As an investor in Glenwood South since 1995 when he bought his first house on North Street, Souheil Al Awar has long been fascinated with the palette of warehouses, trees and bungalows that defines this unique neighborhood. With vision broadened by his experiences moving from Beirut to Dubai, to Venezuela (he now lives in Raleigh and Montreal) – and fine-tuned by his background at NCSU’s College of Design – it’s not surprising that Al Awar shoulders his appreciation for what has been with a vision for what might come next.
Enter The Saint. Why, “The Saint”? It’s a nod to the address (between Lane and Jones) on St. Mary’s, a street he sees as one where people have traditionally been attracted by the many trees and beautiful homes. But his focus is on a new generation of downtowners: people who have been living in small condos or apartments, who now want more space to raise growing families or perhaps have enough bedrooms for tucking in grandchildren.
In keeping with Al Awar’s unique mixture of respect for the history of this area and a love for quality and forward looking style, the 17 four-story townhomes, (with elevators accessed from 2-car garages) will be constructed of glazed black bricks reminiscent of NC pottery and vertically placed cypress wood paneling, with oversized windows and master suites with 12 foot ceilings. Each of the nine floor plans ranging from the mid $900,000’s (2700 sq ft) to $1.7 million (4,200 sq ft) will also include roof top gardens. In spite of the multi-floored designs, it was important to Al Awar not to exceed the height of the neighboring church. It is his desire to fit into the neighborhood, while providing a custom built alternative to the many apartments now being constructed in downtown.
This dream has been a long time coming for Al Awar and the neighborhood. He first started the permitting process for these townhomes back in 2013. But the infrastructure is now in place and the first unit will be ready by late fall. This owner of Clockwork offers us a perfect model for honoring both the past, while also exciting us about the next phase. By presenting this new option in scale and quality, he leaps into a new concept for downtown living sure to make Raleigh a destination for families and professionals seeking spacious living in an urban setting.
John Kane has just bought another swath of land on the northeast side of Glenwood South. The new property is located behind his proposed 12-story mixed use building at the corner of Peace and West Streets, previously owned by Gregg Sandreuter. Gregg was the developer of the North at West condos, and had filed plans several years ago to build two apartment buildings on this site (West Apartments I & II). Let’s hope Kane has plans for something bigger and better … downtown has enough 6 story apartment buildings.
And this Triangle Business Journal article says that Kane is “close to a deal with Public Super Markets” to become the anchor store for his property at the corner of Peace and West Streets.
The map below shows the location of Kane’s current property, and most recent purchase.
Your neighbors at Google Fiber are excited to swing open their doors to Triangle residents at their brand new Raleigh Fiber Space, here on Glenwood South in the historic 518 West Jones building. They hope you’ll come by to take Google Fiber’s superfast Gigabit Internet and TV for a spin. The space will be open starting today and will be open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
The opening coincides with Google Fiber opening sign-ups for residents and businesses in the North Hills, midtown area of Raleigh.
The Fiber Space is designed to serve as both a place to experience Google Fiber and a place for our community to gather. They plan to have lots of events and even invite nonprofit and community groups to reserve the space for meetings and gatherings. You can find out more here.
Finally, they hope you’ll stop in on Wednesday, February 1, from noon to 8 p.m. for a community open house and again this Friday, February 3 for First Friday. In celebration of Raleigh’s local artist community and to kick off Black History Month, they are unveiling the latest addition to Raleigh’s mural scene, created by Victor Knight, III, as well as some of his other works. Providing beats for the evening will be local legend, 9th Wonder.
Calling All Downtown Residents!
Curious to know what’s happening in your own backyard? Want to get to know more of your neighbors? How about the individuals, businesses, and organizations that drive so many decisions in the downtown area? Would you like to support the recipient of a resident award? Great. We’ve got the perfect evening for you.
Downtown Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Raleigh Convention Center
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is holding its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Feb 16th starting at 5:30pm, followed by an after-party from 8 pm to 9 pm.
Register here by Tuesday, February 7 and enter DLA17 in the promo code box for your resident discount.
Here’s why you should attend:
- Meet new people.
- Network at the reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
- Enjoy a three-course dinner.
- Listen to a great presentation by urban planning expert Christopher Beynon. His topic of conversation? The importance of inclusivity.
- Celebrate the successes of downtown Raleigh with its biggest advocates.
- Meet all the members of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance staff.
- Get a great deal on tickets. Residents receive a $20 discount using the code DLA17.
- Have fun.
- Support downtown and the champions whose contributions are making a significant impact on downtown.
- Support the resident award recipient.
- Socialize at the after-party from 8 pm to 9 pm.
So tell your friends, get a group together, and come out for a great evening. We think you’ll be glad you did.
For more information, click here or contact Ellen Chilton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
From left to right: Maysa, Alex, Brian and Rommie
The Amra Brothers – and sister – welcome you to experience their dream first hand. After many months of construction, the former Natty Greene space has been transformed into a destination that leaps right over the expectations of sports enthusiasts, foodies and families. Consider it like a cruise ship. There’s space for kids to enjoy a full range arcade, while fans and alumni cheer for their favorite teams and still others retreat upstairs to a quiet mezzanine area, where they can savor desserts like Hummingbird Cake.
Sports fans will love the theater sized TV screen that truly is the next best thing to being in the stadium. Actually this is better, thanks to a long list of craft beers and brewery on site. Match this with nachos, sandwiches and burgers all made from scratch with local ingredients served by a friendly staff, and you have a perfect party.
For those coming for the food and casual, spacious atmosphere, you’ll be surprised at the wide and innovative offerings of Chef Ryan Foxworth. At the soft opening, diners sampled from a range that began with Fried Green Tomatoes served with local goat cheese and peppadew pepper vinaigrette (a favorite!), NC Prosciutto and Pimento Cheese Bruschetta, and crab-in-every-bite Blue Devil Sherry Crab Bisque, leading into entrees that included Black Eyed Pea Cakes, Jambalaya and Grilled Salmon on mashed potatoes with sautéed greens and tomato-basil relish. Agreement at our table was delight that the price point allowed for this to be a weeknight indulgence, providing a healthy, creative, and widely varied menu inviting many happy returns.
For a neighborhood like Glenwood South, this recipe for hospitality hits the sweet spot for residents of all ages. Welcome back, Alex! Congratulations to you and your family!