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  1. I have not seem any other articles on this other than the pay-to-read TBJ story. I'm too cheap to subscribe! Here's what I know. Seth Coker and Nathan Isner will convert the 5 story building into 24 apartments. Renovations to cost around $2 million. Great location! The building is at the intersection of Friendly Ave. and Greene St. (Across the street from Elon Law School). Title Insurance is moving to another location and expanding. Not sure if their new location is downtown. I hope so!
  2. I was just over by the old Dixie Apartments were Roy Carroll is planning to build his mixed-use project. I saw about 8-10 firefighters looking/walking around the building. The windows in the building have been removed. I bet they are planning a "controlled burn" of the building so firefighters can get in some practice. Has anyone heard? Also, there are two backhoes parked by the old social security building next door. Looks like Roy is getting ready to knock some buildings down and move forward with his project.
  3. I could not be happier to hear that Carroll continues to buy up property for his project. While a salvage company is a valued business, this type of "warehouse" is not a proper fit in a thriving downtown business district. I can't wait to watch all of those "eyesore" buildings in that area be demolished. As I have said many times, Roy Carroll seems to be bullish about the redevelopment of downtown Greensboro. I hope he makes millions for his contributions to our city!
  4. Does anyone know the status of the apartments that were to be built by the ballpark? (The areas where the old car dealership was located fronting Smith St.) So far, just a vacant lot. Maybe the recent wet weather has been a factor?? I would have though the apartments would have been finished by now.
  5. Way to go Greensboro! The backwards thinking for a very vocal few has run yet another retail business off. While I could care less about Trader Joe's as a place to shop, it is a shame to see something like this happen. I can't blame Trader Joe's for telling Greensboro to take a hike. As much as I love living in Greensboro, and have seen great progress made in the 26 years I've been here, there are a lot of backwards thinking people here. I think it is amazing what we have accomplished with so much resistance. If it were not for a fairly large influx of people for other parts of the U.S. much of the Triad would be a Third World country. On the other hand, I blame Trader Joe's for being so stubborn in having to have the store build in a residential neighborhood in w. Friendly. Why not another location? How about land where Golden Gate Shopping Center is now? Everything has left there! Plenty of land! Also, in the middle of the New and Old Irving Park money. Decaying buildings and unused land are all over Greensboro. A little smart planning by the city would help rebuild these old, tired neighborhoods with new retail. Greensboro and most larger cities suffer from poor planning and urban sprawl. Update: Saturday March 8th...I just read in the N & R that rezoning efforts will move forward even if Trader Joe's does not come to Greensboro. LOL! Hard to believe that the people against this were dumb enough to believe that they had won after TJ pulled out. So, for all of this, Greensboro looks like a city of idiots, we lost Trader Joe's, and rezoning of the property will move forward. Since TJ is not coming, maybe a Walgreens, CVS, or how about a nice 20 pump gas station?
  6. Would someone explain to me what happened with the proposed YWCA site? It by far is the more logical site. The site the city council voted to purchase is much better suited to future development of medium and high rise projects. I fear we are about to build a nice GPAC with 10,000 parking spaces around it. This is a very 60's way of thinking and is very poor land management for an area where land is limited for future development.
  7. Wow! I'm loosing count of the number of hotel projects proposed for downtown Greensboro! I think the project at Elm and February One and the project at South Elm and Lee St. do not have solid financial ground. I would not expect them to get off the drawing board anytime soon if ever. On the other hand, if anyone can make a project work it is Roy Carroll. He has said he will totally finance the project himself!. Who else in Greensboro could do that besides Carroll? My money is on Carroll. I totally see him moving forward with his project without wasting much time. As much as I want to see downtown grow, I sure as heck don't want to see 3 hotels built and see them all fail. I'd rather see one project now and maybe others in the future. As exciting as it may sound, nothing good ever comes out of explosive development. I am excited to see the residential and office building announcements that have been made for downtown Greensboro in recent weeks.It is nice the see the bulls running in downtown Greensboro again. I believe we have a bright future ahead if our leaders do things right!
  8. To only be a 3 story building, it looks pretty nice. I'm sure revisions will be made. Wow! What a big improvement for that area of downtown. I'm glad to see that this business is bullish about staying/investing in downtown. Maybe this will cause others to do so.
  9. It would appear that finally work will soon begin on the Southeastern Building at the corner of Elm and Market. Lanes of Market St. were beling blocked off today.
  10. Does anyone have any information about any planned, construction in the block bordered by Prescott St. & North Cedar at Battleground in downtown Greensboro? I was in that area today and Chilton tree removal is clearing out trees. A few houses remain on the block and a couple of businesses front Battleground. This is a pretty large track of land and is two blocks west of the new Greeway Apartments. The block appears ripe for development. Maybe another apartment development??
  11. Not only do I like the new design, but I also like the new location at YWCA. The N. Elm location is better for future office/high-rise development.
  12. I noticed they have started the renovations on the 9 story Southeastern building in downtown Greensboro. A leasing sign has also been posted on the building. I'm excited to see this project moving forward.
  13. The design plan looks ok, but I expect (and hope) they will tinker with it more before the final draft. As for the huge "asphalt jungle" parking lot. Scrap IT! PLEASE! Partiner with a nice hotel chain and bulid a combo deck and hotel. I am past ready for the Marott to have some competition!
  14. Now that they are turning dirt for the new Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments, is Deep Roots Market still in the works? Seems like the apartments are going to take up most of that space. Is it possible they are also turning dirt for the market too?
  15. This is wonderful news about the Southeastern building. The building is a historic gem in our downtown district. With the apartment market strong, and the desire to live downtown, the building should be a rental hot spot. Good luck to these developers who have tried so hard to get financing over the past several years!
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