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  1. 7 points
    ^Maybe this will motivate them to build high-rise, so they can get their own thread.
  2. 6 points
    Metro Planning staff are undertaking a study of the Music Row area as part of the soft moratorium that was imposed earlier this year on zoning changes. I hope that they are also considering multi-modal transit. Right now there are now bus routes that run down Demonbreun or the northern half of Music Row. The southern half of Music Row has infrequent service from the #2 and #25. This is likely a corridor that can support a new line, maybe even an extension of the Music City Circuit to include a Midtown/Music Row route. This proposed project will be a massive development and will be home to 3000-4000 residents, employees and hotel guests every day once it is fully built out. That is in addition to Element, 1515 Demonbreun, the Virgin Hotel, Crescent, Rhythm, Cadence, Forestar, the new SESAC HQ building, Lennar's M Residences, Artisan on 18th, and Skyhouse which are all within 3 blocks of this planned development. Even without the Elmington Capital project that is an incredible change in density for one small neighborhood in a very short period of time. There has to be an investment into transit infrastructure for this to be sustainable.
  3. 4 points
    It is not standard practice to discuss moderator issues on the general message boards. However, given the events of recent months I feel this is warranted. As you all are probably aware - clt29301, redcliffe, Greenvillejason, GreenvilleSharp, etc., were all in fact the same person. Banning clt29301 the first time seemed to cause the remaining accounts to be generated. First, I want to apologize for the extent to which the trolling issues over the past few months were allowed to go on. The mods (me) didn't realize there the extent issue until several of you reported it over the weekend (to those of you who did that - thanks). We took care of the reported posts and banned the offender (again). I also went through basically all of his posts in the Greenville section tonight and removed all of the asinine discussions/content that he caused. Finally, I feel confident that we have this matter resolved for now. It is entirely possible that this person may attempt to return, but I promise to be more swift in dealing with this if he should return. I'm also working on another solution that will hopefully be more effective. In the meantime, if you see something suspicious, please flag it and we'll deal with it ASAP.
  4. 3 points
    Ok folks, time to pat myself on the back. Just sold a lot on Arthur Ave that I purchased 18 months ago for 50,000 for 175,000.
  5. 3 points
    8 stories? Seriously? That should be laughed out of the building. I agree there needs to be an outbidder ASAP.
  6. 3 points
    Aspen Dental is taking Hooters. They'll tear the building down. The density isn't on the east side of town, no daytime pop to support a full service chain restaurant.
  7. 3 points
    I hope they get outbid. "Up to 8 stories with 400 apartment units" sounds like another bland massive superblock.
  8. 2 points
    I made a little mini-study of land use. I see Plaza Midwood as having potential (again and again), but I think it has alot of work ahead of itself. Land use shows alot of space is taken up by grass lots, surface parking, and some greenspace. In the center of the study area in Plaza Midwood is that single street of those closely placed shops where you can find Nova's bakery. I find it a bit simular to Savannah, but that's it. I doesn't even cover a whole city block. Not that Plaza Midwood should copy Savannah, but it needs more infill and a-lot less emphasis in parking. It's honesty the obsession over parking capacity that I think will ultimately hurt the community. A 1:1 ratio of parking per unit is especially threatening. If a developer wants to build a 4-5 story apartment with those requirements, I certainly would oppose it. Also, remember that virtually all parking decks turn very ugly and kill streetlife.
