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Old Posted Mar 18, 2014, 4:16 AM
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The Heights at Patterson was added to our list on January 22, 2014. I do need to update the details on it, which we didn't have back then. It's great to see at least a third of the parking hidden under the building. Their last building also had half of its parking hidden under the building.

Central Library:
The library's board has selected Indianapolis-based Ratio Architects to design the new Central Library. They actually want to start construction by this summer?

Bailey Park at East End:
Construction starts this week in downtown's IQ District on Bailey Park at East End. A 1.6 acre park proposed to have water features, a concert stage with terraced seating for 250 people, restrooms, a food truck area with seating, and they will reuse old electrical pylons saved from the original site as art work (the site of the park was once part of the power plant across the street)! Awesome! Construction of the park will be paid for by San Diego based developer BioMed Realty Trust and WFIQ. LMI Builders is the General Contractor. Though it is being built with private money from developers, to enhance their tech office developments, it is a public park anyone can use. The park should open by Fall 2014.

Source: WSTB

Building 60-1 & 60-3 (owned by Wake Forest University) on the map is the future location of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and their medical library, which will feature a courtyard that opens to Bailey Park. Bailey Power Plant (by Cross Street Partners / Bill Struever) is an entertainment and retail complex, with a movie theatre, bowling alley, dance theatre stage, innovation center, and restaurants, that is expected to open in 2015.

Source: American City Business Journals

Source: American City Business Journals

Big Winston Warehouse Retail Complex:
Another Distillery in Winston-Salem? A distillery (whiskey, vodka, gin, rum) has signed a lease for the Big Winston Warehouse retail development. Big Winston Warehouse is a nearly 40,000 square foot adaptive reuse project, converting an old warehouse into a large retail development in the downtown Arts District. The distillery filed a $53,410 construction permit this week.

Plant 64 Lofts:
A construction update on Plant 64, provided by General Contractor Capstone.

I love Plant 64's retail building. They plan to finish it in just two more months! The entire project should be finished by September 2014.

This (below) is part of the residential development at Plant 64 Lofts.

A New Italian Butcher Shop Downtown: Quanto Basta!
I usually don't post all of the restaurant/retail developments, but this appears to be a nice amenity for downtown residents. Quanto Basta is a 5,000-square-foot Italian restaurant, wine bar and market, being built by a Fourth-generation restaurateur from Hudson, N.Y.,. Tim Grandinetti will open his business in late spring at Fourth and Spring streets. Not only is this a restaurant and a place for your morning espresso; it’s also a specialty market for items such as super-premium Italian salumi and cheeses, based on similar neighborhood butcher shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to Gradinetti. According to permits, this is $982,000 project.

Streetcar Update:
The city is close to holding a vote on the bond package that contains the streetcar funding! You will have a chance to vote on it this year! Register to vote now and tell your city councilperson to support the $200 million bond package. Your councilperson needs to hear from you that you support the $200 million bond package. The streetcar will have some dedicated ROW. Rams Drive will have dedicated two-way streetcar-only lanes. Also notable is Fifth Street, where the turning lane will be removed to create special two-way streetcar only lanes. They will also lower this lane around Chestnut Street, which should be interesting to see when completed.

All streetcar images provided by HDR Engineering through WSTA.

Construction costs include 8 of these low-power substations; which can be hidden in basements, parking decks or behind landscaping:

The poles in the overhead contact system are spaced 110 feet apart. They are usually spaced 100-120 feet apart, but 110 feet gives the city room to move the poles around if needed, due to pipes or other underground utilities. The system will use a single contact wire. The poles can also be used for streetlights.

The city will have to construct a 9,000 square foot facility to work on the streetcars as part of the Union Station project. It will have a capacity for two vehicles. It appears as if the city initially wanted to use the lower floor of Union Station as the repair shop and cleaning center. Unfortunately, the steep terrain prevented this. They will use a parking lot, built for the train station in 1947, as the site of the maintenance yard.

Union Station will become Winston-Salem's second transit hub. One day, I should share a detailed post on Union Station in this thread. The project to restore it is exciting. It's the most intact historic train station in the state. They have everything from original baggage carts to original fountains. The streetcar project will make it a transfer facility for city bus, taxi, Greyhound, and eventually commuter rail.

Semans Library (Arts Library) Update:

Source: Nick Bragg

Cladding work continues!

Winston-Salem Light Project:

Source: UNCSA

Yes, Winston-Salem is one of those "keep it weird" cities. One of the more fun ways Winston-Salem keeps it weird every year is with the light project. This year, the city's cycle tracks, leading from Washington Park to downtown, will have motion sensitive lighting! The lighting will reveal hidden movement, as people travel along the cycle tracks into the city. Look for the lighting to start March 21, from dusk to dawn (all-night). The arches covering the cycle tracks will be constructed of auburn-colored fabric and lit with custom-made lighting fixtures that react to motion. When viewing this from a distance, you'll see the rhythm of movement in pulses of light, as people enter or leave the city. Norman Coates is one of the famous artists that live in Winston-Salem and he is behind the Light Project every year. He has designed the lighting for over 300 theatrical productions and his work has been seen on 5 continents. On Broadway: The News and Prince of Central Park. Off-Broadway credits include the Roundabout Theatre, Circle in the Square, The Lion Theatre, Westbeth Theater, Provincetown Playhouse, Equity Library Theatre. National and International tours include: The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls, Camelot and Encounter 500. Norman’s Regional theater credits include The Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, American Stage Festival, PlayMakers Repertory, Burt Reynolds’ Jupiter Theatre, and Hirschfield Theatre. His opera credits include work for, The Princeton Festival, Virginia Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Opera Pacific. Norman is a member of United Scenic Artists and was a charter member of Winston-Salem chapter of IESNA. I don't think many people realize how many awesome artists live in this city!

Past Lighting Art Exhibits:

Credit: US News & World Report

Source: UNCSA

Source: Mondo Arc Architectural Lighting Magazine

Source: Benji Interiors

Source: DWSP

Animation Festival:
Hopefully, you enjoyed Winston-Salem anime festival over the weekend. It's the region's major cosplay event, which is always interesting.

Fido Frolic & Film:
If you're looking for something fun to do, why not watch a move at Fourth and Trade. It's a pet-friendly event the whole family will enjoy! You can also visit a photo booth to have your picture taken with your dog! April 5th, at 6:30 p.m., FREE! This event also offers bicycle valet parking!
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