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Raleigh is one of the few major American cities not located on water — thanks, Joel Lane — but a creative plan for the rising North Hills Innovation District will incorporate water into the concept.
The Big Branch Creek runs through the area where the district will rise, and the CallisonRTKL firm has mapped out a plan for the office towers, apartments and retail space to blend into the natural setting for a more walkabout concept.
“We wanted to create a place that was designed with the natural features rather than design around them,” said Erich Dohrer, a senior associate vice president out of CallisonRTKL’s Chicago office.
In a city that lacks waterways, it’s a promising development, and comes as the massive Midtown Exchange project, which is essentially adjacent to the Innovation District, will also incorporate water into its design.
The 33-acre Innovation District will include 300,000 square feet of office space, 200 hotel rooms, 250 high-rise residences, 330 new mid-rise residences — and a refreshing walk down the creek.
“The resulting master plan focuses on the creek as a unifying element rather than a barrier,” Dohrer said. “Buildings and outdoor spaces are organized to embrace the creek, celebrate its natural beauty and provide opportunities to interact directly with the natural features of the site.”
Real estate leaders sees chance to help other veterans
A Navy veteran rising up the ranks in real estate has been named to the Presidential Leadership Scholars program – and wants to use the experience to help others connected with the military find jobs in real estate.
Michael Burris, the area director of operations for Cortland, was one of 60 people selected for the program. Cortland was founded in Atlanta in 2005 and owns and manages apartments across the country.
His goal is to use what he learns to help military spouses and veterans get launched in the multifamily property management business.
“This will offer an extremely underserved population access to a career and skill-set that is in demand and available in every military market throughout the country,” Burris tells Biz.
“Furthermore, the experience gained in property management opens doors to other career opportunities within and outside of the real estate industry.”
Burris, who earned his undergraduate degree at The Citadel and an MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, calls the effort “an act of service to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
New llama joins Southern Pines golf club
A baby llama has joined the group of renowned llamas at the Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines.
Before Christmas, a 35-pound baby llama named “Jones” for golf course architect Rees Jones, who designed Talamore, was born.
The llamas – there are now four – used to serve as caddies, but still wander out to visit golfers from time to time.
Notaries are hot jobs in Google searches
If you are thinking about becoming a notary, you are not alone.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) dove into its search trends to see what job seekers were doing from January 2021 to January 2022, and in the Triangle market, “how to become a notary” topped the list.
That was followed by searches for 2, personal trainer; 3, detective; 4, real estate agent; and 5, content creator.
Across the board, Google found the top searches were for 1, real estate agent; 2, flight attendant; 3, notary; 4, therapist; and 5, pilot.
And if you do want to become a notary, the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office can tell you all about it.
Triangle universities target new courses in AI
Undergraduates at Duke University and N.C. State University could have new options for courses on artificial intelligence during the 2023-24 academic year.
The National Humanities Center, a nonprofit based in the Triangle, is partnering with the two schools and 13 others to create courses on artificial intelligence technologies. This effort is being supported by a gift from Google, the center said.
Through the initiative, faculty from the universities will gather at the center in June to discuss emerging AI technologies and the best ways to help students engage with those ideas. The participants will then develop course descriptions, learning goals and syllabi for courses that focus on developing “responsible AI” for undergraduates to take during the year that starts in fall 2023.
Faculty members will again meet at the center in the spring or summer of 2024 to assess the courses and make recommendations for wider dissemination and future phases of the initiative that could involve additional institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere.
What it takes to make you feel like a million bucks
A new survey defines “millionaire” status in North Carolina, and the answer might surprise you.
Online gaming site Solitaired.com asked its readers what it meant to be a millionaire. And in North Carolina, survey respondents said they would need to own nearly $5.3 million worth of assets in order to achieve millionaire financial status in their own eyes.
While it’s less than the national average of nearly $5.5 million – it’s still more than a million dollars. In California, people say they’d need even more, however, nearly $6.3 million to feel like a millionaire.
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