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  1. Contradictions... P A R K I N G "Designed for people"
  2. Seemingly some activity at 1601 S Blvd, a half-acre lot across 3 parcels and the current home of Sandwich Max and Beijing Chinese. The project is called South and E Park and is owned by Newton Properties. This property was not on my radar, anyone know of any plans here? Hoping for something significant https://aca-prod.accela.com/CHARLOTTE/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=LandDevelopment&TabName=LandDevelopment&capID1=22LDR&capID2=00000&capID3=00044&agencyCode=CHARLOTTE&IsToShowInspection=
  3. I was looking at the Ballantyne Reimagined site and noticed that Phase I renderings include two new surface parking lots, and a third large one at the grocery site. This is on top of the surface lots at the Aloft hotel, Ballantyne Resort, and The Lodge. As long as these remain undeveloped I would not expect this project to have the urban feel that developers are touting. I'm very grateful that 260 units of affordable housing (+lots more) are replacing a golf course, but I sense that this project is going to be a major letdown
  4. Yeah, ideally I'd like to see that off-ramp closed and developed, but I just have zero faith in NCDOT to do the right thing and go forward with it. I was thinking of something more like this: This isn't because I want to keep the exit, it's just realistically the only way College could be (mostly) pedestrianized within the next few years.
  5. I don't think anyone has posted this yet so I'll add here: 10-unit townhome project filed for rezoning at Seigle/Van Every on the old site of two single family homes https://charlottenc.gov/planning/Rezoning/RezoningPetitions/2021Petitions/Pages/2021-211.aspx
  6. Now that the slip lane from Tryon will be going away, the College St bridge should be pedestrianized. There are already 11 places for cars to cross the John Belk in/out of Uptown, so removing one low-traffic bridge wouldn't do much harm At least, since working with NCDOT to close the off-ramp onto the bridge is a non-starter, the left two lanes that originate at Morehead should be pedestrianized. There could be a 30-foot wide, lightly-landscaped promenade that could happen a lot faster and a lot cheaper than a new bridge. Plus, College is arguably a more useful ped connection (closer to Tryon) than a new crossing near the Blue Line, especially once the Riverside site+enterprise lot are completed The ROW is just sitting there! For the sake of climate-neutrality and walkability, let's make better use of it
  7. The red line will never be the most used rail line we have, as it would have 1 tph off-peak. Ridership estimates put it at 4-5k, and honestly I doubt whether it would reach these #s Also (unrelatedly), Ballantyne and north Meck should not be equated. Ballantyne, aside from being in Charlotte, is much more urban and connected to the city than anywhere north of city limits, even if it is 12 miles away And fwiw I really do think an additional sales tax for transit could pass without north Meck's support... just saying
  8. This project includes 10 townhomes and 12 units above 3k sf retail. Great project imo and we need a lot more like it
  9. Does anyone know how many parking spaces are going in at Bridgewood's senior living facility on Morehead? I haven't been able to find any info yet...
  10. Couldn't grab a pic, but I saw a survey crew out on the Art's BBQ/H&R Block site today around noon. Really curious about what's in store for this plot...
  11. Woahhh that parking # is wild! The parking ratio is really unlike most (all?) highrises u/c now. Quite pleased with this project
  12. As of October '21 (the most recent data I could find), Blue Line ridership is higher on Saturdays (11.8k/day) than on weekdays (10.6k/day). Sunday ridership is not much lower at 9.7k/day; traditionally transit ridership is significantly higher on weekdays. This is obviously a post-pandemic trend but it will be interesting to see how or if CATS restructures service patterns to accommodate this change. I'm also surprised to see Gold Line ridership above 1,000. Hard to believe there's any ridership at all with the service we're being provided. https://charlottenc.gov/cats/boards/MTC Agenda Package/MTC_Final_Agenda_Packet_for_Wednesday_November-17-2021.pdf
  13. https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2021/Bills/House/PDF/H165v7.pdf HB165, passed in November, amends a provision on bus lengths through the inclusion of articulated buses. Does this change the legal status of their use or mean anything of significance for BRT up I-77?
