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  1. On December 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM, vicupstate said:

    High Cotton is being closing Jan 4 and reopening Jan. 22 as Halls Chophouse on Jan. 22

    Interesting move, but one I feel is needed. I always enjoyed High Cotton in the past, both in Charleston and Greenville, but last time I ate at High Cotton in Greenville (about 1 year ago) I was disappointed. The food and service weren't as good as they once were. I have been to Halls Chophouse in Charleston and consider it the best restaurant in Charleston. It is definitely a step up in terms of quality compared to High Cotton, and the location and interior at RiverPlace will be perfect for Halls. This is definitely a net win.

  2. Architect Michael Lentz, with Wakefield Beasley and Associates Architects in Alpharetta, Ga., said work on a new four-story, 28,000-square-foot office building for the Greenville News will begin in December, at the corner of Falls Street and East Broad Street. The project timeline has the Greenville News moving into the new building in October 2016. The time frame has construction at the site continuing until May 2018.


    So seems this will start up soon.


    And they won't need nearly that much space for long, given the decline of mainstream newspapers.

  3. While I love the idea of the mill being redeveloped, and see it is a huge catalyst for further redevelopment in West Greenville, I question the idea that enough people would be willing to pay the money to live in what is currently a pretty rough area. Sure, there are some cool art studios and other things happening there, but it is largely a not-so-great area where crime has to be a concern. This would be much more of a leap of faith than Mills Mill was when it was built (that area wasn't as bad as West Greenville).

  4. How about the conference center? I am starting to think the CC would be better on the edge of downtown instead of being located in downtown core. The CC would not be active a lot of days and would create a "dead zone", and would also create a lot of traffic. As an example I think several different mixed use buildings would be a better use for the river street site, then The CC and a parking garage. At the AGFA site the CC could be a block long, pushed to the 123 with the garage behind it, it also would have good street connections for traffic. 

    I think this is a great idea. Makes much more sense than trying to cram a conference center into the West End with small streets. Prime land like that needs a better use than a conference center which may or may not be used most of the time. If Greenville wants to become more of a "convention city" (and I think it should try hard to), then something like the AGFA site would still be a great location with much better accessibility, as you stated.

  5. Well, looks like I will be moving here. :) Leaving 400 Rhett due to parking issues and rental rate increase. Planning to sign my lease tomorrow. Several of the floor plans are sold out and the one I want is the last one available currently. Needless to say demand is still through the roof for apartments downtown. 

    Glad to hear you can go somewhere else. Is 400 Rhett letting you out of your lease early, or is it up now?

  6. :sick: More of the same boring boxy garbage that's going up everywhere.  Apparently it's pretty hopeless to expect most architects to put any sort of thought into the junk they're churning out. 6 stories on Rhett St right across from existing 1 story homes is ridiculous.  The article says "the apartment height will be similar to the church’s roofline,"  which is BS.  Most of the existing church buildings on Rhett St are 2 stories.  Maybe they're counting the height of the steeple.  I would hope our city would demand something better on Main St, but based on recent experience, I'm not setting my hopes too high.  What a disappointment.

    Okay, so what's the rule on the height differential allowed then? If you have one story homes, how tall can a new development across the street be?

    If you say 2-3 stories, then I hope you are prepared for a much more expensive cost per square foot, which will be needed so that the development makes sense for the owner(s).

    I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, just trying to understand what you deem appropriate. I for one don't mind mid-rise buildings there. That real estate is only going up in value, and I would hate to keep the structures low and look back in a few years only to wish we had built a little more height there.

  7. Was out and about downtown today and overheard some guy's conversation. He said Denny's will be coming to Main + Stone in one of the retail sections. 

    LOL! Denny's? I would like a better breakfast place there, but I it will certainly be better than Waffle House.

  8. Thanks for all the photo updates gman! I love the presence the main building has on that corner. 

    I would really like to see the county square redeveloped now. It was mentioned a few years ago and nothing materialized. I think a 5-7 story building on the existing property would suffice and could also house the DMV. 

    I would like to see it redeveloped as well, and feel confident that it's inevitable at this point. The good thing is, the longer it takes, the more important that site becomes and the better the redevelopment there will likely be. A few years ago, that site was going to be an anchor for the as-yet-developed surrounding area. Now, with all of the development happening in that area and in the West End, the County Square site will be the icing on the cake.

  9. ^Not to mention parking costs, traffic to and from (isn't I-85 great?), terminal congestion and other headaches. I believe most frequent travelers realize the value of GSP whereas most leisure travelers still think CLT or ATL are "so much cheaper."

    Plus, what is your time worth? The convenience of being a 30 minute or less drive to the airport, versus 2-3 hours, is worth a lot as well.

  10. I don't care what the movie theater serves as long as it's a "nicer" movie theater; I don't want the trailer park crowd taking over downtown and running the rest of us away. 


    I have concerns about movie theaters in general, though: movie theaters have low sales per square foot and are generally a declining industry, with dropping attendance recently.  I'd prefer a large destination retailer or anchor, like a Cheesecake Factory or a Target, or even a Saks Off Fifth or an H&M. 


    I feel the same way. I wonder if movie theaters - even innovative ones which have servers and also make alcohol available - will continue to see a decline in attendance since it is now so easy to watch a movie at home in HD on Netflix, on demand, pay-per-view, etc.?

  11. Been to several theaters in Columbia and Charleston where beer, wine, and sometimes liquor are available, and never once saw a problem with disorderly conduct. It's a different dynamic than, say, a bar or a baseball game, where the beer is cheap(er) and people keep getting more. Prices are inflated, movie keeps you in your seats, service is slower where there's a waitstaff. 


    Agreed. I think it would work really well. And hopefully it would be great sound/picture quality as well rather than just a run-of-the-mill theater that happens to serve food and drinks.

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