Some additional info and discussion from a News & Observer article today.
Predictable resistance over the height and nature of the development. Seems like a good use of what is primarily vacant space right now. Probably a different topic entirely but every single time one of these projects is proposed someone is upset that they don’t include affordable housing. I understand the need for more affordable housing but I don’t think it’s realistic to incorporate into every single project for a variety of reasons. The city and county have also done an admirable job (IMO) of prioritizing affordable housing where they own the land. The police HQ project, apartments by the bus station and 300/500 blocks of Main St will provide for hundreds of affordable housing units basically in the heart of downtown. Doubt you see that in too many metro areas across the US.
Only somewhat related, saw a TBJ article yesterday about a local woman who is opening a new distillery called Liberty & Plenty on Foster St right by (next to?) the Rickhouse. Seemed like a cool concept. The owners of Acme in Carrboro are also planning to open a new restaurant called Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar at 501 Washington on the other side of the old ballpark. Would be great to see more entertainment/restaurant/retail options crop up in that neighborhood beyond the Geer/Foster nucleus.