apartment construction near NC State

These Off-Campus Apartments Are So New They Haven’t Been Built Yet

With NC State growing like it has been over the past few years, it’s only natural that new student apartments are going to follow. On Hillsborough Street, especially, new apartment complexes are popping up like daisies, thanks to the ongoing revitalization that’s been happening since 2009.

If you think your complex has amenities, wait until you see some of these brand new places. Unfortunately, most are only a drawing on a map and won’t be built until probably after you graduate. Tough luck. But at least you can brag that you were first to know about them.

Keep an Eye on These New (Mostly) Student Apartments

These are just the apartment buildings that are under construction right now — or will be, once the plans are approved. And yes, we dug deep into the City of Raleigh’s development records for the latest, juiciest details. You’re welcome.

If you’re planning where to live next year, though, this list doesn’t feature lease-ready apartments; here’s a list of all move-in ready student apartments near NC State’s Main Campus.


The Lofts (Behind U Suites on Tryon Road)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under review
Location: 2109 Rannette Street (near Trailwood Dr. & Tryon Rd.)
Latest Development Details: 3-story apartment complex with 42 units, all 2-3 bedrooms

Now You Can Live Right Next to U Suites

Like a few of the apartments on this list, this one has flown under the radar. From a cursory glance at the preliminary design, it looks like The Loft will connect to University Suites with — surprise, surprise — a roundabout. It also looks like there will only be two buildings to the complex.


2812 Hillsborough Street (What’s Now J & J Automotive)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Public hearing held open to June 20th
Location: 2812 Hillsborough (Bagwell Ave. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Residential mixed-use building with retail; 1- to 3-bedroom units

This One’s Near Subway and Marco’s Pizza

Have you seen the 105 Friendly apartment building? Well, that building’s developers have plans to build another apartment right across the street.

According to the Triangle Business Journal, the building at 2812 Hillsborough Street will be a maximum of 5 stories and include 28 units and ground-floor retail (no surprise there, considering its location).


Hillstone Cameron Village (Behind the Aloft Hotel)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Approved pending appeal as of August 28th, 2017
Location:
 305 Oberlin Road (off Maiden Lane)
Latest Development Details: Residential mixed-use building with office space

It’s Gonna Be Massive

Get ready for a giant apartment complex behind the Aloft Hotel near the Belltower. It’s going to be “high-end,” at least according to Triangle Business Journal.

Whether it’s student apartments or not, there’s going to be even more places to live close to campus… and Tompkins Hall.


1530 Varsity Drive (Across from Centennial Campus)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Rezoning approved on March 21st
Location: 1530 Varsity (Varsity Dr. & Avent Ferry Rd.)
Latest Development Details: Residential mixed use; 5-story building; no more than 210 units; no more than 3 bedrooms per unit; required parking will be in a 5.5-level parking deck

Finally, Apartments Not on Hillsborough Street

According to the rezoning case details, the development will cater primarily to professors, grad students, and Centennial Campus staff. It’s close to Mission Valley shopping center and Centennial Campus.

This isn’t the first time this 3-acre section of land has been sent to the City of Raleigh for rezoning. Before we bore you with the details, a 2014 case would have rezoned 1530 Varsity Drive for a 180-unit apartment building, but it didn’t get enough votes and was denied in April 2015, according to the Raleigh Public Record.


113 Chamberlain (Behind Golden Dragon)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under review
Location: 113 Chamberlain (Chamberlain St. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: 53 spaces off-street parking (underground parking garage); 3-story building; 42 total number of residential units

Once a Professor’s House, Soon to Be Student Housing

This property has some history. According to the Raleigh Public Record, the NC State engineering professor who owned the property in the 1920s, Howard Satterfield, built houses for his fellow professors to supplement his income. He quit his job as a professor and tackled home building full-time (after local builders complained about the competition, apparently). Decades later, the property is being turned into student apartments. It seems we’ve come full circle.


102 Logan (Near North Residence Hall)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under review
Location: 102 Logan (Logan Ct. & Hope St.)
Latest Development Details: 81 spaces off-street parking (underground parking garage); 3-story building; 81 total number of residential unit

This Apartment Building is Flying Under the Radar

There hasn’t been a lot of buzz about this new development. Plans were submitted to the City of Raleigh in September, but that’s about all we know.


Studio 1912 (On the Oberlin Roundabout)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Still no word! Review for building permits completed September 28th, 2015
Location: 1912 Hillsborough (Hillsborough St. & Pullen Rd.)
Latest Development Details: 1-bed and studio apartments

Hillsborough Street is Getting Studio Apartments… Sometime

There hasn’t been much news about this development, either. There will be 54 apartments (all studio or 1-bedroom units) in this building, which will be 5 stories tall.

