HQ Raleigh and LODEN Properties to Deliver a New 21,000 Square Foot Co-Working and Event Space in Gateway Plaza Near Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh’s largest co-working community, HQ Raleigh, is partnering with LODEN Properties to launch an exciting new co-working and event space at 2409 Crabtree Boulevard off of Capital Boulevard just north of downtown in Gateway Plaza. The new HQ@Gateway location is developing a Main Street Impact Program to engage underserved communities in Raleigh.
The 21,000 square foot HQ@Gateway space is an integral part of the renovation of Gateway Plaza, a nearly 80,000 square foot mid-century modern mixed-use project. The HQ@Gateway location will include a 150-person event space and a 50-person classroom.
“We’re thrilled to add this exciting new project to HQ Raleigh’s portfolio of community spaces,” says HQ Raleigh’s Founding Partner Jason Widen. “The unique space allows us to accommodate larger teams of up to 60 employees as well as support entrepreneurs coming in from other parts of the city who need ample parking and convenience. Plus having Little Makers Academy adjacent will provide our community with a drop-in child care option. We’re excited to build on our diversity and inclusion efforts in this location with programs and spaces focused on entrepreneurs and small businesses emerging from underserved areas of the city.”
HQ Raleigh is developing a Main Street Impact Program that aims to help underserved communities in Raleigh to thrive and build wealth that they can generate and keep within those communities. The HQ@Gateway location was chosen intentionally as a means to engage with the community located just north of downtown. The purpose of this program is to provide resources to lower income entrepreneurs who may not normally have the resources to start or experiment with their own businesses.
HQ Raleigh is developing this comprehensive program, which will include a food and beverage incubator, in partnership with other accelerator programs and university partners to provide entrepreneurs with the resources, education and network needed to develop and run their own main street businesses.
The HQ@Gateway space is scheduled to open in summer 2019. Renovation of the entire Gateway Plaza is underway. The renovation includes exterior and interior building updates, as well as significant outdoor common spaces and parking improvements. The new parking configuration will include significant exterior gathering space that will host community events, food truck rodeos and outdoor concerts. Gateway Plaza is currently 75% leased.
Says Henry Ward, partner at LODEN Properties, “As we re-imagined Gateway Plaza, we immediately reached out to HQ Raleigh as an anchor partner. Its focus on inclusive community building, creating inspiring locations, and fostering dynamic co-working and event spaces are a perfect fit for what we seek to contribute to the city’s innovation landscape at Gateway Plaza.”
LODEN Properties is creating a new model for how to breathe life into older shopping centers. Gateway Plaza, located adjacent to the thriving Woodcrest neighborhood, is envisoned as a mixed-use project that celebrates the best of local businesses. Additional tenants include local companies Craft Habit, Mordecai Beverage Co., Union Special Bread, a new concept by BREW Coffee Bar, Little Makers Academy, the Gateway Arts Project, Carmen’s Fashion, Azure Violins, as well as additional restaurants and neighborhood service retail.
“Our vision for Gateway Plaza was to bring unique local tenants providing art, music, food, shopping and entertainment to the area. This site has easy parking and thriving neighborhoods within a short distance. It will be the kind of place you bring visting family members or the place you go meet up with friends,” says Russ Jones, partner at LODEN Properties.
The project team includes:
Developer: LODEN Properties
Gateway Plaza Architect: The Raleigh Architecture Co.
HQ@Gateway Architect: Maurer Architecture
Preliminary Architectural Design: Gensler
Landscape Architect/Land Planner: Site Collaborative
Environmental Design/Gateway Plaza Branding: Joshua Gajownik
General Contractor: JCI Builders