As I was sitting in Abou Ghanouj (across from the Wachovia tower, above Subway) last week eating lunch and reading a book about the calamity of the World Trade Center’s site development, I overhead a couple of guys talking about the future and past of downtown Raleigh and it’s buildings. After 15 minutes I discerned that the main one speaking was an architect and he kept referring to a new building in downtown Raleigh that he called The L Building. Having no information about this building, I was puzzled to where it would exist in the new skyline that is developing in our downtown.
After a bit of research and a walk past the Urban Design Center today, a rendering and location have been established. Designed by Kling Stubbins Architecture, a national firm with a local office, The L Building will inhabit the lot that used to hold Kings Barcade and a private parking lot at the corner of West Davie and McDowell St (MAP). From the description and numbers it looks like it will be office space and the upper floors and retail on the ground floor. To those of us that frequented Kings, this is a sad turn around for this lot. Somehow I don’t see the retail and office space replacing the downtown vibe/culture that King’s and Vertigo/Poole’s added to this site, but then again, I am only one opinion.
More info HERE
bye bye Kings, hello L Building…..