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  1. In a $100 million redevelopment, much of Richland Mall will be demolished to make way for new construction at the site by Southeastern Development, an Augusta-based company with a track record of redeveloping similar mall sites. Belk will remain at the site, moving into long-vacant space that once housed the Parisian department store, according to a city statement. That shift likely will take 18 to 24 months to complete, with Belk open in its current location until the move. No immediate plans are clear for the other two tenants at the site: the Barnes & Noble bookstore and a call center. Under the new plans, a grocery store will anchor a much smaller retail footprint on the site. No grocer has been selected, but Southeastern has begun discussing the project with companies, according to the city statement. The retail phase of the redevelopment could take four or five years to complete, Southeastern said. Construction of about 500 units of new apartments would follow, flanking the existing parking garage, which would remain on site. The bottom level of the garage would provide parking for retail customers, while the upper level would be reserved for apartment tenants. The park, expected to be about five acres, will provide a much-needed event and gathering space in Forest Acres, according to city council members. Overall the redevelopment will have about 215,000 square feet of retail and residential space, compared with more than 900,000 feet currently, much of which is vacant. Southeastern is expected to close on the purchase and development deal this winter. Current estimates by Southeastern indicate it will be four or five years before the first phase of the project, including mixed retail, apartments and a 100,000-square-foot grocery store, will open. The renderings below are just initial placeholders and are intended to give an idea of the project's size and layout.
  2. The latest Finlay Park redevelopment plans: https://planninganddevelopment.columbiasc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/FinlayPark_PKT_17Nov2022.pdf
  3. Richland County is in negotiations with an unnamed manufacturer that would bring $970 million in investment and more than 1,800 new jobs to the Columbia area. The deal, if inked, would mark the largest investment in the county’s history and one of the largest economic development projects in South Carolina in 2022. Richland County Council voted Nov. 15 to begin negotiating tax incentives with the company, known for now as “Project Golden Eagle,” after talking about the deal during a closed session. The city of Columbia also discussed the project in a closed-door committee meeting a week earlier. The type of manufacturer and location of the development is not publicly known. What incentives are being offered are not yet publicly known and County Council members declined comment about the identity of the company.
  4. A farmers market and coffee shop is coming soon to a historic building in the Vista. The building at 912 Lady St., historically a warehouse, will have its ground floor converted to be a grocery store and its old bay doors restored, said Larry Schneeberger, whose family is pursuing the project.
  5. So 16 years later with 9 more to go for 25 years to have passed since I first created this post, I have come to realize that many of these predictions were wildly optimistic (or unrealistic) and just how significantly unforeseen circumstances--in this case, the Great Recession and the pandemic--can interrupt development trajectories....not to mention declining population growth rates nationwide.
  6. I'm pretty sure all the NC'ers that flood coastal SC every summer and the countless NC-based companies dependent on the port of Charleston would beg to differ. Seriously though, you think such an attitude is good for the region? I've always considered the congenial relationship between Charlotte and all of its suburbs to be a major advantage and point of distinction compared to metropolitan Atlanta. I enjoyed my time living there, but the not-so-infrequent clashes between the central city and its suburbs (especially in Cobb County) was something most folks could do without. And don't think that Tepper won't play hardball with Charlotte either. What he's done in Rock Hill is probably a shot across the bow to let Charlotte/NC know that if he doesn't get what he wants, he'll leave them holding the bag as well.
  7. Yes, unfortunately: https://www.postandcourier.com/ap/panthers-practice-facility-in-rock-hill-dead-after-chapter-11-filing/article_9517004a-e29c-11ec-bb87-13af1666993c.html It's all just so baffling to me.
  8. I agree. I expect the DDRC to require some architectural tweaks before approving this so that it doesn't look like a basic stock design.
  9. Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is asking Richland + Lexington Counties to dedicate a combined $80 million toward Bridge to the Wild — a new proposed improvement project part of the zoo’s innovative master plan. The master plan has been in the works for several years + one of the goals outlined includes transforming both sides of the Saluda River into SC’s leading conservation resource. The lower banks of the Saluda River would be developed into a multifaceted orangutan habitat that would also become home to other ape species in the zoo — like the siamangs + gibbons. Other developments would also include the South Carolina Nature Preserve where guests can learn about + experience our region’s most at-risk species — like black bears, bald eagles, and red wolves.
  10. A seven-story hotel under the Hilton brand has been proposed for Gervais Street in Columbia’s Vista. The 249-room hotel would be built on an L-shaped lot that surrounds the McDonald’s location at Gervais and Huger streets. If approved, the project would break ground in early 2023 and take 18 months to complete, said Ashok Patel, CEO of developer Naman Hotels of Florence. The hotel would bear two brands: the upper-end Homewood Suites and Tru by Hilton, a mid-range brand.
  11. I don't think most tourists will even be thinking that deeply about it.
  12. Haven't seen Tampa and Charlotte mentioned so often together since 2012.
  13. When it comes to their convention centers and tourism/hospitality sectors overall, they unquestionably have Charlotte beat. As far as size and economic development, Nashville and the Triangle are Charlotte's peers but towards the less populous end of the metropolitan spectrum. While each has its economic specialties and varying metropolitan GDPs, all three perform highly for economic development and have impressive track records.
  14. I think Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has more than demonstrated its capability to successful juggle multiple potential eco-devo deals simultaneously. I haven't read anything that has indicated that local economic officials had been giving the ACC HQ relocation opportunity an excessive amount of its time and attention to the extent that it imperiled bigger and better potential deals.
  15. Since we're talking about convention centers and tourism/hospitality, how exactly is Charlotte competing with New Orleans and Nashville "thinking smaller"? Also in what sense are Cincinnati, Denver, Orlando, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Atlanta, DFW, Seattle, and Phoenix all considered "peers" of Charlotte in your view? It's definitely harder to make the case for Atlanta, DFW, Phoenix, and Seattle, all of which are clearly in a higher tier of cities.
  16. Since when has SC and its local jurisdictions ever been anything but willing to bend over backwards to accommodate high-profile eco-devo deals with taxpayer funds? The city/county picking up the tap for infrastructure is basically par-for-the-course for such developments and SC/York County's reputation for successfully doing so many times over the past several years is practically unblemished. Believe what you want about SC, but it doesn't screw stuff like this up. Who's going to believe a billionaire hedge fund manager-turned-NFL franchise owner with no previous ties to the Carolinas isn't attempting to strong-arm local taxpayers into forking over even more money for this project?
  17. I hope relying on Wilmington and Morehead City over Charleston works out.
  18. I'm surprised to not see Dorchester in the top 10 this time around. Its growth has cooled off a bit for the time being also. I'm pretty sure Charleston will overtake Richland by mid-decade to become the state's second most populous county, but both are still a long way off from joining Greenville County in the Half Million Club.
  19. For the most part this is certainly true but Chester's fortunes are certainly changing and I think it's only a matter of time until the megasite in Fairfield County lands a tenant.
  20. The convention center expansion/hotels deal isn't going forward as initially proposed: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article259762730.html
  21. The margins are so thin for some of these counties (a difference of only about 1K), it's likely that they technically might not have less residents than they did in 1940 given the margin of error in Census tabulation combined with the impacts of the pandemic.
  22. Yikes! Not good at all or a good look for Rock Hill and I hate this happened. Hopefully the situation gets resolved soon but it sounds like the city is not at all on the same page as Tepper.
  23. I can't make heads or tails of that rendering. That aside, I hope the city doesn't let this opportunity pass it by. Benjamin was definitely strongly in favor of expansion; I'm not sure how strongly Rickenmann feels about it though.
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