I hate to admit you are probably right- it would just make me extremely, EXTREMELY sad to see that many old-school storefronts be torn down for some “modern” garbage. When I visit Asheville, there is maybe one building you could consider tall, yet it’s alllllll the beautifully maintained old storefronts and old stone buildings that really make me feel like I’m in an interesting, bustling city. To lose that entire block of classic storefronts would be an abomination and an assault on Raleigh’s history.
I mean, there has been a movement to integrate older storefronts into newer buildings. One City Center in Durham did it where they could on Main Street, and there are some projects going up in Raleigh that seem to have that idea as well.
They took some historic tax credits in renovating the former DrPepper bottling plant along Dawson. Pretty sure those hold stipulations limiting redevelopment… Although I’d be surprised if Empire is held to the same standard as everyone else.
Almost their entire history (no pun intended) downtown is preservation minded. I don’t know if it is from an altruistic well, or a business minded well (they mine tax credits), but I think we have to assume they’ll preserve the spaces unless we hear otherwise. They are very good spaces with structural brick and pressed tin ceilings. My gut says they add a few stories on top of them, like the condo Greg added over Mahler Gallery (look at the rear of Mahler from Salisbury) or the Father & Sons building addition being done by another developer.
Also, isn’t the L the only new construction that Empire has delivered? They had proposed the Lafayette that fell through about a decade ago. (22 stories, 80 condos, 125 room hotel, 15,000 sf retail, rooftop pool & bar)
I wish they could get ahold of the Boyettes Automotive space. That is a nice corner cafe setup there. The warehouse district used to have many more small brick retail and industrial spaces, but Dillon mostly cleaned those out or ripped their faces off and and incorporated them into larger buildings. After the Clearscapes/311 space, it is my favorite remaining building.
I believe so. They also proposed a residential tower across from West Condos. David Allen Buildings There was a concept rendering at one time but I can’t find it now. It was to be incorporated into the older structures site.