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Raleigh ‘reboots’ and prepares to invite RFIs for downtown hotel/convention center project


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Proposed hotel and convention site in downtown Raleigh (City of Raleigh)

The City of Raleigh is “rebooting” a hotel/convention center project on municipally-owned downtown site that had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a May 17 statement, the city says it is “once again fully open for business and is eager to restart the Convention Hotel and Downtown Development project Request for Interest (RFI) process.”

City Council has directed staff to restart the project managed by the commercial real estate company JLL, Inc., the statement says.

The project includes two sites currently used as parking lots in the downtown core in front of the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center and adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center. The new development will include an upscale convention hotel of 500 or more rooms and a residential/mixed use project.

The RFI focus remains on the hotel which, when developed, will allow the city to host larger conferences.

“This project remains a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a convention center hotel and separate residential/mixed-use tower on two prime vacant lots in downtown Raleigh.”

The city says the RFI will be made available on June 1. “Innovation, quality design and construction, and sustainability are important values to the city for this transformational project,” the statement says.

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CLT starts work on $231 million Concourse A expansion

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is starting work on a $231 million concourse expansion.

The Concourse A Expansion – Phase II is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2024, the airport said in a May 16 statement. The 10-gate addition will house Delta Airlines and include three common use gates.

JE Dunn and McFarland, a joint venture, are construction contractors for the project, designed by C Design and Perkins+Will.

It will be paid for by a North Carolina Airport Improvement Program state grant, Passenger Facility Charge bonds and non-Passenger Facility Charge bonds.

The new work is starting as other construction projects are underway, including additions to the airport’s lobby. That project is roughly halfway completed, airport chief operating officer Jack Christine said.

Parts of the $608-million lobby expansion will open in the summer, but is expected to be fully completed in 2025, The Charlotte Observer quoted Christine as saying.

concourse a from airThe 191,848-sq. ft. Concourse A expansion follows on a previous $200 million Concourse A expansion that added nine gates in 2018.

The Concourse A projects and terminal lobby project are part of the airport’s Destination CLT, the airport’s $3.5 billion expansion and renovation program.

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Dewitt Carolinas to start building $1 billion, 40-acre development in Raleigh in June

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Renderings of 1000 Social and 2000 Social (Image from Dewitt Carolinas)

DeWitt Carolinas is preparing for the groundbreaking of an $1 billion, 40-acre development in Raleigh.

The Exchange Raleigh mixed-use development will include one million sq. ft. of offices, 300 hotel rooms, more than 1,000 apartments and a four-acre park, the developers said in a May 12 announcement.

They said groundbreaking and vertical construction is expected to begin in June.

Brasfield & Gorrie will build the project’s first tower, 1000 Social. Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, LLC, of Atlanta is the architect.

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Aerial photo of The Exchange Raleigh site. Photo from Dewitt Carolinas.

“With onsite infrastructure in place, we have created building pads that are ready for vertical construction, allowing the multi-family, commercial and retail projects to proceed more quickly and in tandem,” said Dewitt Carolinas CEO Todd Saieed.

Build-out will take between seven and 10 years.

The Exchange Raleigh has a total estimated value of over $1 billion with an expected 7–10 year build-out timeframe.

The first stage of the project includes two connected 12-story mirror office buildings, described as 1000 Social and 2000 Social, with a skybridge connecting the structures.

“We are eager to begin construction on the office tower and create what will undoubtedly be a world-class business address in a thriving urban development,” Saieed said.

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The Exchange Image from Dewitt Carolinas.

Together, the two towers will have about 700,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, he said. The first building, 1000 Social will have 333,000 sq. ft. of offices, 20,000 sq. ft. of retail, and 7,500 sq. ft for meetings and AV conferences.

As the second tower is completed, plans include 125,000 sq. ft. for retail and restaurant space and the park.  As many as 1,275 apartment units are planned and there will be 300 hotel rooms.

The contractors and developers have made video renderings of the outside of The Exchange Raleigh and an interactive look inside 1000 Social, CBS 17 (WCEC-TV) reported.

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Tom is a construction estimator with over 35 years of experience in the industry from field work to general contracting.

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