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  1. 4 points
    Obviously, it's only one step towards a comprehensive solution, but NBJ reports that Middle Tennessee mayors, officials approve $1.2B for transit funding over next 25 years.
  2. 3 points
    Clean-up is basically complete. The site should be completely clear by the end of the week at the pace they are currently going. Also, core drilling is currently in progress (one may be seen in red near the right-side edge): EDIT: Full-size image here if you want to really zoom in.
  3. 2 points
    If you fell for the carrot of Brussels, Lisbon & Amsterdam, that's on you. Clearly it was a ploy to get support for the merger. Meanwhile, everything lost has been more than made up for
  4. 2 points
    Lounges are a tool to win business from competitors and make more money. AA doesn't have any competition in CLT, so they don't have any incentive to prioritize building more lounge offerings here. They are already printing money in CLT. Are they going to print even MORE money by adding a Flagship lounge? I don't think so... because you probably were already going to fly AA. LAX, ORD, MIA, DFW, JFK, etc... AA is facing TOUGH competition from foreign airlines and UA/DL so they NEED to have these lounge offerings. In CLT, they are the only game in town. It isn't like US Airways would have built a "flagship" lounge either... they knew they owned this hub. I would take it as a compliment that AA is performing well here, but also a sad reflection that they own the airport and could do whatever they wanted and would still own most of the share.
  5. 2 points
    Or we could just keep calling it Scaleybark? Why try and change names for areas that already exist? And trying to add Park to everything, to me, is starting to sound like SoDaSoPa or LoSo. Montford is Montford, not Mad Park. When I talk to most people, they say OMB, etc is in the scaleybark area.
  6. 2 points
    Last post for tonight, I swear. I found a website with the most recent satellite imagery: NearMap, with imagery from November 8th, 2015, newer than the circa early-2015 imagery on Google Maps (otherwise the most recent people can find easily). http://maps.us.nearmap.com/ NOTE: This is crucial. The website needs to be accessed in incognito mode on Chrome. It has a paywall/registration thing that makes you enter an email/create an account to continue browsing. Nonsense, just like getting past newspaper website paywalls, just close and reopen in a new incognito window (not tab) when it hits you with the splash screen ''Keep exploring nearmap! Provide us with your business email address to keep exploring. As a bonus you will receive access to our powerful business tools.'' and continue browsing. Enjoy the most recent (only 4 months old!!) imagery! Biggest change I've noticed? Stone Brewing. Google Maps still shows the lot as a grassy, undeveloped plot. It's awesome.
  7. 2 points
    Nashville Underground (105 Broadway) to be expanded and feature a giant guitar on the rooftop. As a result of this, anything I deem to be "because it's Nashville" like this, or Travis Kelty, posts will be edited unless they include a hashtag. For no reason in particular. #becauseNashville http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/02/16/guitar-shaped-rooftop-patio-proposed-lower-broadway/80466148/?hootPostID=02845cd38fb775d9a6eaa3cc0057ba26
  8. 2 points
    Long-awaited OLOL Children’s Hospital to break ground Thursday Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will break ground Thursday morning on its long-awaited 350,000-square-foot Children’s Hospital, a 130-bed, state-of-the art facility that promises to attract top-flight specialists and residents to the area. The hospital and an adjacent medical office building will be located on a 66-acre tract of hospital-owned property that runs parallel to Interstate 10 between Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard. The 95,000-square-foot office building will be four stories and will be connected to the hospital via a second-floor walkway. “Physicians who only care for children prefer to come to a freestanding environment,” says OLOL Chief Operating Officer Terrie Sterling. “So if we want to attract physicians to Baton Rouge that we have not had in the past, the freestanding hospital and medical office building are important components of that.” The hospital will include a dedicated emergency department with 21 beds and four triage rooms, advanced imaging with CT scanning and MRI, and a dedicated floor for inpatient and outpatient pediatric cancer treatment. OLOL Children’s Hospital will be the only St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital affiliate in the state. The facility also will include a 30-bed pediatric intensive care unit, designated family areas on each floor, a large garden, a dining room with outdoor seating, and a family resource center to provide information to patients and families. The estimated project cost for both the hospital and medical office building is $230 million. So far, OLOL has raised about $32 million, more than half of its $50 million goal. The hospital will finance the balance of the project through debt and savings. “But fundraising will not stop once we reach our goal,” says hospital spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman. “Ongoing philanthropy will be important to support programs in the future.” Construction is expected to take about two and a half years, and the hospital is scheduled to open in fall 2018. Initially, 80 of the 130 beds will be open, but hospital officials expect volume to increase rapidly, especially as the facility attracts more specialists to the area. “Having the freestanding hospital and medical office building attracts specialists, and having good faculty attracts residents,” says Dr. Shaun Kemmerly, OLOL Children’s Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “Residents will also choose to practice near where they train, so this will be adding pediatricians to our state, which will help improve the access issues our state currently struggles with. Ultimately, this will help elevate access to health care for children in the state of Louisiana.” See renderings of the hospital and medical building here and here. https://www.businessreport.com/article/long-awaited-olol-childrens-hospital-break-ground-thursday
  9. 2 points
    One thing that's encouraging about the NYC Cambria is that the curtain wall is actually brick top to bottom (red brick on one side and grey brick on the other). Same is true of the new Cambria at the DC convention center, which is only 8 stories, but brick and glass. I would like to see the Nashville Cambria use similar materials and steer far away from the ugly bland fiber panels. I'd be just fine with that.
