While major development in our city can be a source of some — er — debate, the need for creative solutions around housing and mixed use opportunities is very real. In concepting designs for our city, many developers are implementing adaptive reuse.
What is adaptive reuse? In short, this approach maintains the character of historic buildings, while transforming them functionally for modern use. “From a creative placemaking perspective,” says Henry Ward, a partner at local development firm Loden Properties, “the fabric of an interesting urban core is stitched together from both new and old buildings with plenty of green spaces in between.”
Formerly a downtown motor lodge, the boutique Longleaf Hotel opened in early 2020
Why it matters: Proponents of adaptive reuse suggest that this type of development maximizes economic impact while minimizing investment — restoration and renovation requires more human capital and fewer materials than a new build, which creates jobs but reduces the overall material investment in a project.
Dillon Supply Co. was originally founded in 1914 in downtown
Additional benefits: Depending on the location of a project, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding is available either from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or from the NC Department of Commerce. Funds support development reuse in the following areas…
• the renovation of vacant buildings • the renovation or expansion of occupied buildings • the renovation, expansion, or construction of healthcare facilities
What’s up next: “I’m most excited about the potential for adaptive reuse as part of Dorothea Dix Park,” Henry says. “There are a number of buildings on that campus that can be revitalized with interesting public uses.”
What is the oldest commercial building in Raleigh?
Find the answer to today’s quiz in the Wrap section at the end of this email. Who do you know that loves historic buildings? Who do you know that’s always up on the latest develoment news? Do you think they’d like this story? So do we. 👇
Weather ○37º | Freezing rain | 100%chance of precipitation 🧊 ○ A “light glaze” is predicted today in Raleigh and forecasters are calling for up to ¼ inch of ice accumulation in Durham and Orange counties. Yesterday, Duke Energy said it expects up to one million power outages as a result of the storm. Stay warm, folks.🧣(WRAL)
Coronavirus ○ The NC Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance this week, indicating that local health departments are no longer obliged to distribute vaccines to out-of-state patients. Vaccination sites in bordering counties had previously seen residents from Virginia traveling to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. 😷 (CBS 17)
Health ○ The first monthly-dose HIV treatment — developed by RTP-based ViiV Healthcare — has been approved by the FDA. Cabenuva is a once-per-month injection drug. Read more here. 🏥 (The News & Observer)
Edu ○ The NC School of Science and Mathematics recently received a $7.5 million donation — the largest financial gift in the institution’s history. The money will be designated for the construction of a new academic commons area and the renovation of student dorms. (TheNews & Observer)
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WaterCooler ○ Yesterday, NC State won against Pittsburgh, 74–73. The Wolfpack’s next matchup is Sat., Feb. 20 at Wake Forest. Tune in at 4:30 p.m. via Fox Sports + check your local listings to watch. 🏀 (WRAL) ○ In last night’s game against the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes lost 3–4. Cheer them on Sat., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. as they go up against the Chicago Blackhawks. You can watch live on Fox Sports. 🌀(ESPN)
It still feels like the depths of winter, but spring is just around the corner. That means several species of birds will be flocking to our state — and some will be heading South for even warmer climates.
If you’re a lifelong birdwatcher — or a budding avian amateur — click here for a list of 17 bird species to start watching for.
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Biz ○ Community Success Forum | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 9–11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is bringing together industry leaders and local professionals for a forum focusing on racial equity in business + economic mobility throughout the region. 💼
Network ○ Business of Women | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Nicole Raimundo will discuss technology innovation and working online at this month’s Business of Women meeting.
Wellness ○ Wellness Wind-Down | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join our monthly conversation and hear from special guest Melissa Yann as we explore the topic of Expectation. 🧘
PlanAhead ○ Golden Mummies of Egypt | March 6–July 11 | NCMA, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. | $23 | This exhibit features 100+ artifacts, including jewelry and ceramics + will be accompanied by related events, lectures, and workshops. Tickets are on sale now. 🏺
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Quiz — What is the oldest commercial building in Raleigh? Answer — D. The state bank is the oldest surviving building originally constructed for commercial use. It was built in 1813 and is located at 123 New Bern Ave.
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