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First glimpse of highrise coming to Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street

A street view of the new planned highrise 400H, as seen from the corner of Hillsborough and West streets in downtown Raleigh.
A street view of the new planned highrise 400H, as seen from the corner of Hillsborough and West streets in downtown Raleigh. Courtesy of Gensler Raleigh

Newly released renderings provide the first look at the design of a planned highrise on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh that will include a mix of stores, offices and residential rentals.

The most prominent element in the design of the project, known as 400H, is an indoor-outdoor section on the ninth floor that will include a pool, fitness center, two pool deck lounges, two indoor lounges and spaces for a coffee bar, meetings and co-working. Developers are calling it the SkyHub.

Gensler, an international design and architectural firm based in San Francisco with an office nearby in Raleigh, is working on the project.

“400H is intentionally different and is not about a building merely introducing square footage to the market,” Chad Parker, managing director at Gensler Raleigh, said in an email Friday. “We worked collectively to make a place that thrives on social connectivity, talent recruitment and retention, as well as identity.”

The city’s planning department has approved the plans, and construction is anticipated to begin next February.

Named after its location in the 400 block of Hillsborough Street, the 20-story 400H will have 16,000 square feet of ground-level retail, 144,000 square feet of office space and 216 residential units to rent.

Plenty of parking will be available for residents and office workers, according to details provided by BR Hillsborough Partners, the development group.

The site is two blocks north of Amtrak’s under-construction Union Station and the warehouse district, two blocks southeast of Glenwood South, and four blocks west of Fayetteville Street.

Gregg Sandreuter, who is part of the development group, was also a partner in the team that built the 23-story Skyhouse luxury apartments on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh.

The project is one of several mixed-use highrise buildings in the works in or near the warehouse district on the city’s west side.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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