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Everything posted by krazeeboi

  1. I think it's making good progress overall. The medical school in particular will truly be an asset and a needed institutional anchor for the campus.
  2. I think one of the draws of Myrtle Beach is that it offers a Florida-like experience without having to actually be in Florida which, for one, is more hurricane-prone. Also Myrtle Beach is closer to inland states like Ohio and West Virginia which is where many transplants come from.
  3. A new apartment complex will add more than 500 residents to the BullStreet District as soon as 2023. Work has begun on Bennet at BullStreet, a 280,000-square-foot community with 269 luxury apartments ranging from studio to three-bedroom units, according to a news release. The apartments, anticipated to open in 2023, will include a pet spa, a rooftop deck, an upscale clubhouse and a state-of-the-art fitness center, along with dedicated co-working spaces. Charlotte-based Proffitt Dixon Partners is the developer of the new complex, which will include a 45,000-square-foot, ground-flo
  4. The six-month-old NoMa Warehouse in Columbia’s Cottontown neighborhood has plans to integrate a food hall concept into its space, with four to six mobile food vendors posting up. With hopes for an October launch, executive director Beth Lawson wants to host the vendors at the building for an initial two month tenure. To buoy this addition, the group has taken over a loading dock portion of its building that the landlord had previously used as storage. That space, which will offer up a covered outdoor area for use by vendors, will inform the area’s eponymous name, The Loading Dock at
  5. The site of the old Jim Moore Cadillac dealership at 2222 Main St. could soon be transformed into a luxury apartment complex. Monday night, the city of Columbia’s Planning Commission voted to approve the site plan from Virginia based developer Commonwealth Properties. The plan also received approval from the city’s Design and Development Review Commission last week. The two three-story buildings will include 246 apartment units and four “live-work units.”
  6. The city is reviewing plans for a new housing development in the Olympia neighborhood, which has become a popular hub for college students in recent years. Documents submitted to the city’s Design/Development Review Commission outline a plan to build seven single story homes on a set of vacant lots on Hayward Street, right across from the Olympia Mills and Granby Mills student apartment complexes.
  7. I can understand to an extent what you mean when you mention Philadelphia, but it should be mentioned that the 1854 Act of Consolidation resulted in the then-two square mile city of Philadelphia consolidating with Philadelphia County. Since that time, the 130 square mile city and county of Philadelphia have been coextensive with each other. So in a way, compared to other historic coastal cities like DC, Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco; legacy industrial cities like Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Cleveland; and even Sunbelt cities like Atlanta and Miami, Philadelphia's den
  8. All of the Piedmont and similar Piedmont-adjacent metros are low density. A major reason is due to the winding and curvy suburban roads and streets following the lay of the land with its gently rolling hills instead of being laid out on plats which would allow for greater density. Also the city of Atlanta has only begun seriously densifying this century but is primarily doing so in select areas with corridors that have sufficient capacity to accommodate increased density, and it remains to be seen if zoning changes in low density SFH neighborhoods will allow for a variety of other housing type
  9. UP has been around for a long time! So much for the prediction of Rock Hill overtaking Gastonia though. Concord came out of the gate swinging and hasn't looked back since.
  10. Being from SC where most counties share the name of their county seats, I always thought it was weird that in NC, neither Asheville or Asheboro are in Ashe County, the town of Henderson is nowhere near Henderson County, Pittsboro is not in Pitt County, the city of Lenoir is not in Lenoir County, Graham is the Alamance County seat and not the Graham County seat, Mooresville is not in Moore County, etc. I'm sure there have been some mixups here that just haven't been very widely reported.
  11. Finlay didn't even advocate for the project to get full funding in the legislature....I couldn't believe he said city leaders weren't persuasive enough and couldn't answer his questions. Like DUDE, YOU LIVE IN COLUMBIA and know how important the convention center expansion is. With "friends" like that, who needs enemies?