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    They at least should have augmented rather than reroute Nº2, from the Muses Roundabout via Division up and down Music Row, to its current route via 12th and Edgehill, thereby literally cutting Music Row service distance in half, back around 2010/2011 or so. Again it was former MTA leadership (of at least 2 names unmentioned), along with a mayoral nod, who gave the spin rationale to reroute that bus to offset a food desert syndrome along the 12th Ave corridor, by providing that district a direct path to Green Hills. That's always been hogwash (B-$), since riders living in the 12th Ave district rarely if ever actually use Nº 2 except to pass between downtown and Edgehill. Instead, riders often have discovered that they boarded the Nº2 mistakenly believing that it would take them along entire 12th Ave, and usually will de-board and waste their fare. 12th Ave dwellers usually travel to the Melrose Kroger or to the Wal-mart on Powell, and almost never go to Green Hills for that purpose. The MTA Nº17, recently rerouted from Demonbreun to run along 11th Ave throughout the length of the gulch, as well as along it's original primary path of 12th Ave. So., always has been far more frequent and operational during evening hours, than Nº2, which should have never been messed with to start. Nº17 alone well serves the 12th Ave district, IMO. Since the start of modern times, the Nº2 has been the ba$tard stepchild of the entire southern hemisphere of the MTA coverage, for many years being combined with Nº7 Hillsboro in the early evening hours, and for a few years now, it no longer has been running on weekends, a decision which has totally severed a direct connection between downtown and Belmont and greater Music Row, except where Nº25 crosses Music Row at Edgehill. In my dreams, they should return streetcars to Belmont and Music Row. Again, yet another snow job. -==-
  11. 2 points
    It was reported at some point that the retail space at the roundabout in Element was being set-up for a restaurant, but I don't remember seeing anything yet about who/what it will be. There's only one other relatively small retail space planned for that building, and there is no retail in the other new apt. building next door, so there's not going to be that much extra activation on that side of Demonbreun. There will, however, be additional entertainment/retail options in both the Virgin and Crescent down the street that will help foot traffic in the area, too.
  12. 2 points
    Off topic posts after Neo's response have been removed.
  13. 2 points
    I would hope they would keep the on-street parking to provide a buffer to encourage foot traffic. There are far too many places in this city where pedestrians are expected to walk inches away from moving vehicles. I want narrow, easy to cross streets, and if traffic is a problem, build transit. You can't create a walkable city by encouraging people to drive around in cars.
  14. 2 points
    Millennials? Really? What is the difference between this and any other sub-division with a singular entrance/exit to a collector street? Never mind that it is parked behind the blank rear end of a Meijer, and couldn't be more pedestrian unfriendly if you built it on 28th and the Beltline. I thought people in that demographic avoided this stuff like the plague? I'm older and even I think this is the most depressingly isolated and boring place to ever want to live.
  15. 1 point
    ...but at least it's still standing, for the time being (I guess). It's far more elegant than that of Nashville, and hopes are that the tide can turn in Dayton toward recovery, before that thing falls further into disrepair (or beyond). Just hope no one sets it on fire before then.. -==-
  16. 1 point
    I double dog dare you to post this on the PM facebook page.
  17. 1 point
    I took the survey. Hopefully the community steps up and decides to deal with the issue and move forward.
  18. 1 point
    From the Arts and Science Council: Hunt’s sculpture, tentatively titled “Memory Place,” will be made of welded stainless steel, and is intended to create a sculptured collage containing references to Romare Bearden’s artistic practice, traditions and inspirations. Within the referential frame of Bearden’s life, the sculpture conjures up the Eiffel Tower, county churches, and roots in land and water associations. “Together I hope the material of the sculpture, its craftsmanship, its associative possibilities and its lively presence make my homage to Romare Bearden a diversion of both substance and delight to visitors to Romare Bearden Park,” Hunt said.
  19. 1 point
    Three international retial giants that come to mind are Zara, H&M, and IKEA. Apparently, New Orleans now has 2 H&Ms and Shreveport and Jackson each have one, maybe one will be added during the mall store refresh. IKEA doesn't seem to have any stores in "medium" cities but I guess when looked at as NO-BR we'd make the cut.
  20. 1 point
    You know, we talk a lot in this city about how we don't want to repeat the mistakes of Atlanta. Having our very own Perimeter City would be horrible. Too much density in places that aren't designed to handle the traffic is the main recipe for disastrous suburbia. Ballantyne is bad enough, and we're basically getting the same thing at Providence/485 with the two - soon to be three - very large retail/office developments going in there. Prosperity Village is probably our best chance to do something different that Atlanta.
