Skyliner

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  1. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    One potential downside to the city's recommendations is that the developer may revert to the original design, a shorter and wider office building, which would look worse, in part because the bland recessed condominiums stacked on top would seem more like a secondary afterthought than a well-integrated part of the building.
  2. When Will Greenville Be Ready For Height?

    A skyline (or the exterior of an individual building) is like a book cover. Nearly everyone sees the cover, whether or not they ever look at its interior pages. It may be decorative or plain, but it is the most common visual representation of the whole book.
  3. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    This new office rendering is an improvement to the original "placeholder" design in several earlier renderings. It is far from iconic, but at least it is not a blatant eyesore. Unfortunately, the overall design and style of the development fails to meet the highest potential of such a prominent site. For example, the complete absence of storefronts along Falls Street is cringe-worthy, not to mention the garage facade resembles a prison -- and this is less than a block off of Main Street.
  4. New downtown federal courthouse

    I prefer the overall design of the new courthouse in Mobile, Alabama, even though it is likely shorter: Source Source
  5. New downtown federal courthouse

    The design would look much better if the four corners were recessed (like the element on top), and if the top floor or two were also recessed slightly, or at least a more interesting roof-line would have been better. It has the appearance of a tall building that was cut in half and the added top element is out of scale for such a large, flat roof. The main brick structure reminds me of the bland communications building adjacent to Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral and The Children's Museum.
  6. New downtown federal courthouse

    It kinda reminds me of this:
  7. New downtown federal courthouse

    The reliability of published articles regarding future (and even current) economic development in and around growing cities has been inconsistent for decades. Greenville Journal (est. 1999) and The Greenville News (est. 1874) are indistinguishable in that sense. Speculation about future projects is often misleading or missing important information, regardless of the source. I suppose that is one of the reasons online forums like this were created. 10 floors (preferably more) would be nice, but a 5 or 6-story building standing at the height of an average 10-story building could be either stunning or awful, depending on its architectural style. The design posted above would lean heavily in the direction of awful, in my opinion.
  8. New downtown federal courthouse

    My comments were a response to the size, not the architectural design, since that will hopefully change. The size of the building has not increased since that rendering was created, and in fact, the overall size of the structure has decreased since the project was initially announced over a decade ago. Meanwhile, the city and its surrounding region have grown significantly during that time and the judicial needs have grown as well. Proactive leadership plans for future growth, especially when such projects are slow to develop. How soon will this building be outgrown if Greenville continues to grow at its current rate?
  9. New downtown federal courthouse

    Pathetic. Only five or six floors above ground in a city/region experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in the nation and no decline in view? What happened to the proactive, visionary leadership in Greenville?
  10. Peace Center Remodel

    I see no problem with the well-designed conceptual entryway at the corner of Main and Broad. It would bring the performing arts center out to Main Street without removing the public plaza space. The outdoor plaza is currently under-utilized and would be more attractive with softer organic landscaping (more greenery). The concept of a separate, more visible and accessible box office is refreshingly brilliant. This vision is altogether outstanding and should enable the venue (and the city) to attract many more premier events in the future.
  11. New downtown federal courthouse

    I am somewhat surprised to see the diminished square footage.
  12. Homewood Suites - Main and Markley

    Somehow I missed seeing this rendering until today. Glad to see more density in the West End.
  13. Hyatt Place Hotel-Broad and Calvin

    I assumed the crane at Camperdown would be used during construction of the apartment building, the hotel, and possibly the office/condo building, but wouldn't be surprised to see another one there. Homewood Suites seems reasonable. Do you know when construction is expected to start? Any update on the Residence Inn/Springhill Suites? What about the vacant properties in and around RiverPlace? Have you heard anything recently about potential future development in that area?
  14. Hyatt Place Hotel-Broad and Calvin

    I've been preoccupied recently by [life's demands] and haven't kept in touch with everything in the economic development world. Would you (or anyone else reading) please share the proposed projects that could potentially require tower cranes within the next few months. Thank you in advance.
  15. Greenville Projects & Development Map

    I was very pleased with the related letter by Mayor Knox White. The survey was interesting, although very limited in options. For example, a building may be functionally well-designed, but it may also lack enduring aesthetic appeal. The best rating I could offer was 4 stars for the Falls Park Place building. My two least favorite buildings in the survey were the Greenville News building and the EP360 building (1 star each).