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What is likely to be Raleigh’s greenest development will also house one of its first local cideries. SoHi, the upcoming project from Carpenter Development located on Wilmington Street just a mile south of downtown will be home to anchor tenant Shady Grove Cidery, as well as a taco shop, a coffee shop, a yoga studio, co-working space, short-term rentals and a retail collective that will include a book shop, a tattoo artist, a barber, a home goods store and more. David Meeker, founder and partner at Carpenter Development, says he was drawn to the good energy surrounding SoHi’s future location near Garner, as the area is growing quickly and is currently more affordable than downtown.
“We have loved Garner for a while now,” Meeker says. “People skipped it and moved to Clayton and Holly Springs but Garner is still this great, affordable town just five minutes from downtown Raleigh. It feels like all the young creative folks are moving there now. This property, on the way to Garner, has nice sidewalks and is not as busy as S. Saunders Street.” Meeker and business partner Brent Francese say they are excited to welcome a cider brand to Raleigh and have full faith that Shady Grove’s owner, Oliver Koch, will deliver great cider produced onsite with a bar that’s open to the public.
With solar panels on all four roofs, cisterns to catch rainwater and irrigate landscaping, pavered parking for stormwater runoff and 100 parking spots for bikes and electric vehicle charging stations, SoHi (so named for its location south of the Interstate 40 highway) is shaping up to be Raleigh’s most environmentally friendly project to date. “Our dream [is] for others to see our project and see that going green is worth the cost,” Meeker says. SoHi is currently undergoing review by the city; Meeker says he hopes to have concepts opening in late 2021.
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