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  1. Here's a photo taken on Saturday 1/23
    9 points
  2. 7 points
  3. I haven't seen any releases from BNA or the airline about this yet, but it appears that Canadian carrier WestJet is starting 5x weekly service to Toronto on June 15 (every day but Tuesday and Thursday, operated by their regional subsidiary Encore), per posts on Airline Route and airliners.net. It appears to be bookable on WestJet's website, too.
    6 points
  4. Sure! I mean, that is still useful civic space that the city can utilize, and the Farmers Market itself could probably utilize it too because it would give people a place to gather and eat and maybe even on nice days they could set up a sort of 'outdoor market' for the vendors that would be displaced by the demolition of the sheds. I mean, not that it really matters what I think, but I guess I just feel like a surface parking lot is more or less the lowest possible usage of a piece of urban land, aside from it just being a dirt lot.
    4 points
  5. I don't think Batman kickstarted the redevelopment of Lower Broad nearly as much as the arena. As smeagols said, Batman primarily functions from 9-5...whereas the arena brought people to events at nights and on the weekends, dumping 10-15,000 people in Lower Broad on nights and weekends. I remember growing up in the 90s....downtown was simply a place you did not go after dark. That perception wasn't going to change with an office tower. The Preds, concerts, and anyone remember the Nashville Kats? That made a difference. Go downtown after a Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber concert. Thousands of preteens everywhere at 10-11pm. That would be unheard of in downtown Nash in 1996. I won't doubt that landing Batman helped boost the confidence of downtown, but it's certainly not anywhere near the catalyst that the arena was.
    4 points
  6. Constitution Green with it's majestic 100+ year old oak, will officially become a City of Orlando owned park. The purchase of the park was approved today with the city paying the former owners $5.85 million in cash and property. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-constitution-green-tree-vote-orlando-20160125-story.html Great news!!!
    3 points
  7. Also of note for BNA, American Airlines will be adding an additional nonstop daily flight to Los Angeles (LAX). That will mean 3 daily nonstop on American Airlines, 2 daily on Southwest and one daily nonstop on Delta Air Lines. Amazing that the BNA-LAX route is so busy that it supports 6 nonstop flights per day! Other west coast cities served nonstop daily from BNA include: San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle.
    3 points
  8. Here it is guys. $20 million, 4 retail spaces being added. Q1 2017 completion. Love it.
    3 points
  9. My apologies - I see it now. Hard to keep up with all of the conversations going on with all the activity on the boards in the last week! Not complaining whatsoever - all good news!
    3 points
  10. Couldn't believe metal man was still out dancing
    3 points
  11. Here is a quote from our "James Center Expansion" thread back in 2006: Quote The dynamics of the area are changing," he said. His plans for the James Center, which include adding 700,000 to 1 million square feet of space: # Add 12 stories to the 14-story Three James Center. "It was built structurally to handle that. It has elevator shafts and everything ready to go," he said. If a tenant can be found, the addition could be done in two years. One tenant could be MeadWestvaco Corp., the packaging and paper company that is relocating its corporate headquarters to the area this year. "We have chatted with them and we are chatting with them," Jerome said. # Turn a surface parking lot between state Route 195 and Canal Street into a 20-story office tower with 300,000 square feet. # Build an office building of up to a 26 stories on land where there is a pedestrian plaza at 10th and Cary streets, basically in front of 22-story Two James Center. The new building could have 400,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet. "This is a long term project," he said of his plans. "I would say it would take three to six years to do all of the development." The 21-story One James Center was completed in 1985. The other buildings opened in 1987. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is interesting, I have never heard of this. I am very interested to see architectural renderings of adding 12 floors to 3 James Center.
    2 points
  12. Ridership has been growing each week as far as I can tell. When I started riding at the beginning, I was the only person at the stop (Elizabeth). Now I there are sometimes up to 10 of us. Hopefully making the case for Earls to open up a touch earlier for coffee service.
    2 points
  13. Not to stray too far off-topic but we may be onto something. If I can remember correctly, it may have already been mentioned in a RichmondBizsense article a while back, but it looks like once the historic building at the corner of 6th and Main is reno'd and leased up (delivery Feb 2016), Goodstein Development is looking to build "A future development of 500 block between 5th and 6th Streets in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. There will be 2 mid-rise luxury rental buildings to include on-site parking, gym & rooftop deck."