  21. 1 point
    For some reason I can't get Mlive's photo slideshows to go all the way through. It goes about 6 images, then there's an ad, and the arrows to continue on are gone. Anyone else get this? The construction around the complex is insane. However, you can get to their new parking lot off of Goodrich by the new BBQ place, BTW. I also have to backtrack on my earlier statements. They're definitely keeping the silos on the NE corner of the building and have added more.
  22. 1 point
    http://www.charlotteagenda.com/4670/breaking-bbt-ballparks-grassy-hill-in-left-field-is-getting-a-makeover/ Whoops forgot to post it here.....the agenda reported on it last week
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    The mysterious "Project UNO" has been revealed. It's Barcelona-based Ficosa which is building a new, state-of-the-art, 270,000 square foot facility in Cookeville to replace its Crossville plant. The Tennessean is reporting that the 500 Crossville jobs will move to Cookeville, and 400 additional jobs will be created as other jobs are brought to this new plant from China and Mexico. Ficosa produces mirror assemblies for Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and other auto manufacturers. http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/cars/2015/05/26/ficosa-build-new-plant-cookeville/27988879/
  25. 1 point
    The Event Rentals building is going up even faster than I expected. In less than 10 days, they got the whole frame up and started cladding. The building is quite large. I have to admit, the aluminum siding looks...not great. Luckily the front section will be brick. I'm sure that part will take longer. I don't really care about this building that much; just that its completion sets the stage for the start of hotel construction.
  26. 1 point
    How do you post pics I live in the ICON I have a lot of pics of the hotel's progress Bird eye view
  27. 1 point
    Have there been many big splash announcements that have fizzled lately? The only one I can think of is WES. The majority of projects that have been announced have come to fruition. I think a grocery announcement is imminent somewhere in the core. Last week it broke that the Colonial Bakery developers were unable to land a grocer because they are looking downtown and in Midtown. That bodes well for a grocer in this project, north gulch, Aertson, or all three. There may not have been many fully fizzled and hollow announcements, but I agree that with such a magnitude of the proposal, historically there have been many delays of groundbreaking or commenced steady progress, at least a few of which have been protracted indefinitely or significantly reduce in scale. Whether or not such a large proposal begins to be undertaken and comes to fruition, it can be rather difficult to avoid some major change of plans during a seven-to-ten year lapse. My hopes wouldn't be totally dashed in doubt for such a huge development, but I think it's always safer to watch for the intermediate signs of earnest, before we get our optimism too high too fast. -==-
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Have there been many big splash announcements that have fizzled lately? The only one I can think of is WES. The majority of projects that have been announced have come to fruition. I think a grocery announcement is imminent somewhere in the core. Last week it broke that the Colonial Bakery developers were unable to land a grocer because they are looking downtown and in Midtown. That bodes well for a grocer in this project, north gulch, Aertson, or all three.
  30. 1 point
    Along thaT vein, the population trends show that Fayetteville is still growing and shouldn't continue to be shunned as it has been recently in most retail and full serve restaurant cases. I've maintained that Mission and Crossover is prime for a BWW/Applebee's type place. Still shocked there's no Cheddar's I would love some of the Pappas chains from Texas up here.
  31. 1 point
    Small but interesting regional HQ moving to town: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/real_estate/2015/05/rail-company-opening-charlotte-office-moving.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Vossloh, maker of railroad hardware of various types is coming to the Westside. They cite the airport and flights to Germany in their decision. Now if we could just get Siemans to open their east coast rail car manufacturing here......
  32. 1 point
    Unheard of company "Urban Planet Institute, LLC" with upset bid.
  33. 1 point
    Saw this article that mentions a bit about some of the growth in NWA, thought others might find it of interest. http://www.nwacouncil.org/news/2015/may/26/census-confirms-fayettevilles-remarkable-growth-be/?utm_campaign=Fayetteville_Leads_Arkansas_Population_Growth&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=SocialToaster
  34. 1 point
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to find out what North Carolina residents think about various services provided by NCDOT. North Carolina residents can take the survey here: http://go.ncsu.edu/ncdotsurvey Results from this survey will be used to identify ways we can make North Carolina transportation safer, more efficient, and customer focused.
