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  1. In a perfect society no one should be taxed for something non-essential for which they do not believe in--e.g. swim centers and coliseums. Ideally citizens who support these endeavors would petition among themselves to pay for it and those who don't won't be burdened against their will for a non-essential item. However, nothing in our society is ideal so we all get to be angry and bitter at times.

  2. I am for the swim center just as I have always been for the coliseum however the methods which were used to get this swim center were not clear and honest. Attaching it to the parks and rec bond was sketchy but then when you find out the true cost to be 6 million higher than the voted bond people have a right to be angry. This was a slick political maneuver to get it built. 'Let's slide it in a P&R bond at $10 million to give it the best chance to pass then we'll pick up the rest of the tab outside voter approval. From my seat that is how it went down.

    On a personal level I am excited about it. These are the types of venues which help to make a city prosperous, attractive to companies and people, and hence possible job growth. I know conservatives will argue that low taxes is what is attractive to companies, but if that were exclusively the case you wouldn't have companies relocating and expanding in places like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Atlanta. Instead you would see them opening up shop in towns like Pleasant Garden which epitomize conservative principles.

    Again I am for it but those against it have a very good case for argument.

  3. Thanks for the photo updates of Elm.

    Regarding the South Elm St. Redevelopment website: 'That is what I am talking about.' How would that hotel fit into this plan? I liked the hotel idea but it would have had to have been rendered much differently to fit in with the way the neighborhood is being drawn.

  4. The Biz Journal reports that Momentum Development Partners, a Raleigh investment group, is planning to invest $6.5 million to renovate two buildings at S. Elm and Lewis Streets. The buildings are already under contract and the group hopes to recruit "well known destination restaurants" for the buildings by the third or fourth quarter of 2010. Office space will be on the second floors. They're also planning to to build a 150 spot surface parking lot on land on Barnhardt Street, adjacent to Sidetrax.

    Normally I would be opposed to a surface parking lot, but I think more parking is needed in this area of S. Elm. All of the city's parking decks are located on the other side of the tracks, and street parking is quite hard to come by.

    I wonder if the group's decision to do this now was in anyway influenced by the fact that the city will soon be redevelopment the S. Elm and Lee land not too far away?

    Information about the group, their marketing package for these buildings, and photos can be found here.

    Sounds good. Thanks for posting.

    I am not against a surface lot so long as it is on a side or back street.

  5. Glad to hear this. I was concerned that the hotel was going to be a block killer and not at all in keeping with the proposed plans for that area. I also question the feasibility of a hotel at that location. Perhaps after that side of Lee has been redeveloped then it could be attractive for travelers. But as of now I don't see many travelers wanting to stay on that side of the tracks.

  6. Thanks for posting the drawings for the swim center and ACC HOC. I think the ACC HOC will work well at the coliseum. Based on the drawings it looks they are going to change that side of the special events building to house it. Even though it will be part of the SE building, having its own entrance and facade will make it separate from the rest of the coliseum. To me this is a very practical way of getting the museum built and still look nice.

  7. I wouldn't mind seeing a new deck at the corner of Lee and S. Elm. That portion of S. Elm has become increasingly congested with new shops and eateries and parking is basically non existent.

    Also, I think a deck at that location might help to entice better development of the adjoining land that the city is currently performing remediation on and will soon put out for RFPs.

    I agree.

  8. In my opinion commuter trains don't make much since in most parts of the country. Buses may not be sexy but they are much, much cheaper and give you the flexibility to change routes, and bring the vehicles closer to where people live and work.

    I agree we need to invest in our bus systems to make them more convenient.

  9. The company requesting the incentives is Ameritox, a company that specializes in pain-management testing. They've requested $277,500 over three years, which sounds like a steal to me, considering the county would get 228 jobs, all of which would earn at least $44,000 annually. The company would also invest $26 million in equipment and new construction.

    I imagine the county commissioners will approve this in a heart beat. Read about it here.

    TurboCare, Inc. in Forsyth County also announced today that it would spend $30 million to expand its Rural Hall facility and will create 110 new jobs with an average wage of $45,855 per year. Read about it here.

    Both of these are great announcements for the Triad economy.

    Here's hoping that the Guilford commissioners swiftly approve the incentives for Ameritox. And hopefully we'll hear more good economic news in the coming weeks and months!

    Some good news!! Thanks for the update.

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