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  1. J-Rob

    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    ^Here is a pic of that demo. I am sure hopeful this means something interesting is on the way. This demo is across the street from the newly approved NAI Southern 20 story tower, so whoever owns this parcel has a chance to really do something special. It doesn't have to be a midrise or highrise as long as it nicely compliments the new tower and makes the proximity of the Gold Line interesting.
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    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    ^I see your point, but would make two counter-arguments: 1. The developer stated they need the rezoning to market to high-profile tenants that will want a view of the skyline. I take from that there will also be high salaries involved, which leads me to think well paid millenials that want to live in Uptown can hop on the street car and ride down Trade/Elizabeth to this property. 2. While neat, we all know the current trolley cars are unreliable and slow. By the time this development is complete, the streetcar route will be extended and new state-of-the-art streetcars will be utilized. Add to that the fact that we have heard speculation that Trade will become the next hotspot route for development, particularly as Gateway Stations starts being developed, and that will lead to even more residential properties along the Gold Line. For instance, Northwood Ravin is developing 500 apartments where the Polk building currently is, which will be less than a 15 minute ride to the NAI development. In summary, I can see where you are coming from today, but much should change along the Gold Line in the two years it will take to finish the NAI development. Obviously the developer sees the Gold Line potential or they wouldn't be marketing their proximity to it.
  3. I am not entirely sure how to count the floors below the first level of glass, but using the parking deck as a general guide, it seems to me that we have reached the height with no setback that would indicate this is 35 floors instead of 33 floors. Anybody else have insight into or thoughts related to this? From webcam:
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    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    ^^ I just emailed them for a second time, and this is what I said. I was in a rush though, so it probably could have been polished and refined more... "I would like to take a second to share my support for the proposed NAI Midtown Tower. The city spent millions upon millions of dollars on the streetcar, which has created little-to-no development along it's path. This project is within 500 ft of the streetcar, which means it is one of the only developments to offer a true ROI on the streetcar. While the streetcar's intended development is different from the light rail, the national environment is going to make it harder and harder for Charlotte to fund additional light-rail legs. With this in mind, the city must utilize the streetcar as a means to easing traffic and creating community. This project meets both of these goals in that it has office, hotel, and retail components within 500 feet of existing transit. Additionally, this track of land is a perfect spot for density because it doesn't truly butt up against any neighborhoods. It is is no man's land between 3rd and 4th street. I 100% support this project, and furthermore think the city would be wasting it's streetcar investment not to support this project. Where else should this high growth city put it's density if not along pre-built transit? Thank you for your consideration"
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    SouthPark neighborhood Projects

    Saw this sign today. Looks like rendering changed. To my eye, it looks shorter, with cheaper materials than originally planned. Note: the "open during construction" is related to existing Marriott hotel next to construction site.
  6. The main part of the Squire remodel is looking so improved from what it previously looked like. As you can see, they took the rest of the building down to the studs. For reference, this is on Pecan, between Plaza Midwood and Elizabeth.
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    Across 485 from the heart of Ballantyne, Trinity Capital is about to start on a new speculative building in the Toringdon Office Park. While there is some risk involved, I find speculative offices particularly exciting for Charlotte because they sometimes land HQ relocations when companies are looking for large amounts of contiguous space. https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/06/12/charlotte-developer-going-speculative-on-office.html
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    Several from today... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    This is a random question, but does anyone know what building PNC operates out of locally? Is it Uptown? I know they have a presence, and I was thinking about the various bank towers (BOAT, Ally, First National Bank). I am wondering if PNC might be big enough to eventually need their own tower Uptown. Unrelated, but I still trying to figure out who might be an anchor for the NAI Midtown building. Thanks!
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Not sure where to put this, but did everyone else hear about the downed line saga in SouthEnd this morning? I am sure some of you experienced the downed line blocking South Blvd. Apparently the first responders initially called Duke. They came out and said the line wasn't theirs. Spectrum was called next... not their lines either.... Apparently it wasn't until the fourth or fifth company was called that someone claimed the lines. And is that really their process? They call one company at a time until someone claims the lines? As oft discussed on UP, there are so many lines everywhere! The web that covers Charlotte! As I was getting to work I think I heard the lines belonged to Verizon.
  11. From Midtown... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    SouthPark neighborhood Projects

    A couple of pics from my lunchtime walk: 1) Construction progress on what I believe is the AC Hotel announced 2 years ago or so. 2) Rendering/Reminder of what the AC Hotel was supposed to look like when announced 3) Construction progress on Richardson's new office. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/development/article91765732.html
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Anybody know what’s up with the property at Lexington and South? The green sign I only partially caught in picture says something about it being a short term lease opportunity. Sorry if I am missing the connection to something previously discussed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    Who do you think is funding this attraction you keep referencing?
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    Charlotte Tech News

    ^^Call me cynical or bitter, but I have trouble celebrating Raleigh's win if Charlotte was in contention. In fact, the cynic in me wonders if this will lead to more state transportation dollars being diverted away from Charlotte, despite Charlotte's out-sized contributions to state revenue/GDP, etc. I just use state transportation dollars as an example. Charlotte isn't generally the state's first priority from what I can tell.