Design firm Perkins Eastman recently released renderings of the forthcoming Raleigh Union Station Square development located next door to Union Station — and located right in the heart of the Warehouse District. (Thanks for the tip, Jed B.!)
Street level view | Rendering via Perkins Eastman
The big picture:In October 2019, the City Council approved rezoning up to 40 stories for the 1.76-acre site located on West St. across from the Dillon building. The project will include approximately 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space, hotel and office space, up to 300 residential units (15% reserved as affordable housing), 660 new parking spaces+ GoTriangle’s new downtown bus hub.Click here to read the complete project narrative for Phase II of the Union Station development.
Raleigh Union Station Square site plan | graphic via DTRaleigh
What to expect (and when):This multimodal hub is expected to begin construction in 2022, with complete delivery guaranteed by 2025 (when funds must be fully drawn). In addition to the known retail and residential space, the renderings suggest multiple outdoor dining areas — including a rooftop patio.
The bottom line: This little corner of downtown will not only change the skyline of our city, it will also have a huge impact on the way we travel and connect. Union Station Square will serve as an intersection between transit commuters, destination travelers, pedestrians + downtown workers and residents.Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Click the button below to see more of the site designs.
Use the links below to share this development news with all your favorite Raleigh stakeholders, builders, doers, and innovators.
Weather ○42º | Sunny | 0%chance of rain ☀️
Announced ○ The Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit at NCMA — originally slated for February — has a new opening date of March 8. The show features more than 100 artifacts, including jewelry and ceramics + will be accompanied by related events, lectures, and workshops. Tickets are on sale now, free for members’ first visit and $22 for nonmembers. 🏺
Civic ○ We’ve been keeping track of the improvements over at John Chavis Memorial Park — have you?The latest construction updates include progress on interior painting and installations for the new community center + initial construction layout of the playground. See what’s happening in this video. 🌳
Community ○ This week, Raleigh Convergence announced the new lineup of Converging Stories — a series dedicated to community-based conversations around a certain theme. Events will be held throughout the year and topics include second chances, exploration, and tradition. Learn more about how to pitch your ideas here. 🎤
Holiday ○ Can you believe it’s almost February? Next Tuesday, Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day + our very own local marmot — Sir Walter Wally — will let us know how much longer winter is due to last. The NC Museum of History will host its annual Shadow Ceremony at noon. Tune in virtually via Facebook or Youtube. 🌦️
TheBuy ○ If you love NC State merch, this one’s for you: the College of Design, Poole College of Management + Wilson College of Textiles have collaborated to launch a new apparel line commemorating the recently-restored belltower. Shop here. 👕
PlanAhead ○ The annual Krispy Kreme Challenge benefitting UNC Children’s Hospital will be held virtually this year. Feb. 6–13, participants can track their runs + join virtual events such as a costume contest and live chat. Registration fees include a t-shirt and voucher for one dozen doughnuts — find out more and register here. 🏃
Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus. ⬇️
Meet our newest @6AMcity market, @theNASHtoday. We’re headed to the home of country music, Nashville, TN, as our 8th market to kick off some major growth plans this year. Launching March 2021. 🎸
We are looking for two local editors and a whole lot of subscribers.Subscribeto the free email newsletter that delivers what you need to know about Nashville daily, curated, condensed, and guaranteed to make you smarter and more informed about your city in just 5 minutes. ⏰
Please share or forward this email to a friend or family member you think should know what’s up!
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #RALtoday on social media.
ForKids ○ Rock Out! | Fri., Jan. 29 | 2–3:30 p.m. | Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr. | $3 | Attendees will learn about Raleigh’s history of stone quarries and unique flatrock habitats. The barcode to access this event is 266895. ⛰️
Family ○ Build a Fort! | Fri., Jan. 29 | 7–9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Orange County Public Libraries is hosting an evening of games, stories + fort-building right from your living room. ⛺
Show ○ In Hindsight, 2020 | Fri., Jan. 29–Sat., Jan. 30 | Virtual | Free | Raleigh Little Theatre is presenting two nights of community stories centered around peoples’ experiences living through the year 2020. 🎙️
Saturday ○ Raleigh City Elections Q+A | Sat., Jan. 30 | 10 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Hosted by Livable Raleigh, this meetup invites participants to chat with local political strategist Brad Crone. 🗳️ ○ Vivaldi’s Four Seasons | Sat., Jan. 30 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21 | The NC Symphony and violinist Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky will perform. 🎻 ○ 20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration | Sat., Jan. 30 | 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The City of Raleigh is kicking off the start of Black History Month with virtual programming centered around the Black experience + culture. 💻
Sunday ○ Winter Tree ID | Sun., Jan. 31 | 2–5 p.m. | Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St. | $10 | A naturalist specializing in forestry will teach attendees how to identify trees in the winter by examining bark + other evidence. The barcode to access the event is 268423. 🌳 ○ SAGE Walk and Talk | Sun., Jan. 31 | 10–11 a.m. | Lake Lynn, 7921 Ray Road | Free | SAGE — an advocacy & service organization for the LGBTQ+ senior community — is hosting their weekly walk and talk in North Raleigh. 🌈
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.