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Everything posted by intcvlcphlga

  1. Is this the 1 story building? It would be nice if they would tear it down and built something larger...but, I guess since they only have 17 employees, that's not going to happen.
  2. Don't forget Christopher's on Brookstown and Broad - they have a pretty big patio where you can drink (good martini menu) and/or eat. And, they have live music 3-4x per week.
  3. That's great news and it's a great re-use of an existing property. I hope some of their employees were wise enough to buy in West End Village.
  4. I'm with Yadkin on this. I think the center should be doubled in size. It could be expanded onto the surface lots either across Sixth St or Marshall St. And, if it's expanded, there's no reason why it couldn't compete with the Koury Center and the center in Raleigh. The Benton CC has the advantage (at least as compared to Koury) of being downtown putting it close to the Arts District, the Steven's Center and within walking distance of Old Salem and West End. Its location is a marketing advantage over Koury which is in a sea of parking adjacent to a mall whose tenants are the same tenants that the convention visitors would find in their own local mall.
  5. I'm with Twin City on this one. The area is largely Greensboro and Kernersville already rather than W-S and High Point. It seems very disjointed and ill-planned at this point and would probably have the result of turning Kernersville into a sprawling mess like Cary. It is With the arrival of Dell and FedEx, you're already going to get large warehouse and manufacturing facilities and I think it's important to ensure that any development in the area is well-planned, but that area shouldn't be the focus of the three cities. Winston-Salem should focus on continuing to develop PTRP and energizing downtown as a walkable mixed-use core, High Point should focus on retaining as much of the furniture industry and market business as possible, etc. As far as building a central campus for all of the universities, I'm not sure that there is the need for it. Who is going to fund the construction of it? Are the businesses that would locate there supposed to move to the campus thus abandoning another part of the Triad? There is already a significant investment on the part of the city of W-S, Wake Forest, WSSU and NCSA on PTRP and their own campuses with the same thing happening in Greensboro. Of the three corporations that have a seat at the table, only one, BB&T, is a Triad based company. Besides, the two leaders of the project are both in commercial real estate which presents a conflict of interest.
  6. I'm pretty sure it's those properties plus the Bailey Power Plant and possibly some surface parking lots - I posted the Journal article in another topic in this forum. I have to say I prefer the last pic. It's much more telling about the true nature and identity of Winston-Salem while the Targacept building (done by Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce) and City Hall South (by Calloway Johnson Moore) are much more generic pieces of architecture. I would love to see those RJR factories and all of their connective infrastructure preserved and re-used for the Center for Design Innovation, housing, biotech start-ups and labs, galleries, recreation space, etc.
  7. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Kannapolis research park is going to focus on nutrition research since the benefactor is the head of Dole Foods. Hopefully, this will insulate PTRP from too much competition from that park. It would be nice if PTRP could find a similar benefactor... Hopefully, Targacept's partnership with Astra Zeneca and their IPO will be a success and put the park on the map. I agree with you that the success of the park will hinge on other factors like residential and retail growth. That is an issue that cannot be stressed enough in that the park is being pitched as an "urban research park" as opposed to the more traditional suburban ones. So, in order to ensure PTRP's veracity, they need to make sure that residential, education, commercial, retail, entertainment and recreational programs are interspersed throughout the park. They have a good start with Prince Albert Hall, Twin City Chop House, etc. As it expands, it would be great if the boundaries between the Goler developments and the Park become blurred.
  8. I'm not sure, but Sasaki did produce a pretty comprehensive masterplan for the 3 sections of PTRP including initial landscape ideas. As with most masterplans, it is probably subject to change due to market considerations, changing needs of tenants/users, etc. - just look at how Libeskind's plan for Ground Zero has been changed beyond recognition.
  9. I hope you're right. I'm not as enamored by Sasaki Associates, the masterplanners, as the powers-that-be in Winston-Salem seem to be. There also isn't a strong enough architectural/urban design community in the city to really lobby for the best ideas and concepts.
