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  1. Spartan

    Panthers New Team HQ and Facility

    So SC going to bat to get the Panthers in the first place wasn't enough? It seems like if all of this is true, York County and SC would have to find the funding for all of it. The question needs to be why does the City of Charlotte have to pay for those things? I do not think that this facility will be a huge economic generator and more that the current practice fields are. I'd rather it be out in the middle of nowhere than in town taking up real estate that could be used for something more productive. The practice fields would make a nice park...
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    Panthers New Team HQ and Facility

    It would only happen if York County and/or SC ponies up the funds to do it and pay for the service. It's not impossible, but I agree that it's highly unlikely to happen. I wholeheartedly disagree, as does the entire state of South Carolina. But hey, I do like the sound of the "South Carolina Panthers" !! Wofford's facilities are just used as a training camp in the summer. The HQ operations has been at BofA Stadium since it opened... seems like moving to Ft Mill would be inconvenient for that purpose...
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    Renaissance Park Projects & Developments

    I agree with all of that. The added density will be great though. I think all of the area in and around downtown that isn't single family houses should be townhomes and low to midrise apartments.
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    United Community Plaza (S Pine & E Main Mixed Use)

    Awesome, great pics as usual! Thanks for the update
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    Polk State building at 500 West Trade

    Hahaha, ok. Well, that wouldn't be enough savings to fund the expense of tearing it down for many years.
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    Polk State building at 500 West Trade

    Meh. Who cares. This is Charlotte. I hope they at least do a cool implosion. My guess is having a vacant building costs more in taxes than a vacant parcel, so it's worth the energy to tear it down only if you're planning to build soon OR if you're going to sit on it a while.
  7. It's not a cap. North Carolina is a Dillons Rule state, which means that local government can't do anything outside of it's authorized purview. So, local option sales taxes require enabling legislation to allow a referendum on the sales tax, and we currently lack that enabling legislation for a new tax. The highly gerrymandered house and senate districts in this state produce a general assembly that is not favorable to any new taxes, even when they are supported by their communities. It's also the same party control that disallowed state funds to be allocated to anything other than travel lanes for cars (bike facilities, sidewalks, railroads, etc), and limited state participation in light rail projects to a 10% match. So, it's not to say that the North Carolina General Assembly can't participate in this process, it's just that the scenarios where that happens are highly unlikely. On top of all that, if I were to bet on it, the minority party is putting more political capital into righting the wrongs of the current system to create a legislature that accurately represents the state, rather than funding for Charlotte's transit system. Just guessing though. I honestly don't know how they are going to fund it without a sales tax increase... but even then, a half-cent sales tax won't be enough and even if that is approved, there are other types of infrastructure that could use sustained revenue that affect more people. Bonds probably need to be part of the bigger picture, but keeping in mind that it would mean a property tax increase or two at the County level in order to make a meaningful impact . The County funds schools, parks, health services, social services, etc. so it would be competing with those interests as well. My guess is that it would need to come from a combination of sales taxes, property taxes, tax increment financing, federal funds, state funds, and perhaps other local revenue of some sort. They'll probably have a better sense of what the ask is after the 2030 System Plan is done and they do some cost estimates.
  8. Spartan

    Sparkle City Eateries

    I'm willing to bet that someone at the HJ confused Buffalo Wild Wings with Wild Wing Cafe. That happens quite a bit in markets with both chains.
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    Reidville Town Center

    It's also that growth is inevitable in that part of the County. You can try to ignore it, but eventually it will come, and it's better for everyone if it's high quality development and not the same junk that you see everywhere else.
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    Cambria Hotel (Old HBJ Lot)

    I think the DRB does a really great job of getting a good end product. Orange is a harsh color, and there's a reason you don't see much of it except on small buildings on large highways where its designed to get the attention of drivers going 50-60mph.
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    Spartanburg Off-Topic

    interesting. Why would it be on East Main approaching N Pine. Shouldn't it be before St John? Also, St John is already a "bypass." Is there a move to use DMA instead of St John, or restrict trucks or something?
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    Downtown Projects & Developments

    That's a nice looking building! Their other building isn't bad either...
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    Reidville Town Center

    I thought this was worthy of it's own topic. I think this type of thing would be great for a place like Reidville.
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    Ascent Uptown - 33 stories (3rd and Poplar)

    How long will it take for those vines to grow out? Could they not plant some kudzu or something to make it happen faster?
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    Bearden Park in Third Ward, Uptown Charlotte

    4th Ward park has tons of dogs every day, and no problems. Is it just small and/or newly planted trees that have this issue?