If you’ve heard about this new Downtown project with an intriguing name, but aren’t quite sure what it entails, keep reading. RALtoday sat down with one of the developers behind Smoky Hollow — Kane Realty Corporation — to learn more about the history of the area, retail coming soon + future events.
Smoky Hollow is a mixed-use project located near Downtown’s Glenwood South district + adjacent to the proposed Devereux Meadows Park.
The first phase of the project opened in spring 2020 with the Peace Apartments — a 417-unit apartment building atop a ~50,000 sqft Publix grocery store.
In the 1800s, the Smoky Hollow neighborhood was primarily an African American community + an area where blue-collar mill + railroad workers lived, according to director of design for Kane Realty Josie Reeves. The area was defined by the railroad tracks that still run through the district today.
Coal-burning trains would travel through + emit smoke that would settle in the low neighborhood — thus making a smoky hollow, she said.
The Line Apartments + the 421 office space are both open to lease, and so far 4 retail spots have been announced as coming soon:
- J. Lights (from the owner of Durham’s J. Lights Market & Cafe)
- Madre (from the creators of Happy + Hale)
- Dose Yoga + Smoothies (by Emily Wallace)
- Midwood Smokehouse (led by Lexington-native Matthew Berry)
The outdoor space in between the Line Apartments + the 421 building, known as the Hollow, hosts a new Raleigh Night Market on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-9 p.m.
Smoky Hollow doesn’t end there — the development team is in the early design stages for a third phase now.