Constructed in the 1850’s as an industrial zone focused around the rail lines, the Warehouse District is now one of Downtown Raleigh’s most unique and fun areas. After falling out of use in the mid 1950’s the area lay largely abandoned and forgotten until the late 1980’s when an artistic community began to flourish. The original red brick warehouses are now filled with art venues (CAM), restaurants (Humble Pie), bars (Boxcar), a growing entrepreneurial scene (Citrix ShareFile) and more. The Warehouse District is both a destination and a great place to live.
Several parking decks and easy access to I-440, I-40 and Western Boulevard make visiting convenient for those who live outside downtown. The district’s close proximity to Fayetteville Street and Glenwood Avenue makes it a short walk or Uber ride from other downtown hot spots. Here are three special projects slated to change the district and city in 2018:
Food halls are popping up all over the country, rooted in the idea that many people want high quality food without spending a lot of money or going to a fancy restaurant. Not to be confused with a food court, food halls have stalls that serve dishes from top local eateries. A central dining area allows patrons to mix and match food items, eliminating arguments with friends and family over where to eat.
Slated to open this winter, The Morgan Street Food Hall and Market will be the first such establishment in the Raleigh area, bringing some of the best food options in the city together under one roof. As the name suggests, there will also be a market component featuring food and food-related products from local vendors. The food hall will be a block from The Dillon and right across the street from Citrix ShareFile.
While paying homage to the area’s past, Union Station will be much more than a train station. Planned for the first quarter of 2018, it will serve as a multi-use transit hub, supporting planned area commuter rail and buses, and featuring retail space, restaurants, a public square and a civic hall for hosting events.
Picturesque views of downtown will make for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, all while watching the trains come and go. The station is keeping the original warehouse building frame and will be located at West Martin and West streets. It will be a few blocks from the heart of the action and adjacent to The Dillon.
The first mixed-use development of its kind in the Warehouse District, The Dillon will take up an entire city block, occupying and partly preserving what once was the Dillon Supply Warehouse. The new structure will merge sleek lines and modern elegance with the traditional and humble Warehouse District brick.
The development will feature an 18-story office tower with retail space at lower levels as well as two six-story apartment buildings and an adjoining parking deck. The Dillon will be located at South Harrington and West Martin streets.
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