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  1. ^^ Everyone is on a laptop that should have 3-4hrs battery life and mobile hotspot. Longer term, Starbucks. Days...back to the office.
  2. Middle James today announced they are opening a second location in Rock Hill. Project looks pretty cool. Off of Technology Center Way, a block or so off of Main Street. Good for them. We hit them up pretty often as they are only a few miles from Carolina Pavilion and Carolina Place area and we always seem to need a beer after a Target run.
  3. This. My company is in the process of this now. Scaling down sf (since it will be part time work from home) but looking for nicer space. Direct quote from management, "We want an office space that people want to come in to"....which was the exact opposite of what we have. I don't think we go Southend space nice, but I bet will be we move to a new/newly refurbed office building. I honestly see a slow exodus from Southpark from folks that are in the older buildings to Southend until Southpark fully re-develops Colony/Carnegie/Barclay Downs area with new shiny buildings and restaurants. People want new and shiny and we are in the development cycle of areas like Southpark getting old and Southend getting new.
  4. Its definitely a southpark crowd, not a southend crowd. More parents looking for beer and food Food is always good. I like sours and IPAs and they always have a few small batch ones that are usually pretty good.
  5. Is it me or is there no rezonings on the 2022 rezoning page? I mean I see one and thats it. And 2021 has a new format you can't search unless you know specifics. Not citizen friendly anymore.
  6. I am 99% certain I remember reading that they bought those two properties for expansion and remember seeing the plan....but don't remember what the plan is. ha Edit: here it is. Those two houses will be open area for the new buildings they are going to build on the other side of Sharon Towers Rd from where the under costruction building is. Quite the big complex when it is finished.
  7. ^^ The parking lot at Toringdon for that greenway is a great hidden gem. People all cram into the Johnson Rd lot or Trader Joes when this gigantic parking lots sits empty. Unless you ever go to Pikes or pull out a greenway map, you would never know this shopping center is connected. One decade from now from when the 51 to Johnson greenway connector get built, I will be able to walk to Midwood Smokehouse/Hickory Tavern. It's still surprising to me there is no coffeeshop in that shopping center (maybe after the high school gets built). Greenway + Coffee shop seem to be big hits. Mugs and Starbucks which are right off greenway are always busy with walkers and bikers. Somewhat related...one cool thing that happens on that greenway is that coffee food trucks will occasionally pop up on the neighborhood entrances. You can see them from the greenway and always a line!
  8. Yes I know. But Meck is left trying to do this because Pineville has no sidewalks…like anywhere. That property all aground these is Pineville proper. Yes from Park and Carolina Place Parkway. Was to connect to Polk/Little sugar creek to make the cross Charlotte trail. Now you can’t even get there safely. No sidewalk on Polk. Almost no sidewalks on Carolina place.
  9. So who can we publicly shame for not allowing the Charlotte Cross Trail to ever get built as intended? This is in regards to the South Charlotte connector that dead ends are Carolina Place Parkway with no access to sidewalks to get to Little Sugar Creek Greenway: We were not able to purchase the property needed to achieve the trail as you show it. In fact we have tried other options which would require coordination with some of the big box stores along Carolina Place Parkway. They were not interested in us having easements or working on their property. These efforts have taken time and energy. We are currently left to slightly improve the 6’ +/-sidewalks along Carolina Place Parkway and extend a sidewalk to Park Road. This is not our first choice to create the Little Sugar-McMullen Connector but it is something we can achieve with minimal real estate needed. The project is not forgotten, it is taking a much longer time than anyone anticipated. It is not simple. Ocala and Haverties owns the property where it was go. Haverties and Ethan Allen have no sidewalk. The mall property has no sidewalks. Pineville has no sidewalks. The big box stores don't want anything to do with a sidewalk. This is crazy. I have no doubt it this was City of Charlotte this would have gotten done. But Pineville...they don't need or want no stinking sidewalks.
