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Downtown South moves forward with land purchase

Developers purchased a large chunk for the Downtown South project, according to Triangle Business Journal. The property purchased is 88 acres. [read more]

Downtown South was proposed this summer as a "new district" for Downtown Raleigh with a possible soccer stadium. 

The news comes after the announcement of a Major League Soccer team planned for Charlotte, part of a crop of new expansion teams that the MLS commissioner said would be the last in its "modern era."

“While soccer remains part of the plan for the Downtown South project, it is just one component of the development that is poised to bring a world-class destination and city experience,” Steve Malik, owner of North Carolina Football Club, told the TBJ. 

Steve Malik, John Kane of Kane Realty and Billie Redmond of TradeMark Properties are behind the Downtown South project. 

The project as originally proposed included...
  • A sports & entertainment center with 20,000 seats; 
  • Street-level retail (125,000 square feet for bars, restaurants and shops); 
  • Office space (1.6 million square feet); 
  • 1,200 hotel rooms; 
  • 1,750 residential units. 
Previously: [What is Downtown South] + [What are interlocal funds]

Message from First Night Raleigh:

Join us for the 29th Annual WRAL First Night Raleigh 2020 with 20+ blocks of programming throughout downtown!

Experience the Astro Botanicals Garden of Light, walk in the People's Procession, and bounce around music, theatre, and other performances after the Early Countdown at 7pm. Ride the WRAL First Night Ferris Wheel and the Alien Abduction Gravitron!

Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street at midnight for the Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop with special guests Boom Unit Brass Band, Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin Saints, and Illiterate Light.
Buy a pass

You can catch a performance of 'The Nutcracker' for free on Friday, as long as tickets remain. Carolina Ballet and sponsor PNC Bank are giving away 1,000 free tickets for the 2 p.m. Friday show at Duke Energy Center.

Tickets will be given out first-come, first-served at the Raleigh Memorial 
Auditorium box office at 2 East South Street in Downtown Raleigh starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

A train to Richmond just got a lot more likely... According to the News & Observer, the effort has been in the works since the early '90s, and it's not yet a done deal, but the acquisition is a major milestone. [read more]

A recap of everything that happened in food in 2019, plus what's to come, over at Triangle Food Blog. [read more]

R&D Brewing will serve craft beer and a new hard seltzer at First Night Raleigh, alongside festivities on Fayetteville Street from 2 p.m.-midnight. [more info]
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