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queensguy06 last won the day on December 7 2013

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  1. Saw a local (Denver) news article on the almost completed park cap over a small portion of I-70 as part of the Central 70 project here in town - thought it pertinent to this thread: News Article on Park CDOT Central 70 Project
  2. I believe they occupied two floors before closing the office within the last month. The initial plan in 2021 was to create 400 jobs between 2021 and 2025 - at that time they had 7 full time workers in North Carolina working remotely. Sounds like they had hired 82 full time employees up to this point and moved into Deloitte, and then decided to lay off 23% of the workforce across the company (after already cutting 9%) which included the entire Charlotte office.
  3. I think there are a lot of good points both for and against the proposal of the redevelopment in this discussion. And while I am for the redevelopment in principal, I do still have a lot of questions about the planning/implementation of the project to ensure that it is a success to meet the needs of the city and isn't another CATS boondoggle. It looks like several public meetings are scheduled around this discussion and I encourage everyone here to attend and make our UP voices heard - https://charlottenc.gov/newsroom/releases/Pages/CATS-Announces-Public-Meetings-for-Charlotte-Transportation-Center-Update.aspx The need for the transit terminal in center city is still there and necessary for a functioning broader system - this isn't "if we build it, they will come" development. The current facility is nearing the end of it's lifespan at nearly 25 years old and the question is what is the best approach to continue to provide the current services offered by CTC. Here are a few of the benefits that I see in moving the terminal underground: Area Connectivity - moving the terminal underground allows for new development and better street interaction creating a more vibrant arena neighborhood while still providing the needed terminal Uptown for commuters/bus riders. The terminal is literally across the street from the arena and that land is underutilized as solely an open air bus hub. It also helps to reduce traffic load/congestion at the street level. Noise/Bus Pollution - reduction in noise pollution and ventilation moves exhaust above street level. Security - With an underground terminal there will only be 2-4 points of entry/exit as opposed to the completely open nature of the current terminal. By limiting entry points it is easier to implement security protocols such as requiring a ticket to enter the facility and utilize CCTV system in a more focused setting. The questions that I still have about planning/implementation start with if this is truly necessary or if it is short sighted. Would this be better served as part of the multi modal station at Gateway providing a true transit hub as opposed to fracturing that connectivity by having a local bus terminal at a different location in the city? Will it become under utilized if/when Gateway Station is completed?
  4. The Port Authority Terminal is not an apples to apples comparison. Originally opened in the '50s I believe, it has had several additions over the decades and has become a monstrosity and outlier of underground/bus transit hubs with 223 individual bus bays/islands. We're talking about a 15+ bus bay in Charlotte. I can certainly agree that some underground bus stations/terminals have been less than useful or even outright poorly designed. Those tend to be standalone stations built without any consideration or implementation as part of a greater planned project or area. For every poorly designed terminal I could point to one that is properly designed and incorporated to the surrounding grid/neighborhood. I think the greater Seoul metropolitan area is an example with new, under construction, and proposed underground bus terminals such as Gwanggyo, Jamsil, and Gangnam stations as examples. And I would most certainly point to Denver as good example when taking the 10,000ft perspective of it's entire lifespan and not the recent issues mentioned in my post above. The entire LoDo area has been revitalized and seen an enormous amount of new construction since 2014 and it was all based around the core construction of a multi-modal facility at Union Station that included the underground bus terminal which is a key component of the project. According to RTD, during peak rush hour a bus leaves the Union Station terminal every 48 seconds with minimal/no impact to traffic congestion or street level pedestrian connectivity that I have ever seen or encountered. Just like any form of transit/transit station/TOD, there will be examples of those that have been planned and implemented as successes and those that failed to hit the mark/meet the needs of the area. I would contend that most poor examples are ones that have been in service for 15+ years. And by following the blueprints of newer stations/projects that have worked, Charlotte can implement that into a new development with similar positive results.