    2 points
  14. I volunteer my services to help Family Dollar pack their stuff and GTFO of that shopping center. Seriously, they can't be gone soon enough and I reallllllllllllly don't want to wait until spring 2017.
    2 points
  15. Not a clue. As for the location, where ever that will be, it will be very hard to make the numbers work with the real estate prices where they are. It will of coarse be cheaper to build, but the land prices are going to kill them. My guess as far as location would be somewhere just off Church closer to the Interstate between Charlotte. As for the downtown location, on the fringe lower SoBro or North Capital. Again, this is speculation on my part.
    2 points
  16. I generally agree with the above as well, but we also have to consider the context particularly with regard to the AMP debacle. As we all know quite well at this point, one of the chief complaints from opponents of the AMP was the lack of transparency and open communication about the process. We here as invested followers of transit and development happenings know quite well what needs to occur and have a firm grasp on what would engender its success and/or failure, but that doesn't mean the general population is equally informed. I have gathered from following the nMotion initiative, that it really is not going to reveal any great revelations to us "nerds"--nor was it intended to. It's really just a massive PR campaign and educational opportunity. Any time you involve a larger population in a given dialog, the implementation timeline also grows exponentially. We can all hope to see grand proposals and revolutionary changes for our city's transportation initiatives, but also need to be realistic about how long it will take to get our less-informed peers up to speed.
    2 points
  17. I think something is lost in translation here. I'm not crediting the skyscraper itself for everything that happened, I'm saying that it was the catalyst for getting everything rolling as it did. Obviously the arena brought in more people, but I cast doubt that the arena may have been completed without "Batman" breaking ground first. Without Hewlett getting it located there, instead of in some suburban locale, as what might've been favored, downtown development from that point on would've ended up differently, especially around Lower Broad. That was the first major project post-recession that successfully kicked off everything in that area. Boner hoped that would be Church Street Centre to bolster Church Street and spread, but that was a failure. Prior to that, Dick Fulton hoped that building the Convention Center would serve as a catalyst, and that was also a failure (not helping that it looked like an impenetrable fort with no street activation fronting Broad). It didn't help matters that it was already outdated by its completion (for those folks who lived here then, we also remember it sat like Lake Palmer for a time - Fulton's Folly, along with his other disastrous serpentine and brick mess with Church St). It was the South Central Bell Bldg. that did light the fire downtown. I date everything downtown as before Batman and after, because it was the difference between the declining urban dark age and the boom. I hope I made my point clear.
    2 points
  18. Sorry if this has already been mentioned somewhere, but what say you about the lot bound by Canal and the Downtown Expressway between 10th and 12th? Looks like it's two parcels owned by the RMA and James Center Parking LLC. Could be a great development opportunity. I think I remember someone mentioning a parking garage for that site for the James Center at some point down the road, but what a missed opportunity if it's not something more vertical with mixed-uses. The potential exposure that site has from the expressways are worth its weight in gold.
    2 points
  19. Whether it did a lot or a little for night sceney stuff, it sure looks fabulous. It's like Nashville's Statue of Liberty saying "come over here y'all, this place is cool" so maybe it does contribute to it a tad.
    2 points
  20. Agreed! I don't think it's weird at all. I mean, buildings fronting the street and opening out to it, creating a solid street wall and a 'friendly face' etc. etc...those are the qualities that make urban neighborhoods great. They're essential, in my book. It isn't enough just to have an 'urban style' building that is near the street, but not next to it, that is closed off to the street with the entrance in the rear offering nothing more than blank walls to passers by...when this happens you get neighborhoods like West End Park that have density to a certain extent, but are just a complete unorganized mess that still feel wholly suburban.
    2 points
  21. I enjoy seeing the area around it becoming more urban, and think it would be nice if the state participated. I love when buildings front the street, like what's happening throughout Germantown. I'm kind of weird about it.
    2 points
  22. Sorry, not going to find me downtown after a Bieber or Swift concert.
    2 points
  23. Not really big news but still cool nonetheless, it looks like AA will begin flying some of their A32B aircraft here this summer. These are A321's equipped with nose to tail PTVs and powerports. I only see them on CLT-LAX/DFW, but there may be more planned. I wonder what else has been swapped with AA equipment...