  10. Thanks. It just seems like Winston-Salem is coming at bio-tech late in the game and will find it very difficult to compete with more established parks like RTP. So, if it were to market itself as an urban park with all of the trappings of urban living, it might draw young, creative workers who would prefer an urban setting over a suburban locale. This, of course, would require injecting a mixed-use program into the masterplan of PTRP that would include more than just the lab/office space and residential being planned now, but should also include retail with street frontage, restaurants (w/o sidewalk seating), bars/nightclubs, galleries, urban spaces/small parks, etc. All of this program should be within walking distance so that there is a street life to that part of downtown and the old RJR facilities provide the logical starting point for introducing varied programs.
  11. On Friday, R.J. Reynolds completed its donation of 16 acres (6 more than originally pledged) to the Piedmont Triad Research Park and committed an additional 22 acres of their downtown property to the park. The Bailey Power Plant among other older factory buildings were among the donated property. PTRP has had the properties inspected and the determination was that they were in excellent shape and their re-use is limitless. What are your thoughts on how to re-use some of the industrial properties? My view is that they could serve in a complementary use to the new research facilities to help heighten the mixed-use nature that will be necessary to make the research park successful and allow it to capitalize on its urban setting as a counterpoint to most of its suburban park competitors. View the article in the Winston-Salem Journal at: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellit...d=1128768771574
  12. While it's smaller than Cary in terms of population, Wilmington actually is a city. It has a nice downtown that has a neighborly feel to it with nice cafes, a lot of independent, good restaurants, beautiful old neighborhoods and the Cape Fear River. And, of course there's the beaches. Cary, on the other hand, is a suburb of Raleigh that has grown into a bigger suburb - but if you want to go to something with a town feel (walkable streets, density, mixed-use area) you have to go to Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill. And, based on your criteria, Charlotte is probably too big of a city.
  13. This is great news. Hopefully, it will lead to some private investment along Liberty and the city will get some infill projects.
  14. My concern about the relocation from 4th St to another part of the CBD is that there won't be another company that will take over the space they vacated. I would argue that you need to maintain the office population or increase the number of office workers on 4th Street to provide a customer base for "Restaurant Row." I actually think the Arts Council Building is one of the best buildings on 4th. Another thing I would like to see on 4th St is a new mixed-use building - possibly mid-highrise residential w/ retail on the first level - on the GMAC pkg lot between Spruce and Poplar. The last thing 4th Street needs is a surface parking lot - it tends to breakdown the urban fabric too much.
  15. It's great that they are developing "Trader's Row." Hopefully, as property along Trade Street gets scarce, some of the development will spill over to Liberty Street and fill in the empty lots between 5th and 8th Sts. What is the status of the Arts Council Building on 4th Street that Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects will be vacating? I would hate to think that it will be empty and that parts of the downtown office population is just shifting from one location to another rather than attracting new businesses/tenants. Does anyone know what some of Chapman's other developments downtown are? Also, how is the Nissen Building doing - have they leased out most of the apartments?
  16. I know this is old news to most of you but since I'm rarely in Greensboro I was shocked to see that the former Burlington Industries hq had been torn down when I drove by this weekend. How did that happen? Their hq was probably the best piece of architecture in Greensboro. Was there not any public outcry to the loss of such a landmark? Is a bigger Harris Teeter and a chain restaurant like PF Chang's worth losing such an important piece of Greensboro's history?
  17. If it can be agreed that Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area are already stars in terms of growth, economic vitality/base, etc., other North Carolina cities are in a strong position to feed off of the attractiveness of the state in terms of business activity and visibility for the state. Winston-Salem and Greensboro are the most likely to be the next stars from NC. They have a metro population roughly equivalent to Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem is moving in the right direction to diversify its economy. In addition to the Triad, Memphis is poised for a renaissance and perhaps already in the beginning stages of reclaiming its cultural vitality. Other cities with particularly bright futures are Charleston and Asheville as a lot of NYers and New Englanders are retiring to the South. I would like to see Chattanooga which is doing some great things with green architecture and sustainable planning take a lead in developing sustainable technology and thereby boosting its economy.
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