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Raleigh approves plan for apartments, retail near NCSU

Posted November 6, 2013

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— A lot that now has parking and a few vacant storefronts near North Carolina State University soon will be transformed into an apartment and retail complex.

Raleigh City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the rezoning of a 4-acre tract in the 3000 block of Hillsborough Street, between Concord Street and Friendly Drive. The site will become home to Stanhope Center, a mix of 156 student apartments with ground-floor retail and a parking deck.

The plan was approved with several conditions: There will be no vehicle entrance from Hillsborough Street; 95 percent of parking must be contained in the deck; a bus shelter and benches must be placed on Hillsborough Street; and signs must be limited.

The developer on the project is John Kane, who also developed North Hills.

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  • clickhere Nov 7, 2013

    Well, North Hills has been around for 40+ years, so I doubt we have a problem with politics and favoritism concerning a developer. On the Other hand, 30+ years ago, those North Hills homes looked pretty bad. Not sure I'd want a home / apt / shop built by that developer.

  • Dr Sanchez Nov 7, 2013

    "does a unanimous vote include the council member who's boss is the developer? i would have hoped to see WRAL mention whether or not he voted..." -archmaker

    Good point, I'd like to think Bonner Gaylord recused himself from the vote. Nonetheless, I doubt there were any back door deals on this project.

  • archmaker Nov 7, 2013

    does a unanimous vote include the council member who's boss is the developer? i would have hoped to see WRAL mention whether or not he voted...

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 7, 2013

    I commend the Raleigh City Council for their carefully considered conditions to this development. It looks like a very good project, especially with ground-level retail.

    One need only look at the state government buildings and parking lots on the near north side of downtown to recognize the dehumanizing effect of no retail at ground level.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 7, 2013

    "Look at all the stories of the students getting robbed around NC State lately and you will see the reasoning behind my prior comment. They are much more prevalent lately than they have been and the students unfortunately are the targets."

    True look at what been occurring on an around Duke and NCCU campuses.

  • tightwad Nov 7, 2013

    Crime around NCSU isn't increasing. The campus police has just decided to be more forthcoming about crimes, in the hopes that a)students will not assume everything is always A-OK, and b)maybe somebody can give them some tips to catch the bad guys. The campus police now sends out emails whenever there's a mugging or something, and WRAL gets these emails and puts it online. This used to not happen.

  • Frizz Nov 7, 2013

    And when I worked at Duke cars were constantly broken into and the parking permits were stolen.

    Crime is everywhere.

  • Phyxius1 Nov 6, 2013

    You can get mugged or robbed anywhere- my mother sat on a jury for a mugging in cary mall parking lot. Hillsborough St is no more or less dangerous than any other place where people are out and about at all hours of day and night.
    dwntwnboy2

    Look at all the stories of the students getting robbed around NC State lately and you will see the reasoning behind my prior comment. They are much more prevalent lately than they have been and the students unfortunately are the targets.

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 6, 2013

    You can get mugged or robbed anywhere- my mother sat on a jury for a mugging in cary mall parking lot. Hillsborough St is no more or less dangerous than any other place where people are out and about at all hours of day and night.

  • Phyxius1 Nov 6, 2013

    This means even more places for students and others to get robbed with additional housing in the area.