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  1. 28 points
    I had to go out today to get a picture of that canyon effect! Also Other misc Legacy Union photos.
  2. 24 points
    Not much but I had the drone out today and just grabbed a picture
  3. 23 points
    Can we stop complaining about the screening, or the deck, or the design. It seems like every day it's the same posts on the same projects about the same issues. And yes, it's important to hold designers accountable for their buildings, but this is getting ridiculous. Exercise some patience. Be hopeful for the street presence. Be excited for the retail possibilities. Be thankful it wasn't worse. Hope for better at other projects. But, every day posting how much you hate this building's screening, or the Intercontinental, or LU, or parking podiums or irregular apartment building shapes, or etc...just stop. It has gotten so bad lately.
  4. 22 points
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  8. 17 points
    Renderings vs Reality, it came out looking pretty good
  9. 16 points
    from above today the Duke Metro tower site.
  10. 16 points
  11. 15 points
    Light Installations Come to the Rail Trail with “I Heart Rail Trail: Lights” Presented by U.S. Bank What: Temporary, interactive light installations pop up along the Rail Trail When: Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 29 Where: A one-mile stretch along the Rail Trail from Carson St. to Sycamore Brewing Internationally renowned light installations are coming to the Charlotte Rail Trail to kick off a year-long partnership between U.S. Bank and the Rail Trail called I Heart Rail Trail. The I Heart Rail Trail initiative will feature events large and small to activate the Rail Trail and enhance the experience of this 3.5-mile linear park. From February 13 – February 29, I Heart Rail Trail: Lights will feature four interactive light installations spread along a one-mile stretch of the Rail Trail from Carson St. to Sycamore Brewing. • Sonic Forest: Next to 1100 South Apartments across from Carson St. Station • Passage: Next to Post South Apartments near Bland Street • Echo: Kingston Plaza near Dilworth Artisan Station • Run Beyond: Sycamore Brewing The partnership between U.S. Bank and the Charlotte Rail Trail is part of U.S. Bank’s Community Possible initiative. Their unified giving and engagement strategy Community Possible focuses on closing the gaps between people and possibility in the areas of Work, Home and Play. They believe the building blocks of all thriving communities where all things are possible include stable employment opportunities, a home to call your own, and a community connected through culture, arts, recreation and play. Visit www.usbank.com/community for more information. The Rail Trail is envisioned to be an integrated public art experience that creates a unique, ever-changing destination, linking diverse neighborhoods in Charlotte that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to discover, enjoy and explore. Full installation and artist descriptions below: Sonic Forest: An Urban Musical (https://www.creos.io/en/art/foret-sonique) Sonic Forest is a multi-sensory, interactive installation that is part of Christopher Janney’s “Urban Musical Instruments” series. The “Sonic Forest” is composed of 16, eight-foot-tall by ten-inch diameter columns each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. Touching the electronic trees triggers a series of events-from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and spoken or whispered expressions to an ever-changing color palette of LED lights. Everyone who walks through this instrument calls up their own “musical oasis.” The entire installation will sound the time of day each hour. A “ghost in the machine” will trigger the installation at random moments, and the installation will “play by itself’ for short intervals when no one has passed through it. Artist: Christopher Janney #SonicForest Facebook: @ChristopherJanneySound Instagram: @janneysound Christopher Janney was trained as an architect and a jazz musician. He has created numerous permanent interactive sound & light installations, attempting, on the one hand, to make architecture more "spontaneous" and, on the other hand, to make music more physical, more visual. Projects include the interactive sculptural scoreboard for the Miami Arena, Florida; “Rainbow Cove” at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts; “A House is a Musical Instrument: Kona”, an 8,000-sq. foot private residence in Kona, Hawaii based on Hawaiian cosmological principles; “Harmonic Convergence”, an interactive sound/light environment in the Miami International Airport; “Harmonic Fugue” for Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; and five US/UK tours of Sonic Forest. Sonic Forest has been to the following major music