Revisiting this, it looks like there are actually two projects planned right next to each other. There was a development case submitted January 7th for a project at 701/703 Washington that’s titled “Washington Street Mixed - Use” with the description “Multi-family apartments with ground floor retail, amenities and parking garage”. It looks like Ram Realty out of Charlotte is the owner.
Edit to add: anyone who’s more familiar with zoning know how high they could go there? The site is only listed at 2.2 acres so the proposed plan calls for quite a bit in comparison. And to throw on my “wild speculation” hat for a second, this firm is well-known for incorporating grocery stores into their projects (quote from their site below). Again, not really sure what’s possible on that lot size but there will be an awful lot of people living and working within a few blocks in the coming years…
“ Our multifamily projects range from suburban infill garden or mid-rise, to urban high-rise. Our retail projects are primarily grocery-anchored shopping centers. Our mixed-use projects typically include both components.”