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  1. Since the Oklahoma City terrorist attack on the Murrah Federal Building, new Federal buildings, especially courthouses, have had a lot more restrictions on how they are built, especially regarding built in safety measures. Since 9/11, the impetus to enforce those regulations for newer Federal buildings has really stepped up too. I think you could find online sources about those kind of regulations - set back from roads, the amount of glass used, the type of construction materials, access to underground parking garages, etc. The General Service Administration, the Federal agency that would be responsible for building a new court house has labyrinthine regulations for these type of things anyhow.
  2. I believe linkerj can add more, since his office is in that building, but I know the ARP has been wanting to sell that building for a while.
  3. Do you mean the tower at Westminster Presbyterian?
  4. Maybe, but the Braves organization just has a unique minor league business model. I think they are the only MLB club that owns all its minor league clubs. They have a nice set up outside Jackson, MS. It's a similar ballpark to Fluor Field, just in the suburbs. I have no idea what their cost structures are, but they seem to be doing well. I do miss the Braves though, and AA ball. Attendance for last year, the pre number is the rank among all minor league baseball: 51. Greenville Drive (SAL) 339,356 80. Mississippi Braves (SL) 246,674 The highest attendance of any Single A team is the 28. Lakewood BlueClaws (SAL) 442,256. Interesting thing is that there are three other SAL team that had higher attendance than Greenville last year, Lakewood, Lexington, and Greensboro. The highest attendance of any AA Southern League team is: 56. Montgomery Biscuits (SL) 311,872 (who have one of the best names in all of MiLB, IMO). I believe
  5. The ballgame part is the only thing I would change about the Drive experience. Low single A baseball is hit and miss sometimes.
  6. Did anyone attend the opening of the 'Shoeless" Joe Jackson museum yesterday? How was the ceremony? How is the museum?
  7. So RT, is that your last post in the Greenville forum? Have you moved?
  8. I believe the building is empty inside. I remember the last time I was in there, for a sporting goods sale, about eight years ago, the structure was empty except for supporting columns and light fixtures.
  9. So the Drive will be on TV a few times this year: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs....ONTPAGECAROUSEL I'll admit, I'm surprised at this. I guess the Drive found some good sponsors, and for a non major channel like My40, it's neat to see WYFF broadcast a game as well. And it makes sense to broadcast an away game from Asheville, since that is in the TV viewing area as well. I imagine you could broadcast several games v Asheville every year and get two cities interested in the game. I guess it makes for good summer time filler TV entertainment. Drive TV schedule: MY40 June 21 Hickory July 1 Asheville June 7 and 28 at Asheville August 2 - maybe on WYFF v Charleston
  10. What do you mean by "ready"? A minor league hockey team and a minor league baseball team draw different audiences much of the time. Let's look at how "GVegas" spends its sports spectator dollar. Clemson estimates that on any given home Saturday, roughly 20,000 or so are coming from Greenville. Included in that are booster club donations, along with ticket prices, and tailgating. Furman probably has several thousand, up to 5,000 or so from Greenville county at their football games. I'd guess on any given Friday night in the fall, you would expect another 20,000+ at the various high school football games - 16 high schools in the county have programs, public and private. Included in that are tickets, usually in the $5 dollar range, and concessions. Then there are other sports: college basketball and baseball, high school basketball, the BMW Pro-Am, Greenville - Pickens Speedway with thousands every weekend from April through October, and I'm sure I'm forgetting others. Now, can the city of Greenville, especially a narrow downtown area support two minor league teams? Well the wealth is certainly available for sponsorships and the like. A minor league hockey team has a disadvantage that the Drive don't have, mainly the local team is on the hook for player salaries and benefits, usually much higher than Low A minor league baseball, which is why it is absolutely essential that a minor league hockey team have as many sources of revenue as possible, even beyond games in the arena, to succeed in this area. The Drive did not have to pay for the land the stadium sits on, nor do they have to pay the players, only staff and operational expenses. They have suites which, to the best I can guess, make up around 50% of the revenue for any one night. They have some great sponsorship deals, including the Fluor naming rights. So the economic challenges in comparing a minor league baseball team and a minor league hockey team are not necessarily comparable to geographic proximity so much as they are in the differences between how the two leagues require franchises to operate. Anyhow, did anyone hear what came of the Municipal Stadium discussion at the City Council last week?
  11. So is a Kalahari Resort like a water version of "Frankie's Fun Park"?
  12. I believe there has been a Mexican restaurant off of Orchard Park Road that had some faux pink adobe exterior walls? Is that it?