festivals: Bonnaroo, Coachella, Wireless, Electric Daisy Carnival and Glastonbury. Passage (https://www.creos.io/en/art/passage) Passage is an immersive, minimalist, contemplative and interactive artwork that explores the emotional connections we develop with light and sound. The concept of the artwork takes root in the definition of the word passage itself: the act of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another, and the process of transition from one state to another in a temporal dimension. The installation consists of 20 circles of light that form a tunnel which bystanders will go through, and a sound system. The passage through the tunnel activates light animations and sounds. Artist: Serge Maheu #Passage Facebook: @sergemaheu.studio Instagram: @semahaIlluminart Facebook: @Montrealenlumiere @experienceilluminart Trained as a computer engineer, Serge Maheu has followed a more creative path that led him into arts and, therefore, to become a multimedia director. By bringing together his experience in film, animation, photography, sound & music, computer programming, mathematics, interactivity, electronics and design, Maheu’s practice is cross-disciplinary. An avid lover of straight and obliques lines, squares, pixels and concrete, minimalist and repetitive music. He is interested in creating innovative art based on a certain digital poetry while pursuing the relation of mankind with the digital world. He’s open to fresh ideas, collaborations and new art (or non-art) explorations. Run Beyond https://www.lightart-collection.com/.../run-beyond-light... 'Run Beyond' is a work that focuses on the leap that we all have to make, sooner or later: the leap to freedom. Artist Angelo Bonello doesn’t specify what freedom that is—so it’s up to the spectator to decide. "This work is about the power of imagination; a force that is so strong that it allows individuals to overcome their fears and limitations so that they can open themselves up to other cultures, new friendships and unknown worlds," Bonello says. Artist: Angelo Bonello Turin-born artist Angelo Bonello was exposed to art at a young age. As a child he was taught how to paint and create sculptures by his teacher, the impressionist artist Sergio Manfredi. For many years, Bonello lived a nomadic lifestyle, traveling from Paris to Mexico, Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro. Since 1997 he has been living in Rome where he runs KitonB with Alberta Nunziante. Their work is characterized by a stylistic approach, based on the dimensional deformations of spaces. Echo Artist: Echo is a kinetic display of light and sound designed to capture the energy of city light. Echo stands nine feet tall with interlaced LED light ribbons and a shimmering metal base to reflect the light. The light sculpture “learns” from previous impulses and sound waves to create a dazzling and mesmerizing impact on the scenes.
  12. 15 points
    Info is from a water capacity permit request so this is of course preliminary.
  13. 15 points
    Resurrected! KDC big time developer from Dallas is marketing 125 Baldwin. I am on their website looking for their newly announced Hub RTP project (highrises and so forth) and see this attractive building thinking it was in Dallas. No they are marketing here in Charlotte and KDC is for real and they have the means to develop this tower. the new 125 Baldwin be sure to watch the video (I am considering this tower for KJ Diversified Industries HQ2) https://kdc.com/our-work/125-baldwin
  14. 14 points
  15. 14 points
    This whole area is going to loo so different in a few years!
  16. 14 points
    Today's CBJ - "CBJ Morning Buzz: Renderings released in latest downtown revamp for Charlotte suburbs" by Jen Wilson Excerpt: "Another one of Charlotte's suburbs is getting a downtown refresh. The Independent Tribune of Concord reports city leaders there have released a series of renderings that show early concepts for the Union Streetscape Project, which would widen sidewalks to make room for outdoor dining, landscaping, artwork and such." "The nearly $6 million project was approved by Concord City Council back in October..." "It would also include infrastructure repairs and updates. Construction could begin in July, after the 2021's fiscal year's budget takes effect." "Keep in mind these are early concept designs and are subject to change as we move forward with full engineering and design," reads a post on the city's official Twitter feed." City of Concord - These renderings, released in Februar 2020, shows early concepts for Concord's Union Streetscape Project. Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/02/04/cbj-morning-buzz-renderings-released-in-latest.html
  17. 14 points
    You can accomplish a lot with near-slave labor, virtually no regard for safety, unquestionable eminent domain, and nigh-unlimited funds.