  10. 2 points
  11. 1 point
    Looks like Buckingham is serious about this one... they just bought the site. From the Tennessean... http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/02/17/buckingham-buys-site-planned-gulchs-tallest-building/80485464/
  12. 1 point
    Innovation center is looking great with the glass put in
  13. 1 point
    Some additional news on the Pizza place, along with news on the grocer http://woodtv.com/2016/02/17/pizza-eatery-opening-soon-in-downtown-market/
  14. 1 point
    Tilted Kilt? http://tiltedkilt.com/news/sports-bar-chain-targets-market/
  15. 1 point
    Thanks! I was just using the images that were available.
  16. 1 point
    I don't think big box retail is necessary for a thriving retail scene. With all the empty and underutilized storefronts on Broad and Grace between the convention center and Belvidere, I can imagine that area becoming a hub of small box retailers especially given that the road is book-ended by Downtown on one side (which is growing with all the apartments coming on line) and VCU which has a large student population. Of course given the college/younger demographics of the area, I would suspect it would look significantly different than Carytown (i.e. more national and discount retailers and less boutiques). However I can imagine that stores like H&M, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Off Fifth, VS Pink, Forever 21, Vans, etc would be able to capitalize on the location and the younger area population. Throw in some more bars, restaurants, comic book shops, video game shops, art galleries, and the few retailers that are already there, and the area would be hopping around the clock IMHO with no big box needed whatsoever.
  17. 1 point
    I wouldn't be too concerned about it, they'll probably announce it in the next round... When it comes to these things Charlotte has always been the last to receive, but I wouldn't take it as an indicator of anything bad about to happen, just the reality of the situation that the bigger hub cities will get the "shinier" things first. They're not gonna mess with something that's the most profitable asset for them
  18. 1 point
    Word on the street is that the restaurant owners are paying their rent through the termination of the lease just to spite the landlord and keep him from putting anything in there for a while.
  19. 1 point
    Not too sure that would be a good idea. The University should be looking at a site and stadium plan that allows future expansion. If they can't do it right, don't do it al all!
  20. 1 point
    Scaleybark is a pretty cool name for that area.
  21. 1 point
    Can someone with more expertise than I comment on what the target market is for these dozen town-homes? I love the development, I am just scratching my head as to who will fill the space: the obvious answer to me (layman), considering 2900+ sq ft, 4BR 4BA, $700k+ home is upper-middle class family....is the developer going for upper-middle class families with school-age children here? Curious more than anything... regardless, this will be a nice looking addition to the riverbank/flood-wall area over there.
  22. 1 point
    The pedestrian bridge tower at JW Clay is much larger in person than I had expected. This was taken yesterday. Sorry for the dirty window, damn salt
  23. 1 point
    With less than a day left to go, Grand Rapids is #1 in the Best Beer Scene category on this USAToday online poll: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-beer-scene/ Hopcat is still in the running for Best Beer Bar, Brewery Vivant is #2 for Best Brewpub and KBS is in the top 10 for Best Beer Label. Vote often! http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/
  24. 1 point
    http://richmondbizsense.com/2016/02/17/12-townhomes-to-add-to-manchester-riverfront/ This looks like an interesting project. I'm sure the views of the city and the James will be spectacular. Glad to see Manchester rising.
