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Downtown Development Project to Reflect 'Historic Heritage'

Posted January 5, 2008

— The Blount Street development project in downtown Raleigh is underway.

“We have been working on developing the concept for almost two years now,” said Builder Dave Servoss.

The entire project will sit in a six block area in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Nearly 500 new homes will be mixed in with 25 historic homes that date back to the 1800s.

“It was one of the highest quality, most historically significant neighborhoods in our community,” said Historian Steve Schuster.

That was then. But in recent years, historians say it became somewhat of a dead zone, cut off from other neighborhoods. The state bought a lot of the property, turning many of the homes into office space. Now, the project aims at bringing the people back.

“It could be one of the greatest impacts in our downtown in the next 20 years, what will happen in this neighborhood,” Schuster said.

With 21 acres in downtown Raleigh, what’s happening along Blount Street is believed to be one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country.

“We’ve kind of called Blount Street the spine, and the new development will wrap around it and reflect the historic heritage that is here,” said Project Manager Doug Redford.

Construction on the first phase should be complete by this summer. Realtors say there is already a lot of interest. So far, more than 700 people have signed up for more information.


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  • ArkAngels Jan 6, 2008

    colliedave, Central Prison is right near Boylan Heights and close to Dorthea Dix Hospital. I grew up in Boylan Heights and lived right inbetween these 2 places.

  • foetine Jan 6, 2008

    does "the historic heritage" mean no blacks will be allowed to move into the neighborhood?

  • twc Jan 6, 2008

    Rolling Hills project probably got drowned out by the lacrosse scandal or gang coverage or daily murder I guess!! Maybe if it had been named Rolling Joints it would have stood out a little better! Or Roll Your Own in honor of the tobacco factories!

  • districtcadvocate Jan 5, 2008

    I am aware of the project and think the "Row Houses" and "Cottage Houses" with the live over work mix use will provide a blue print for other communities that border downtown.

    I just hope that the other adjoining communities take note of what is going on in the Blount St development and bring this change to other communities.

  • dmn Jan 5, 2008

    I'm one of the guys that "restored" one of these grand old homes on Blount St. I love remodeling and restoring old homes but I hope they do a better job on the others, especially the ones being moved. A new fireplace mantle, a little sanding, and a fresh coat of paint to not equal a restoration. Typical snow job by the media too.

  • Durham-Raleigh Jan 5, 2008

    Dear WRAL,

    How nice of you to cover Blount St. Oddly enough, we didn't see anything in your esteemed TV newser coverage about the Rolling Hills project in Durham, the first phase of which was funded last month by Durham's City Council. This 30+ acre redevelopment project adjacent to Durham's downtown could add as many as 1,000 housing units to the Bull City.

    Is Blount St. big and important? Sure. But why not cover the exact same story (and its $6 million price tag) in the neighboring city you purport to cover?

    Love and kisses,

    --Your neighbor, Durham

  • mr. relationship-advice Jan 5, 2008

    I do wish the city good luck with this.

  • colliedave Jan 5, 2008

    Isn't the really Big House - Central Prison - in the neighborhood?