  18. 14 points
    A uniquely designed 4 story, 30,000 sq. ft. medical building is being planned for a 1.9 acre site at 302 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd. in Hermitage. Its style is influenced by the late modernist architect Eero Saarinen, and was designed by Manuel Zeitlin. Dube Orthopedics and Physical Therapy will be the primary tenant. More behind the Nashville Post paywall here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21112767/distinctive-office-building-eyed-for-hermitage
  19. 14 points
    I wanted to make sure that I waited about a full day to react to this situation since my gut reaction to the council request was going to be much uglier than after giving it some more thought. I also don't post very often so I figured I would make it count. After reading everyone's reactions on the issue over the last 24 hours (and really over the last several months) I believe that what it boils down to are two separate groups. Those groups are: 1) Those who believe Richmond will continue to grow organically without the likes of a project such as Navy Hill and 2) Those who believe a project such as Navy Hill will help boost the city into a new realm of possibility and overall identity. (Let's be clear here and say that no one that participates in a forum, such as UrbanPlanet, wants to see the city fail. We are all here because we care about Richmond and look forward to the future of our city) Guess what? Both groups 1 and 2 are correct. HOWEVER, the point of contention, I believe, is that while both groups are correct, both groups are also viewing the city through different lenses. On one hand, you have those who feel that the city will continue to grow organically. And by all indications, it absolutely will. Over the last decade Richmond's population has grown well above the national average, which is something to be proud of. However, we are still well under the pace of truly emerging metro areas such as Raleigh, Austin, Nashville, etc. And I believe that is where the problem lies between the two groups. Vaceltic and Brent -- I fundamentally disagree with almost every statement you make on this particular topic and that may stem from the fact that I have a developer in my family. So I may tend to see the political and legal side of things on these projects differently than most. HOWEVER, I have read your posts on several other topics and know that you have genuine excitement and positivity towards other developments in Richmond so I am not trying to discredit you. You are both correct that Richmond will continue to grow organically [and at a very healthy pace] regardless of what happens with Navy Hill. You have to remember, though, that less than 15 years ago Richmond was in the top 5 in the county of violent crimes per capita. We were just a city that you passed through to get to DC. Up and coming neighborhoods like Church Hill, Scott's Addition and Brookland Park were nowhere you would want to be after sundown. So to see the kind of growth that we have had over the last five years has been exciting and refreshing. UNFORTUNATELY, because of our somewhat recent history, we as Richmonders celebrate an average new apartment building development like it is the groundbreaking of a new Fortune 500 headquarters. I think that is where the two ideological groups separate. I think that Group 2 falls into the belief that a project such as Navy Hill is a once in a generation type project that can take a city, such as ours, and take us from healthy, organic growth and put us with the likes of some of the hottest markets in the country. Make no mistake, Navy Hill is a city changing project. This opportunity will not come around again. There WILL be new proposals to re-develop the Coliseum. There WILL be new proposals to develop some of the area around Navy Hill. There will NOT be another proposal with the kind of financial backing and political clout such as the current one. And I am well aware that the political and financial ties of some of the members are what rub people the wrong way the most. Unfortunately some of the biggest developments in the country don't happen without those people. Our city will be great no matter what. I love Richmond and I know that all of you do too. That is the reason why everyone is so passionate about this topic. But our city can be quickly elevated into the likes of some of the most attractive and unique cities in the country. We have world class arts, beer, restaurants, outdoor living and culture among other things. We will be fine without Navy Hill. But we can also be elevated to something greater WITH Navy Hill. Again, you aren't right or wrong either way. I, for one, am for the development and will be bummed to see this one slip away. **On a side note, I think our city council is an absolute disgrace. The childish and petty behavior that shines through to the public is embarrassing. It is one thing to have private squabbles and disagreements but some of the personal attacks and vendettas that are held out constantly in public make me ashamed. Intentional defiance and close minded behavior (no matter what side of the aisle you are on) should have you removed from political office.
  20. 13 points
    My friend took these with his drone of the rubble of the Colony. My very first apartment was across the street and that building was bulldozed too. follow on Instagram geocatchlight These are fantastic! Great shot of AC by Marriott hotel too.
  21. 13 points
    from Hoar the contractors twitter feed which I just found today from Jan. 21
  22. 13 points
    was entertaining out of town friends this evening a KJ tour from NoDa to Uptown to Southend to Park Road Shopping center to Southpark to Optimist Park to Camp Northend. (no photos but I did not know the Capitol Towers were lit up at night the domes. They were red and blue) From Optimist Hall and Tankhenge at Camp Northend. Rare night photos from me.
  23. 13 points
    Went for a long walk this morning. Took tons of photos.. I will try to add to the different threads if I have time in the next couple days. LINK if anyone wants to check them out. The vast amount of major projects is truly astounding.
