Pretty cool projects planned for Downtown.
VISION 2030 - presented by the City of Greensboro and Downtown Greensboro Inc.
- A large public market at the depot
- forget trolleys which were the big thing in the 1990s.....self driving shuttles for alternative downtown public transportation is the new 21st century option. The self driving vehicles routes will also connect downtown with the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and Koury Convention Center. There will be designated autonomous shuttle lanes downtown which will be a part of the downtown screetscape plan that will widen sidewalks and add landscaped plazas on wide one way streets that are currently not as pedestrian friendly.
- shipping containers built into retail spaces at the depot which we are starting to see in some of the larger cities. They are funky cool and very urban. I can also see developer Marty Kotis doing this on the property he owns on the southern end of downtown.
- mixed-use development
- downtown gateways
- Battleground Entertainment District
- 3,000 to 5,000 seat downtown arena.
Here is a link to to 2030 vision plan
Some Charette renderings which show development around the depot which include a public market, shipping container retail, midrise development.
Container hub and mixed-use option at the corner of Davie and Washington Street at the depot. The container hub would be fitting for its location at the train station/bus depot.
Large public market for vendors.
Downtown gateways at South End/ LoDo
Battleground Entertainment District near the ballpark which will include entertainment venues, live music venues, small theater venues, restaurants, bars and retail. This will become downtown Greensboro's second entertainment district and will anchor the North End of downtown like the South End entertainment district. The section of Battleground Ave shown in the rendering below would be shut down on weekends to activate festival street activities.
Multi- purpose Downtown arena (3,000 - 5,000 seats) . Every decade we see a major venue being proposed for downtown. In the early 2000s it was the ballpark. In the 2010s it was the performing arts center. In this decade a small arena is being proposed. Because we have the 23,000 seat Greensboro Coliseum, it doesn't make sense to build a larger arena downtown but there is a niche for a small arena. Let's bring minor league hockey back to the city and maybe arena football and they can play in a downtown arena that is being implemented in the vision plan. The arena would also be used for concerts, conferences and local school/college events. The only site ripe for such an arena is the News and Record site. There is enough land for a small arena, small convention center and some residential and office. This may be why the city is building a new parking deck along Davie Street to prepare for such development. The arena and convention center needs to be in one building. Another thing I like about this proposal is that we are doing something Durham has not done yet lol.
I can see all of these projects being implemented. The plan reminds me of the downtown plan presented by Action Greensboro in 1999. Just about everything in that plan has been built even though it seemed lofty at the time.
The arena will become an anchor venue like the ballpark and the performing arts center. While the News and Record site would likely be the preferred site for an arena, technically it could be built on the opposite corner of the ballpark east of Carroll South of the Ballpark/AC Hotel and South of Carroll at Bellemeade/Hyatt Place. But owners of the property would have to be willing to sell. Currently the site consists of law offices and a parking lot. But there are less road blocks with the News and Record site. Plus it would be part of a larger development complex which would include the Westin Hotel across the street and a potential adjoining convention center to an arena. This would be huge for downtown and would attract more out of town visitors to the city center which would lead to further hotel development. If an arena is built, it needs to be something architecturally significant and ultra modern. Enough with the so so average architecture. While the Steven Tanger Center is great, there were missed opportunities to build a PAC that could architecturally make Greensboro stand out. Most of the money was spent on the inside and it shows