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    Computers, lasers, music, SCUBA diving, crazy projects, technology. Run www.HRConnect.com and am president of www.757tech.com, plus involved in many local technology and professional organizations.

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  1. Hah, what is the business to the right of Alchemy that was complaining?
  2. Maybe the operating costs are just too high there. I think there are special taxes because it's Town Center, and I'm pretty confident the rent is to the max there. I just recorded an event in Baltimore myself. Took 7 hours to drive a 3 hour 40 minute trip. Grrr.
  3. Dave and Busters is coming to Lynnhaven Mall. A friend interviewed for the technician role for the arcade and said the offer was $11/hr no benefits. Sheesh. Also in the news, Red Star Tavern at Town Center closed. Can't pay their tax bill. Is Town Center traffic down? http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/va-beachs-red-star-tavern-closes-owes-taxes
  4. Telmnstr

    The Savoy

    Does anyone have the bought and sold data? If I recall Wright bought it pretty cheap ($600K?) when it was full of tenants. Then it got condemmed, then it went on the market for $1.6 million or whatever. Heh. I was told that the company that was doing those apartment conversions of the leaning tower of granby, Union Mission and other buildings wree backing out because the apartment market is weak. But I guess with the dead cat bounce they came back. It will be interesting to see what all of this apartment oversupply will lead to. Things are nutty in the USA right now. Giant rich people investment groups like Blackstone are buying up tons and tons and tons of residential housing to turn rental and all that. Big money is looking for returns and the only thing they can think of is rape it out of the younger people or whaetver. But with school loans and crummy job prospects I don't know how they will fill all of this inventory. Think about it, is there jobs and people to support it all? Renters can't use liar loans to rent apartments like homebuyers could. I'm all for build baby build (with private money.) If things go well all these projects will get built and go into foreclosure, then get returned to market at better rates.
  5. brikkman - was it impossible to get food because it was so busy with customers? That's not a bad place to be. If it was impossible to get food because the service was so bad -- yow.
  6. When I visited the apartments above Baxters I noticed foreclosure notices on at least two doors in the hallways. One of my neighbors told me that he knew a doctor that has reserved a unit in Granby Tower just to flip it for cash, but didn't notice the clause that lets the developer bail first (common during the run up days, the developer had a lead time where any buyer in the building can't sell for 1-3 years to give the developer time to dump their units first.) Yea, the Westin liquidated all their units. How is Harbor Heights? Still empties in that one? Did Gaddams build 411 Granby? It's an apartment building along Granby that was billed all luxury but I remember looking at it and it was pretty dumpy. The supposed hardwood floors were some sort of lamite junk and the units were small etc. Luxury is in the eye of the beholder I suppose, and most of it is cheap lipstick used to try to justify higher rents and what not.
  7. Someone did a drive by on here posting that their take was the whole intention all along was not to build Granby Tower, but to flip the plot of land to the government for a bunch of money after building the idea of value around it. Not sure if it's true or not, but yea. It would have been a monument of foreclosure had it been built.
  8. Forget redirecting taxpayer money to build huge stadiums for egotistical overpaid sports stars. I didn't make it to Tool, but got text messages from friends the second the first laser fired off.
  9. I have a theory about Urban Outfitters. The newspaper article said that Wright had been trying to get UO to come to Norfolk forever. They wouldn't. Then they agree to do it. Right as the president quits. I think the president pushed the Norfolk store as punishment to the company. Heh heh.
  10. We rode it again tonight from near my workplace (Macarthur Station) back to York Street to bring a MS Visio CD over to the hackerspace. There was a lot of people boarding at the MacArthur station headed towards Newtown. The train was pretty loaded with people when it arrived at MacArthur station heading towards EVMS. Not sure how many riders would really need to get off at those two stops. Monticello let off very few, as did York Street. Maybe they were all going to EVMS, but I'm thinking joy riding.
  11. I think it was the restaurant. Low cost Mexican = win. Not that I'm that cheap but it always seemed high priced, it was a question if the place was even open, and somewhat of a wild card. I look forward to it.
  12. Yea, I'm thinking there are a bunch of people just riding the thing all day. I know people who are actually using it to commute to work. One person said they will stop when it's no longer free, they are doing it more for the novelty. It actually adds a good amount of time to their commute. Still it's pretty amusing. I rode it Thursday evening after a friend said it was open. Some friends and myself took it last night from the York Street station to MacArthur. Went to Hells Kitchen. Then rode it back to finish up working on projects @ the hackerspace on Bute.
  13. How? What is the recipe for this? How do you lower rents, bring in young people, but not have the hood kids show up and wreck it?
  14. http://hamptonroads.com/2011/08/state-police-said-man-shot-i264-was-altercation Shooting on 264 originated at The Palace on Plume. Note that other black clubs were shut down for similar reason (Posh Dolche.) Plume has ties to the city gov't that shut down all competition. Will anything happen to Plume? It's been a year and 8 months since the hackerspace opened. Maybe it's because of the times I'm there and my attention, but it seems like the foot traffic that we used to always see heading from the Freemason neighborhood to downtown Norfolk has really dropped off since earlier in the year. How is Granby Street doing?
  15. zepp - yea, I think it's a home design firm or something. I noticed that the for rent sign came down in another place on Granby that I think was a tax place. It's a smaller older space, sort of near Bobbi's Deli or whatever that place is. I thought there was activity at the old La Galleria building, but it was just people moving stuff from TCC.
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