  14. "Are people in Charlotte really supposed to just rely on the 19 Mile blue line?" No, of course not. Most people don't live near the line, but most people live near a bus route. Buses carry the vast majority of transit riders in Charlotte and our spending should reflect that. Spending 60 years worth of CATS' operating budget on one very-low-ridership rail line will help very few of these people. Money is limited and it should be spent effectively (ridership/$ spent); investing in our existing network would solve a lot of the problems that cause people to avoid transit today... Transit's problems in Charlotte stem primarily from poor service and even worse land use. CATS can single handedly fix one of these problems. The Gold Line is a fantastic example of this because the old Gold Rush shuttle bus was a much better service with higher ridership than the Gold Line now. $200 million down the drain. With very few dollars spent, the Gold Rush could have been transformed into a world-class transit service. Instead we have an utterly useless rail line. As for popularity among the public, let me say that this is not the same city that elected Pat McCrory. Transit spending is relatively popular even among people who rarely or never take it.
  15. CATS has an operating budget of $189 million. Meanwhile, the transformational mobility network will invest over $13 *billion* in capital costs. Personally, I'd rather see the budget increased and forgo most TMN projects, at least until CATS gets their act together. With the cost of the TMN, their budget could be doubled for my entire lifetime. Let's improve our bus network, get frequencies/reliability up, increase ridership, and ameliorate rider experience. We've already invested billions in rail, only to make it so infrequent and unreliable it loses any value it could've had. The city should figure out how to get costs down on new capital projects, and then build them after they provide basic, quality services (especially on key corridors). A half-cent sales tax could go so much further (increase ridership/mile) on improving service and building some new, cheap bus infra than building an $8 billion rail line with <30k daily riders. The Gold line has really exemplified why CATS shouldn't be trusted with large sums of money to build new capital projects. All of this is just personal opinion, coming from someone who really wants Charlotte to become a transit-accessible city
  16. 3/1000 sf is significant and would allow for >1100 spaces. Parking maximums are typically used to actively discourage+decrease parking that would otherwise be built. Our parking maximums are high enough to where they don't make any difference whatsoever, and that needs to change
  17. How many thousands of parking spaces are we going to build in South End before we get more serious about TOD parking maximums (especially <1000 ft from the Blue Line)? All of this (free) structured parking seems incredibly short sighted. Abysmal value capture of existing transportation infrastructure is a serious problem
  18. I think the rezoning of the site indicates no retail, fully wrapped deck, 439 units. That number seemed kinda high for the site but we'll see...
  19. Don't quote me on this because it's been a while since I've heard anything about the site, but this is what I saw a few months back: 273k SF office, 250 apartments, 1100 space parking deck, two 275' towers.
  20. On the topic of parking, last I heard is that these two towers will have 1100 parking stalls... in the heart of the most walkable neighborhood in the state of North Carolina
  21. Plans call for a 68' 274-unit multifamily building with a parking garage and 1k SF of community non-profit space. I know there is also supposed to be a 20-unit townhome development across Baltimore Ave that got approved by city council a while back. Any progress on that?
  22. Harsh limits for development, but none whatsoever for parking. Major ouch, but very indicative of the city...
  23. Nest Homes is planning a 17-unit townhome development at 4934 Providence Rd directly across from JCC, replacing one house. I'd expect this project to get approval and start construction within a few months. It's a common (and valid) complaint that there aren't enough for-sale units in and around center city, but if you go just a few miles out they are popping up everywhere.
  24. Walked by a new townhome development along Marvin Rd near Old Ardrey Kell Rd. Rezoning was approved in May, demo started in October, and it looks like construction will be starting soon. The 42-unit project is replacing 6 single-family homes, and looks like it will be very upscale. Bonus pics of Ballantyne Reimagined and the new Novant Hospital at Johnston/Providence Rd W. Today.
  25. Rezoning is underway for 9726 Wade Ardrey Road just south of Ardrey Kell High School. 30-unit townhome development across eight buildings is to replace *one* single-family home. Steady densification keeps rolling along for this area...
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