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vaceltic

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  1. If Richmond wants to maximize development potential and mass transit, a Route 1 N-S corridor makes the most sense to me - most potential for infill residential density and connections to job centers in the south. Hull Street maybe secondary to tap redevelopment of Southside Plaza. I'd be curious to see a concept that successfully integrates BRT traffic with POVs along the stretch of hull between Commerce and the riverfront.
  2. I’m interpreting the slides to mean demolition of the existing building where the new tower is going starting in 2022 before tower construction begins. One slide mentions selling the Monroe Building.
  3. Doubtful Dominion still has plans on building a second tower anywhere at this point.
  4. Misinformation? Still waiting for Dominion to start building their second tower that was promised...
  5. Richmond and Norfolk would both need immigration and customs checkpoints to accommodate direct international flights. In airports that do have them, they are massive multi-story areas seen and unseen by passengers. I don’t see how Richmond or Norfolk could accommodate this with their current layouts. Maybe Richmond’s master plan’s third terminal expansion is something on the horizon that would push this idea forward? As a side note, I’ve always been miffed by the “international” label airports can have that don’t actually serve international destinations directly.
  6. Still waiting on that promised second Dominion Tower that was to finance the whole thing....
  7. Vytal Studios, the tech firm relocating to the Semmes Avenue warehouse has updated renderings of the complex on its website. https://vytalstudios.com
  8. I interpret the LAX route as a seasonal change. Maybe it will start back up again for the spring and summer months next year. Here’s hoping anyways.
  9. They are going to be billbording the heck out of I-95 coming from the south. I would guess at a volume on par with “South of the Border” signs going into South Carolina, but with less witty puns.
  10. Does anyone know if the concourse A expansion gates have all been accounted for with this agreement with Breeze? I don’t recall how many new gates were added with that project. Would be nice to see further concourse expansion happen soon!
  11. Building taller, skinnier buildings in front of the horseshoes means we could start calling manchester the horseshoe pit.
  12. I think Breeze maybe looking for a RIC-JAX connection. Did a little research on most underserved point-to-point routes. Surprisingly, RIC-SFO is in the top three. RIC-JAX is top three when it comes to underserved Florida markets.
  13. vaceltic

    Shockoe Bottom

    Putting a farmhouse-style cupola on a high rise structure is an absolutely ridiculous design aesthetic. *barf*
  14. Cordish wants to get into the hot real estate market around Scotts Addition, regardless of what they end up winning or not winning the Casino. Its an interesting proposition should Cordish become the master developer there. They will for sure be bringing their high-rent chain restaurant and retail establishments into a city that is fiercely loyal to small, independent businesses. They’re gonna need all the out-of-towers they can draw for something they build there to be successful. A large event space with programming independent of the summer baseball season is probably in the cards.
  15. Interesting nugget from this RichmondFreePress article: http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2021/apr/22/casino-contenders-now-down-2-ballys-out/ "Sources have told the Free Press that Cordish, a real estate development company, likes the site and would consider its development even if it loses the casino bid. The sources also said the company is eager to become the master developer for the city’s 60-acre parcel where The Diamond baseball stadium stands. The city is planning to issue a request for proposals this year."
  16. Seems like Norfolk would’ve been screwed anyways with the Waterside deal with Cordish. Don’t know what is happening with this nowadays but can expect this to drag out: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-norfolk-casino-cordish-lawsuit-threat-20201106-lz3yknlnvjaizkx2owutg2qmk4-story.html%3foutputType=amp
  17. Cordish doesn’t seem to be playing very nice in other parts of the state. Not a good way to demonstrate being a valued partner to the Commonwealth. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wavy.com/news/your-local-election-hq/waterside-operator-plans-to-sue-norfolk-over-approval-of-pamunkey-tribes-casino-plan/amp/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-norfolk-casino-cordish-lawsuit-threat-20201106-lz3yknlnvjaizkx2owutg2qmk4-story.html%3foutputType=amp
  18. Your assumption about no casino experience is wrong. https://www.p2e.com/
  19. Can anyone refresh me on which project this is and where it is located? Has this started construction yet?
  20. Dominion pays way less property tax to Richmond with an unimproved lot versus what was there. I think $500k+ less. The property value went from $55M to $10M with the demolition project.
  21. Yes the others were. Mostly just Higher cash commitments. And don’t forget that Bally’s tweaked the highway ingress/egress circulation plans in response to traffic concerns.
  22. I'll be sure to prepay for my round trip Amtrak ticket before I lose my shirt at the Pamunkey casino. They can always add more development to the resort later if its wildly successful.
  23. Why bother visiting a casino if you’re admitting price sensitivity to the richmond city meals tax?
  24. Surrounding context from the Downtown Riverfront Master Plan...
  25. All this talk lumping Navy Hill and casino NIMBY’s into the same category is ridiculous. No one can make a judgement on that - people’s opposition are much more nuanced and particular for different reasons. For some, its fiscal responsibility (speaking Navy Hill here), for others, it’s incompatible land use, and yes, others maybe maybe environmental concerns. The opposition were seeing in Scotts Addition is not the same as Chippenham. A casino in Scotts Addition will trap tax dollars in, not enhance the area and small businesses nearby with more foot traffic. Surely there are many people opposing some of the casino sites adjacent to their neighborhoods who were very supportive of the arena development, as well. Casinos are not designed to be open to the outside world - you will not see a clock, nor windows except at the front entrance of a casino, EVER. They want to draw all your hard earned money to themselves to make them money. That’s siphoning tax revenues from other businesses nearby. The best location to combat this is the one where out-of-town money is drawn to the casino. That would be the site off I-95. And it will only work well until the day North Carolina legalizes gambling. Casinos also promise all these community benefits as a payoff to allow the vice to operate willingly as an offset for taking peoples money and the socio-economic problems it exacerbates. Its unfortunate that this process has laid bare divisions amongst this city’s residents, yet again. Real economic development should not be this controversial and unfortunately, I believe the best way to generate economic growth is a boring, long-range, and plodding effort to encourage small business and entrepreneurs. IMO, no matter where you live, the big-flashy home run project is always going to overpromise and underdeliver on its real value to the community. Developers need a willing party to take advantage of and politicians willing to play along want that feather in their cap for the next gig.
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