  24. 13 points
    An interesting 'proof of concept' video posted in Vimeo in November, 2019. I wonder if this is for the revised height. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=peabody+union+nashville&view=detail&mid=641DFF48C7B9331EFBC1641DFF48C7B9331EFBC1&FORM=VIRE Screen caps...
  25. 13 points
    Just an update on what they've done. They tore out everything in the stadium and it looks like they are grading it but keeping the same general shape as the old stadium
  26. 12 points
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  28. 12 points
    Well just something other than office for this location. I think there should be something else to break up so many back to back office buildings. I don’t really know if I would want to buy a condo potentially glaring directly into LU1 either. It seems almost too close for comfort. I think that could be a great area for a mixed use building. Like office and apartments like FNB but without the visible parking garage. Old pic here from loopnet but this is hands down the best LU1 has ever looked in a pic and it’s best angle
  29. 12 points
    Man, how big of a hit has Bridgestone Arena been for this city? A lot of credit to all involved in getting it built and the people that run it. I'd credit its being built as one of the watermarks of this city's boom.
  30. 12 points
    This sort of goes along with the rumors I was hearing that a Chicago developer was going to do a 500 foot tower in the Gulch. Now if this the developer and the 500 footer, I question if they would be able to get a height variance for that site. This developer has not done a tall tower that I can see. The best I think they can get is 20 plus bonus, but dont quote me. Metro would have to do a traffic study, but that may not matter if the can still get 574 units on the aloted 2 acres. Division street is going to be one traffic clogged street at rush hour along with everything else. The other part of the rumor was that they would be new to Nashville and these guys are.
  31. 12 points
    Nice find, Pete. : ) In this new rendering, the north side of the tower is 28 stories. It does appear that the south portion (which also includes balconies on each floor) is taller, but it is unclear if it and additional 4 stories to reach the 32 that has been announced. Really like the stacking effect of the tower. This structure is going to play even taller on the skyline because the crest of this bluff overlooking the Cumberland River is at least 50 feet taller than the intersection of 1st Ave. South and KVB, which will add about another 4 or 5 stories to the perceived height in comparison with the rest of the skyline on the eastern side of downtown. Here are a few more screen shots from the video for visual context with the riverfront:
  32. 12 points
    Throwback Thursday. About 19 months ago. Before FNB started rising and before the courthouse. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 11 points
    This view from the Sheraton parking garage looking south. 9, maybe 10 cranes, in a narrow little corridor, wow.
  34. 11 points
    Queen city photo editing I guess... happy presidents day
  35. 11 points
    It's crazy that less than 15 years ago pretty much everything in this pic didn't exist. You wouldn't have been able to guess this was Charlotte back then if shown this pic.
  36. 11 points
    Ok everyone, I removed the off topic posts and suspended the offender's account for one month. Thanks to those who tried to be civil and tried to bring the topic back on track. I also want to apologize for letting it go on this long. I only let it go on this long because his toxicity issues are only in the Greenville forum. If it weren't for that I would ban him entirely. If he posts in this forum or any topic pertaining to Greenville again I will ban his account entirely. I prefer not to reprimand people on the message boards, but I feel like its necessary in this case. I'm assuming that CLT_sc will read this at some point too, so I'm going to point out that this is not a knee jerk reaction - this is a response to a repeated pattern of behavior demonstrated by this person. I think we have all been more than patient and it's time to end the madness. I am not inclined to believe that a group of people - including many who have been members here for over a decade - have all of a sudden turned rogue and become jerks. As I told CLT_sc via direct message, when you blame everyone else for your problems, then the problem is often you. He made his decision to keep antagonizing, so I made mine. Let's all move on. If anyone wants to talk about it, please feel free to send me a DM.
  37. 11 points
    I'm working on a campaign to have Levine Avenue for the arts closed permanently for a 1.25 acre public plaza, much like what it was like for Charlotte Shout.
  38. 11 points
  39. 11 points
    No more mystery about the top floor. MarkHollin's pictures above and the ones below show that the final steel is the utility area above the 25th floor, not another floor. And it sounds like the parking garage panels are coming back. Now they need to get to work on that Apple store.