  10. You can see the driving range from the greenway...but unless you have a kayak to get across the wetland...it isn't happening. Of course it's too late to ever happen now but Raugh Properties should have partnered up for a bridge there.
  11. There isn't any good way. You can go the greenway to 51 and then take the tiny sidewalks from 51 to Polk St. Pineville has the absolute worst sidewalk network ever imaginable. The above image from TGBI is going way out of the way and taking even more crappy sidewalks.
  12. All of those are 100x times better than LoSo. I do declare...it shall be known as "Down South".
  13. When are we going to just rename this thread "cars". LOL.
  14. Y'all...they aren't building a new stadium so we get a super bowl. It's just a one time reward from the NFL for building a new, domed stadium and then they try and bid on another like Atlanta is trying to do for 2028. No it will never be in the rotation. Neither will Atlanta, Detroit or Minnesota. Could they get another? Sure maybe. Likely no. They are building a new, domed/retractable roof stadium so it can be used 50+ times a year. They can bid on NCAA final fours, national championships, MLS, NFL, concerts, festivals, monster trucks and motorcycle races, NFL combine & draft, MLS all star game, etc. Before Tepper it was used about 15 times a year for the public: 8 regular season, 2 pre season, 1 fan fest, ACC championship and sometimes a kick off game and an occasional soccer game. Post Tepper has added concerts, more summer soccer, festivals, more NCAA games, etc and soon to be 17 MLS games. It's no longer something that sits empty 40 weekends a year.
  15. Short review of Midnight Mulligan: Very nice spot, killer view from the patio when it gets warmer. Beer we had was good, nothing out of the ordinary (breakfast stout and a gose). It was very busy Saturday afternoon (but so were Resident Culture, Catawba and Fonta Flora). They put a lot of money into the upfit. We didn't try any food and only saw a few people eating, but it was like 2pm. Worth a look-see! That area is changing so fast. My wife hasn't been over there in like two years and was blown away. It used to be Lucky Dog and that's it. Once Legion gets up and running over that way, it will soon be its own little brewery district with Town, Midnight, Summit Seltzer, Blue Blaze (I guess they are still open) and Legion all right there.
  16. 2 Million visitors a year. 4000+ seasonal jobs. One of the ONLY fun things for families to do in the area. Open 9 months a year. There is hundreds and hundreds of open acres in the area, including a ton near the airport. I mean the panthers just nabbed 250 undeveloped acres off of 77. Lets leave one of our only tourist attractions as is until the wheels fall off! We lived at Carowinds in the summer/fall for like 10 years when my daughter was growing up (she still goes but without me lol).
  17. If the city owned that 215' sliver of land across the creek, there would be a greenway going there. They might have a discussion with the neighborhood, but they would have built it with input. It has been in the works for a decade or more. But since CD and CCC wouldn't sell, they had to go through the motions and ultimately bail because it wasn't worth a legal battle for it. There are more neighborhoods that would use that than just the folks of Green Rea. Montibello, Montibello Crossing, Carmel Valley, Quail View, the 100+ Carmel South patio/town homes (which are connected to Green Rea) are all < 0.5m from Green Rea. Now they will have to walk down Carmel, which has crap sidewalks on super busy road, for almost 2m to Ryder. IMHO, the greenway is for the greater good of the ENTIRE county. Sorry...end rant. This has been a huge pet peeve for me. Also sorry for anyone who lives on Green Rea and is reading this. I always seemed to run out of dog poop bags right around your "Say No to Green Rea Greenway" signs. Apologies. Maybe if I had a greenway to run on, I wouldn't have had that issue.
  18. Where is greenway parking a legitimate concern (real question)? There are dozens of access points without parking along McMullen and McAlpine and I never see cars parked illegally. I have been using those two greenways for a decade plus and never see cars parked at the access points where it says no parking. Does that mean it never happens, no. But it ain't often.