  12. Ground has been broken and it is officially under construction.
  13. Y'all surely love our beaches though.
  14. Pretty exciting stuff for Rock Hill! This is a far cry from the way things were way back when I was but a lowly undergrad and recent graduate. Here are details from the article: The project would be developed at the former site of the Rock Hill Herald. Plans show it would include the development of 300 apartments at the site. That portion of the development calls for at least $30 million in investment, the agreement says. The plans also include a retail building of 10,200 square feet on White Street and a 17,700-square-foot development parcel for more commercial space. A parking gara
  15. “In working with the city of Columbia, we have a number of folks interested in developing [the former Wells Fargo bank branch] property,” [state Sen. Dick Harpootlian] said, and a group of local business owners hold the option to buy the property. Columbia Councilman Will Brennan, whose district includes Five Points, said the potential developers have shared a rough draft of their plans for the site, which could include ground floor retail with offices above and a boutique hotel. A parking garage is also part of discussions, as studies have shown anywhere from 60 to 200 spaces could
  16. Chandler Cox, BullStreet project manager for master developer Hughes Development Corp., updated a Columbia Chamber of Commerce online audience on several projects on Tuesday. “There are seven construction crews onsite right now,” Cox said. “There’s definitely a lot of activity going on out there.” Iron Hill Brewing is in “full design” mode after a pandemic-related break. Demolition on university-owned buildings on the planned campus of the new medical school has been completed. In March, the university’s board of trustees voted to allocate $4.2 million toward the proposed 16-acr
  17. Developers of the former Capital City Stadium site say they’re down to their final federal permit requirement and hope to begin work on the project this summer, starting with roughly $5.4 million in flood remediation in the Olympia and Grandby Mills neighborhoods. The planned development is for a 310-unit apartment complex, called The Ballpark, with 20,000 square feet of public retail space, said Andy Weddle of Connecticut-based Weddle Real Estate Investments. In addition, the developers will aid the city and county with off-site flood control measures, following the route of the Three Ri
  18. The project under Aughtry was getting a FILOT deal. While I understand the complaint about property taxes in general, there's no doubt some similar deal would be extended to other investors.
  19. The parent company of firearms maker Palmetto State Armory inked a tax deal for a new facility in a former Midlands brake plant. Lexington County Council voted unanimously April 27 to provide property tax incentives for the company, described by Council Chairman Todd Cullum, as a “veteran-owned small-arms manufacturer,” in exchange for its $61.7 million investment into the former Akebono Brake plant in West Columbia near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The deal also comes with the promise of 150 new jobs.
  20. CBRE's 2020 Scoring Tech Talent study largely focuses on the top 50 tech markets in the U.S. and Canada and utilizes several metrics to rank them in terms of the strength and competitiveness of their tech workforces. No SC city is among the top 50, but Columbia was ranked #13 of 25 smaller markets (according to relative strength) with growth potential and possible opportunities for expansion (pg. 46).
  21. From what I've read, the owners of No Grease (which I patronized when I lived in Charlotte and still do whenever I visit and need to get lined up) were aware of the terms of the temporary lease, but because of their existing business relationship with Simon Property Group, they thought that the lease would be honored for the full year. They are a successful, well-regarded locally-owned business and it was smart of the owners to generate a bit of publicity in order to get a response from the community. They said they didn't believe they were discriminated against, but I guess they got a real t
  22. It looks like the model is saying it's SC with a correlation of 84 and Alabama coming in second at 79? That's...interesting and I'm not fully understanding how that was being calculated. That said, this was a predictive model for last year's election and thus didn't include any 2020 election data.
  23. I think you're actually making my case for me here as far as Charlotte is concerned. For as long as many of us can probably remember, Charlotte has been especially concerned with its image which goes hand in hand with its long-held big city aspirations. Charlotte's fundamental approach to urban development was initially established on a disregard for its architectural/structural heritage (i.e., out with the old, in with the new) and further advanced via Hugh McColl's desire to have Charlotte look the part of a cosmopolitan, cultured city fitting to be the home of some of the nation's biggest f
  24. For one, the presence of the Catawba River is a big reason. This article sums it up pretty well. An excerpt: Why not put the new settlement on the river? Well, the river was miles from the trading path, and - worse by far - not a navigable passage for trading craft... “The river was of negligible importance - until James Buchanan Duke figured out how to dam it up,” said Hanchett. When the company that would eventually become Duke Energy began building dams to supply textile mills with hydroelectric power in the early 1900s, it kicked off a major economic boom. And as Duke grew, so di
  25. Charlotte is cut from the same New South boosterism cloth as Atlanta, and it has paid off. Reputations and state mottos from the 18th century have become a bit outdated I'd say.
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