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Raleigh plans to add more Cameron Village housing, retail

Posted October 17, 2011

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— A Raleigh City Council committee decided Monday to move forward with plans to rezone an office building in Cameron Village to a shopping center and pedestrian business area.

City planners said that the company plans to tear down the existing building at the corner of Oberlin Road and Clark Avenue to put in retail space on the bottom floor. The zoning would allow the builders to add up to 250 housing units to the upper floors, as long as the building does not exceed five stories.

The committee will recommend the plan to the full council on Nov. 1. 


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  • SpaceRokr Oct 19, 2011

    Responding to rpb118300's comment: Not sure which building it is either, but having watched the Glenwood South area develop, I'd say that even 2 Multi-Use building won't be enough. I think it's much more about"Location, Location, Location."

    Of course the huge Multi-Use "campus" diagonally across from Crabtree Valley Mall flopped due to poor sales combined with insufficient financing from pre-sale deposits. I believe that in addition to these documented business aspects, 3 things worked against this project: 1. It was on sale at a time of economic uncertainty; 2. It was simply too vast and glorious to take root; and, 3. It only had "Location," rather than all three, in that it was still too far away to be considered as connected to Raleigh proper and too ritzy for the vast majority of potential RTP-area clients.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Oct 18, 2011

    I live in Fairmont, and Cameron Village is my neighborhood. I guess I am in the distinct minority, but I actually favor development.

    The building owner is going to make money out of his property. The best thing we can do is negotiate the development as best as we can.

    Back with the Oberlin Towers was on the table, people fought & resisted change. Instead of having a nicer development of stores & a movie theater, we have a building that now houses some store fronts but really is lacklaster from what "could have been."

    I'd rather have something that is nice rather than just something.

  • me2you Oct 18, 2011

    complain, complain, complain! that's what most of you people do on these boards.

  • XLAW Oct 18, 2011

    Is the CIA'a back-up computer center out of the basement? I believe this is the location where years ago a reporter for the N&O took an elevator trip to the basement and was met by an armed guard who quickly sent him back up.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Oct 18, 2011

    I agree with drjones. This will encourage more pedestrian traffic. People are tired of long commutes and long areas close in. Some of those far flung subdivisions will become the ghettos of the near future.

  • rpb118300 Oct 18, 2011

    are you sure it is the building across the street? doesn't make sense why there would be 2 identical developments across from each other??

  • drjones74 Oct 18, 2011

    Assuming these people and the retail will end up somewhere in the city, it makes better sense to fit it in close by on existing roads that having to find millions of more dollars to build new roads, sewers, new fire stations etc. Since these people will live so close to things like Harris Teeter, many of their "trips" will be walking trips, not getting in the car, like another far flung POS development would require. Medium density mixed-use development is the best overall use of land when all factors are considered.

  • computer trainer Oct 18, 2011

    Good Grief! If there are building ANOTHER one across from the one that they are tearing down now, it is going to cause some serious traffic issues, I fear!

  • Chairman of the Bored Oct 18, 2011

    So this is across the street from what already has been torn down? Wow. There is going to be a lot going on at this little intersection.

  • Jetsgrl Oct 18, 2011

    Who is "the company" that plans to tear down the existing building? It would be nice if the reporter included the developer information or architect/eningeer in the report for those of us in the construction industry that would like to learn more about the project.