It will be taking the place of the parking lot for David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar. According to the Triangle Business Journal, residents will have some parking on the ground floor and in a resident-only lot across the street.

It’s been a couple of years now, but we still haven’t heard anything about this place. The Hillsborough Street Development Report doesn’t have any new details, either.


The Standard at Raleigh (Tractor Sign Building)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under review; Planning Commission meets August 22nd and a decision must be made by November 20th, 2017
Location: 3101 Hillsborough (Concord St. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Mixed use building with retail and apartments; 440 spaces off-street parking; 3-story building; 217 total number of residential units; swimming pool and deck planned for a courtyard

Cool Apartments, But What About the Sign?

This planned student apartment complex will house up to 650 residents in over 200 units. Its amenities will include ground-floor retail and a 440-space parking deck, plus a swimming pool and deck (moved to a courtyard from the roof per April 2017 Planning Commission meeting minutes). The building, which will be torn down to make way for the new community, is located on Hillsborough Street between NC State and Meredith College.

There’s no word yet on what will happen to the iconic tractor sign.


Hillsborough Street Apartments (Formerly the Velvet Cloak Inn)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Velvet Cloak Inn torn town on February 27th
Location: 1307 Hillsborough (Park Ave. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Apartment building (no retail); 300 spaces off-street parking; 6-story building; 150 total number of residential units

RIP Velvet Cloak Inn

Taking the place of the Velvet Cloak Inn past the big roundabout on Hillsborough Street, this new building is likely going to have more luxury student apartments. According to the Triangle Business Journal, there will be about 150 units.


Trailwood Apartments (Beside Campus Edge)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under review
Location: 1820 Trailwood (Trailwood Dr. & Thistledown Dr.)
Latest Development Details: 3-building apartment project; 196 spaces off-street parking; 3-story building; 50 total number of residential units

This Complex is Slightly Further from Campus

According to the Raleigh Public Record, the complex would only stand 3 stories tall and would have no more than 56 units. The student apartment community would be next to Campus Edge, across the street from the entrance to Centennial Campus.


109 Park Avenue Apartments (Behind the Old IHOP)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Permit to build issued January 19th
Location: 109 Park (Park Ave. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Apartment building (no retail); existing residential building will be demolished first; 67 spaces off-street parking; 4-story building; 83 total number of residential units

RIP Old IHOP Building

The lot behind the A-frame IHOP on Hillsborough Street will be turned into a 4-story student apartment complex. It will be a mix of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments.


105 Friendly Apartments (Beside the Zaxby’s)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Completed August 2016
Location: 105 Friendly (Friendly Ave. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Now open; visit 105 Friendly’s website if you want to sign a lease

This Apartment Building Has Penthouses!

After about two years from rezoning to completion, 105 Friendly is now open! Since the building’s now move-in ready, we’re taking it off this list of new apartment developments soon. But don’t worry, you can find more information about 105 Friendly here.


Hillsborough Lofts (Formerly Two Guys and The Keg)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Under construction… since December 2014
Location: 2510 Hillsborough (Horne St. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Residential mixed-use building with retail

The Crazy Reason Why This Apartment Isn’t Done Yet

This 7-story student apartment complex is wedged between The Alley (RIP) and the building that houses WABA and Shanghai Express. Like its newer counterparts, Hillsborough Lofts will have luxury finishes in all of its apartments and retail on the first floor, though it will feature a rooftop terrace (with views for miles, probably).

There’s been some drama with this project. It was controversial from the beginning because of its size and design. But the construction, which started at the end of 2014, was delayed between December 2015 and May 2016, which “led to the termination of the construction contract” with the building’s second (yes, second) general contractor, according to the Triangle Business Journal. 

The project is back on track, thank goodness. That crane has stood there — not moving — for what feels like decades.


2304 Hillsborough Street (Formerly Hot Box Pizza)

Construction Highlights

Progress: Complete!
Location: 2812 Hillsborough (Bagwell Ave. & Hillsborough St.)
Latest Development Details: Residential mixed-use building with retail; 1- to 3-bedroom units

CHASS Majors Will Love These Apartments

Taking the place of Hot Box Pizza (and Sylvia’s Pizza before that), this new apartment building will have 3 floors for apartments and the first 2 for retail space (which, according to the contractor’s blog, sounds like a restaurant.)

Good news for future CHASS majors: 2304 Hillsborough is right across the street from Tompkins Hall. This apartment building even beats North Residence Hall for its convenient location to communication classes.

Here’s more information about 2304 Hillsborough.


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