  5. The issue that arose here in Denver with the bus terminal downtown and vagrancy/homelessness/drug use was directly a result of economic issues stemming from the pandemic. Union Station and the revitalized underground bus terminal was completed in 2014. None of the issues people have heard about over the past 6-12 months existed until we were deep into the pandemic and work from home was the main economic driver. It was a matter of circumstance - remove the vast majority of commuting (ALL commuting at one point as Denver/Colorado had a more stringent and lengthy city wide shut down than most cities/states), an increase in homelessness due to the pandemic, and the homeless and addiction affected populace moved in as there was little need for security since no one was utilizing mass transit. It doesn't matter where you are in the U.S.; if a large public urban space becomes abandoned (for all intents and purposes) and unused, the homeless population will take advantage of that. Just in the last 1-3 months policies including ticketed only passengers being allowed access to the bus terminal and increase in security have drastically reduced the issues that were present before. Additionally increased security on the RTD light rail system coupled with free system wide access for the month of August has increased ridership drastically compared to where we in December 2021. And with the return of commuters a lot of these issues are starting to resolve themselves. I have no doubt Union Station and the bus terminal will be back to the pre-pandemic atmosphere going into the holidays. Anecdotally, I was just at Union Station for dinner last Thursday and it was rather vibrant with no menacing element that I saw. I would imagine a single bus terminal is not the long term plan, but I could be wrong. Using Denver as an example, there are multiple bus transfer stations/terminals across the city and surrounding suburbs. There are two downtown alone that are only about a mile apart. The underground terminal at Union Station just happens to be the largest and is also the O&D hub for bus rapid transit to places like Boulder. I for one still support the underground terminal in Charlotte - the benefits to places like Denver have far outweighed any negative issues/appearances that were completely situational due to an unprecedented event like a global pandemic. And the cities response to these issues, while overdue, have been appropriate and have mitigated any lingering doubt that Union Station is an unsafe place to be.
  6. Also looks like the office tower was rotated 180 degrees. While the water table may have been a factor, I do think it has more to do with overall project costs - above ground parking is much cheaper, axe a whole building, and shorten the office component. I don't recall seeing the Morehead Square street level in the original renderings so not sure if it had the same garage access only frontage. Still an overall great project, but I will second whomever said the architects drew a Ferrari on a Lexus budget - it proved to be a bit too grand for Charlotte and the current economic trends.
  7. I wouldn't say nothing...the trolley is extended and the hook block is lowered to street level in those photos which means it's in some form of operation. Now whether or not a tower crane is necessary for the work it is doing is a whole other question
  8. I’m still holding out hope that this is closer to 1 million sqft. That webpage hasn’t been updated since it went live back on December 27th and the actual 1111 S Tryon site is still under construction. I’ve also been keeping an eye on when they add a Charlotte office to their main page - currently have Chicago and Denver.
  9. About what? SoFi is headquartered in San Fran and heavily invested throughout CA. Hell, the new rams/chargers multi-billion dollar stadium is SoFi Stadium, which I’m sure cost a pretty penny for naming rights. Golden Pacific is HQ in Sacramento. If the insinuation is offices in Charlotte I don’t see any connection whatsoever. EDIT: I was curious and looked up the naming rights agreement with SoFi and the stadium - 20 year naming rights term worth $625 million.
  10. Off Topic: Having left Charlotte several years ago I forget the ever present plume of the nuclear plant during winter. I grew up in Tega Cay on the lake pretty much right across from the nuclear plant. Every year we got a package from Duke/Catawba Nuclear Plant with contingency plans/evacuation routes in the event of a leak. They would include potassium iodide pills for each member in the household
  11. The website is actively being worked on and at Riverside's main website this project has moved from solely being in the "News" tab to their "Portfolio" tab; definitely looks like they are actively updating the portfolio description and renderings. All of this has happened in the last 24 hours: https://riversideid.com/portfolio/150-north-riverside-n7pwr Keep an eye on that site!
  12. I would imagine now that the land deal has closed (on schedule) and with a tentative groundbreaking in less than a year, that an updated website and renderings will follow shortly - even in a matter of weeks. Maybe @TheRealClayton has some more insight on a scheduled release date. I don't know if this has been discussed, but in the rendering below it looks like the office tower is on the right/further south with the residential building closer into downtown on the left. Most images I've seen of this project are a more cropped in version of the one below. Lastly, this is being labeled as a three tower project; I'd assume the 650 residential units are split between two towers; I haven't seen anything mentioned but could there potentially be a hotel component included in the final buildout?
  13. Paging @Conformity if he even still lurks on these forums - it's been a few years. Also, Conformity Corp. website is outdated by 2+ years with the latest project in their portfolio completing in 2017 - around the same time as Conformity's last post on this board. Are there tea leaves to be read by this?
  14. There's more going on in the reflection of the glass than inside It's what I picture an art gallery to be....without any art.
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