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  1. Yes. I went back and looked at the thread to view the older proposal and I think they reduced the allowable building heights in the original zoning petition, so while it's still quite dense, it's a much better fit for the area IMO (6-7 stories as opposed to 10+). Two issues on the development side in play here are building materials and parking costs. Most of the recent urban apartments are stick-built on a concrete podium, which maxes out the allowable height by building code at (I think) 6 stories--1 concrete podium, often for retail, 5 floors wood framed, including Tucker St, Park &
  2. I believe it's the revival of the Seaboard Apartment project. Urban apartments are very hot right now, as you'll note the Bolton tract rezoning at Hillsborough/Morgan, the Crescent project at Cameron Village, the Stanhope student apartments, Seaboard, and rumors of others on the drawing boards, including one in Glenwood South near 712 Tucker.
  3. The future of the Dix Property is back in the news. Dix is winding down it's operations, with the remaining patients scheduled to be transferred to other facilities. Of course, there are still over a thousand DHHS employees on site to consider. Meeker is pushing for the state to build a new building downtown that would house the DHHS employees in a more centralized location. Hmm, where have we The wildcard here is the state budget is in shambles and the GOP now controls the legislature. That means the state is going to be scrambling for cash, to include selling surplus property like
  4. CATS has been planning a commuter rail project (from Mooresville to Charlotte) there for several years. Check it out here.
  5. The Tier II Draft EIS for Raleigh to Richmond was released today. The public hearings have been scheduled along the corridor as well. Literally hundreds of pages of information, so have at it... Public Hearing Schedule Learn more about the project and provide your input at the Tier II DEIS public hearings! Dates and locations for the public hearings are listed below. “Open House” information sessions will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by public hearings at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Tuesday July 13, 2010 Warren County, NC Northside Elementary School 164 Elementa
  6. If you recall, this is the tract that proposed leveling a large portion of Kidds Hill to make way for the development. Good riddance, as far as I'm concerned. Crabtree Place, on the other hand, I would like to see built as currently designed.
  7. ^ Awesome stuff. I love reading about these sorts of hidden treasures. You must be one of the foremost experts in hidden Raleigh history.
  8. Looks like the renovation is complete. Glad to see some investors stepped in and are improving the property. There are so few true historic urban residential options in the city, it would be a shame to lose another one. They are petitioning for local historic landmark status as well. Come to think of it, does anyone know exactly what local historic landmark status provides in the way of incentives or protections for historic preservation?
  9. The tolls will only pay for a portion of the facility cost... I think it may be in the neighborhood of 60% but not sure The toll revenues assumed are based on a study forecast, and are not guaranteed to materialize (Greenville) The state of NC is on the hook for completing the revenue stream to cover the gap that tolls will not finance The forecast that supports the financial plan (requires that people actually use the road) is based in part on speculative development in the county It's a bad idea to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to support a new road that exists chiefly to support p
  10. I can see the argument for opposing the funding of the building on the grounds that it isn't the right building program for the site, or that it isn't the right time for a tax increase. However, what about the sunk costs for pre-construction, that I hear total $22M? In that light, I would like to see a discussion of which city council members voted to fund the design of the building, but now oppose funding the construction. Why that hasn't been discussed in the local media, I have no idea.
  11. Maybe, but you never know what the future holds, particularly 40 years out. If you asked most transportation experts in 2008 whether 2 years hence, the federal government would fund HSR to the tune of $10.5B ($8B now + $2.5B later this year), most would have said no way. We know petroleum is limited and energy demands are increasing factor than we can keep up. We know that highways are congested, airports are overburdened and security continues to be a major threat. We can see the success that Spain has had in developing their HSR program over just the past 20 years, particularly in corrid
  12. I thought some might appreciate a recent blog posting, by Durham native and former UP poster Yonah Freemark ("yfreemark") about the challenges facing major transit development in the Triangle. Not 100% accurate, but generally a good read.
  13. NCDOT does not have the power to do this. The oft-ridiculed "Equity Formula" is written in state statutes, and therefore can only be changed with a repeal of that law by the legislature and signed by the Governor. NCDOT's new Secretary (who most agree has done a very good job in beginning to repair the agency) has even said publicly stated that that formula is unfair to the state's urban areas, so acknowledgment of the problem is the first step (of 12? ). As I understand it, they are now undertaking a process to revamp the decision-making process for the state's transportation priorities,
  14. I'm speculating here, but perhaps it is due to a combination of the east coast travel markets, speeds that could be achieved on the current SESHR lines and freight RRs competing for track space... perhaps some combination of these. Maybe the biggest practical consideration is that the stretch from Greensboro to Charlotte is the Norfolk Southern RR mainline, and they have only agreed to a max speed of 90mph on that corridor (also including the remaining NCRR line from Greensboro to Raleigh). Also considering future SESHR stops in Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte, Spartanburg, Greenville, Atlanta
  15. This topics has been dormant for a while, but I thought these photos of the freeway cap in Columbus shows some of what can be done.
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