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beyonce245

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  1. Red Mango is opening a location at Friendly Center. And the Swoozies at Friendly will be one of seven locations that will re-open later this summer.
  2. Not that it makes any difference to me, b/c I don't have a dog in this fight. But a fee increase on rental cars makes more senses, IMO. General funds come from taxes that county residents pay, whereas the majority of revenue generated by a rental car fee would be paid by visitors who don't live there. You wouldn't be raising taxes on yourselves, but rather out-of-town folks. General fund revenues are one-time funds versus the rental fee that would be continually replenished. If Greenville County is or becomes financially strapped in the future (what municipality isn't these days!), the county would have to cut services or raise taxes on county residents to make up for the loss of those general funds.
  3. A new store called Charming Charlie is open at Friendly. It has taken up two store spaces in the older section, beside AT&T where some of the Christmas seasonal stores used to open up. It's a women's accessories store based out of Houston. The store had a great layout, and I thought it was really cool how everything in the store was organized by color. All yellow stuff here. All turquoise stuff here. etc. I think this is the first store to open in North or South Carolina. But I wouldn't be surprised if others open quickly. I think women will really enjoy this store. Photo Courtesy of their Flickr page.
  4. The groundbreaking for the aquatic center will be next Monday, May 3rd at 4:30.
  5. Coming soon signs are up for a restaurant called the Prickly Pear Cantina at 536 S. Elm and the store beside it. The spaces were both formerly occupied by Antique stores before the buildings and several others were purchase by Momentum Development Partners.
  6. RF Micro Devices announced today that it has successfully manufactured solar cells using the same processes that it currently uses to make cell phone chips. This is important because high volume production of solar cells wouldn't require any capital investments in a new plant or equipment. RF can simply make these chips in its existing plants. The company says it plans to begin selling the chips in 2012 for use in renewable energy production. Good news, especially if it leads to more jobs at its Greensboro headquarters and plant.
  7. Carlyle might not be closed for long. One of the former owners bought the IP rights to the company and 14 store leases, including the one at Southpark. More here.
  8. The city thinks downtown will require two more parking decks over the next 18-36 months. One has been proposed for Green and McGee, near the new building going up at 324 S. Elm. Read more here. The pizza chain Donatos appears to be opening a new restaurant on the bottom floor of the Smothers Place lofts at 360 S. Elm. Anyone know anything about this? I haven't heard anything, but saw the signage when I was driving by tonight. Their pizza is delish by the way. Anyone know what's going on beside Fisher's Grille? A shot of 324. S. Elm that I took tonight. All five floors appear to be in place, at least the steel. Sorry for the bad quality. They were taken with my phone.
  9. Greensboro artist Bill Mangum will be featured on NBC's Nightly News tomorrow night in its "making a difference" segment for his Honor Card Program. Read more here.
  10. Chuckle chuckle. Not quite, d_Random. Without getting too off topic, I was referring to Perkins' general view on a number of issues, including downtown, public transit, and economic development. Back on topic, I just checked out the Coliseum's new website. It's much improved and looks great!
  11. Well to be accurate, Vaughan is an independent and Robbie Perkins is a Republican, both of whom voted for it. But Robbie is on our side the overwhelming majority of the time. It goes to show that all those who were cheering a new, more conservative council might not get what they bargained for over the next two years. The other proposal for a bond didn't make a damn bit of since anyway, since the council members floating the idea are the ones that always harp about lowering taxes. Maybe they didn't understand where the hotel/motel tax money comes from. Let the construction begin.
  12. One of the former owners of Carlyle & Co. appears poised to re-open the jewelry chain in the near future, according to an article in the Biz Journal. He confirmed that he was the principal in an investment firm that bought the naming and intellectual property rights to the Carlyle name, the headquarters in Greensboro, and several store leases, including the flagship store in Greensboro, and those at Crabtree Valley, Southpoint and Southpark. I always thought that Carlyle was a strong brand. It probably would have never gone into liquidation had it not been for the financial troubles of the parent company that bought it back in 2005.
  13. Five Guys and Zoe's Kitchen are both now open at Friendly.
  14. Winston-Salem based Targacept has signed a deal with AstraZeneca that could eventually be worth up to $1.2 billion, for development and royalty rights to sell Targacept's TC-5214 drug for Major Depressive Disorder. This includes an upfront payment of $200 million. Good news for WS and its growing life sciences fields. Read more here.
  15. I'm with you. This certainly isn't my dream city council. I'm about as liberal as they come But I'm not going to harp on the past or what Greensboro did or did not do, because none of us can change it. And comparing Greensboro to Raleigh or Charlotte doesn't help either, because they are all fundamentally different places. It's ok and even good to know what other cities in the state are doing. But we should focus more about what we can do to make Greensboro a better city and the Triad a better region. Back on topic. I don't think the swim center is in jeopardy. After all, it would be hard for the so-called fiscal conservatives who tried to table it tonight to explain how, wasting the $1.5+ million that's already been spent on the center's design, is good stewardship of the city's finances that they proclaim they embody.
  16. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed (i.e. Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Vaughan) and further discussion was moved to the December 15th meeting. Council member Jim Kee also rightly asked for a special briefing session on the aquatic center, so that the council can make informed decision, unlike the horse trading that was happening tonight. And not to veer off topic, the reasons why Greensboro and the Triad haven't grown as fast as our neighbors to the East and South is much more complex than people like Danny Thompson. The Triangle has had 50 years of job growth from RTP and Charlotte, of course, has had the big banks (R.I.P. Wachovia). And growth is more than jobs, but I won't further deviate from the topic at hand. I have a feeling that when the new council gets acquainted with the nitty gritty of municipal governing, they'll find it much much harder than they appeared to think it is tonight. I'm also confident the aquatic center will be built. And there will certainly be other challenges ahead with this new council. So get involved and speak up.
  17. Loparex will invest $16.9 million to expand its Eden factory and add 68 jobs. The jobs will pay an average of $52,323 not including benefits. More here.
  18. Not unexpected votes from Wade and Rakestraw. The vote was actually 7-2. A good last vote for Mayor Johnson. Can't wait to see ground broken.
  19. The South Elm Street Redevelopment project has a new website that provides a great overview of the redevelopment and the plan for the site.
  20. A few photos of Construction on 324. South Elm. And a few of the Civil Rights Museum.
  21. City Council has called a special meeting on December 1st to approve an $18,323,961 contract, which represents funds to build the entire aquatics center and the first $2 million for the ACC Hall of Champions. The agenda also mentions consideration of an "installment purchase agreement" for other improvements at the Coliseum. I don't know what that's about, but I've read speculation that it might be for renovations at War Memorial Auditorium. Mods, you might consider merging this thread and the ACC Hall of Champions thread into one topic about the entire Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Thanks.
  22. City Council voted 7-1 to use funds from the hotel/motel tax to fill the funding gap.
  23. d_Random, I certainly welcome your comments, but could you at least try to add to the dialogue. I'm interested to hear about your apparent opposition to the swim center. But your little quips so far have failed to shed light on why your opposed to this project. For those of us that prefer more constructive discussion, here's a memo from the assistant city manager about possible funding sources to close the swim center shortfall. The city council is expected to discuss it at tonight's meeting. So perhaps we'll learn more tomorrow.
  24. Sorry cityboi, but this won't do anything for the skyline. There are buildings on Green Valley taller than that. But it's certainly good to hear that progress is being made.
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