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Growth slow near RBC Center

Posted November 22, 2007
Updated October 10, 2008

— Almost 10 years since Triangle leaders broke ground on the RBC Center, development near the arena is slow going.

The area of west Raleigh recently took a hit when Damons, the only sports bar across from the arena, closed.

“We parked the car, got our tickets and came here and it was closed much to our dismay,” visiting hockey fan John Lohman said.

Damon's locked doors are another indication that the area needs more businesses if it wants to be labeled an entertainment destination hub.

“I think it's coming,” City Councilman Philip Isley said.

Isley's said the mixed-use development known as the Wade Project, about a mile from the RBC Center, could help boost future development. About 75 percent of the office space is already leased. But it could take another two or three years before the Wade Project is complete.

“It's about getting people living there and working there and then ultimately staying there to have their entertainment,” RBC Center General Manager Dave Olsen said.

Olsen said future growth and development will help the arena's bottom line.

“We need people like Damons, and other restaurants and entertainment to continue to make this a destination to come to,” he said.

Isley said The Museum of Art will also have a significant impact on the area. It is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade and expansion.


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  • DontBelieveTheHype Nov 23, 2007

    "It will grow if you decide to build condos that won't cost $350.000 for 1200 sf." >> WELL SAID!

  • kdogg Nov 23, 2007

    Why is Greenboro & Chrlotte getting better acts & concerts at their arenas then the RBC. RBC booking agent is terrible.

  • Bob Sidel Nov 22, 2007

    yeah RBC center was built for the NCSU basketball team, too bad the after thought hockey teams the one that wins.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Nov 22, 2007

    It will grow if you decide to build condos that won't cost $350.000 for 1200 sf.

  • 3779LRRP Nov 22, 2007

    The RBC center is NCSU flagship basketball arena thanks to us tax payers. That was the intention all along. A hockey team was just a thought to help pay the mortgage.

  • Lit Nov 22, 2007

    "the arena should have been downtown or at worst on Centennial Campus" -leesartain

    The last thing NC State needs is more traffic. That's part of the problem with the location of the RBC center; the roads around it weren't designed to handle high volumes of traffic.

  • likemenow Nov 22, 2007

    In related news, Raleigh's downtown skyline is booming and bustling. Nice location choice..lol

  • colliedave Nov 22, 2007

    Hold it, I thought the meekerites wanted slow growth.

  • randdferguson Nov 22, 2007

    I agree that Damon's needed to do some work. As a West Raleigh resident within one mile of all this development all I can say is 'bring it on' and revaluate my property AGAIN!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 22, 2007

    That area will make it just fine in time. Damon's didn't close due to lack of business. They closed due to bad business practices. I'm talking financial, not running a bad business. Someone said the restaurant was dirty. I have no idea what they were talking about. They must have a grudge, or not like Ribs or Prime Rib. It was an awesome restaurant and very neatly run. They had the best/largest Prime Rib in the area. That's why I hated to see them go. But I'm sure that area will be fine. Nothing to worry about. Maybe the next restaurant to open in the area will have "competent" management.