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  1. Incase you haven't checked in the past several days... 505CST really making noticeable progress vertically. Credit: Oxblue
    5 points
  2. I have none of these. But I have a story. I.M.Pei, whose firm Pei Cobb Freed designed what is now called the US Bank tower in Los Angeles, personally submitted a design for the-then NationsBank headquarters in Charlotte. Supposedly, he said something to Hugh McColl along the lines of: "I've designed a very nice building for you. But you'll never be Atlanta." So Hugh showed him the door and chose Cesar Pelli instead. Good choice. Cesar Pelli is known for neo-classic designs, like Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and Carnegie Hall Tower in Manhattan. At that moment in time, neo-classicism was the right choice for Charlotte, even though I prefer modernism. I've always had the impression that Hugh and Ken wanted to give Charlotte its own Rockefeller Center, with Bank of America Coporate Center playing 30 Rock and the Blumenthal playing Radio City. But Founders Hall is a dead ringer for the Winter Garden at World Financial Center (now called Brookfield Place), another Pelli design.
    3 points
  3. Great news for Pine Street and finally a 24 hour diner downtown: http://m.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2016/02/05/exclusive-new-24-hour-diner-coming-to-former-zilly.html
    3 points
  4. You guys just reminded me of this map I created on My Maps/Google Maps like 2 years ago. I don't think I've updated it since then. I've opened it up so everyone can share and edit. Add as much as you want. There are lots (seriously, LOTS) of holes to fill in, last edit I think was in early 2014 I'm sure. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zQTz3AtiXT9I.koQhmU4LAHH4&usp=sharing
    3 points
  5. They sure were quick to find money to cancel the 77 Toll contract and build new lanes.....
    2 points
  6. Actually that one has some style, if (like me) you like a taste of Brutalism now and then. Way better than ours.
    2 points
  7. Here in Chicago, we have a vertical prison...though, I'm not gonna lie, I kinda like the way it looks, especially compared to other largely windowless highrises. It kinda has a Star Wars-y thing going on to me.
    2 points
  8. In addition to launching service to BOS & FLL via JetBlue on May 5th, plus United mainline to SFO, United is launching mainline service to Newark, their largest eastern seaboard hub May 5th as well. Needless to say, May 5th is about the biggest day for new service at the airport on a single date in many years.
    2 points
  9. The City Lights condo development lot looking northwestward. Will truly have some nice views when completed. Now, if we could just get Cumulus in the lot to the left to sell and then have the new developer get rid of that radio tower, we'd be set. Speaking of Cumulus, here are two shots of their spacious lot (one of the largest blocks in all of SoBro, looking from the corner of Lea and Rutledge towards the west and north. I'm guessing they are getting quite a few offers for this land, as it could have much greater purpose than a primarily large lawn. They could easily rebuild in another downtown location and still have tons of cash left over from the sale.
    2 points
  10. It took me almost a year to find the real bike racks at Publix Southend. They are down in the parking garage -- basically as far away from the entrance as possible.
    1 point
  11. Time for a VCU endowment update: Here is the most recent report from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute, http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/EndowmentFiles/2015_NCSE_Endowment_Market_Values.pdfIt has VCU at number 56 (of all institutions/university systems US + Canada) at $1.638 Billion It has MCV foundation at number 206 at $399 Million If they were considered together, VCU would have >$2 Billion endowment and would rank number 44 overall.
    1 point
  12. I spent a few minutes adding renderings/photos of some of the projects downtown. With everyone's help, we can knock this out pretty quickly. I just hate that it doesn't work properly on my phone. Also, we need to somehow make this a "sticky" link on the front page so that it is easily accessible.
    1 point
  13. Definitely excited about this one. It is needed.
    1 point
  14. It's officially super bowl Sunday. I've been a Panthers fan since I moved here in '96. It's time to put Charlotte and the Panthers on the map for good. We didn't quite go 16-0, but we came damn close. Let's finish it out. Keep Pounding. Panthers 31 Broncos 17 Do it for Tim Biakabatuka
    1 point
  15. For me, it's okay to have some disagreements from time to time - it's human nature. This message board is very unique because all of us here have something in common - we all love Richmond and want it to grow and prosper economically. Sometimes we get frustrated when leadership doesn't do things the way we think it should be done (happens all the time. Nothing can be more frustrating sometimes than Richmond politics). Therefore, I fault no one for the previous comments made and actually believe it to be healthy (as long as it doesn't get personal). We disagree all the time - heights of buildings, the kinds of developments that should be built, etc. So it's okay to disagree and I welcome all to continue discussing. Both of you guys have made some valid points and I encourage both of you to continue to post here. Remember that we all want the same thing and Richmond will frustrate you at times, so this sort of thing is to be expected. Please stick around! Everyone here adds value to what we are doing and that's what's so great about this forum - I learn a lot from everyone's points of view, backgrounds, and experiences. Again, continue to post and thanks for making this forum great!