  25. 1 point
    Cool. Before you guys get too far, you may want the South and West elevation drawings. The parking ramp is not stepped back like you show it off Sheldon, and there's no extension on the building on the South side, not like you show it. There's apparently also a pool in the project somewhere, but I didn't get the floorplans or site plan. My guess is the inset area on the 4th-ish floor is community space?
  26. 1 point
    Arguably more importantly, this marks the first step in re-establishing the grid and breaking up the City Hall super block. This will be incredibly important as development creeps up north from the court complex throughout St. Paul's quadrant. Establishing the infrastructure and connectivity to the rest of downtown is as important as any building IMO.
  27. 1 point
    For lack of better place to put it, I'll put this article here. Two MORE (NEW!) grocery chains are looking to enter the Richmond market. (this is not referring to Aldi, Lidl, Wegmans, or Publix) As per the article, ''Two more grocers are scouting the market and considering whether to open stores here, said Brett McNamee, a senior vice president of the Richmond office for Divaris Real Estate Inc.'' http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_039d61ef-1e01-532d-be26-1ab08a886b06.html The article also goes on to mention the planned renovations of three area malls (the three struggling ones, you know which). The most interesting thing IMO is the revelation that Regency Square is planning ''an entertainment component with plans for a movie theater complex''. Interesting.
  28. 1 point
    ''Plans to turn the 17th Street Farmers’ Market into an open-air pedestrian plaza won final approval from the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday.'' Construction will begin this summer with the goal of opening in spring 2017. http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_f138b296-3c72-5ee6-bc20-9217b42553d0.html
  29. 1 point
    That will be a huge improvement. Pretty tacky looking right now.
  30. 1 point
    Thanks for posting Greg...was going to post the Updated DDD Tool Kit 2016' yesterday(too busy)...the Tool Kit clicked above in article is the 2014' for some strange reason even though it says 16?... They have a nice list of Projects since Plan BR was implemented in 99? But did not include Capitol Park Complex; Iberville , Bienville, Galvez, LaSalle, Claiborne Bldg, Louisiana State Museum, etc....Wish i could post the Downtown Project Map with list...Copy/Paste not cooperating here Check out PAGE #4 A MESSAGE FROM THE DDD View toolkit >> press release >>
  31. 1 point
    It doesn't rise to the level of lead in the drinking water, but it's definitely something that needs some quick action, and long term action. Since ramps take so long to plan, design and build, as Pam Ritsema said, they need to identify a site soon. Is there a way to build one, whether the theater complex gets built or not? Leave a liner building spot for future development?
  32. 1 point
    Not overly excited about a Distribution Center, but everything helps. $150 million is a huge investment, and we can use the jobs. I'd prefer more direct value-added projects like manufacturing.
  33. 1 point
    I think Louisiana is traumatized over a lot of statewide misuse of taxes because of 40 years of misuse and fraud. In most parts of the country, even the most conservative districts happily tax themselves for improved transportation infrastructure, public safety, and public education......not so in Louisiana. I don't believe this is just Louisiana taxpayers being overly principled or those in the rest of the country being more pragmatic. It's something more obvious, unfortunately. I think there's a well-justified trust problem in Baton Rouge (state gov), and it will take decades of fiscal transparency to overcome that. You can't have former governors conducting business in a way that lands them in jail.....and frankly, this new trend of institutions crying wolf on CNN and FoxNews every time the legislature goes into session isn't helping the taxpayers opinion of their state government or the country's opinion of our institutions.
  34. 1 point
    Harder to get financing for condos after the latest real estate market crash. Much easier for rental properties. It's a shame, but I think condos would be more stable in the Baton Rouge market especially heading into this recession, and I don't think they'd have a problem selling them assuming the pricing is reasonable and there is available parking....but I'd be skeptical on the market right now if I were developing them. Louisiana needs to continue its aggressive corporate recruitment. IMO, it's only started to take this seriously in the past 8-10 years. It could take 10 more to really see major results in sectors other than oil and gas. The IBM project was a huge win for the state and the city. I'd like to see more big blue chip companies like FedEx, GE, Boeing, General Motors, or one of the health care giants gain a presence locally.....but I also want to see more manufacturing jobs along the river and to the north of the parish (ideally projects similar to the Hawker Beechcraft prospect Louisiana came close to getting 5-6 years ago - in sectors that don't already exist in Louisiana). Hopefully Baton Rouge gets some of this focus as well instead of just the scraps from other, more politically connected cities.