  40. 10 points
    Random fun stat of the day: Current upper Southend (Morehead to Iverson) population density = 14,000 per sq mile (per Popstats current estimates) Current central Paris Population density = 65,000 per square mile (I converted this from the stat I saw on the web of 25,000 per sq km -- I might have flubbed that conversion) Therefore quadrupling the number of Southend apartments would get us close to Parisian densities (both areas have similar heights, although Paris does not require developers give away space for car storage) [the Apartments Backlash thread made me think of this]
  41. 10 points
    1100 Sq feet. There will be additional retail in JW Marriott, but not sure who is leasing it.
  42. 10 points
    Honestly, its really tough to judge a space from afar, without human scale to compare it to. It should be really vibrant when done. Especially with a great big willow oak anchoring the intersection in true Charlotte fashion.
  43. 10 points
    I did a thread of all of @gman430 photos on twitter, in one place, starting with 1100. Thanks for posting all of these dude. You are a rockstar.
  44. 10 points
    Downtown's long-awaited bike lane project is finally moving forward. Construction has begun on a bike lane along Commerce Street, between Ninth and Second avenues. The project is expected to take two months to complete and cost roughly $100,000. More at NBJ here: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2020/02/04/work-begins-on-long-awaited-downtown-bike-lane.html?iana=hpmvp_nsh_news_headline
  45. 10 points
    Regardless of what you think about debt and how it's taken on. The city should finish this because the deal was made. The Council and Mayor spoke. Now the head of the Fair board has spoken. If none of that matters, then why should anyone do anything in the city? Not to mention at all, that Cooper has flexed his mayorial muscle and gotten more concessions from Ingram/the Team. If he doesn't sign the papers for demo now, it's obvious that all along his plan was just too torpedo the deal.
  46. 10 points
    LG Development out of Chicago, which recently paid $25 million for the 2 acre site at 909 Division (currently home to A+ Storage facility) is planning a massive residential complex of 574 units which would rank as one of the largest in the city. Based on the diagrams seen further below in the thread, it appears there will be about 40 units per floor in the L-shaped building, which would make for about 15 floors, plus first few floors being primarily above-grade garage. "We're still very early on. We're going through the process to make sure that if the climate to build is right, that we have everything lined up to move on it," Daniel Haughney of LG said. "We're still a long way away from when we'd have a full set of plans to get a shovel in the ground." The design firm NORR is working with LG Development on its plans, according to Metro documents. So too is the Nashville office of Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc. They do not plan on starting this year. Designs and further details should be coming out in the coming months. More at The Nashville Post here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21112826/massive-apartment-project-planned-for-gulch And behind the NBJ paywall here: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2020/01/28/plans-for-two-big-developments-emerge-in-the-gulch.html?iana=hpmvp_nsh_news_headline This is the A+ Storage facility currently on the site: This screen shot from Smeagolsfree's excellent development map shows the site highlighted in teal at the center of the frame:
  47. 10 points
    Someone told me today that Charlotte pipe and foundry had been sold to Tepper. They are a reliable source, I just don't know about their source.
  48. 10 points
    Looking south from 6th floor of Holiday Inn Select in MetroCenter:
  49. 10 points
    Today's CBJ - ""Luxury boutique hotel is latest sign of new life for historic building in Gastonia" by Jennifer Thomas. Excerpt: "The Esquire Hotel is welcoming its first guests in Gastonia. That boutique hotel is located in the historic Lawyers Building at 168 Main St. The 20,000-foot-building — first a bank, then a home for lawyers — was completed in 1917. The building sat vacant for 30 years. Now, a 35-room hotel is the latest piece unveiled of an adaptive-reuse project that breathes new life into the building. The first block of rooms is open, with the remaining floors to be online in the upcoming weeks." ... '“Our goal has always been to do it the right way and hopefully give folks an experience that makes them look at Gastonia in a new light,” Nathan Kirby, one of the partners behind the project, says. The property is owned by Lawyers Building of Gastonia LLC. The hotel operates as Esquire Hotel Gastonia LLC. Both are managed by people passionate about preservation, Kirby says". 'Our big focus has always been downtown Gastonia,' Kirby says." Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/01/23/photos-luxury-boutique-hotel-is-latest-sign-of-new.html
  50. 9 points
    They’ve rezoned for a massive LED allowance per side so I haven’t given up either. There is a year before this opens afterall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk



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