    1 point
  16. Sorry for the late notice, but I want to let smeags and dmills know I will be unable to attend tomorrow (work). Which, of course, means that someone will have some super cool deep classified development news that even Hillary wouldn't dare put on her server.
    1 point
  17. This might sound strange, but one of my favorite things about The Gulch is the curve in that main street. It provides so much visual interest that you just don't often get in urban areas in the US with our propensity toward grids.
    1 point
  18. Good news: Elmington Group buys former Sam's Club and Boscoe's in Hillsboro Village. Plans to keep the old structure, and possibly build new 10,000 sq. ft. office space on parking lot in back (if they are smart, they'll build a parking garage as part of that). http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2016/02/new-owner-plans-expansion-on-prime-hillsboro.html
    1 point
  19. As always, thank you for your interest in the new AC hotel! As with most development projects, the plans are part of a creative process that adjusts as conditions and assumptions change. Our main concern will be guest access and use of the entire facility. The preliminary plans have been modified to better coordinate existing conditions and the limits of the property boundaries to maximize parking lot efficiency and improve guest property access while also making an effort to improve the pool experience. For the latest in updates to the project, be sure to also follow us on Facebook on the AC Hotel Spartanburg page. Watch for some exciting announcements that will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
    1 point
  20. They're not clear, they've been adding a layer of something inside to make them look hazy from the outside. Twenty third floor, so four plus the cap to go, another 60' or so.
    1 point
  21. Nah, there are two major new multi story honkey tonks in the works plus the new multi story 24 hour restaurant attached to the sobro and I really wish downtown would have some more diversity.
    1 point
  22. ^^^ The reflections on Gulch Crossing line up just right with the Eakin building to create a neat optical illusion, making it seem transparent...cool pic. I'm sure it's been stated before, but how much higher can we expect this baby to go? It's really gearing up to have a significant impact on our skyline. Also, who else is eagerly anticipating structural hints of the "waterfall of death" as we're watching this thing go up?
    1 point
  23. Lifeway president: "Mr. Boyle, do you have any suggestions for a new HQ building? Mr. Boyle: "Why yes. I have this building that we're doing for a client... a big healthcare company here in town." Lifeway president: "Oh? Let's take a look." Mr. Boyle: "Here's a rendering. As you can see, it's boxy [check]... short [check]... very bland in design [check]... and won't be noticeable in the skyline AT ALL." Lifeway president: "Now that's what I'm talking about." Mr. Boyle: "That's what I thought when you said you were interested in staying in downtown Nashville." Lifeway president: "Except... " Mr. Boyle: "Yes?" [smiling eagerly] Lifeway president: "Could you make it boxier [crosses out angular roof line of top floor on rendering]... shorter [uses Sharpie to mark out seven floors]... make the exterior a bit blander... I hate ornamentation, especially when I have to pay for it.... and... um, do you have a site as far on the outer edge of your property as possible?" Mr. Boyle: "No problem... delighted." [nods as he picks up rendering] Lifeway president: "Oh... and one more request." [reaches to take back the rendering and begins to draw a box at the top corner of rendering] ... Can you put one of those stylish cupolas on the corner?" Mr. Boyle: "Certainly." [rolls up rendering and heads for the door] "Your building plans will be ready in ten minutes."
    1 point
  24. Really excited to hear this is coming close to opening, the fact that you can ride or run from one side of town all the way to lookout mountain where you meet another 40 miles of trails is really impressive. Add to that, all of the plans to connect trails to stringers ridge and a north shore extension down to moccasin bend will be a massive set of trails for residents to use!!
    1 point
  25. You are correct; from RichmondBizsense: Tech firm plugs in at Riverfront Plaza "AvePoint Inc., which specializes in Microsoft Cloud services and software, on Friday announced its intention to open an office in Riverfront Plaza and hire at least 100 employees here by the end of the year." Another cool develop-bit from Bizsense: Former W. Broad bingo hall eyed for redevelopment "The former bingo hall at 2900 W. Broad St. is under contract to be sold as it gears up for a potential zoning change that could lead to construction of a new five-story mixed-use building, making it one of the taller buildings in the fast-growing neighborhood." Higher density along the BRT corridor is great news. Hoping this trend continues throughout the year.
    1 point
  26. Chattanooga is about to complete one of the most extensive greenway system in the country, with 25 miles of paved, connected walkways, extending from St. Elmo to downtown to the Chickamauga dam and branching to East Ridge along Chattanooga Creek. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/feb/01/25-mile-greenway-loop-through-chattanoogbe-co/347702/
    1 point
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