  13. For about 20 years, from 85 to 05, you could have probably have run the state government based on on 8 o'clock client
  14. It's always been busy when I have been there. And most of the folks there Saturday night were under 40, is my guess. Hard to argue with a locally owned establishment that has been around for 87 years. Good steaks, good prices, friendly staff too...
  15. That building has served a variety of functions over the years, including medical offices. I can see C. Dan redeveloping it to catch the rising market near the ball park.
  16. I had the opportunity this past weekend to enjoy, again, Greenville's oldest restaurant, Charlie's Steakhouse on Coffee Street. The menu is limited, which is good. What they do, they do well, just steaks and seafood. Probably my favorite restaurant steaks in Greenville have come from Charlie's, opened in 1921 I believe.
  17. That would be the C. Dan Joyner offices. Is C. Dan Joyner moving? Is that the building being referred to?
  18. So what was the result of the proposal for Municipal Stadium on Monday night? Are they talking about redeveloping the site, or having another group reuse the stadium, similar to the group that attempted to have a multi-baseball field training and competition facility last year? I hope whatever the result is, it can be integrated somehow into the Lake Conestee property.
  19. Why the Rockies? Because of the 4 - 0 Red Sox win last October?
  20. I think you totally misread what I was trying to say. I believe I've indicated a mix of national, regional and local retailers, not out of a necessary desire for the strength and financial flexibility of larger businesses, but because of the varied types of services that different types of businesses can provide. I listed several regional towns that all have varied types of businesses in their center. I'm really looking more for diversity of retail services than I'm looking local, regional or national retailers. I don't want a downtown filled with just quaint little shops that serve odds and ends. But those are important. Downtowns that have a diversity of services would be similar to a financial portfolio filled with a diversity of vehicles. And it really represents a healthier approach to things.
  21. You know, downtown's greatest retail hey day was when national and regional retailers drove the shopping experience. It hasn't been that way since the larger chains moved out, and the biggest retail store today, Mast, is also a small, yet regional presence, that drives a lot of shopping downtown. Anyhow, the oil industry average profit margin is about 8.2% - about typical for the historic average; for all US industry, the average is about 6.8%. I'd guess companies like Nuvox downtown are pulling down bigger profit margins - because the telecommunications sector usually has larger profit margins than energy companies. A good mix of national, regional and local retailers downtown is probably what should be aimed for, but a lot of that is driven by access to consumers, rents, security, things like that. It's probably not realistic for retailers downtown to keep the same hours as stores at a shopping mall.
  22. Just to clarify, our downtown is still very much alive everyday and into the night, but I was referring to the "wild college kids drinking party" atmosphere found in most college towns. This place seems more "sophisticated" and somewhat more "mature" to me, yet very family friendly, which is likely a result of there not being a major university in downtown. I for one enjoy that. The main point is that with a student population of 5,000 added to the heart of downtown, retail diversity becomes a non-issue (as does the difficult economics of mass transit and white-collar recruitment.) In the absence of that, we need some other way to get people downtown. Workforce housing is one way to accomplish that. Regarding the college town concern. I don't think university presence immediately results in "wild college town" atmosphere. How does USC in Columbia compare? That might be a good example. Downtown Greenville has, of course, previously been a college town. Furman, the Baptist Women's College, Chicora, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have all had their main campuses in Greenville's downtown, with Furman and the Women's college merging and moving northward nearly 50 years ago. Columbia's Five Points is a bit infamous for the rowdiness of the college crowd, not really a place for anyone older than 25. The Vista has been developed, in many ways, for people to move on to after they graduate. It's probably unrealistic for any main campus of any present or future school to be added to Greenville's downtown, due to space and infrastructure needs on a campus. Furman moved out of a thriving downtown at the time (though the decline was on the horizon as the mill system broke down and suburb began to rise), because they simply needed the space. Hard to argue that was a bad move for them. And when Bob Jones U. moved to Greenville, their present campus on Wade Hampton was farm land, a bit out from downtown. If the city can have a role, or even better the Chamber of Commerce, looking at cities and towns like Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, etc in the region that have a lot of local businesses in their downtown's would be worth investigating. Seeing how those businesses have thrived in many cases, and in Asheville's case especially, had a nice balance of services and retailers that the local population needs is important in seeing where the city should go from here.
  23. It's been on my Amazon.com wish list since I heard about it. Look forward to ordering a copy.
  24. How do you propose the city subsidize local businesses? What criteria do you recommend? That's a fairly radical step.
  25. Yep, asphalt is softer than concrete and a lot better on the knees and ankles.
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