Fayetteville Street Evening
RBC Plaza wins the aircraft beacon competition
Raleigh Rose Garden
Lunch at Roast Grill
Wachovia Capitol Center stands proud with its new signage.
Bloomsbury Estates doing its best haunted house impression.
The ‘W’ of Wachovia on the ground, next to a lens for size comparison
Raleigh Little Theater outdoors
Offices are taking shape in RBC
Looking down Hargett Street
My wife and I had one of the best tasting dinners this year at Mo’s Diner
Fisheye at Morgan and Fayetteville
The Wachovia sign lights up
Birds discuss the need a 24 hour downtown grocery store.
Mystery Skyline Angle 3
Another shot of Wachovia
In case you missed it.
RBC Plaza watches over downtown
Well, I see no problem with a photo of hot dogs on here. Matt R obviously thought well enough of them to give them a little “plug” here on his site. They look pretty good to me! I think we’d all agree that good food is just as integral to the appeal of a city as a pretty skyline is!
Ernest: With that said. What is taking so long for RFP’s on site 2 and 3?
This is why I keep saying Raleigh is slow to develop. We do not have to wait for one project to finish to start another. Get the process moving yesterday on site 2 and 3. Proposals should have been in conjunction with the convention center. The Convention Center team should not be surprised when conventions do not come back to Raleigh after their first experience (I will bet the farm, no entertainment or additional hotel rooms will equate to convention center authorities reducing square footage pricing to attract additional conventions – they will be lucky if they break even after reducing the rate because of the lack of amenities and hotel rooms – all resulting becasue of the lack of vision and the lack of urgency building out the area around the center – not to mention there is absolutely nothing to the west of the convention center for blocks – but ugly vacant lots – the downtown alliance should have started discussions a couple years ago about a signature development for entertainment and signature towers next to the convention center – convention goers will not wait 10 years for the Edison – they will have selected other cities long before the Edison is completed)
Ernest: P.S. Your thoughts (site 2 and 3 need to be signature towers on each side of F Street, I believe this develpoment is critical for the convention center and weekend activity – these buildings need 2-3 levels of entertainment, with the second and third floors having outdoor seating looking over F Street – similar to Bourban Street – I am suggesting two differnet looking buildings – the one west side 35 stories and the east side building must be taller to compliment the other (east side 40 – 45 stories – will bring a sense of balance to each end of F Street))
Unfortunately, the city cannot just make people develop and build things. If private developers can;t get loans in place, nothign will happen. Now, the city can recruit businesses to come which might spark some new construction, but without a demand, it will not happen. The city cannot go building a spec office tower either and when they try to do something similar to a private developer, people jump all over them a la The Mint.
TC, I am as excited about the possibilities, as I am frustrated about the delays in the RFP process for Sites 2 and 3. Is the city really moving slowly? I am not 100% certain, but let’s think about it. The following are merely questions I have no answer to, but at the same time they may provide us a way to understand the delays.
* Would you publish an RFP before the convention center officially opens and you have some success to speak of?
* Given the troubles and headaches lenders have caused for developers, what are the chances we’ll get some decent proposals? Maybe it is better to move slower.
* As work on the new urban guidelines continues, we may need to wait a little longer, in order to avoid any back-and-forth discussions between developers and city planners. Open space requirements will have to change permanently.
* Sites 2 and 3 are currently used for more than just parking. I assume they will be used during the construction of Site 4 and Charter Square. Until these two projects are well under way, should the city move forward with RFPs?
* Do we have an adequate system to deal with developers that don’t deliver as promised? So far, we seem to have difficulties, but we are learning.
* Regarding the perception of moving slow, we need to keep in mind that the City Council is a part-time entity, not a full-time one, like many other cities. Considering that, we are moving fast, in most cases, anyway.
Whether we’ll see tall structures going on Sites 2 and 3 it is early to guess. Without some minimum requirements by the city, it would be hard to assume that high-rises will end up there. I certainly hope we’ll see nothing less than 25 stories – I would love a couple of towers above 35 floors, or course – but I am afraid we’ll end up with buildings up to 15 floors. In terms of design, I would not mind a twin tower project, similar to Kio Torres (Puerta Del Europa) in Madrid, Spain. They are iconic, however plain the overall design may look. We can have something like a “Gateway to Raleigh” project, with two towers that “serve” like doors to Fayetteville Str. Two other towers that may offer inspiration are the National Bank of Dubai Building (Dubai) and the Burj Al Arab (Dubai). I am not suggesting we carbon-copy these two towers, but their design may provide some inspiration. It goes without saying, these sites MUST have a superb street-level experience ðŸ˜‰
I’m sure we’ll see an update soon. The convention center exterior is complete, the Marriott and RBC are done as well. It’s too bad that the Reynolds project is up in the air. I’d love to see a definite rendering of what would go there if they could move forward with that.
And, I kinda miss the “labs” section of the site too. That was fun to see before all of these projects started actually going up. ðŸ™‚
Hey Matt! Thanks a million from Hamid and I for taking a great picture of Mo’s Diner AND for the terrific comment. I’d love to see you again soon so that I can thank you in person. Keep up the great work!