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Glenwood Place will be the kind of vibrant mixed use community long imagined for Raleigh — a live-work-play neighborhood that complements its surroundings, enhances roads, prevents sprawl and brings high quality jobs, shops, dining and residences. This prominent gateway to the capital city — now a 1970s office park — is destined to evolve. Glenwood Place does it right.

A glimpse at our evolving master plan.

ABOUT US

Grubb Ventures — led by R. Gordon Grubb — has been a trusted developer of some of Raleigh’s most high profile projects for more than a decade. His successes include the Gardens on Glenwood condominiums and the 401 Oberlin apartments.

Our team is dedicated to preventing sprawl by making the highest and best re-use of existing office and commercial sites. We are equally committed to creating outstanding places to live and to the integrity of the neighborhoods around us, which is why we’ve carefully developed a plan for traffic efficiency at Glenwood Place that includes significant road improvements.

Glenwood Place is one of Raleigh’s most prominent gateways. As our region grows, this gateway will necessarily change and evolve. Grubb Ventures has the expertise and sensitivity to make Glenwood Place a special community for everyone and a model of “smart growth.”

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OUR VISION

Glenwood Place will feature amenities comparable to the award-winning Piedmont Town Center in Charlotte.

While the exact layout and architectural style may change*, we envision Glenwood Place as evolving into the kind of ‘live, work, play’ destination favored by leaders and residents both here in Raleigh and in cities around the country.

Our vision emphasizes walkability, inviting people to enjoy lifestyle amenities near the places where they work and live. Our plan features suitably scaled shops, restaurants, offices, a quality full-service hotel, luxury residential units and significant road improvements including an added lane of access to improve the flow of cars to the Beltline.

As a result, Glenwood Place will provide a home for the kind of high growth, high wage companies that Raleigh wants to welcome and needs more site options to attract.

Experts predict that the population of Greater Raleigh will double by 2025.  We’re definitely growing, and Glenwood Place epitomizes ‘smart growth.’

This vision, in line with the City’s stated goals, is both more attractive and more traffic efficient than simply building another office park here. An office park would mean a large quantity of five to seven story buildings with traffic concentrated at the hours of 8-9 AM and 5-6 PM rather than spread throughout the day in a mixed use environment.  

* – Note that the location, shape, orientation and relationship of the buildings and parking shown on these plans are illustrative in nature and only intended to convey the intent of what could be placed on the site within the context of the proposed Development Matrix and proposed Trip Generation Budget discussed in the Master Plan document.

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FAQs

WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?

We are working with the City of Raleigh to rezone Glenwood Place in a way that respects our neighbors, uses sustainable principles to promote the health, safety and welfare of Raleigh’s citizens and helps to bring high quality jobs and economic prosperity. Our proposal is the result of more than a decade of careful consideration and is based on the goals set out in the City of Raleigh’s updated Comprehensive Plan. In fact, out of a sincere sensitivity to our neighbors, in key places we seek a more modest entitlement than exists today or will exist under the City-wide remapping.

DOES THE REZONING UPEND THE CITY'S WORK ON THE UDO (UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE)?

No, not at all. In fact, during the recent remapping process, the City expected rezoning applications and instructed developers to bring them on a case by case basis. We have worked cordially and collaboratively with the City.

WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC FLOW?

Glenwood Avenue is currently a heavily-traveled corridor — a reality that will remain regardless of what happens at Glenwood Place. That said, the mix of uses proposed at Glenwood Place means that traffic arriving and departing the site will be spread across the course of the day, rather than focused exclusively at rush hours. The other good news is that our carefully considered plan includes a substantial investment in recommended roadway and signal improvements. These improvements will mitigate the additional traffic going to and from Glenwood Place and enhance traffic flows in our area. Our plan also includes enhancing accommodations for transit riders, bicycle riders, and pedestrians. To ensure healthy roadways around Glenwood Place, we commissioned a full Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA). To view the analysis, please click here.

DOES THE PLAN CALL FOR A ROAD CONNECTING GLENWOOD PLACE TO
SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS? IN OTHER WORDS, A 'CUT-THROUGH'?

No, we are emphatically on the record against the creation of a ‘cut through’ into the surrounding neighborhood. It is not part of our plan, and we have shared with City planners that we would emphatically oppose a ‘cut through’ IF any such proposal ever surfaced.

OK, IT'S CLEAR YOU OPPOSE A 'CUT THROUGH' FOR TRAFFIC. PEDESTRIAN ACCESS IS DIFFERENT.
WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON A PEDESTRIAN CONNECTION?

We are proposing a single pedestrian connection at the far north end of the project to link to the Raleigh Greenway.

WHAT WILL BE THE SCALE OF THE NEW BUILDINGS AT GLENWOOD PLACE?

The majority of the buildings on site will be four to five stories. Our plan places up to three taller buildings — most in the 10-12 story range, away from neighbors and closer to Glenwood Avenue and the Beltline. Glenwood Place is not seeking anything out of line with the taller buildings that already exist along the Beltline and I-40.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BUILDINGS CURRENTLY AT GLENWOOD PLACE?

The eight buildings that were part of the original generic office park will be vacated and redeveloped in carefully managed phases over the coming years. We will be sensitive to the needs of our tenants moving to other locations.

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