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  1. Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts to have a superior sound system not found in any venue of its size in the United States
  2. Drone footage of the construction site
  3. After studying the foot print of the site, this Aloft Hotel could at least be 9 stories and can be as tall as 11 or 12 stories depending on the shape of the building foot print. I say this because the site is pretty compact and in addition a parking deck for the hotel must fit on this property. The Hyatt Place going up across the street will have 110 guest rooms and will be 6 stories. The Aloft will have 150 rooms. Consider that the Aloft in Greenville, SC has less rooms and is north of 10 stories. The height of the Aloft really will be determined by how much space the parking deck takes up and depending on whether or not this is mixed use development containing residential. DGI president stated "several residential towers" were being planned in the ballpark district and one of those high-rise apartment towers could stand next to an Aloft hotel which could potentially stand north of 10 stories with both towers overlooking the ballpark. I say this because everything Roy Carroll is doing downtown seems to be mixed-used and a stand alone Aloft hotel does not follow his downtown development patterns. Collectively all the development surrounding the ballpark will have a great impact with the Greenway at Fisher Park and the Greenway at Stadium Park apartments directly north of the ballpark, Carroll at Bellemeade luxury apartments retail and Hyatt Place hotel to the east of the ballpark and an Aloft with a potential mixed use component directly south of the ballpark.
  4. More details on parking decks. Also the article mentions that a Westin hotel is definatly coming downtown. A construction date will be announced in spring. Hopefully by then we will have some renderings. The city would not comment on where the two decks will be built but its pretty easy to narrow it down when you look at the larger tracts of land the city already owns. One would be on land next to the future performing arts center. One site I can think of is a parking lot next to the Carolina Theatre across from city hall. Another site could be a parking lot across the street from Natty Greene's between South Elm and Greene Streets. There are a few other sites but I doubt they would build decks on the other sites because they are too far away from business activity and hotels. But judging by the cost, these are going to be some nice looking parking decks and hopefully they will be lined with street level retail.
  5. it looks like downtown may get two parking decks with more than 2, 000 parking spaces. From I can read the city is working with two different developers so it looks like these decks are associated with some sort of large scale projects. Hopefully they will be designed to look less like parking decks and have street level retail incorporated into them. The decks themselves will likely be tall with that many spaces. I dont think the Bellemeade deck has 1, 000 spaces and its eight stories. Now Im really curious to see what developments are associated with these planned parking decks! What kind of developments would need that many parking spaces? The last time the city built large parking decks, three office towers popped up. DGI president Zack Matheny alluded to several residential towers being planned in a Triad Beat article. I don't know if these decks are associated with that or something else. This would probably not be Project 561 because Roy Carroll plans to build his tower on top of his own parking deck. Whatever these projects are , the proposals have not been publicly announced yet. I don't think this a deck associated with Union Square because its only planned to have 500 spaces at a cost of only $8 million. The two decks being planned top out at over $60 million which is a pretty big chunk of change for parking decks.
  6. Here is a break down of what is happening downtown. The article says there are "several planned residential towers downtown"
  7. Nostradamus was a profit who has been said to have made predictions about three "antichrists". He actually named all three of them with very similar spelling. the first of his predictions seem to match the rise of Napoleon and he named him "Pau Nay Loron". The second is the most chilling because he predicted the second antichrist would rise out of Germany and he called him "Hister" which is really close to the name Hitler. Other predictions speak of a man called "the trumpet" which obviously sounds like the name Trump. The predictions are chilling because they seem to fit Donald Trump and his foreign policies. Here are a few of the quatrains. Century I: 40 The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards. If Trump is the “false trumpet” then Nostradamus predicts the future U.S. president will go mad. Now, modern-day Byzantium is Eastern Europe, so the third and fourth line could mean that Trump attempts to intervene in the refugee situation near Greece, which in turn affects the Euro. Today Trump is already trying to stop refugees from entering the United States. Terrorist are hiding among refugees entering Europe through Greece or ancient Byzantium as mentioned in the quatrain. Trump may try to stop terrorism be trying to prevent refugees or terrorist from entering eastern Europe. Century I: 57 The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground. To put this quatrain into perspective, the “land of milk and honey” is often interpreted to be Israel. Some believe this quatrain may be referring to how a World War starts. Honestly at the rate Trump is going, I can see him sparking a world war. Needless to say, all of the Bible’s end times prophecies are centered on Israel and the rise of the Biblical Antichrist. The part that talks about an "agreement being broken" could refer to NAFTA. All of this sounds very interesting Consider this...the name "Donald" means "Great Chief" or “World Ruler” from a more religious perspective, some are also saying Trump is the "Anti-Christ", although almost every president or great leader has been called that. However the biblical description seems to fit Trump like a glove. Antichrist will have an immense ego: “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.” (Dan 11:36) “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Dan 8:25) Dan 8:25 basically says he will enrich himself through the policies he sets forth.
