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  1. Charleston Photo of the Day

    ^ Great shot. And really weird, I can now see the colored store fronts you posted earlier. Those store fronts are actually on what is known as Vendue Range right before you get to Waterfront Park. After you cross East Bay Street going away from the park, then it becomes Queen Street. As for the pic above, I think that's a Meeting Street intersection?
  2. Concord Park

    ^ No, misunderstand. I propose 200 market rate units, and in addition, they should build 120-150 affordable housing units. The majority of housing units would still be market rate. What constitutes as affordable housing is also relative to a project like this, anyway. The affordable condos would still be around $80K-100K, good enough for firefighters, teachers, and police officers, maybe even some military personnel. Indeed, dig, this building should be a downtown landmark, accenting the skyline that is already punctuated with the nearby Dockside Condos. This project, while it sounded promising, appears to be a mere piddly boutique place, nothing major. One can only imagine if there were 100,000 square feet for restaurants...this could be the perfect place for a Ruth Chris' Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, and a PF Chang's. Sadly, Concord Park will provide nothing spectacular or noteworthy, unless a local restaurant really makes a big reputation. The AA-museum is not planned to be built on this site. It will be constructed on a parcel of land across Calhoun Street from this project, next to the Aquarium Wharf parking garage.
  3. Charleston Photo of the Day

    I see the Chas Place one. Great pic...still not seeing anything on the other.
  4. Charleston International Airport

    Mike, meant to repond to this earlier. True, there are no regular flights to or from Chas, but there are some seasonal flights to the Bahamas and Bermuda each year that I'm aware of. Occassionally, int'l flights from Europe land in Chas if Atlanta or Miami has to much traffic or if they have terrible weather. The Concorde made several stops in Chas, and Air France has landed its Boeing 747 a few times there each year. On a different subject, "garage condos" are planned to be built near the airport. Airport Garages Inc is planning for a 210-unit private garage complex near I-526. The facility will offer units ranging in size from a 12-by-24-foot unit that will house a single car to a 18-by-50 unit that can hold RVs, boats or several cars. Prices range from $39,000 to $109,000. One of the big draws for the company in the Charleston area was the proximity to Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Another huge draw was Chas' business community presence. Garage condos take off near Charleston airport
  5. Charleston Photo of the Day

    Still not seeing it. It basically looks like you've posted a blank post. I don't see a pic or anything.
  6. Economic developments in the Charleston metro area

    Call it the price of growth and consolidation if you will, but American LaFrance was reported to have laid off a few workers, and the move to its present HQ is being blamed. According to the article below, a lack of office space at the shared north city site (shared with DaimlerChrysler AG) forced the company into an "outward migration" to four locations and the hiring of several temporary workers. The move to the more spacious Jedburg location has allowed the company to consolidate those offices. The job cuts are small, but unfortunately, some people are going to have to look for work. According to a furloughed employee, about 40 people (10% of the 400 total workforce) have been cut. Let's hope this is the end of that trend. American LaFrance announces job cuts
  7. Charleston Photo of the Day

    Where did the pic go?
  8. Concord Park

    Daniel Island residents do exude that attitude, but Ansonborough residents have not supported this Concord Park project very well, putting up more of a protest that DI people with affordable housing. I remember when I moved back to Chas in 2001, a petition was brought around the MUSC Wellness Center, where I was working, to make the field a permanent park with no development. The petition was passed throughout the downtown area. The city made a good call, stating that leaving the field as just a park would not fill the dead space that exists between the tourist areas around East Bay St and the Aquarium Wharf. Concord Park, while it does "connect" and fill the dead space, is still a small-time development, and it should be just a little larger than planned. From what Spartan listed, here are my proposed changes: - 163 market-rate residential units -- Should be 200 units - 60 affordable residential units (67.5% or less of market rates) -- Should be 120-150 units - Two 50-room hotels, or one 100 room hotel -- Hotel should be at least 100-150 rooms - 16,600 square feet of retail space -- This is my biggest problem. Retail space for restaurants and shops needs to be closer to 100,000 square feet. - 25,000 square feet of office space -- This needs to be doubled. The footprint of this project is massive, but as usual, the city doesn't think a development more than 4-5 stories is good. Nevermind that the city's tallest building, Dockside Condos, is right across the street from this project, and sticks out like a sore thumb with no density around it and the most prominent structure near it is a terminal crane. IMO, the project should be allowed to be taller in some areas (7-10 stories, max) such as near the aquarium , parking garage, and Dockside, while it has a lower profile near East Bay St and the historical residential areas.
  9. Greater Charleston Projects & Developments

    I think we mentioned this development on James Island earlier in this thread, but here is a new article which describes it in more detail. The 22.5-acre parcel near the Maybank Highway-Folly Road intersection is being planned to become the site of a miniature
  10. Charleston Photo of the Day

    Great pic of the Francis Marion Hotel! Actually, the new Hilton is supposed to be 9 stories, according to the P & C. Also, cool pic of the newer Marion Square fountain.
  11. Greater Charleston Projects & Developments

    I believe this is a different one. I think the one we talked about earlier was either in the Cainhoy section of Chas, or another one around Jedburg. This one on Remount seeks to attract better business to the "eastern" side of the north area, near Park Circle.
  12. Greater Charleston Projects & Developments

    An $82 million, mixed-use business park, known as Remount Business Park, is going to be developed on 65 acres on the southeast corner of Remount Road and North Rhett Avenue. The site is said to be a central location being right next to the SPAWAR main entrance, 1/4 mile from I-526, 1/2 mile from the port's north terminals, and 3 miles from the int'l airport. Construction on the first facility, which will have 200,560 square feet of space, is slated to begin in August and to be completed by May 2008. One research company, Atlanta-based Scientific Research Corp, has already leased 65,000 square feet. This company provides solutions for electronics, IT, and communications government, private business, and international business. $82M business park planned on Remount Road
  13. Charleston Photo of the Day

    One of the first "high rises" in the country. Thanks for posting that krazee. You'd think that Chas would have more of these buildings (even taller versions of them) by now.
  14. Economic developments in the Charleston metro area

    ^ What upsets me is that all of these firms that owned decently priced apartment rental complexes sold their assets to other firms that converted these to condos, thereby dramatically cutting a substantial slice out of the apartment rental market. As a result the average price for renting an apartment in Chas rose significantly, hurting undergrad students, grad students, and single newcomers. The metro area now needs more apartment complexes, unless these condo-converting firms sell their properties to firms that want to rent them out.
  15. Charleston International Airport

    It seems that AirTran is really helping the airport with increasing numbers of passengers and providing competition to the old carriers such as Delta. According to the article link below, the airport authority recently posted figures through June, showing 111,100 outbound fliers last month, an increase of 10,788 passengers compared with May, and a 15,399 jump compared with April. With figures expected to hold steady or grow, that means roughly 500 more people a day are either flying in or out of the airport. In June 2006, there were 23,113 fewer passengers flying out of the Charleston airport than in June of this year. AirTran lifting airport passenger numbers, lowering ticket prices