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Sparkleman last won the day on April 7 2012

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  1. AC Hotel on West Main

    I was in Greenville yesterday and noticed the short ugly boxes mentioned above especially the Aloft. This was a miss on the part of Greenville. Also the west end is still pretty vacant albeit was a Sunday. I really think what they ask for in rent/leases will slow major growth in the future. I was also around St Francis hospital for the first time in a while and 2 whole street have had older houses torn down and the new ones that are coming start in the mid 400's. It appears a sort of gentrification is taking place here. I much prefer what Spartanburg in doing with the north side initiative where we are trying to include everyone rather than push them back or out altogether.
  2. Sparkle City Eateries

    Was in Mezcal last night and it is most excellent! Great upscale atmosphere (totally different from Willy Taco) without the upscale prices and great service. The owner likes to welcome everyone but is not overbearing. The food is mostly tapas but there are a few large plates. I can't wait to try the entire menu. Oh and the Margaritas... off the charts.
  3. Bon Haven to be demolished?

    What Spartan left out is that Dexter Cleveland is also a clown!
  4. Spartanburg Area Economic Developments

    All of that is completely fine with me. Trust me when I say, no one on the east side wants the traffic nightmares that exist on the west side and in Boiling Springs. Most folks I know grew up on the east side and still reside there. I know some that moved to the west side and then moved back for the simple reason is your friends really don't feel like dealing with all that traffic to just drop in on you like they used to do on the east side. I have nothing against the west side as that is where I work and the traffic on Reidville Rd is there at all times of the day as well as on Blackstock, Camelot, & west Main. I just would not want to live there unless I worked in Greenville.
  5. Spartanburg Area Economic Developments

    The Hillbrook market is sizzling for sure. Most brokers I speak with are complaining about how there is no supply of houses in Hillbrook currently to sell. I know of 2 houses around me with one being on the lake and one with lake view and they both sold quick and for record amounts for this neighborhood. I think folks are really starting to realize you get a lot of bang for the buck here. What I can't figure out is whether the new high school will be of any help or if the traffic may hinder things within the neighborhood.
  6. Downtown Projects & Developments

    I just heard from a very good source that Caldwell Banker Caine will be moving into the old Gilbert Shoes building (former home of hubbub). That will put more white collar jobs a little closer to the action than they formerly were.
  7. 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.
  8. Are there any ideas out there for what should go there?
  9. The Future of Spartanburg's Downtown Memorial Airport

    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.
  10. AC Hotel on West Main

    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.
  11. AC Hotel on West Main

    I am getting an advanced tour of the hotel tonight. Not sure if they will allow pictures or not, but it should be interesting.
  12. Downtown Projects & Developments

    Is there an official link for the buyout?
  13. AC Hotel on West Main

    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.
  14. AC Hotel on West Main

    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.
  15. 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.