First glimpse of highrise coming to Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street


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.

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