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North Hills East keeps growing up

Posted February 23, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Despite the recession, the North Hills development off Six Forks Road and the Beltline is booming, and its developer said that he plans to keep it growing.

On the east side of North Hills, a two-story supermarket and apartment complex are under construction. Developer John Kane said plans for at least eight additional projects for the 50-acre site are under way.

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Existing retailers said they expect the growth will enhance North Hills' reputation.

"We are really, really excited about it. It'll mean a lot of foot traffic," said Stuart Hubbard, an employee with Fantasia Boutique. "I think it'll be more of a destination spot, which North Hills is starting to become."

The 17-story, mixed-use Captrust Tower is starting to take shape, as is the newest addition called Park and Market. The 900,000-square-foot project will put 409 apartments under the same roof as a two-story Harris Teeter.

"It's the only place I know of where you can go down an elevator to Harris Teeter and buy a carton of milk and go back up to your residence without going anywhere else," Kane said.

The developer said that's been his vision all along: to create a place where everything a person needs is within walking distance. The roller-coaster ride the economy has taken recently hasn't made him veer too far from that vision, he said.

"We were fortunate that we got our funding done for these projects before things got too bad," Kane said.

So far, new development at North Hills has thrived. The 10-story Renaissance Raleigh Hotel opened in December, and rooms are nearly sold out every weekend in April, May and June, managers say.

As for the future, Kane said he's looking at another eight or nine projects to add to North Hills, including another hotel.

"It is ambitious, yes, and it's always been ambitious," Kane said.

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  • raleighmom08 Feb 24, 2009

    This area of Six Forks is already so congested with traffic. The developer needed to pay for more on the intersection infrastructure to have it handle the amount of traffic that will eventually be there. Other cities in the nation mandate this with the developers. This is going to be another south hills/cary mess when it's done. Already the construction trucks and cars cut through the existing neighborhoods ignoring the speed limits to beat out the lights up there. None of the lights are set to be timed with each other. It's horrible during the morning and evening commutes. And the taxpayers will end up paying for expansion - you wait and see. They wouldn't let this happen on Oberlin but a mass of concrete on Six Forks is ok??? It already looks outdated and all of the old large trees are completely gone. How did that happen??? You can't just plant in new trees and expect it to look the same when you are finished. It's just an ugly mess of tall buildings going up now.

  • injameswetrust2003 Feb 23, 2009

    ", go into a dirty nasty Food Lion.."

    Dirty, nasty, yes, and a heckuva lot cheaper than Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods! Plus Food Lion has better meat than Lowes. The meat there is disgusting!!

  • colliedave Feb 23, 2009

    Look at the jobs that have been created by tearing down a dead shopping mall and old strip mall! Why is it good to have government create make work jobs and bad when an investor creates a project that creates tax revenue from the stores and tax revune from workers taxes? Or, is it the attitude that only the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-caring Big Brother can take care of his mindless minions?

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 23, 2009

    The area can not support the traffic that this is going to create when all is said and done. Kane seems like a greedy man to me.

  • colliedave Feb 23, 2009

    Who said the person blasting it was a liberal or conservative? Maybe just someone who's effected by the traffic over there on a daily basis. If you realy want to make the development profitable, connect it with downtown and crabtree mall with a monorail system.

    And what dense infill doesn't have traffic and why would Kane pay to connect the project with competitors? Liberals such as yourself just want to spend other peoples money! If mass transit is so important why don't you line up investors for the project? Why is it bad for the market to loose money and good for the government?

  • jr1brown Feb 23, 2009

    Why the Hate for this area? This is an actual positive economic story and the know-it-alls are at it again. Personally I like shopping at HT and all the upscale boutiques in that area. It keeps me away from all the riff-raff like the people who are haters posting on here. You won't even shop here because you cannot afford to so just be quiet while I sip my latte and buy my organic groceries. Go back to WalMart.

  • wildervb Feb 23, 2009

    "But isn't North Hills the dense infill the libs love to promote?When it happens they hate it; and don't trucks deliver at all hours in NYC? Blasted hypocrites"

    Who said the person blasting it was a liberal or conservative? Maybe just someone who's effected by the traffic over there on a daily basis.

    If you realy want to make the development profitable, connect it with downtown and crabtree mall with a monorail system.

  • cstanley3 Feb 23, 2009

    Why is this a story WRAL? There's nothing new here that hasn't already been reported. John Kane should pay for infrastructure improvements to support the additional traffic. That would really be a story worth reporting WRAL!!!!

  • colliedave Feb 23, 2009

    Are you kidding me? With the congested mess that area is now......Plus the noise of delivery trucks at all hours will wear thin eventually for the people living there

    But isn't North Hills the dense infill the libs love to promote?When it happens they hate it; and don't trucks deliver at all hours in NYC? Blasted hypocrites

  • jeffdewitt Feb 23, 2009

    I love it, good going Kane and I wish you much success and profit!

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