Its not really easy to work up. It would require like 300+ feet of ramp which isnt a trivial thing to squeeze in to the existing design. It cant go between the road and the retaining wall anywhere along the length of the double gable building. Doesnt look like there is much room for it between the road and parking garage either. It might be possible but it would be difficult in my opinion.
I wonder if tying it into the parking deck would be possible? That would eliminate any need for ramps, assuming the deck is accessible.
This was my exact thought but you two beat me to it. The parking deck (presumably) already has an elevator and stairs, so they wouldn’t have to worry about losing any space in the development. It also already has ramps (the road part) so even bikes would be accommodated.
Sidewalks down Whitaker Mill between Wake Forest Rd and Atlantic, with pedestrian crossing at Atlantic seems essential. Walking to and from East End Market and Dock 1053 is an adventure, especially at night. We haven’t even tried walking to Iron Works yet (have only driven), and it’s less than a 10 minute walk for us.
And on a separate note, any updates on the East End Market next phases? It’s been sitting there stagnating for ages.
I was over at Bowstring over the weekend and wondered when that giant pit in front of the recently renovated warehouse would become … anything. Ten stories will be a huge change, but will only look better and, if anything, normal over time once the 20-story towers at Iron Works go up.
Sharing this here. Cool that August Construction Solutions is doing this one. They do great work.
Irritated still that Ponysaurus is supposed to be spring 2024 when they’re literally putting on drywall now. But excited to have both them and Brodeto to look forward to.
Atlanta-based celebrity chef Ford Fry (Superica at the Fenton) will open a new location of his taco brand Little Rey in Raleigh Iron Works in 2024. Beyond tacos, Little Rey specializes in pollo al carbon, charcoal-roasted whole chickens and familiar Tex-Mex dishes like quesadillas and flautas.
Compared to Superica, Little Rey will be more casual, operating as an all-day counter service fast casual spot, starting with breakfast tacos in the morning, plus weekend brunch pancakes. During the day there will be street tacos stuffed with the charred and smoky al carbon, plus options like carnitas, grilled steak, crispy pork belly and brisket. Shareable plates include chips and guac with freshly made salsas, smoked chicken wings and very crispy crinkle-cut fries. The Raleigh Iron Works location will be the brand’s third, following two others in Georgia. The restaurant will be 3,100 square feet, with a wide patio and a walk-up outdoor ordering window.
Drinks include margaritas, both frozen and on the rocks, and agua frescas and beer. Sweets include a soft serve machine that rotates flavors like vanilla, churro and tres leches. Little Rey will join several other restaurants at Raleigh Iron Works, including Brodeto, Eastcut Sandwich, Ponysaurus, and Jaguar Bolera.
To me it’s absurd how much land is wasted in the center of the roundabout and peanut-bout alternatives.
This was clearly the best alternative (look at all the new pedestrian plaza space where Glenn and Fairview used to be!) They just didn’t want to have to coordinate with WCPSS on carpool and school bus traffic patterns. So it’s out.
It really should be a no brainer. I generally like traffic circles, but I think this is the wrong application. You think drivers are confused with a 4-way, imagine one with 6 roads.
All that dead space in the middle and a suboptimal pedestrian experience vs. much simplified intersection with increased pedestrian space for enjoyment. - but a school carpool lane shifting over 1 block makes it’s a non-starter. #priorities.