A Taste of Downtown Raleigh: Heilig-Levine Building

Heilig Levine Building in Downtown RaleighTomorrow (September 5th) Preservation North Carolina is hosting a reception which will include a preview of the Heilig-Levine Building in Downtown Raleigh.  Registration and reception will be held at the Raleigh City Museum in the Historic Briggs Hardware Building on Fayetteville Street (just downstairs from PNC’s office).  The Heilig-Levine Building is just a block away and will be open for tours.

This will be PNC’s 2nd annual ‘A Taste of Downtown Raleigh’ event.  Last year’s event showcased The Hudson, a condominium development on the site of the old Hudson Belk Department Store on Fayetteville Street.

Heilig-Levine Building in Downtown RaleighThe Heilig-Levine Building, built in 1870, is undergoing Raleigh’s first historic LEED certified renovation.  Developer Empire Properties worked with Cherokee Investment Partners to achieve the certification for their new headquarters office in the building.  More than 50% of the interior has been constructed with recycled wood and 75% of construction waste will be recycled.  A number of energy-saving features are also incorporated into the space including motion detecting lights, faucets that turn off by themselves, and bicycle racks and showers that encourage employees to drive less.  The Heilig-Levine renovation is the first effort in North Carolina to combine historic character with a state-of-the-art space.

Cherokee Investments occupies the upper floors of the Heilig-Levine Building.  Rumor has it that a cool new restaurant will move into the street level space.

It’s worth noting that Greg Hatem and Empire Properties received the 2006 L. Vincent Lowe, Jr. Business Award at PNC’s annual conference.  This award is presented to a North Carolina business showing vision and creativity in promoting the protection of the states architectural resources.   Empire Properties recognizes the value and charm wrapped up in Raleigh’s historic buildings.  They have taken on properties that others thought better torn down.  In doing so, they have become a major player in the movement to revitalize downtown Raleigh.  Here’s looking forward to their continued success.