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Everything posted by spartanburgh

  1. I have often thought if you could get Denny's to put up naming rights and call it Grand Slam Park. That would be the coolest named park in all of minor league.
  2. We'll, I hope that little hint means we have a Flour Field (ish) ballpark coming to the Grain District?
  3. Spartanburg should at least have a Lexus dealership.
  4. What I don't understand about the City is they have the ability to add to these annexed properties ( Olivia Springs etc.) by the 75% rule ( land value and number of parcels). However, I have never known of a single instance where the City exercised this option to fill in some of the properties that should be in the City. I think Olivia Springs has almost 100 new homes annexed with an average value of around $180-200K . That means the City could annex 25 parcels nearby of similar value but choses not to do so?
  5. Has anyone heard an update on this project? It has been very quiet for a long time.....
  6. There is a group including Bill Barnett that is looking at developing the current County offices site on N Church St. across from the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. There would be a convention center ( 6 million appropriated in the General Assembly fund), restaurants and housing/hotel potential. Possibly a sky bridge connecting to the current Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. This could be an awesome development and significantly change that entryway into downtown.
  7. That's a statistic that you have to be careful with. Not many people are going to report a stolen ham or bottle of this or that. They want even know when its happening. They slow bleed the stores to death. Inventory is done and its like, what? I am hopeful that there will be some type of process that will help control this problem and the store will be successful, but I'll believe it when its been tested with time.
  8. I don't think the volume of business will be the problem. I think that the South side will rob the store blind and it will be forced to close due to the amount of pilferage.
  9. The problem here is the two main sewer lines that run along side the creek. I don't think DHEC, the Army Core or SSSD would allow the pipes to be under water. It might be possible to control the flow of the creek and add small 3-4' water fall drops along a pedestrian trail that connected to the North side.
  10. This project is now underway. The job site trailer and grader have arrived on scene and the silt fence is installed. This is one corner that will be greatly improved by the removal of the old foundations and a new structure built.
  11. I noticed that one of the old Spartan Grain Buildings was being torn down behind the AC Marriott today. It is likely just an effort to clean up the site, but still good to see that portion cleaned up. This site needs some serious attention.
  12. The DRB drags out these projects way too long. The Cabana Inn and the Travelodge would still be eyesores if they used a different color brick, a few windows were changed or the building was set back another 6 feet from the Street. The changes the DRB is requiring is wearing out this developer without significantly improving this project. I don't understand why they can't approve construction with a foundation permit and begin work while fine tuning color choices or small items before a final permit is issued. Lets not forget that the DRB approved a 10' concrete wall around 2 acres of the AC Marriott parking and a swimming pool on Main St. They also approved storage containers on Main St. for the Freight yard. Well we know about that developer and why it was approved with little discussion don't we.......
  13. The DRB beats these projects to death. I don't think they realize or care how much you have to go through to do one of these projects. You have to meet Building code, urban code, fair housing, ADA, Fire Code, Franchise requirements, etc. etc. Then the good ole boys at DRB want to kick you around for 6 months. I think they do as much harm as good in many cases.
  14. I hope they have good security. Theft plagued the last store and I anticipate the same problem will exist if measures aren't taken to prevent it.
  15. I like it! I just hope the DRB doesn't nick pick it to death for months and wear out the developer, like the Cambria.
  16. I think Spring Hill or Hampton would do well, but I think having a Hilton brand to offset the Marriott's already there would give the nod to Hampton Inn. Hoping this one get built! Exciting news.....
  17. That's a great site for an apartment community. The total of new units in or around Downtown is getting impressive. -Cannon site 120 -Behind Marriott 200 -Bon Haven 160 -VCOM 36 (approximately) -VCOM 2 60 (approximately) -Andrew Babb 18 -Magnolia St. 60 (55 years and older) 654
  18. Congratulations to our fine City Council who finally Drayton Elementary School. No benefits from population or tax base, just another drain on City services (fire and police protection). I guess the argument of not annexing single family homes should be out the window now. Still no word on annexing anything of benefit. Just great....
  19. I just saw a tv commercial with a Greenville City Council member urging all citizens to be counted in the Census. That's the difference between Greenville and Spartanburg. Greenville has always had good progressive leadership and Spartanburg has always had bad leaders who want to palm press, act like their it, and don't do squat. Larger numbers of Citizens equals more federal dollars. If our Mayor fought so hard to get the annexation option with the Water Works, why doesn't the City do something with it and why doesn't the Mayor, City Manager or Council care now?
  20. I don't know, but none of the mentioned properties have been brought before Council. I'm not sure who at the City is responsible for getting them on the agenda, but I would expect the City Manager is responsible. Its interesting that none of the Council members appear to have a clue or care about this issue either, as they should be pushing this, asking questions, and moving to vote. They seem to only show up and address concerns brought up and presented to them by others. NO proactive Council members that I am aware of.....
  21. What a great group of Council members, Mayor and administrators. Also, what about all the other grabs that were discussed several months ago? You guessed it, not a single one has been brought in. We should just vote to dissolve the City of Spartanburg and let it go back to the County.
  22. It appears that the City has failed to annex Drayton Mills for the 2020 census. Looking on the County GIS the area has not been shaded which would indicate that it is in the City limits.
  23. This one is dead. The developer has now moved his family to Greenville and has no pending plans for the site.
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