    2 points
  24. Agreed. I don't think local ownership solves everything, but many times, local owners are more committed to the team. There's that little element of civic pride that makes them want to work with the city and the fans. A lot of the improvements with the Preds and Bridgestone have been initiated by the Preds, not pressured by the city. Right now, I don't think Titans ownership has a good relationship with the fans. In fact, I'd go as far as to say the relationship is poor, because the fans have no confidence in the ownership. With the number of teams that are demanding new stadiums, I think if we could get by with a heavy renovation and something like the addition of a retractable roof, we should do it. That investment could lead to A) an extended lease with the Titans and B) the opportunity to host other events (NCAA Men's Sweet 16/Final Four, Superbowl, and year-round mega concerts).
    2 points
  25. The curtain wall glass pattern teased in the renderings doesn't appear to be showing well at this point.
    2 points
  26. I honestly don't have a problem with the green space around the museum. It doesn't have to be built to super urban standards. It's not downtown, and it's part of a larger park campus. My beef is with turning the sheds (which do have their own surface parking, to be fair) into more surface parking. In the end, it may be a net neutral for surface parking....I would just like to see a commitment from the state to promote green space on their lots rather than surface parking. We could have a really beautiful North Capitol region if the state would rededicate their parking to underground garage/green space. Imagine Capitol Hill with no asphalt. The state property (including structures) represents ~100 acres of land...if you consolidated a lot of that state parking, you could probably double the park area of the Bicentennial Mall.
    2 points
  27. I don't think our zoning really promotes that type of development, and it is hard to get multiple tracts of land in order to build something like that. Our R-zoned lots are all getting detached houses, and anything zoned higher seems to get an SP that targets a higher density than row houses or brownstones. That being said, there is a slightly higher density development going in along 13th Ave S between Sigler and Hawkins that will accomplish something similar to what you are describing, just a slightly higher density with modern design and building materials and rooftop living spaces.
    2 points
  28. I've generally been underwhelmed with the NMotion process. As opposed to NashvilleNext, I don't think the NMotion process yielded any information that we didn't already know. The final report that was released looks essentially the same as what many of us were proposing two or three years ago. We didn't need a year of meetings and studies to tell us that we need mass transit lines to Mufreesboro, Franklin, Clarksville, and Hendersonville. We knew prior to NMotion that we needed more cross-town routes. The first 6 months were spent learning that people want frequent, reliable, and safe service......that's an important learning point because I thought for sure people were looking for unreliable, infrequent, and dangerous service. I'm also disappointed that there is no mention of interstate rail to Murfreesboro and Franklin. I just don't see the taxpayers in those areas willingly paying for only bus-on-shoulder, and we are going to need the entire region to jump in and pay for a comprehensive system. We absolutely must design a system that suburbanites can get excited about, and I don't think this does that at all. Lastly, I see zero evidence that any out-of-the-box thinking went on. Aerial tramways, airport connections, subscription based transit, preparation for autonomous cars, concrete plans for ride sharing collaboration, etc. Maybe I was expecting too much.
    2 points
  29. The area is worth exploring. Several of the historic homes along Lindsley Ave near the pedestrian bridge have been nicely renovated in recent years for commercial use. The large Metro lots serve not only the Children's Theater but also Metro's Howard School office complex. The Howard School complex consists of the historic Howard School building and newer buildings that blend well with the historic. The whole complex was renovated a few years ago and I don't see Metro letting any of it go any time soon. The Metro Fire Dept HQ also occupies a chunk of that property along Hermitage. The only part of the land near I-40 you are describing that holds possibility for development, I think, is the triangle between Lindsley, Academy and Hermitage Ave., which consists of several privately owned properties. Also many of the properties north of Middleton on Rutledge Hill will see redevelopment (eg, City Lights). I hope the few remaining historic houses, like the one Husk occupies, will survive. On the other (west) side of 2nd Ave, we're already seeing rapid change with these properties. The Division St connector will only accelerate that.
    2 points
  30. They really need to improve the signage situation for these businesses -- some vertical storefront signs that face the pedestrian should do the trick.
    2 points
  31. The Roasting Co. will be opening a second location in Plaza Midwood in part of the current Family Dollar space beside Healthy Home Market. The other half will be an ABC store as announced a couple months ago. Unfortunately, neither will open until 2017 after Family Dollar's current lease expires. Wish there was a way to make this happen sooner as both will be great (and, in the case of the ABC store, much-needed) additions to the neighborhood. http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2016/01/22/expansion-on-menu-for-the-roasting-co.html https://www.charlotteagenda.com/27261/plaza-midwood-will-be-getting-its-first-abc-store/
    2 points
  32. ^ Gezzz, I am not confident I can drink two more breweries worth of beer. Guess I better get in shape.
