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  1. 34 minutes ago, dxartist said:

    While walking along East Blvd heading to South Blvd earlier today, I just happen to notice what appears to be a gazebo on top of this building.  This building sits near the corner right next to the Shell gas station. Admittedly, I've passed this building on the way home 100s of time and don't even bother to notice.  So I decide to use my less-than-amateur photography skills try to and take an "artistic" shot.


    It’s been there as long as I can remember, but I’ve never seen anyone out there.  What a waste.  Always curious what that was. 

  2. And Senator Garrett has a few thoughts about it (and confirms it).  I imagine after all this being broadcast, an official announcement will come as soon as they pass this.  Assuming they do.


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  3. 1 hour ago, RANYC said:

    Wonderfully stunning pictorial contexts, as usual @Mgelbach.

    But at the risk of taking heat from fellow posters, why do I see pics of the Line and recoil at the extraordinary prominence of the podium garage?

    I just see this design as such a huge missed opportunity for a stand-out streetscape experience in this part of South End.  I didn't even know what this term was prior to the latest draft of the UDO, but these large-scale South End buildings would serve the surrounding community well by incorporating more facade modulation at ground-level.  More facade modulation could better break up these big bulk buildings at least at ground level where you're trying to create as inviting a human-scale experience as possible.  

    Is it done?  I have such a hard time determining if things are still under construction or if that's what it is.  It doesn't look done, but who knows?  Seriously - who does know?  It almost has the air of an abandoned project.  

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  4. On 6/16/2022 at 7:03 PM, JeanClt said:

    Seems like relevant time to post this as I was going to before but didn’t. I found this article funny to read.


    That article.  Even the pic they chose for CLT.  Sure - one was named for the reigning queen at the time of its incorporation in 1774 in a county named in her honor from her native region 12 years prior.   And the other grasped onto the name because someone once wrote a 6 line poem with the word ‘queen’ in it like a hundred years later.  Mmmhmm.  Okay. 

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  5. 23 minutes ago, atlrvr said:

    To be clear, there is no official height restriction.  Zoning is UMUD-O, which allows unlimited height.  The HDC does have to grant approval, but there is nothing explicitly a height max.  They are supposed to consider context for height.  Vue was lobbied against by neighbors, but ultimately there were no existing buildings on the block besides the fire station for "context".

    There is nothing on the parking deck block besides the old BofA day care.

    I wouldn't think getting a highrise here be too problematic to get approved.

    That’s interesting to hear.  I’m sure not everyone loved the idea of the Vue - I mean, it is out of overall character for the neighborhood for sure - but I was at the Friends of Fourth Ward meeting where the building was pitched by the developers to the residents before it was approved and there was strong support for it then, at least with our group of folks.  It was far enough away feeling and there’s not a heck of a lot historic-feeling on those blocks (save the old fire station).  We were supportive of getting that many residents in our neighborhood to support the shops and restaurants, etc., that we were clamoring for.  And there was one very enthusiastic neighbor that loved the idea of the skyline being spread out along the Trade St axis.  He went on in great detail about it.

    But certainly there was probably pushback from some.  But lots of folks were for it too. 

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  6. 43 minutes ago, j-man said:

    This apartment, like so many in recent years seem to be in the wrong neighborhood. This looks more suited for South Park. Not terrible but not thrilling either.  

    That’s interesting to think about.   Prior to that big apartment complex across from Crate&Barrel being built, I think a lot of people would have said “that’s in the wrong neighborhood.  That is more suited to SouthEnd than SouthPark.”  All a matter of perspective, I guess.  :lol:

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  7. 1 hour ago, DMann said:

    Height restrictions over the Discovery Place deck.  That side of Church St falls in the Historic District of Fourth Ward.

    HDC made an exception for the Vue, which also falls inside the district, so it could be done. 

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  8. 1 hour ago, krazeeboi said:

    And don't think that Tepper won't play hardball with Charlotte either. What he's done in Rock Hill is probably a shot across the bow to let Charlotte/NC know that if he doesn't get what he wants, he'll leave them holding the bag as well. 


    I don’t disagree with his determination to want things done his way, but Charlotte has always been willing to play ball (pardon pun) to make things happen.  On the flip side, I think this very public mess will, if anything, make CLT build in all kinds of protective mechanisms into any agreement to be sure that the city/county are not left holding any bags if things go south.  Damn, another pun.  Not intended…

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  9. https://theathletic.com/3345348/2022/06/01/panthers-david-tepper-rock-hill-bankruptcy/?amp=1

    Welp, this looks to be the final nail in this coffin, unless someone with LLC bankruptcy expertise can come to another conclusion.  But the last part of this quote I can’t quite figure out:

    ”In a statement, GT Real Estate (GTRE) said it has received a commitment for $20 million in financing from DT Sports Holding, LLC, subject to court approval, which will allow the company to fund a process to address its legitimate creditor claims, as well as to preserve, protect and enhance the Rock Hill site for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

    What’s to preserve or enhance?

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  10. 46 minutes ago, CLT Development said:

    A day doesn't go by that I don't see an exotic car uptown. Its mind blowing, growing up in Myers Park, it was still rare to see an exotic more than a few times a year. Makes it less special tbh.

    Yep.  Growing up in the 80s, when I first became interested in cars, if you saw a Mercedes or BMW, you turned your head and watched till it was out of view.  Now they litter the streets!  It’s crazy how times change.  Anytime I’m driving, fully 30+% of the cars I see are M-Bs, BMWs, Audis, Porsches, Range Rovers, Lexuses, Teslas, Volvos.  Not to mention $60-80K+ pickup trucks and $100K Escalades.  They’re the Ford Tauruses and Chevy Cavaliers of our time.  It makes you wonder if, in 20 years, the streets will be filled with Phantoms and Lambos and Ferraris, silently skulking around Park Rd Shopping Center.  Where do we go from here…?

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