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  1. Any white collar jobs that you can stick in the current HJ building or a redesigned one would be a huge plus. It would be great if GDJ & Co. just leveled the building and put up an even bigger one of the hopes of bringing a big white collar outfit to the Burg.
  2. Are there any ideas out there for what should go there?
  3. Any park is a good park and I wish we had more of them. This particular one is going into an area that sorely needs it. Good job Spartanburg.
  4. Well, it certainly looks like a hotel that in under heavy construction but is on schedule per Ziggy Clayton with OTO Hotels. We went straight to the top via a freight elevator and then worked our way down. The restaurant/bar is going to be very upscale and nice as heck. They will be a part that is open air and there are places for fire pits or gas fire pits in colder months. The view will be great and is pretty good right now as you can see all the different construction that is underway downtown. From the top we went down to the 9th floor (it's in the dry as is the whole hotel, but no fixtures or mounts have been added) and then skipped 8 & 7 as they are in the same shape as 9. Floor 6 has some mounts (for the beds) and fixtures on walls and in the baths. We then skipped down to floor 3 where they have 3 model rooms, each with different flooring from Mohawk, Shaw, and Milliken. After much debate, they decided to go with Milliken. Hometown won out for performance and looks, not because it was hometown. Floors 3 & 2 have the mounting for the beds and vanities and some plumbing is in. The 1st floor where you check in and eat breakfast will be very nice. Some furniture (bar area, desks, etc.) is already in there but completely covered because there is still much construction going on inside and right outside where the swimming pool will be. The tower crane will be leaving in 2 weeks. It was 45K per month to rent. There will be 114 hotel rooms and 114 parking spots. If you are staying in the hotel breakfast is free, if not you pay. The director of sales for the hotel (can't remember her name) said there are only 12 (or something like that) of these type hotels in the country. Can we keep it full? That remains to be seen, but I would certainly stay here vs the Marriot as you are down in the thick of the action or as much action as we can produce. All in all it's going to be super nice and upscale. At one point I looked at my wife and brother and asked "Can you really believe we are getting a hotel/restaurant this grand"? We have all been in Spartanburg our whole lives and have never seen anything on this scale other than maybe OTO HQ which was originally former Extended Stay HQ. That building is super luxury on the inside. Obviously Cribbs, the brewery, and Main St Pub will be big time beneficiaries of this hotel but all of downtown and Spartanburg will benefit.
  5. I am getting an advanced tour of the hotel tonight. Not sure if they will allow pictures or not, but it should be interesting.
  6. Is there an official link for the buyout?
  7. We sure could use one. The Peddler is downright depressing and hasn't changed since its been open. The best steak is the one you make, but every now and then it's good to go and get one.
  8. I am kind of disappointed that I was correct about Rick Irwin wanting and getting the restaurant in the new hotel. I was in the Standard the other night and while nice I was not exactly blown away. Some of his restaurants in Greenville are way nicer. We may have gotten the budget version. I known the Burg is not known for upper scale chain restaurants, but I was really hoping for a Ruths Chris or Capital Grill for this spot.
  9. Contec is a manufacturer and customer of mine. There is no way they could move downtown as big as their operation is. WSPA would be nice as well but they are more interested in the Greenville market than us. Milliken is the key piece of the puzzle as those all high paying white collar jobs that would be entertaining other high paying white collar jobs.
  10. Do we have a medium to large size white collar employer that is currently residing outside the city limits? Someone like CH2M Hill that might welcome a downtown location. It would be much easier to approach someone like this than to try and poach someone from another city.
  11. The way our county works I am sure the specified period of time would be indefinite for the sales tax increase. You never see those things go away. I love that the folks of district 7 (some of the more conservative around) will now have to endure 2 tax increases in about 3 years because the city/county/school district have no idea how to manage money.
  12. Would there be a referendum on this, sales tax increase, or what to fund all this?
  13. Not exactly sure, but why move again unless city was going to throw in some incentives? (lower taxes or lower city business license fees) They have done their civil duty once, why move from a very profitable business spot?
  14. No one brought this one up so I'll do the honors as this looks (and probably tastes) like a slam dunk. Francina's Soul Food kitchen has opened next to Seller's seafood on west Henry St. This place reminds me of the old Woodward's Cafe that used to be about a mile away but burned down years ago. I personally have not been yet but several of my friends have. Awesome and "so good its time for a nap" are what I am hearing so far.
  15. Wakefield has already moved once and it was not that long ago. They used to sit over where the George and the Chapman Center currently are. I really can't see Jay and company moving again so soon no matter the reason. They are in a prime spot as to go from east to west in any kind of a hurry you have to pass right beside their lot and show room. This is a non starter.