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  1. Couple years ago the original Renwick developers were planning low income apartments for the land next to it. That was the info the Renwick RE agent gave us. Anyone know if that will still happen?
  2. The renderings are more atractive than the Renwick. Enclave suggests being separate and different from its surroundings. Why would anyone move to an enclave unless they had to? That is the interesting thing about postmodern urban design. We want to be someowhere and yet separated from that place whether it's a SFH oriented to the backyard or a self contained highrise condo that virtually shuts out integration with public space. I hope such a blatant name suggests this trend is coming to an end.
  3. No wonder this place is $400/SF - it will cost a fortune to pump in all that blue water from Lake Norman! Wait until the buyers, bless their hearts, catch on to the fact that Little Sugar Creek has never and never will be anything other than light brown or dark brown. And then watch what happens when they find out it only gets to that depth twice a year: Spring flood rains and Fall hurricane season. 75% of the time it will be a 15'x15' funky smelling ditch. I've been flabbergasted by developers before but come on. These people will say and do anything to sell you a condo. Am I being
  4. Perhaps more to the point, it keeps out the riff-raff.
  5. I'm with dubone on this. What they're doing to Kings Dr. is a shame.
  6. So what do you call that architecture style? It seems like half a dozen of the major new/recent projects have a cylinder as the primary entrance or focal point. Providence Plaza, Parktowne Plaza and EpiCentre come to mind easily. Even Meck Cty courthouse has one.
  7. Forgot to mention the architecture celebrity sighting. At the meeting was David Furman. (I thought he lived in 2nd Ward at Ratcliffe.)
  8. I'll expand on D's notes below. These might be good for the time capsule. After hearing him speak, I believe he is trying to do the right thing. His vision is better than 95% of the developers here. Given other developer possibilities, we could be a lot worse off than slow progress. Here's what I captured from his comments and answers to questions from FW residents. Overall - 6 components include a park, a parking garage, retail, residential, office and institutional. - The vision is to create an extension or add-on of the 1st Ward neighborhood. - He said an example of his vision i
  9. For newbies, here's the history of the project summarized in this quote from the Charlotte Business Journal, Sept. 23, 2005: "Uptown boosters have pushed Levine for much of the past decade to develop the prime real estate, to no avail. Each time Levine gets close to finalizing plans, a new adjacent development occurs and the developer goes back to the drawing board." If the past is any indication of the future, Levine may be bringing a sketch pad and pencil to the FWNA meeting.
  10. Just got an email from the FWNA. Quote: Daniel Levine will be our quest and he will give us an update on the Levine Properties plans for First Ward. Brings to mind an old Carly Simon song...
  11. This Tuesday is the day we hear from Dan Levine. Any bets on what he wants to speak to the First Ward NA about? Anyone going?
  12. Levine is scheduled to speak at the First Ward Neighborhood Association meeting in January. Anybody know if he has some progress to announce? Is this related to Novare cancelling the foundation permit?
  13. I agree completely. And I'm letting CCCP know. The designer just went overboard. On the other hand, it's fitting. Another instance of tearing down Charlotte's history. The irony of the history depicted on the signs is not lost. I can see something like this: "Second Ward in the Center City, AKA Uptown or Downtown, intersected by the Brevard Stroll District, was formerly known as Little Brooklyn. On the map you can see Second Ward between Uptown South and Uptown West, otherwise known as the area between Government Center and the Wachovia Cultural Arts District, the latter of which is betwee
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