Soon, residents near Raleigh’s Gateway Plaza will see noticeable changes.
Artis Montague has called Raleigh home for 36 years. One of his main stops has been the Gateway Plaza at Capital and Crabtree boulevards, north of downtown.
“This plaza is starting to come along, but it’s slowly coming along,” Montague said. “It would [be] better if it would be something to look at, instead of a lot of abandoned buildings.”
York Properties Senior Vice President John Koonce said the renovations, expected to cost up to $3 million, would include changes such as up to 25,000 square feet in co-working space, planting about 100 trees, and resurfacing the parking lot.
“In areas that, for decades, had been disregarded, now these areas are beginning to fill up. Consequently, they have basic needs like shopping, food, beverage, where they get their clothes cleaned, florists, what they call these basic service retail needs,” Koonce said. “What we’re trying to do is really kind of return this asset to its kind of industrial, almost gritty, but sleek and efficient feel.”
The plans are serving up excitement for the future.
“It provides people places to work, and if there’s bakeries and breweries and things like that, it sounds like a craft-oriented place, and I think that’s great,” said Nate Meiggs with the Big Boss Ping Pong Club.
Koonce said some new businesses already signed on include Union Special bakery, Mordecai Brewery and Craft Habit.
Nothing is expected to be torn down at this time.
He said they’re hoping to start sometime in July or August, and be ready to open in time for the holiday season.