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Vision

The North Hills redevelopment is a complete urban rebirth of the first two-story mall between Washington, DC and Atlanta.

The North Hills redevelopment is a complete urban rebirth of the first two-story mall between Washington, DC and Atlanta. Since the opening of the Main District in 2004, North Hills has become the defining presence of Midtown, distinctive in character with its own sense of place. It serves as a hub of commercial and residential activity in Raleigh and continues to receive numerous awards and accolades for its pedestrian-friendly and sustainable design.

History


1967
First enclosed mall in Raleigh opened and operated for 36 years.


2001
The Lassiter District at North Hills redeveloped by Kane Realty Corporation.


2002
The Main District at North Hills site plan approved.


2003
The old North Hills Mall demolished.


2004
The revitalized Main District at North Hills opens.


2006
The Lassiter parcel, in the Lassiter District, planned for 9-story heights by right under the Shopping Center (SC) zoning description of the existing code.


2006
The Park District at North Hills begins its redevelopment with approval of the North Hills East Planned Development District (PD), allowing for building heights up to 365 feet (30+ stories).


2010
Park and Market North Hills Apartments opens in the Park District at North Hills.


2016
New Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) adopted, updating the zoning description from SC (Shopping Center) to CX-12 in the Main District (Commercial Mixed Use up to 12 stories) and CX-5 in the Lassiter District (Commercial Mixed Use up to 5 stories).


2017
Approximately 32 acres added to the Park District at North Hills (North Hills East PD) and approved for building heights up to 365 feet (30+ stories).


2020
JCPenney closes, and work begins to transform the JC Penney site into two new office towers and a residential tower, anchored by ground floor retail and a generous public plaza in the Main District at North Hills.


2021
Rezone four parcels in the Main District and Lassiter District at North Hills for building heights ranging from 12 stories up to 40 stories.


The Application

The rezoning request will seek to align these strategic parcels with the progression of the surrounding development and provide the framework for North Hills to accommodate the increasing demand in Midtown Raleigh.

The request will include four parcels which are non-contiguous and located in both the Main District and Lassiter District. Today, most of these areas have not been improved since the original mall was built in the 1960s. The land is underutilized and serves predominately as surface parking and single-use retail. We believe the time is right to transform these parcels to their highest and best use for current and future generations of Raleigh. Growth of the surrounding region has been well documented;from 2001 to 2018, Wake County has seen a 66% increase in population, with a current average growth of 67 people per day. According to an independent study commissioned by Wake County Economic Development, the population of Raleigh is projected to increase another 70% by 2046. With all of this growth comes the need for more placemaking, where Raleigh residents, new and old, can find spaces to live, work, play, and stay.

The primary purpose of the zoning request is to obtain additional building height allowances to accommodate new growth within the existing footprint of North Hills. Vertical redevelopment is more environmentally sustainable than greenfield development, helps decrease suburban sprawl, and promotes the use of public transit. These parcels are uniquely situated for vertical redevelopment because they are within a City Growth Center – areas the City has identified as prime for development, along a Transit Emphasis Corridor, and close to existing amenities which will enhance walkability in the area.

The Rezoning Process

This timeline will be updated as meetings are scheduled and dates finalized throughout the rezoning process.

  • First (pre-submittal) neighborhood meeting: September 22, 2021
  • Application submittal: October 2021
  • Staff review & neighborhood engagement: Fall 2021, Ongoing
  • Second neighborhood meeting: TBD
  • Additional outreach & review: Ongoing
  • Planning commission meetings: TBD
  • City council hearing: TBD

Resources

This section will be updated as more information and resources become available throughout the rezoning process.

Feedback

One of Kane Realty’s key values is relationships. We seek to build long-term relationships with the community at large and especially with our neighbors. In an effort to hear directly from you and to better understand your desires for the future of North Hills, we have provided a survey below and would appreciate your candid participation. You can also reach out to us directly at rezoning@visitnorthhills.com.

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