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  1. ^ 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. I see the Chas Place one. Great pic...still not seeing anything on the other.
  3. 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
  4. Still not seeing it. It basically looks like you've posted a blank post. I don't see a pic or anything.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. 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
  13. ^ I'll give you those points, all good ones. However, I would wait to see if the first intermodal facility in the region is successful and worth spending additional tax dollars before creating additional spoke-system transport hubs. That way, if the demand for transportation is only centered to this hub, confusion is reduced with the name that applies to this facility only.
  14. Hmmmm...the link isn't working, vic. Is the newspaper having problems with its website, or is it the link itself?
  15. Exactly. I couldn't have said it any better. Many visitors will get the wrong impression about what the purpose of the facility will be. The facility is going to be the hub for the Charleston region, not limited to one suburban city in the region.
  16. I figured that this thread would be a good place to post the article link below. According to the article, the Chas condo market is full of units that are up for sale, nearly 2,000 in all, compared with less than 500 in a given month just two years ago. The good news is that some condo sellers are cutting prices or offering incentives to lure buyers. However, this shows that the demand for high-priced condos was not really high, and the conversion craze that many of the apartment complexes went through has saturated the market. If condo conditions don't improve by winter, Fudgy Brabham, broker-in-charge of Harbourtowne Real Estate, predicts that buyers could find dramatically lower prices in some areas as investors cut their losses and sell at deep discounts. The danger with that type of selling, sometimes called dumping, is that it takes only a handful of deals to affect the values of nearby properties, he said. While the economy in Chas is becoming very robust, I think these condos are being looked at skeptically in the market. Chas has been a singles' city -- singles usually want either apartments or condos -- but more and more families are wanting to move there as well. Families are usually more interested in houses. I hope that this saturation will end the conversion craze and keep the apartment complexes as rentals. Charleston area awash with condos for sale
  17. Can I ask why the hell it is being named the North Charleston Regional Intermodal Facility?! I'm telling you guys, this kind of stuff just further makes the impression that the metropolitan area's primary city will be North Chas, with the way the region's leaders are making it. They just need to drop the word "North"...the region is the Charleston region.
  18. Actually, I've been to Boulder and it is quite well-known in Colorado for its good restaurants, although it's more known for its mostly liberal population.
  19. Absolutely. Those types of businesses are locating there consistently, but not in mass numbers. Give it time, though, we will see more in the next few years.
  20. It's somewhat comforting to see some good news about my hometown, especially after last night.
  21. RhodesDahl is relocating its HQ to DT Charleston. RhodesDahl provides total management services such as planning, design, and construction phases of project development to nonprofit organizations. The headquarters office will be located at 180 East Bay St., Suite 300. The company will continue to maintain its West Coast office in San Francisco. Management company moving headquarters to Charleston
  22. The technology that has been infused into the old building is quite incredible. Laser-beam security for paintings, body-heat sensors for climate control, and preservation in such incredible detail. My only concern is the city's ability to expand city services in that building. I guess most expansion would occur in and around police HQ on Lockwood. As for the Mendel Rivers building, it is good that the city is wanting to be proactive in redevelopment of this lot, but I'm afraid it it will be the typical, 4-story, uninspiring buildings that have been built around the area. Nothing high-profile or inspiring.
  23. After more than 10 years of planning, C of C will break ground this fall on a new science building to house its chemistry and biology departments, according to the link below. The city's BAR approved plans Wednesday for the 3-story, 125,000-square-foot building to be built at 205 Calhoun St. at the corner of Coming St. The property is currently a parking lot used by the college, which is building a new parking deck along with dormitories on George Street. The new science building will be built in a U-shape surrounding a landscaped courtyard and will contain a 150-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art laboratories and a 600-square-foot pollinator-free greenhouse designed for research. The new facility will cost about $50 million. As much as I like new development for the college, I believe that this location is not the best for new science buildings. The parking lot should be a large parking garage, and maybe integrate the science buildings on top of it. This location is going to burden the intersection of Calhoun and Coming, especially with the library across the street. New science facility approved for College of Charleston
  24. AirTran Airways flew its first load of passengers into Charleston on Thursday afternoon. With average roundtrip fares around $181, the Orlando, Fla.-based carrier promises to pull Charleston ticket prices down and save local travelers millions. From its Atlanta hub, AirTran flies to 61 cities. Charleston welcomes AirTran
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