    1 point
  33. I wish Brevard Court was twice as big as it is. It's such a cool little area, would be great if we had two full blocks instead of just half a block.
    1 point
  34. That's not bad at all. I think the final materials would have to get approval from the city, so it could be softened up a little - but overall I like it. While there's a good chance this will be high end or chain retail - at this point ANY retail activity on the street is good and should result in more foot traffic on Tryon, and thus more retail conversions in the future. I don't know if BofA Plaza and BofA Corporate are both owned by BofA - but if so, I hope the success of this corner will encourage them to do something with the lobby of the other tower.
    1 point
  35. I'm guessing the asking rent for the retail spots will filter out most independent / quirky tenants anyhow. Hello franchise fast casual. It would be awesome that we could get a place uniquely Charlotte, like a Paper Skyscraper, to open their doors at this prominent intersection. Would be good for tourists.
    1 point
  36. What a game! Watching all the excited fans and hearing the announcers state how the press boxes were shaking almost brought a happy tear to my eye. Just read this article about Cam from Bleacher Report that sums up my feelings for him. His antics have annoyed me a little in the past, but they've become somewhat endearing to me now. Keep Pounding!!! http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2610770-cam-newton-is-the-breath-of-fresh-air-the-super-bowl-and-the-nfl-need?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial
    1 point
  37. That was fun. 4 hours of tailgating, sun burn on my cheeks, soar throat, starting to get sick, and a few hours of sleep...SO WORTH IT! We had nosebleed seats but just being in the building was awesome. I also went to the NFC Championship in Philly but this one was way more fun being able to celebrate with all the fans (instead of hiding like we did in Philly).
    1 point
  38. I think the Panthers are the best team in the NFL. All they have to do, is win the next game and everyone outside Panther Nation will know too. My thanks to Atlanta for Cam Newton.
    1 point
  39. What a time to be alive! Voice is still horse, my feet just got back to feeling normal and I'm still wired after maybe 5 hours of sleep. Such an electric atmosphere at the stadium last night. Couldn't be more proud to be a Panthers fan right now!
    1 point
  40. JetBlue is adding an A320 from CLT-SJC for the game
    1 point
  41. Carolina is the best team in football. There have been a lot of questions surrounding them even going into tonight, but this should put all critics to rest. This game was billed as the contest of the two best and Carolina was dominant at every level. Cam dominated. Our subpar receivers looked like the elite group Arizona was supposed to have. Our running game was good, our O-line was awesome, our special teams were good. Our front seven pressured Palmer all night. Our secondary that was supposed to get eaten alive by the outstanding cardinals receivers shredded those receivers with great coverages and tons of interceptions. We forced turnover after turnover... We still have one more game to play, and I will never call a game before it begins because I believe any team in the NFL can beat any other team. But the Carolina Panthers are the most complete, most talented all around team in Pro football. If anyone still doubts that, then they aren't paying attention. In the 20th year of the franchise the Panthers are going to Super Bowl 50 with 10 pro bowlers and the MVP of the league. Get pumped...This team is epic!!!!
    1 point
  42. I'm in agreement that it's time to go all-in on public transportation. We've spent a lot of money on large expenditures in the 20+ years I've been here and the city has a grown a great deal in part because of these investments. But now...if we really want to move to the next level, we need to do this right...and big. Let's not do just one part of the plan and leave it to a later generation. Let's make the investment...grit our teeth...and do what is best for the city's growth and future. http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/01/23/nashville-area-needs-go-big-transit-great/79191266/
    1 point
  43. Practically speaking, this is zero available ramp space to accommodate this. Pearl is full, Ottawa is full, and Monroe Center is full. Therefore, I say this is a non-starter without a new ramp. My guess is that's why the due diligence period is extending out so long. They just aren't publicly stating it. Renovating the building is easy. Negotiating the parking ramp deal? Maybe not so much. Of course, Franklin knows this since they clogged up the entire city when Spectrum rammed an outrageous number of people into a much smaller footprint than normal. No business with half a brain (I assume) is looking at downtown right now with the parking situation how it is. It's a complete disaster and I can only guess all the commercial realtors are collectively sh----g their pants. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe that bus thing is working out.
    1 point
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