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Office tower slated for North Hills

Posted June 19, 2013

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— Kane Realty Corp. announced Wednesday that it plans to build an 18-story office tower in its North Hills development in Raleigh.

Construction of North Hills Tower Two, at the corner of Six Forks and Dartmouth roads, is expected to begin in December, and the tower will open in late 2015.

The building will have 300,000 square feet of space, including 10 floors of offices atop seven levels of parking and street-level retail shops and restaurants.

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  • bizarro Jun 20, 2013

    -- it's not great for the economy to keep building office space while there is a large amount of vacant office space in the area.

  • bizarro Jun 20, 2013

    The area can't handle the traffic it has now.

  • HGA_Matt Jun 20, 2013

    Capitalism is a complex concept, with many positive and many negative aspects. I am reminded of Walmart, who has been known to leave an old Walmart store vacant and effectively un-sellable, while building a newer one down the road. I saw this happen in my own community.- ILoveDowntownRaleigh

    I think we are comparing apples and oranges. If Kane has multiple vacant buildings around Raleigh, or has a history of just leaving properties vacant for long periods of time, then clearly for the sake of property values, present and future, the city should prevent this building from breaking ground. Wal Mart certainly has done that many times, and has a long history of leaving their building vacant. I remember a few years ago this very issue came up in Knightdale. But to force businesses to accept lower standards in their work place because property managers do not want to make adequate upgrades is anti-capitalist. A business deciding to move is not one made lightly...

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jun 20, 2013

    "If the office buildings are sitting vacant, but businesses are willing to relocate to these new towers at NH, maybe the problem is not the tower or the businesses, but the vacant buildings. It makes me think that there is probably a reason the buildings are vacant. This is capitalism..." - HGA_Matt

    Capitalism is a complex concept, with many positive and many negative aspects. I am reminded of Walmart, who has been known to leave an old Walmart store vacant and effectively un-sellable, while building a newer one down the road. I saw this happen in my own community.

    As for the new Kane Tower, I read that he actually had the nerve to ask the City of Raleigh for financial help building a pedestrian bridge. I can only wonder: what dollar figure did the City negotiate in order to mitigate the staggering costs of this suburban sprawl. Having found nothing in the media about this, I must assume that the City irresponsibly demanded nothing at all.

  • justjean Jun 20, 2013

    Well that should really improve the traffic through that area in the morning, said no one ever!! I refuse to shop at North Hills just because of the congestion in that area. Sadly I do have travel that way every morning to get to work, can take me 30 minutes to travel 5 miles. Way to go Raleigh!

  • ncdime1235 Jun 20, 2013

    I travel Six Forks everyday, and yes, I've seen the Captrust Building. I wasn't happy with that decision either. I also wasn't thrilled with Mr. Kane's request that the City help fund the pedestrian bridge. I agree with Scubagirl, shortcake and Erica, we have multitudes of empty space in Raleigh, and I'm sure the landlords would be willing to cut a deal with prospective lessors. I've lived in Raleigh for 45 years and have appreciated much of the growth, especially at North Hills, but the traffic on Six Forks can get quite congested. I vote no more buildings over 10 stories at North Hills. Especially if you're going to build them right up to the curb and gutter on Six Forks. Hmmm, surprised no one's run into the building yet. smh

  • HGA_Matt Jun 20, 2013

    If the office buildings are sitting vacant, but businesses are willing to relocate to these new towers at NH, maybe the problem is not the tower or the businesses, but the vacant buildings. It makes me think that there is probably a reason the buildings are vacant. This is capitalism. If you as a building manager want to keep tenants, make sure that your facilities are competitive to their needs. If you do not want to pay the price to maintain adequate facilities, businesses will go to a more desirable area with a more modern appeal.

  • shortcake53 Jun 20, 2013

    I hate waste, and this will be a perfect example. You cant drive two miles around here without seeing vacant buildings of every description. There is NO NEED to continue to build more, which will sit empty for decades also. Even IF a company decides to locate there, I have no doubt the lease on that space will be sky high, probably making it unfeaseable. Traffic is not a huge concern, its awful everywhere around here now.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jun 19, 2013

    "This really is NOT needed" -sweetheart

    Well I am sure you should tell the people dying to move in that it isn't. Hundreds more apartments, offices, restaurants, shops are going in now, and now this tower. This is nothing but great for our economy in an area that has been surely in need of redevelopment for more than a decade. North Hills is great.

  • Scubagirl Jun 19, 2013

    "Where do we draw the line? ncdime1235"

    Apparently the only LINE is the one to the bank! This really is NOT needed. There is quite a bit of EMPTY office space elsewhere. Crowded enough there already......

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