  8. Boxcar Barcade is open and that place is packed. Boxcar is the combination of an arcade and a bar which is very common to see in the downtowns in northeastern cities. With over 10,000 square feet, its larger than the Raleigh location, almost twice the size and is the largest barcade in the state. Initially they were going to open a Charlotte location after Raleigh but developer Andy Zimmerman talked them in to opening one in Greensboro first because the site suited them so well. It is located in the Old Greensborough warehouse district of downtown on Lewis Street across from Greensboro Distilling, Gibbs Hundred Brewery, a live music venue and HQ Greensboro. You'll find everything from classic arcade games, new arcade games, air hockey, bubble hockey, foosball, skee ball, pinball not to mention craft beer and mixed drinks. Totally new concept for downtown and certainly a great addition to the downtown nightlife. hours of operation: Mon-Wed: 4pm to 1 am Thurs-Fri: 4pm to 2am Sat: noon to 2am Sun: noon to 1 am website: video link a few pictures I took looking down Lewis Street other images outside front patio area
  9. aerial of downtown Greensboro with the Southside area of downtown in the foreground. Also aerial of the Sheraton Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, one of two 1,000 plus room hotels in the state. The other one being Harrahs Casino in Cherokee. The aerial reveals that downtown is much larger than people realize and parts of downtown are still missing from the aerials. Greensboro's compact skyline makes downtown appear much smaller than it really is when looking at ground level skyline photos. You can also see how dense downtown really is. Murrow Blvd, named after Greensboro native Edward R. Murrow (American broadcast journalist for CBS) was originally suppose to be a part of a freeway loop around downtown like in Charlotte. It was suppose to link to a freeway running parallel to Gate City Blvd all the way to coliseum. It was never completed and now part of Murrow Blvd will be a part of the downtown greenway.
  10. I honestly believe it doesn't bother the GOP at all. When jobs comes to our state, so do people and the majority of them coming are liberals from the northeast and Midwest. The bigger our cities grow, the more blue our state becomes in presidential elections and the GOP doesn't want to lose its grip on our state. This is why they don't care because HB2 affects the big cities in our state the most and they are full of democrats.
  11. Wow that's amazing. Kudos to Fayetteville
  12. It would certainly help. Unfortunately the HB2 law is going to keep all ACC tournament games out of the state until it is repealed. Now that the political climate has changed in favor of HB2 bill, it may be a long time because the new presidential administration is going to appoint judges that would likely block a repeal in court. The state General Assembly is going to have to have a change of heart before any ACC or NCAA games ever come back to North Carolina. This goes beyond sports. Roy Carroll has to fill his project 561 tower. If he does it, it will have to be with existing companies already located within the city or state. Companies are bypassing North Carolina left and right. Charlotte really lost some big company deals. From what I understand Mayor Nancy Vaughan said a fortune 500 company was considering relocating its headquarters to Greensboro but decided not to because of the HB2 law. It's been mentioned on other forums that it could have been Arch Capital which recently decided to move its headquarters to Greensboro. It will be the largest mortgage insurance company in the United States after the United Guaranty acquisition. However I'm not sure if its them because its currently not on the Fortune 500 list and there has been no media reports of them backing out. Also Arch Capital would have had to been aware of HB2 before they made the announcement of relocating to Greensboro. Apparently this was another company and its possible they were looking at Roy Carroll's project 561 tower. Seems like everytime Greensboro turn the corner and is on the brink of something big, politics get in the way or the economy begins to tank. I remember when Greensboro was about to get an 18 story federal courthouse, when the political winds changed, so did plans for the courthouse.
  13. Its going to be dense. It's about time some of these parking lots are being developed. There is probably a development opportunity on the parking lot diagonally across from the ballpark which is across the street from the Hyatt Place and the future Aloft hotel. They really do need to improve the streetscape in this area and really throughout downtown. That's one of the things I admire about cities like Greenville, SC. Their downtown is so lush an inviting. Carroll at Bellemeade is going to really look great from the ballpark and it's a little taller than the other newly constructed apartment complexes like CityView, Greenway at Fisher Park and Greenway at Stadium Park which tops out at 4 stories. This complex is 6 stories. Over the next several years, new apartment developments will likely get even taller. Developer Roy Carroll lives in the penthouse top floor of the Center Pointe tower, the highest residence in the city. From his home he can watch all of his downtown developments and properties.
  14. Its a low-rise office building