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  1. Hey congrats on the Planning Commissioner gig!
  2. To me, this building has the biggest impact from this view - heading N on Park at the intersection of Park and Fairview. I always loved the view from this light. I look forward to red lights here. I’m weird.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. HDC made an exception for the Vue, which also falls inside the district, so it could be done.
  7. That and that Ally Center is already being renovated and it’s not even done yet. Is it? I honestly have no idea. It seems that building has been under construction for 13 years.
  8. OG NSX at Lowe’s in SouthEnd.
  9. ^^I feel like I’ve presented in front of you at the Government Center…
  10. Looks like they’re peeling off the NASCAR signs from the building this morning.
  11. Maybe they’ll go to Richmond.
  12. 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…
  13. Interesting. I get the need to remodel to some degree if DG vacates and they subdivide that space, but they just renovated this center a few years ago. Surprised to see a do-over again so soon.
  14. 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?
  15. Watching them install these final panes is so satisfying.
  16. 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…?
  17. Was that at your house?? Thanks for the invite. Or maybe you were performing…
  18. I hate I missed it. I planned to attend but then... work. Sad. Hopefully next time.
  19. I’m not sure if this is the best place to put this, but a friend of mine who works in the home furnishings business here in town told me today that Serena & Lily is going to open a store somewhere in South End. For those not familiar, it’s a high end home furnishings/decor/design store. They only have a handful of actual stores, mostly concentrated in the NE and West Coast. ATL is the closest one for now. They have a decidedly Hamptons aesthetic. A nice feather in our cap, if true, because they tend to be very choosey with brick and mortar locations.
  20. Is that odd since Hermes briefly had a store in the Neiman wing at SP about 7-8 years ago? It didn’t last too long.
  21. I hear you, but if the past several weeks is any guide, this story is going to develop with information coming forth in drips, and likely due to investigative journalism like today's Biz Journal's article. It's going to be difficult for people to remain unswayed by what they read layer by layer slowly over time and to not talk about it. Heck, we may never get the full story. As for RH saying they were told not to issue the bonds but they were "Sooo" close to doing just that - welp, there wasn't anything released by RH to the Biz Journal to support that that was the case. And if that's their main argument, wouldn't you think they'd include proof of the Panthers telling them to not issue any bonds to actually back up what they've been telling the public? I have no inside info at all, but I did watch a lot of Scooby Doo as a kid. And what I can't figure out is how RH missed a bond issuance deadline not once but twice but is now playing dumb. See this article about this very subject from almost a year ago: https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/panthers-ask-york-county-help-after-rock-hill-fails-secure-infrastructure-funding/SO3DKXUX65FRVO5AFFQE33EJ3A/ And how does this recent statement from RH's mayor about them worrying about falling on hard times because of "changed circumstances" square with this "we're rich!" quote from Gov. McMaster a month later? I get that state and local obligations were separate, but hell - RH benefits from the Charlotte Engine, which the rest of the SC doesn't even get. Wouldn't it be fair to assume RH is part of this "strongest condition ever" of SC?? RH Mayor John Gettys quoted on 15Mar22: The mayor added that changed circumstances since the deal with the Panthers was reached “necessitate us going back to the table and working on an agreement because times have changed.” SC Gov. McMaster quoted on 19Apr22: “In 2021, we broke a decade’s worth of records for job recruitment, investment, and expansion, announcing 18,000 new jobs and $5.6 billion in capital investment,” he added. “And our state government’s finances are in the strongest condition ever, with the largest budget surpluses, the largest rainy-day reserves, and the lowest debt in our history. South Carolina is winning, and we intend to keep winning. The best is yet to come!” Yet another example of the contradictory statements coming out of SC. And also notice whenever some SC official speaks, they use metaphors and catch phrases and redirection when speaking about this, instead of answering simple questions with actual facts? "No one can say that we didn't do our absolute and professional best." "Facts are stubborn things" (with no follow up about said "facts"). "David Tepper came to Rock Hill promising us Jerry Jones and ever since then he’s given us Dan Snyder.” "David Tepper is an arrogant narcissist." Really? What does any of that mean? You know what each of those comments sails right past? Proof. Facts. Answers. Evidence to back up what you're saying. But that's just the thing - they aren't actually saying anything. And that tells me a lot. Yes, we'll likely know the whole story or most of it after some time, but if the Panthers did tell them to not bother issuing bonds, that's likely because they were already 18 months late in doing just that and had missed two deadlines, and now RH is trying to grasp onto that as some sort of lifeline excuse. I think IF the Panthers told them not to bother, and I'm not entirely convinced of that, but if so, it was likely because they had already decided by that point (again, 18mo later while the Panthers were busy racking up hundreds of millions in construction costs) to pause this and pursue litigation to try to recoup some of the $170+MM they'd sunk into this thing while RH has spent the past year and a half napping or whatever else they were doing besides holding up their end. And I also think that's why the Panthers have been super tight-lipped about this. KJ, I know you don't want to pre-judge, and I get that, but I think this is currently the most fascinating subject here right now. This is like the PTL of our time. Well, I was around for that one too, so maybe the PTL of THIS time... Anyway, that's what I think happened. If I'm wrong, I won't run naked down Tryon St., and you can all thank me for that now.
  22. Bentley's on 27 used to be on top of the DV building. Not sure if they were something else before it was Bentley's...
  23. Article in Biz Journal today about their FOIA request for City of Rock Hill docs to support their public statements about issuing bonds or even being “within days” of issuing them. Not a single doc/communication related to their debt obligation from 1Jan-8Mar. RH tells BJ that their doc release is “complete”. Hmmm… >>”The city responded with a document that included pages of exchanges related to the construction of the project — standard building permit and inspection process emails. That dispute over $225 million in infrastructure funding that had been boiling for almost a year? The one that led Tepper to call a halt to the entire project after spending more than $170 million? Nothing. It's not clear yet if the city is claiming exemptions for the internal communications related to the project or that they simply don't exist. But the city's public records response did not include a single email about the project or its financing between Rock Hill administrators or elected officials and Tepper Sports from Jan. 1, 2021, to March 8 of this year.” https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2022/04/22/rock-hill-panthers-financing-dispute.html
  24. Totally agree. The Panthers have at least been consistent in their refusal to comment until today's statement. It's been a whirlwind of excuses from Rock Hill or others speaking on their behalf for the past 5 weeks. I'm paraphrasing here, but first it was "We met our obligations" then it was "We never issued the bonds" then it was "Circumstances changed since we signed that contract so we're not going to honor our end now" then it was "They never got us the details we needed to issue the bonds" then it was "We were THIS close to issuing bonds" (not sure how those last two can coexist) then it was "How about the Panthers pay for it all and we can reimburse you over four decades instead" . This seems like mom walking into the living room and seeing a broken lamp and a group of kids stammering and stuttering and pointing fingers. Like amateur hour. Also, does it seem strange to anyone else that this entire development plan was complete enough to satisfy both state and local lawmakers to the tune of pitching in hundreds of millions of tax dollars, get through permitting and get halfway through construction but they didn't have enough detail for investors to underwrite... roads and water pipes? That seems super odd to me. But, I'm not in an SC planning department nor was I present during any contract negotiations nor involved in due diligence anywhere. Just a layman's view. I know lots of people don't like David Tepper for a variety of reasons, but this hasn't been a good look for Rock Hill/SC since everyone and their brother started shooting their mouths off in the press, almost immediately. It just seemed really unprofessional. I'm surprised to see the amount of blame folks in the press and online are putting on Tepper for this. I know lots of folks have different opinions and I'm not tryna be in a fight here, it's just my take on it. At least till more details come out.
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