There has been considerable protest to Bobby Lewis’ development in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood: The Fairview. The City has had their own set of bones to pick, including height, streetscape, and parking requirements; and the neighborhood is concerned with those and other issues—property values, drainage, scale, and historical value, among other things. The citizens of this area, as well as City officials, have great influence over the fate of this crucial Raleigh hub; let’s hope we can work together to make the right decisions.
The site plan submitted to the city shows a four story building, but rumor has it, the original 4-story design will be scaled back to 3 stories, to comply with the cities’ requests. Site plans are under review by the city, and there are ongoing neighborhood discussions concerning the project, the next of which is scheduled for July 9. More information here.
The building will be close to the street with retail on the street side, and covered parking behind, on the ground floor. The above stories are residential condominiums—42 units.
It’s clear that these recognizable houses on Fairview are going down. Something is going to be built there. It’s up to the citizens to decide what that is. If this project is repeatedly shot down, the neighborhood runs the risk of the land being sold. Who knows what the next guy would do? A stand-alone office building, pulled back from the street, and surrounded by asphalt?
site plan courtesy of City of Raleigh