for people and a place for folks to, you know, get to know each other," Baldwin says.

Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
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Update: Raleigh's City Council has unanimously approved a Unified Development Ordinance to update zoning for one third of the city. This remapping could bring taller buildings and dense construction to the city.
 

Monday, November 17, 2015:

Raleigh City Council's is considering allowing 40-story skyscrapers to be built along Fayetteville Street as part of the city's ongoing zoning district re-mapping efforts. But the council is also considering height restrictions for iconic old buildings there.

A picture of the Raleigh skyline at night.
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Buildings in downtown Raleigh will turn off non-essential lights late at night to protect migrating birds, according to the City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability.

An illustration of the plaza outside the proposed Union Station.
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A shortage of skilled laborers and rising costs of materials is pushing Raleigh's proposed downtown train station over its $44.7 million budget.

Richard Kelly, Raleigh's interim public works director, said despite combing through budget items and weeding out high bids, the project is going to cost another $10 million to complete.

Downtown Raleigh
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Residential builders are scrambling to keep up with demand for downtown housing in cities across North Carolina.

New apartment building projects are on track to double the number of housing units in the core of downtown Raleigh within a few years.

Bill King of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance says much of the demand comes from millennials and downsizing empty-nesters who want to be close to the action. King says there have been few options in the Triangle, which developed as a "suburban region".

An image of downtown Raleigh
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Downtown Raleigh is booming and other downtown areas are noticing. According to a recent story in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa should model its downtown after Raleigh’s tech-savvy and eco-friendly businesses, efficient mass transit and urban housing for young professionals.

Downtown Raleigh Skyline viewed from Boylan Ave.
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Raleigh restaurant owners will ask the City Council Tuesday to reconsider plans to charge $5 fees at downtown parking decks on nights and weekends.

Parking is currently free after 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday. The Council estimates it will cost $1 million to pay for security and maintenance at night, where public urination has become a problem.

Oakwood Lives!

May 27, 2015
Image of actors George Jack and Greg Paul performing in a production of Oakwood Lives!
Burning Coal Theatre

Oakwood Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 20,000 citizens, including notable community members and prominent state and national leaders. A collaboration between Burning Coal Theatre and Oakwood Cemetery honors the stories of some of the deceased each year through staged production.

A picture of the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center
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The Duke Energy Performing Arts Center is seeking bids for a $10 million renovation project this summer.

General Manager Jim Lavery says the center needs to upgrade the women's restrooms, lighting throughout the building, paint, wallpaper, and the concession stand area. The money comes from Raleigh's General Debt Service fund.

"If you do 6-700 events a year, there's something going on every day. Our weekends are really, really full," Lavery says. "We're just trying to bring everything back to where it needs to be just because of the usage."

The Oakwood Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Raleigh
Jorge Valencia

Raleigh council members are continuing to debate how to manage the growing number of homes whose owners are listing on sites such as airbnb.com for short term rentals.
 

In a report he presented at a council meeting Tuesday, Raleigh Planning Director Travis Crane said the rental listings could represent additional income for property owners and the city, but can generate additional traffic and a parking crunch in residential areas.

Marbles Kids Museum
the museum

It's getting crowded at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Sally Edwards is president of the private not-for-profit. She says the museum built to accommodate 175,000 visitors a year, but now hosts 450,000.

“There are days that there are more people at the museum playing than the museum was designed to accommodate. So we really look forward to the opportunity to identify ways where we can expand, so the visitors who want to come and play and learn at Marbles have more room to spread out while they're here.”

A man out on a mission to hand his Walk [Your City] signage in Charleston.
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Lots of cities cater to populations that prefer to drive.

A picture of three banjos.
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Fans of bluegrass music are in Raleigh this week for the World of Bluegrass Festival and conference. 

The gathering is organized by the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association.  The event is part business conference, part music festival.  

Nancy Cardwell is the IBMA's Executive Director.  She said some of the world's finest musicians are in attendance, too.

A picture of a rider on a motorcycle.
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The Capital City Bikefest kicks off in Raleigh this weekend.

The event will feature a classic motorcycle exhibit, a high wire stunt act and a biker fashion show. There also will be a ride to raise money for the U.S.O. and the U.S. Veterans Corps.

Kris Weiss is a spokesman for Ray Price Harley Davidson, which organizes the festival. He says the festival began when Raleigh launched efforts to revitalize downtown a decade ago.

It's A Beautiful World

Jul 18, 2014
Beauty World

  

Musicians Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson strive to never play the same show twice. The experimental duo, formerly known as Prypyat, recently embraced a new chamber pop sound along with a new name: Beauty World.

The band combines their classical training with a sharper, rock-fueled delivery. They perform at the Raleigh City Plaza at 6pm next Thursday, July 24th.

A picture of Mitchell Silver.
City of Raleigh

Raleigh is bidding farewell to its planning director.

Mitchell Silver took the post in 2005, when Raleigh was a mid-sized city grappling with rapid population growth. Silver says the city was able to ride the wave by becoming an attractive place to live and work.  He cites changing density and zoning ordinances, building the Raleigh Convention Center, and revitalizing Hillsborough Street and Cameron Village as successes.

Beth Neel, at finish line of Richmond Half Marathon
Beth Neel

The Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh marathon will be held this Sunday. It's a huge event with lots of music, as the name implies. Recently we asked Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh marathon runners two simple questions: "Who Are You?" and "Why Do You Run?"

The very first response we received was from someone telling us why they are NOT running.

Nancy McFarlane
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North Carolina mayors from the mountains to the coast gathered in Raleigh yesterday to talk business and job creation in this tough economy.

The man of the hour actually wasn’t a mayor at all.  It was O’Hara Macken, an executive vice president and managing director of IPREO.

“Access to talent, culture, livability are all really important to us.  Raleigh offered all of that," said Macken.

Photo: The Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half-Marathon
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On a Sunday morning in early June, thousands of endurance athletes ran through downtown Raleigh in the city’s Ironman Triathlon. This Sunday, thousands are expected for the City of Oaks Marathon. And on a Sunday next April, many more could show for the first Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. 

Hundreds of downtown churchgoers, whose churches are surrounded by street closings for event routes, have wound up in gridlock.  For the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, which features live bands and cheerleaders, even more worshippers than usual will be looking for a way in because the event is scheduled for April 13th -- Palm Sunday.