New Developments in Raleigh, N.C.

Here are the major new visitor developments that are contributing to the Raleigh area's stature as a modern establishment—the thriving state capital of North Carolina.

Transfer Co. Food Hall (Some vendors opened in early 2019, more throughout the year)

A food hall and market housed in a 43,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in Raleigh's Olde East neighborhood, Transfer Co. Food Hall's first vendors opened to the public in Jan. and Feb. 2019. The project, led by Transfer Development LLC, is food-focused with a mix of retail goods as well. Most food vendors are expected to be open by the end of 2019. A 3,000-square-foot meeting space—the Transfer Co. Ballroom—will open in fall 2019, ready to host weddings, concerts, pop-up markets, luncheons and more. Future projects on this site also include a grocery market in a separate building (construction may begin in 2020). Learn more

John Chavis Memorial Park and Community Center (Scheduled completion is spring 2021)

Named for early 19th-century free black preacher and teacher of all races John Chavis, this 37-acre City of Raleigh park was opened in 1938 and thrived for many years as one of the state's first urban parks for African Americans. A revised master plan was adopted in 2014, with construction ultimately beginning in Sept. 2019. The project scope includes a new two-story community center with a full size gym, elevated walking track, fitness center and numerous classrooms and meeting spaces. A renovation to the original Carousel House (which houses one of the oldest operating vintage carousels in the U.S.) will allow for interior event space. A new central plaza with an integrated water feature, plus a large playground for all ages and abilities, will link the two main buildings together. Learn more

Downtown Cary Park (Construction to begin fall 2020, estimated opening of 2022)

First proposed in 2001, the Town of Cary City Council approved the master plan for Downtown Cary Park in March 2019. The plans to create an iconic, seven-acre public gathering space include a call for two food and beverage facilities, four interactive water features, a great lawn and an outdoor entertainment pavilion. Design of the Downtown Cary Park will get underway this spring and be completed in 2020. Construction of the park is expected to begin in fall 2020 with completion in 2022. Learn more

Dorothea Dix Park (Master plan implementation could begin in early 2020)

In July 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to plan and develop a new destination park—Dorothea Dix Park. A master plan for the park—the city's largest green space—was unanimously approved by Raleigh City Council in Feb. 2019. The master plan proposes the park be transformed through six distinct landscapes, with ideas on how each landscape could be used by visitors (open space, playgrounds, plazas, gardens, performance spaces, public art etc.). Implementation of Phase 1 of the plan, which could begin in early 2020, calls for physical improvements to the park, including restoration of the creek, cemetery enhancements, rehabilitated buildings, a new main entry to the park, a new multi-use path and interim parking. Phase 1 of the plan may take 10-20 years to implement. Learn more