  35. 1 point
    Don't get me wrong! I love every bit of the trees in uptown, Myers Park, etc. The trees really do separate us from most cities. I'm just wondering what's going to happen to them in a few years once they reach a size that'll become vulnerable. I was also thinking back a little to Harvey Gantt's "Transit Mall" deal with the paving stones that were ripped up after they failed. Before those ideas, Tryon was a very busy place. Once they widened the sidewalks and did away with the extra lane, it became a royal pain the tush to drive uptown. I know we're trying not to be car-centric and all, but the result at the time was a desertion of Tryon of sorts. (and of course South Park and Eastland did their part. ) I know photos are supposed to go in this thread so here's mine for today. It's of one of my great-grand parents' homes near where Carmel Road and 51 intersect. Growing up I heard stories of civil war fighters coming home to till the soil, then returning to battle once they were done. What a hard life. This house was about 1/2 mile north of that intersection. (on the West side of Carmel)
  36. 1 point
    It would look bad to make seniors move form their home just to make a buck, especially when the Scott Towers units haven't been replaced yet.
  37. 1 point
    Willow oaks. Not pin oaks, so tacky! Willow oaks. Or as one of the arborists at Heartwood said to me, "the trophy wife of trees."
  38. 1 point
    a couple of 1970 street scenes and what they look like today...
  39. 1 point
    I rode last week on a nice little walk-ride adventure with a friend. We walked to the arena, got on and then walked Kings and the greenway to Maharani. The streetcar failed just before our stop at the driver had walk to the back and 'reboot' it before we could get off. On the ride back from CPCC it was a long wait and then when the streetcar arrived had to wait for 2 cars in street parking spots over the line with drivers IN THEM waiting to pick up friends. Both of those two drivers had no idea how to fix their parallel parking and then did not seem to want to give up and leave and when they finally did, took them forever to get out of the spaces. It was absolutely soul-crushing to watch their stupidity, but equally so in the fact that the "line" is not the real indicator of whether the streetcar could get through, which it physically could have (there should be a laser sensor so that it does not have to hold up the line). I am sure this happens daily. But there were maybe 20 people waiting at the stop after dinner (maybe 9:30p) at CPCC stop. Another minor irritation from a riding point of view is that the streetcar often must wait for a red light at Alexander Street, which rarely has cars crossing. There should at least be a sensor so that it gives Trade green unless it is needed. I hope Phase II gives more coordination with the lights. Even if the streetcar does not always have green, it should at least get enough priority to not need to sit at a barely used intersection for a full minute. Overall the adventure was still good and worth it for the exercise and use of transit. But it would definitely not have been worth $2.20 at that trip duration. Phase II will need to improve the efficiency of the travel time to be worth the fare. I can't wait for the the SSGA signature to make the next phase official.
  40. 1 point
    If you follow the pattern, these buildings would be renovated into new businesses, property values would gradually increase, area popularity would gradually increased, then a developer would purchase everything, bulldoze, and build an apartment block building.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Construction is moving on this. It's looks like a nice quality construction, but I wonder who is buying these? I was walking down this street yesterday evening at 6 and rap music is BLARING from Sirrine stadium. It's not just football nights anymore, music is blaring in the evening hours and some Saturday/Sunday afternoons for soccer and lacrosse games. Really no fan related noise, just really bad taped music screaming from the speakers inside the stadium. Plus, you've got the play-by-play announcements over the speakers and impacting the quiet enjoyment up to 1/4 mile, too. Granted, the school system is not violating any ordinances, BUT if you were a buyer shelling out $900k, plus, would you be okay with being across the street from this? Sure, there is a noise trade off for living in an urban area, but this is a different kind of pollution all together. I hope they are able to sell these units at those prices. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Maybe they will be soundproof.
  43. 1 point
    Meaning they're not held together by band-aids and twine?
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Here's one with a little less height to keep every one happy. No exact heights just more of a reference point.
  46. 1 point
    I created a rendering with the new SunTrust building and a structure in the location of the new Dominion tower. Hopefully it is at least this tall.



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