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  1. I know that's the perception as to why the Sav-a-lot closed, though I think it's inaccurate. I get the crime reports every month for that area, and the crime rate is actually pretty low.
  2. I think there will be a bit of a marketing challenge for Piggly Wiggly here- to get folks in these new downtown apartments and such that are a mile or so from South Church Plaza to think of this store as downtown, and to realize that it's closer than going to the Eastside or Westside, or Pinewood. I suspect most people are creatures of habit when it comes to their grocery shopping. I definitely want Piggly Wiggly to work - it's close to me and my plan is for it to become my primary grocery.
  3. I just looked back at one of the charts I got handed a few weeks back, and in the long-range funding spreadsheet, I see funds allocated in Fiscal Year 2027 for widening I-26 from US 176 (exit 15) to SC 296 (exit 22). So it's at least on the list.
  4. I'm on SPATS policy for (probably) the next couple of years, so as I get documents produced for that transportation-related committee, I'll try to share some of them. One of my friends in the transportation world speculated that there ought to be some interesting action coming in transportation infrastructure over the next few years. I did learn - and I may be late to the party here - that the I-85/US 290 intersection is going to be rebuilt as a diverging diamond intersection over the next few years - and will be the second one in the state.
  5. The city gets a portion of it, and every year, Council, as part of its budget, approves a list of city streets to be paved. They approved the list on May 24 and the bid in June. Attaching the list. I would like to see the paper look back at what the county spent over the last 15 years of those funds - to prove that they went where they were supposed to go. But I don't really expect the paper has the staff to do that kind of research. But, it went to county roads. Not the major roads that everybody thinks about - like 29 or 221 or 176 - or 9 or 56... SCDOT maintains those. So I ge
  6. It always amuses me when I find out what's going to be on the upcoming Planning Commission agenda here before I ever get the meeting packet! This looks interesting for sure.
  7. I did not say that people on this forum should not talk about demographics, and in fact I said that I was sure that OneSpartanburg Inc. would have fairly detailed economic data about the 2-3 mile area around the proposed site. I did say that I kind of wish folks wouldn't say things like this about demographics. I meant the implication that this part of town is essentially poor. I think it's an inaccurate assessment. In a town like Spartanburg, we have poor people in pretty much all parts of town, and middle income people in most parts of town. That's all I meant.
  8. I kind of wish folks wouldn't say things like this about demographics. Think about it, South Church Plaza backs up on Hampton Heights, will be a stone's throw from the new Mary H. Wright apartments, and you're less than a mile from downtown with a lot of existing and coming-online apartments. This store will be closer - and likely easier to get to - than the existing eastside or westside grocery stores - or even than the Ingles on South Pine. The entity formerly known as the Chamber has a lot of data about incomes within a 2-3 mile radius of the site that I figure it has shared with the cit
  9. An interesting video on pedestrian malls from the City Beautiful Youtube channel. Spartanburg makes an appearance.
  10. Well, he didn't last too long!
  11. It was approved, and goes to City Council in February.
  12. That is really interesting. Some of that land is not in the city, by the way. Almost everything north of Spartan Blvd is actually not in the city - I think one of the restaurants is. Will be interested to see what the property owner might be interested in doing or how a redevelopment of the site might proceed. The city doesn't really have much power here. I'd like to see some uses beyond shopping for the site myself - either a place for some offices, or offices that have some higher foot traffic. Or even some apartments - maybe a mid-rise building on the site.
  13. There's really no design to speak of - I think the layout that was presented was largely conceptual. Don't think most of these folks put that much into their plans until they see if the city will let them do what they propose at the basic level. While I don't think the site plan will have to come back before the Planning Commission for approval, it will have to go through the whole city site review process - stormwater, streets, planning, etc. Here is the zoning map - it looks to me like the property does actually touch Drayton Road. I figure they will have to have a secondary exit -
  14. From one of the maps, it does look like this gets us to Drayton Road and thus to contiguity with the Drayton Lofts project - I definitely want to get that into the city when we can. This is a large parcel - I think just over 25 acres - so it'll be a nice addition to the city.
  15. The only thing I can think of is that before the city connected several streets to make Daniel Morgan Avenue, that section of Daniel Morgan was called Charles Street. However, I really wonder if the developer is quite that good at their research.
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