  19. It's this, but with less "no shadowlake" and more "no anyone not wealthy". All their other points were debunked in the meeting. Country Day kept bring up "crime" that the greenway would bring. City countered that crime rates on greenways are very very low. Worried about parking. City said there would be no trailhead parking, no parking signs, and cars towed if they did. They said that wasn't enough. They said it would create more traffic. City..."there is no parking, therefor no traffic". They said that wasn't enough. The roads aren't safe to walk on. City...residents regularly use the road to walk / walk the dog. Well...we do it but it isn't safe because of the school traffic. So the school creates traffic messes because of their poor setup for drop off pickup in their Range Rovers, but that is OK because they school sends them gifts. The school even had the nerve to say, cars lined up along the road for pickup and block the road. What if EMS had to use the road more because of the greenway? The bottom line is they don't want anyone that doesn't live in their neighborhood, or that doesn't drive their kid in CD in the Range Rover, to enter Green Rea at any time. I REALLY wish they would have used eminent domain and taken the sliver of land anyways. That is exactly the kind of thing it is for. Even on the call, the city said they have NEVER had this kind of response to a greenway build out.
  20. It won't. Carmel County Club was on the community calls and they want nothing to do a greenway. It will 100% not happen. If you look at some future county greenway maps, it bypasses the CC. You would have to get on Carmel and then into Montibello to get back on it. The city nor county own any of that land around the CCC and then Emily Maynard is not going to allow a greenway to go through their 10 acres. Only chance for the CCC land is eminent domain. They were one of the drivers behind blocking the extension to Green Rea and had multiple banners proudly protesting it on the golf course property. This was the "old" map that had the greenway ending at Green Rea. Now it will end at Ryder, 0.8m south of Green Rea.
  21. I read your comment as it was realigned due to the budget. Sorry! Anyways, as I mentioned, the re-alignment is basically done. I got word from the project planner yesterday that it should go out for bid in fall 2022.
  22. It was realigned due to County Day and Green Rea protesting it. I was in the public meetings and stay in contact with the Senior Planner of the extension. Country Day did not want it and would not sell the connecting land. Green Rea residents protested it with giant signs in their yard for a year. The city had the option of "taking" the land but since those "no non-rich people near our neighborhood please" didn't want it, they dropped it. Trust me...I live within earshot of County Day Middle. It even says right on the page: August 10, 2021 Update: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is providing an update on the McAlpine Creek Greenway project (Johnston Road to Green Rea Road). Due to difficulty acquiring the necessary real estate to make a greenway trail connection to Green Rea Road at this time, the Department is exploring a new trail alignment that terminates the greenway north of Highway 51/Pineville-Matthews Road (at the proposed trailhead parking lot). This alignment will include an access to Ryder Avenue, consistent with one of the options shared at the December 2020 virtual community engagement meeting (see map below). We will use any remaining project funding that would have paid for the connection to Green Rea Road to improve access to the greenway trail. As of now: this extension will go up for bid in the fall with completion late 2023, a full 2 years late.
  23. Apparently the Lidl on Carmel Commons is to open in February according to people who have been interviewed for jobs there. Driving by and it certainly looks like it is getting close.
  24. Based on the speed of building out the greenways, I will be long retired before I see much of any connectivity in South Charlotte. We moved to to our current house with expectations of the Green Rea to McMullen extension to be fully done by now (Construction was to start spring 2020). Fast forward two years and the only work that has been done is about a dozen stakes in the ground marking where the trail might go for about 25ft... and the project scrapped 0.8m of the greenway extension because County Day got mad and wouldn't give the county access to a sliver of their property. Still in "Design" phase. LOL
  25. That all ya got? LOL. Oh and the Suffolk Punch coming soon in SP mall. interesting that OMB is the Northwood Ballantyne brewery. Makes sense as they have the most disposable income it appears and looks to be a big spot to fill. Why would Protagonist open another location in uptown? Seems like massive overkill. Something like that would do a KILLING in someplace like Stonecrest or Blakeney. Good pizza and beer in Ballantyne...the rent checks would write themselves.
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