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  1. American Tobacco Historic District

    Looks like Diamond View III could have a decent chunk of retail opening onto Blackwell, though I can't really tell what's happening from the renderings. This could be a much-needed step in the right direction for opening some the campus's energy onto the street grid. I'm curious what the "future development" plans are for the lawn fronting this space and DPAC. That's a big footprint right in the middle of the campus.
  2. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Looks like we'll have to wait at least another week before we know what's happening to the money Rick Scott is trying to reject: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/feb/25/251436/lahood-gives-florida-another-week-to-save-high-spe/news-politics/
  3. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    According the NYT, North Carolina will get "less than $10 million" from the HSR money Ohio and Wisconsin refused. The biggest winners are, not surprisingly, California and Florida. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/us/10rail.html?_r=1
  4. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Not to mention the fact that CA received 2.3 billion, IL received $1.1 bil, and WA received almost $600 million. None are exactly swing states. While a lot of the allotment was probably political, it looks to me like less an attempt to shower money on swing states, and more an attempt to get a solid geographic funding spread -- which hopefully will make funding HSR politically easier down the road. The fact that the largest recipients didn't include any McCain states seems more a function of which states went for McCain. Most '08 red states are pretty rural, and of those that aren't, I can't think of any with well-formed rail plans. But yes, I'm also really hopeful some of this money will jumpstart Virginia improvements. The government needs to get serious about reducing Raleigh to DC travel times.
  5. Blount Street Commons

    Looks like the AIA building is about to begin construction: http://www.newraleigh.com/articles/archive/aia-nc-to-start-construction-on-new-headquarters-in-downtown-raleigh-this-w/ Great news. Glad to see some activity in this neighborhood.
  6. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    The DOT requested $290 million more in high speed rail money for the Raleigh to Charlotte track last week. While there's a lot less money on the table -- just over 2.3 billion -- the feds are requiring a minimum 20% local match, so there are a lot fewer funding requests than with the ARRA's money. 77 applications totaled 8.5 billion in requests. I feel like we really lucked out with the ARRA allotment, so it will be interesting to see if the money keeps flowing. And good for the DOT, stepping up to the plate with the required matching funds. The press release only mentioned a few specific things that would be funded -- grade separations at Sugar Creek Rd in Charlotte and Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, and some station improvements. It looks like they were part of the DOT's 5th frequency needs. I couldn't find a detailed breakdown of what was specifically requested. Here's a good overview of our competition. We should find out this fall, so keep your fingers crossed.
  7. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Looks like the first installment of NC's ARRA rail money is coming in -- $20.3 million "to refurbish passenger coaches and locomotives." https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/pio/releases/details.aspx?r=3824 Anyone know some more specifics on where this money is going? I'm assuming these train cars will be new additions to the fleet -- are they in preparation for the fourth Raleigh to Charlotte route, or will they supplement or replace cars on the current routes? Either way, it's good to see some of that money start to flow.
  8. Broadway developments

    Moog music has announced it is moving its headquarters to the old warehouses at 160-170 Broadway. 35 employees doing manufacturing, sales, and marketing, plus a showroom. http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010305210056 http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010305220035 There's a simple rendering at http://www.moogmusic.com/news/?cat_id=245 I don't like that they're planning on razing one, maybe two of the buildings for parking. I wish they had been more explicit about which one's definitely going. Some of those buildings aren't all that great by themselves, but it still will be a shame to break up a continuous block of buildings for a parking lot. Razing two of the four for parking seems crazy. But I'm glad to see these buildings being put to use. Sounds like it will be great for that strip, and downtown in general.
  9. I picked up the first edition of Carrboro's new newspaper the other day: The Carrboro Citizen. It had a pretty interesting article about upcoming changes to the requirements for open space in Downtown developments -- it sounds pretty similar to the fight Meeker's been having in Raleigh recently, but it sounds like the board is leaning towards making the right decision allowing other 'urban amenities' to be included in lieu of open space. Also, it mentioned a couple developments I hadn't heard about. The first was 'The Alberta," a 46,000 square foot mixed use development on the old Carrboro Farmers Market sight on Roberson. I think this is right behind the armadillo grill? This is one lot away from the Cat's Cradle Redevelopment. The other was a planned residential and commercial development at the old Andrew-Rigsbee Hardware Store on South Greenboro. This could be a great space -- It could feed off the success of the new Open Eye space one block north, and the very new restaurant, antique store, and gardening store right across the street. Combined, these two projects could start to extend DT Carrboro South a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing more plans for them.
  10. American Tobacco Historic District

    Man, I had never noticed that the University Ford lot was listed as phase four -- I'll be really excited to see what they have planned for it. What they've done with phase one is incredible, but I really hope they make these lots a little more outwardly oriented (or at least inwardly oriented to connected streets). Since they're staring from scratch, it could have a much more traditionally urban layout to it. Those are two huge blocks -- maybe they could reestablish some street connectivity through there? Think how great a retail area along Jackson could be -- with the old warehouses on one side and that street bend on the other, you could feel very enclosed in an urban environment. I think DT car lots may be one of the few things I hate more than DT surface parking lots. It will be great to see it go. Guess I'll have to wait a few years, though...
  11. Broadway developments

    orulz, you've just made my day. In my book, having even one older building in a block does wonders for making it seem more 'real'. Hopefully, all the surrounding development will encourage someone to renovate it soon. So do we know anything about the mysterious 4th building mentioned in the November article? If they own everything but the Broadway Market Building on this block, could it be going just south of it to fill out the whole block? With Broadway Market being saved, I guess you could call it 'aroundfill.'
  12. Broadway developments

    Looks like the next two buildings in this project are going up for approval today. Four stories each, they'll have a combined 44 residential units, 18,000 sq ft retail, and 15,000 sq ft office. The article also says the Pioneer building already began construction -- has anyone been in that neck of the woods recently? If so, that's awesome news, since they set spring of 2007 as a starting time. It would be nice to see something moving ahead of their announced schedule. This is very exciting. But I realized today this means they'll probably be tearing down my favorite building on this corridor -- you can see it in the background, across the street in the picture from this older article. The little two story building with a balcony over the store front? Achitecturally not all that exciting, but it just makes me feel like I'm in a neighborhood. You don't see too many balconies oriented to the sidewalk like that. Ah, well. I bet its in a dismal state of repair.
  13. Broadway developments

    I can't get that link to work, and the images aren't showing up. Is the problem on my end?
  14. Took some pictures today of Chapel Hill. The Franklin seems to be coming together nicely. I think they did an excellent job with design of this building -- its not that stimulating architecturally, but for its size it blends in nicely while still making everything feel much more urban. Here's the nearly completed Rosemary Village -- It looks like some people have already moved into the condos, though the retail spaces aren't finished yet. Though I don't like the architecture of the building, the retail portion's relationship to the sidewalk is almost perfect, in my book. Here's an apartment building that was completed last year. Small, effeciency apartments that are relatively affordable. I think I've mentioned them before: Its not flashy, but it added a lot to the block. The 10 story Greenbridge building will one day be the backround of the left portion of this photo: And this is where I think the shortbread lofts building is going to be (sorry for the bad angle): If its the lot I think it is, that means this great little building will have to go. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong -- this will be a loss to Rosemary, its one of few buildings from that time period on the strip:
  15. West

    A map of the site. This is exciting -- few things make me happier than seeing a surface parking lot bite the dust.