Lootles

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  1. Lootles

    Haywood Park redevelopment

    Maybe they'll just adjust the design to keep the upper floor design on a shorter building. I was reading something today in the AC-T and some of the condo owners from next door were complaining about their western views because there were only western windows in their units. They implied that they would only have views of the side of that building. From the drawing in your link, orluz, it appears that will only be the lowest floors and maybe not even those. Or am I missing something? By the way, the Housing Authority never took over The Vanderbilt. That building is owned and managed by National Church Residences which also owns the Battery Park. As far as I know, the HA has never even managed The Vanderbilt. At least not within the last 30 or so years. Maybe before that, I'm not sure.
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    BB&T building conversion to hotel

    Along with you, Orluz, I've liked it, too. Or at least was ambivalent about it. I was sitting at the light on Wednesday looking at the building trying ti imagine how they're going to spiff it up. I hope they don't put the very trendy stamp on it that most of the buildings lately have had. They'll be dated in no time.
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    KMART Plaza (Tunnel Rd.) 1975-?

    Thanks. That's interesting and I could see how it would work. However much I'd like to see Costco come into Asheville closer than the airport area, like you I don't think this is the spot for it. It'd be nice though as I work about 3 blocks from there.
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    KMART Plaza (Tunnel Rd.) 1975-?

    Are you expecting them to do a lot of infill to bring the lot up to the grade on Tunnel Road or near so? If that's the case, how do you think the south boundary should be handled with the entrance to Overlook Village and the bank?
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    KMART Plaza (Tunnel Rd.) 1975-?

    While it would be a first on my wish list, I think it's a bit unrealistic to think Costco will go there. I think the property isn't deep enough to allow a typical Costco footprint and the necessary parking lot, gas station, etc. If they throw out the other businesses in the strip, Dollar Tree, Radio Shack, and Tuesday Morning and level the entire thing, I still don't see them having enough room. If the Costco were to go at the back of the property then the parking will be uphill towards Tunnel Road. I don't know about you (the royal you, not you specifically) but I don't relish pushing one of those big Costco shopping carts, loaded down, uphill to my car. Word on the street right now is another hotel. I hope not.
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    Asheville Mall

    Don't forget about online shopping. That's made a huge difference in retail.
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    River Arts District

    Demolition has begun on the Dave Steel building between Roberts Street and Clingman Avenue. Any word on this yet?
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    River Arts District

    Word came last week that Dave Steel closed down their facility at the corner of Roberts Street and Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District. Today I understand that the property has already been sold. Has anyone heard what the plans for the property are? Or who has bought it?
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    Asheville Mall

    I've worked down the street from Innsbruck since 1980 and can answer some of your questions. Brendle's was in the space currently occupied by Big Lots and Office Depot. It occupied that entire space for a very long time. I don't really remember if they downsized to half the space before closing or not, but I don't recall them and Office Depot being occupants at the same time, side by side. Ingles was (obviously by the outside decor) on the other side across the parking lot from where the new Ingles store is. That space is still vacant. Eckerds was in the space where Anna's Linens is now. The lower strip portion used to have two occupants, one a religious publishing company and there was an underground restaurant. When I moved here it was called The Rathskellar and then was The Windmill, and then the Windmill European Grill. I think it may have been a location of Franks Roman Pizza at some point, too. The restaurant closed a few years back when the mall underwent renovations. The restaurant was owned by the Shastri's, parents of Vijay Shastri - who has the Flying Frog downtown. Vijay worked there as chef as a teenager. I'm trying to remember what was in the Dollar General Store location before it was DGS. I don't recall Sky City ever being at Innsbruck Mall - but maybe they were before 1980. Also, there was a cafeteria at the eastern end of the second floor of the mall where all the large windows are. It may have been a precursor of J&S. I do remember it had a similar name but which letters exactly, I cannot recall. It was there for a very long time before closing.
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    Asheville Mall

    Oh, man. Trying to remember that second story at the A-Mall is going to drive me nuts. I do believe there was one and, like Orulz said, that it connected to Ivey's which is the current Dillard's location. I've worked within a few blocks of both malls for nearly 30 years now and, though I'd rather be nibbled to death by ducks than go to either one, I have been around for many changes. Yes, Brendle's was the main tenant in Innsbruck Mall for many years. It took up the entire location that is now Big Lots and Office Depot. After Brendle's closed, they divided the space into two stores. There was not a Montgomery Ward there at all. There was a large cafeteria on the upper level on the northeast end. One of those places with initials for a name, like J&S, but not J&S, best I recall. As for the A-Mall, I seem to remember escalators being in the hallway area that now goes down alongside Dillard's and to the Gallery South area. There was a Litchfield's restaurant in that area, too. They had great Rueben's, btw. The opening into the Ivey's store was in or adjacent to the kitchen/housewares department. Belk's was never a two-story store until their renovation several years back and the second floor section of the mall didn't connect to that store. The Asheville Mall offices were in the second floor and, it seems, there were a few stores up there. Maybe the cigar shop?
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    Haywood Park redevelopment

    I accept your apology, hauntedhead, though I suspect it isn't all that sincere. It was kind of you, nevertheless. As to what you ascribe to be what I think.... I have to disagree with you. I do not want to keep Asheville a small isolated town. It isn't now and hasn't been that for decades. But I do have problems with a development of this size given all the other development of this sort planned in the near future and going on now. Perhaps I'm not as prescient as you to know what our economy is bringing, but I'd hate to see these over-large developments sit half-empty because out of town speculators wanted to grab the quick buck at our expense. As always, your mileage may (and invariably will) vary. Best, Lootles
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    Haywood Park redevelopment

    HHNC, you are out of line. I am neither a dolt nor am I a NIMBY. But I do believe that two excessively tall towers built on one of the highest elevations in the downtown area will be out of character with the general feel of our city. As for demand, I read somewhere that there was a large percentage of the condo tower that was presold or otherwise committed. I'm wondering if these are just investors buying them similar to the way the Beaucatcher House development out on Tunnel Road was done. I spoke with that developer early on before they ever broke ground and he bragged that they sold 100% of the units in the building on the first day that units were available. Of course, only a few speculators bought them and now that the building is completed it sits mostly empty with resales being very slow. Go ahead now and call me some more names, lol.
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    Haywood Park redevelopment

    So after the twenty some odd floor building is built then we just keep going up from there? 50, 75, 100 floors? With no end in sight? I'm not talking about "matching" architecture, by the way. Out of scale height to what is generally there now is what I'm talking about. And urban canyons. Lootles, apparent ninny
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    Haywood Park redevelopment

    Those of you who support this development.... do you really think that a building nearly twice the height of the nearby Battery Park building is going to 'fit in' and not seem out of place? The Battery Park is, iirc, thirteen stories and the proposed building is supposed to be 25 stories. Even given the slight difference in base elevation that's just remarkably out of place to me. http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv16118.php
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    Basilica of St. Lawrence

    I believe it is open during the day. It certainly used to be though I haven't been by there for a while. It's a lovely little church, I hope you like it. http://stmarysasheville.org/worship.html