Development Beat: Renovation Roundup

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Friday, May 20, 2016

For four years, Tyler’s Taproom was Seaboard Station’s biggest restaurant and the largest of what was then the fourth area locations of the popular tavern.

Tyler’s closed in November, with owner Tyler Huntington announcing that he wanted to focus his efforts on a new distillery in Durham. On May 10, permits were issued for Tyler’s replacement: The Oak & Dagger Public House.

The Oak & Dagger, aside from competing with Death & Taxes for Raleigh’s best named restaurant, will be a brewpub with a full-service menu and bar that plans to “place its customers at the center of the brewing process, by strategically placing various components of the brewing process throughout the restaurant and bar.”

Seaboard Station

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Seaboard Station

According to its Facebook page, some of the craft beers offered up by Oak & Dagger will include Walloon Wahoo, Saranac Xocatl, Goose Summer and Bells Oberon. Mouther-watering names all!

JCI Builders will be renovating the 11,748 square-foot space for a total permitted cost of $350,000.

Two of the larger renovation permits to be issued last week were for public projects: changing the old farmhouse at Horseshoe Farm Park into an office space, and alterations at PNC Arena.

The Horseshoe Farm work is part of a larger renovation of the space that has been in the works for more than 20 years, and we did a write-up on it a few years back. One of the park’s main features is its incorporation of sustainable design into every aspect of its development, from pervious pavement to an “off-grid” composting restroom facility.

Riggs-Harrod Builders will be handling this $300,000 portion of the Horseshoe Farm renovation project.

Horseshoe Farmhouse

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

Horseshoe Farmhouse

The PNC Arena job, which will be done by Riley-Lewis, is described on the permits only as an alteration, and is listed as having a cost of $260,212.

Raleigh Center Ice on Hodges Road, which once, like many of its surrounding neighbors, was home to a nightclub, is set to undergo a major roof repair project. 35,100 square feet of roofing at the space is set for restoration, which will be handled by Simon Roofing & Sheet Metal at a cost of $56,461.

La Rancherita at the Crabtree Valley Mall is set to undergo $75,000 worth of renovations, which will be handled by Edward Donahue. The work is described as alterations to the bar and mezzanine area. Despite my love of Tex-Mex restaurants, I’ve never been to this place, but I notice it almost every time I’m at the mall thanks to its weird location that’s almost behind the Best Buy/Old Navy/Barnes & Noble complex.

La Rancherita

La Rancherita

Much less dramatic but also food-related is a $27,099 addition of seven metal awnings to the Burger King at 3955 New Bern Avenue. The job will be done, hopefully right, by Dun Rite construction.

Outside of that, it was a pretty dry week when it came to renovations, but let’s take a quick look at the two biggest jobs before we call it a day.

The offices of multi-discipline engineering firm KCI at 4505 Falls of Neuse are set to undergo a significant, $650,000 renovation that will be handled by McKenna Construction. On its website, KCI implies that the acronym stands for Knowledge, Creativity, Innovation. I’d have gone with ICK, but that’s just me.

Finally, the biggest job of last week was an $880,000 project at the Duke Raleigh Hospital on Wake Forest Road. Riley-Lewis Construction will be renovating the cancer center out there.