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  1. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    Fine. No worries.
  2. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    Message deleted. I am not interested in engaging in private conversations; everything we say should be appropriate for public viewing. EDITED TO ADD: My view is that if you're not comfortable having what you say or do published on the front page of the New York Times, don't say or do it.
  3. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    No- I only post in public.
  4. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    No, I never stated anything like what you post--to the contrary, I've expressly stated that Phil Hughes is excellent. See above. What I've stated is that in the aggregate, there is an excess of supply. That's not critical of anyone in the business (which may include me); even people in the business make that statement.
  5. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    I think that all of us own property, and spend extensive time, in Greenville and also spend extensive time studying its real estate markets. Many of us also work in the field of commercial real estate. I'm not clear on why, for example, working as a Walmart greeter, or the like, and seeing people that way gives someone enhanced real estate expertise. If someone does have enhanced real estate expertise due to, for example, working as a Walmart greeter, I would encourage the person to become a consultant on the side and sell his or her real estate expertise to real estate firms, as if that expertise has value, then there is a market for it.
  6. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    Until the post quoted above, we were all trying to be respectful of each other. Unfortunate to hear, “I know better than you because of X, Y and Z.” I’ll save this thread and we can compare notes in 5-10 years about how the numerous hotels and office buildings are doing.
  7. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    One more thing: The law of supply and demand for real estate, and the effects of demographics on real estate demand, also apply in Greenville. Greenville already has an oversupply of office real estate, and it has pretty crummy income/education level demographics particularly to the west of downtown. I'm surprised, given the crummy demographics west of downtown, that downtown has become so nice and with such nice stores. At some point, though, reality is going to set in and with significant continued construction, we're going to have empty buildings in downtown and/or the suburbs. I expect a hotel bust (or mini-bust) downtown and there could also be an office bust. The same rules of real estate that led to 3 of Greenville's 4 malls closing also apply to other sectors, like office and hotel space.
  8. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    I have heard only rave reviews of Phil Hughes from people who know him, and I am very grateful to him for all of the great things he's done for downtown.
  9. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    My family owns about 100 acres of vacant land in that area. We sit on it because we don't want it turned into suburban sprawl. I believe that if land is used for farming (which is what ours is used for), the taxes might be lower, which reduces the financial burden.
  10. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    Yes, based on the post immediately below yours (the picture of the nice green field). I'd much prefer that to a new suburban sprawl. I appreciate that Greenville needs to go to the "next level", which is a frequently-expressed desire by many posters, but cities that are on the "next level" often have extensive green space and sustainable development. Concentrating development downtown, and protecting green space, is, in my view, a better method of development than suburban sprawl.
  11. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    OK, fair enough. We all want the best for Greenville. I just don't care for suburban sprawl and wouldn't want to work in an office park, and I just like downtowns. To each his own.
  12. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    It's the last thing we need. What do you call a city consisting of slews of low-density office parks, shopping centers, etc. strung along highways? Atlanta. Or Dallas. Or Houston. Adding a million square feet of mixed-use space to downtown Greenville: now that would be great.
  13. BridgeWay Station mixed use development-Mauldin, SC

    A low-density office park + ancillary uses next to a highway is the last thing we need.
  14. Charlotte Gateway Station and Railroad Improvements

    I was a member at First Presbyterian, and an elected official in the congregation. There were plenty of "big shots" back then (people high up at BofA, and others), but I must not have been there when those three were there, as I never heard of them being there and never met them there. It's been a while since I've been there, and I can't speak for the church now, but I stand by what I said. People at church back in my day there were glad to see uptown growing, but it's not going to just give up a lot to a developer if it doesn't need the funds (it doesn't) and if it is concerned about its own capacity (which it was), which is the approach that any organization in its shoes would take. Like every Presbyterian church, First Presbyterian probably has a long-term plan for the congregation, carefully vetted by at least one committee, and that long-term plan probably addresses what the church expects for the site.
  15. Charlotte Gateway Station and Railroad Improvements

    I don't think so. It's not an impoverished, dying church that needs to sell assets to raise funds. It's a stable, affluent church in a tight space. The church I grew up in (in another city, but like First Presbyterian) suddenly exploded in size and had to build a new sanctuary, and a church I'm a member of now (also in an urban area) also suddenly exploded in size. The same could happen to First Pres and it's probably wanting to hold onto the property in case of something like that. The PCUSA.org website shows First Pres membership as growing somewhat. Hopefully a better use (for Christian purposes) could be found, instead of parking. Maybe another urban ministry center?