Every month, Downtown Raleigh Alliance hosts a tour that showcases businesses and destinations in Downtown Raleigh. Due to COVID-19, they have gone virtual and their first virtual tour was of Bloc, a.k.a, the corner of Downtown Raleigh we call “home”.
Bloc when fully developed will include two Class A high-rise office buildings (One Glenwood and Tower Two), carefully selected retail and dining options, a 126-room boutique hotel, multiple entertainment platforms, and Raleigh’s largest urban courtyard, creating a go-to destination for both area residents and commuters.
A Few of Our Takeaways
Let’s start with the fact that Ryan Blair loves Dram and Draught and we love him, too. 😉
“Dram and Draught has created a great atmosphere. Great operators and a great bar for the Downtown Raleigh environment.” – Ryan Blair
So why did Heritage choose Downtown Raleigh? In 2015, they did a lot of research across the Southeast and Raleigh was by far the number one market they wanted to invest in next. It is the state capitol and is surrounded by a number of universities – those universities create talent for companies to grow, especially on the tech side of the business.
When they started the One Glenwood project, they wanted to make sure they paid tribute to the history of the area. In 1888, before street names and parcel numbers, the land at Morgan Street, Glenwood Avenue, Boylan Avenue, and Hillsborough Street was identified on a map simply as “Bloc 83,” home to warehouses and manufacturers. Now, over 130 years later, it’s Bloc.
A Look at The History of One Glenwood and Origin Hotel
One Glenwood was completed in March of 2019 and was part of the first phase of the project. Due to the success of One Glenwood, they decided to continue with the rest of Bloc.
Abbott & Pierce Gas Station used to be where One Glenwood is now while Raleigh Farm Equipment is what used to be the current Origin Hotel and parking deck.
JDavis Architects designed One Glenwood. They wanted to build a ground floor retail presence with large sidewalks that created a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere to bring people in from surrounding neighborhoods. (That is where we come into the process!) They also wanted to reflect the Warehouse District and Glenwood South in their architectural style. In addition to those elements, they made it modern by adding lots of glass and LED lights that are interactive.
One Glenwood Tenants
Most of the tenants in One Glenwood are engineering firms, architecture firms, banks, and workspace solutions. On the ground floor, you will find Dram and Draught and Zambrero. Zambrero is a healthy, Mexican inspired restaurant that also helps fight world hunger. Every burrito or bowl purchased means a meal donated to someone in need with Plate 4 Plate. Learn more at Zambrero.com.
Origin Hotel is a great boutique hotel that is right across the street from us. Another perk, they also have a parking deck that is open to the public. They have 126 rooms and it is the perfect spot for people coming in for concerts or sporting events. The hotel opened earlier this month, June 2020. Learn more at OriginHotel.com.
Construction for Tower Two began in 2017 and should be complete by February 2021. It will be a 270,000 square foot office tower on top of 40,000 square feet of retail.
Recognize the above photo? The cool thing about this spot is it was formerly the original Dram and Draught and before that, it served as an auto shop and originally, an Esso Gas Station.
Learn more at Bloc83Raleigh.com.