  35. 1 point
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to find out what North Carolina residents think about various services provided by NCDOT. North Carolina residents can take the survey here: http://go.ncsu.edu/ncdotsurvey Results from this survey will be used to identify ways we can make North Carolina transportation safer, more efficient, and customer focused.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    I work occasionally at the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company on E. Fulton and this Saturday we rented three bikes to some beer tourists from Chicago so they could go ride the White Pine Trail. They were staying downtown at the JW Marriott and walking and using Uber to get around.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Here's a drone flyover photo from today of the Seaholm and Green Water sites. This area wasn't bothered much by flooding, and I was able to make it into work today with no problems. This view is going to look awesome once all of the towers that haven't yet broken ground get built. https://www.facebook.com/JTpics/photos/ms.c.eJw9zNsNADEIA8GOTrwMcf~_NnQQJnyNrzUKVhVikI~;mx7WyXrKku5nkdMdb19FijmIfnGjrWdfcWzzK7PaN96jn7H~;4DaB0kKA~-~-.bps.a.975772372463572.1073741864.261709413869875/975772402463569/?type=1&theater
  40. 1 point
    ^ and add in the economic uncertanty introduced by the teapublicans. If you were a CEO of a business that needed skilled labor (or had employees who might have an interest in getting their kids educated) would you locate in North Carolina now? Lower corporate tax rates might be 'nice' in theory, but they are meaningless if you can't access the factors of production (land, labor, capital and entrepreneurial skill) necessary for your business to be successful. See Kansas or Mississippi for reference points.
  41. 1 point
    I do wish our airport had terrazzo. Although I think BNA is great and I realize carpet is more comfortable under foot, I love me some durable surfaces - especially in something like an airport.
  42. 1 point
    got a kick out of reading these old posts... crazy how activity on here just completely disappeared after the 2008 collapse... Residential Projects Under Construction: LIV Parkside Venue at the Ballpark Iron City Lofts 20 Midtown (Phases 1 and 2) Thomas Jefferson Tower Pizitz Building Highland Ave Tower (???) Residential Projects Planned: Powell School The Metropolitan Clairmont Ave. project University Flats (Phase 2) Cain Furniture Building Brown-Marx (???)
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    It's on the Falls Park Dr side of the Innovate building.
  45. 1 point
    Cool Springs Galleria expansion - H&M opening May 27
  46. 1 point
    We absolutly love U-verse. Price is very competitive when with complete packages and we have 7 tv's.
  47. 1 point
    Actually all the way into Salemtown (and down to Lafayette)
  48. 1 point
    Progress on the Imperial Building
  49. 1 point
    85 has much more legitimate interstate and intercity traffic volume. 77 congestion is more illegitimate commuters from suburban bedroom communities into the city. This is not what interstate infrastructure was intended for and is a very poor use of resources and a very bad way to design cities. To break the bad habit of commuting in a single occupancy vehicle 30-40 miles to a workplace instead of behaving like normal urban citizens and living and contributing to the community in which you work, they must have innovative designs to help keep the infrastructure flowing. Interstates that are stop and go carry significantly less traffic. If you want a freeway to flow smoothly and get to your destination on time, but it is filled with high vehicle miles traveled, single-occupancy vehicle commuters, then you need HOV and HOT lanes to allow buses, carpoolers, and people willing to pay indulgences for their sins to flow and get out of the general purpose lanes. I roll my eyes at every person crying for free lanes on 77. Chances are high that your behavior in life is part of the problem and you are wasting very very expensive infrastructure. And just because 85 also has this bad behavior means they should be adding HOT/HOV lanes to that road and not that 77 should be all general purpose lanes requiring no change in bad commuting habits. If I had my way, they would be HOS lanes (High Occupancy or Spanking) where these selfish brats must get out and pay with a spanking for wasting everyone's time and money.
  50. 1 point
    I hate to report it, but Jerry Reese filed his threatened third lawsuit yesterday and asked for a temporary restraining order preventing any further work to be performed. The only good news was that today, the judge denied the restraining order.