RugbyPike#11

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    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    They'll make a killing selling chargers and earbuds when bored bankers accidentally leave their stuff at home.
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    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    How long will the Quiznos in the DC Charlotte Plaza stay open? And what will replace it when they shut down?
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    I'll throw Citizens Bank in the mix as a potential tenant. They've been hiring Corporate Risk/Compliance people in Charlotte but they don't have any office space.
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    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    I learned everything I know about urban planning by reading this forum, so feel free to add to or modify the following bullets, but I just wanted to help get us started with some simple talking points. Integrate existing buildings and businesses into the development, such as Common Market, that have been vital to the neighborhood fabric and redevelopment of South End.Re-orient ground retail structures to the street, particularly on Camden Ave, to fit in with the overall fabric of the Camden Ave stroll district.Develop all ground floor structures at a ceiling height where ground floor exterior can be retroactively reconfigured to meet future demand for retail as South End continues to become more dense.
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    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    People on the Sedgefield Neighborhood facebook group are also displeased. Maybe the neighborhood associations can coordinate a response to try to get the developer to build around the existing buildings. Would CM jump ship even if activists saved the space?
  6. With Parkwood as a major thoroughfare in this area, and being just south of NoDa, I was thinking that SoDaSoPa would be an appropriate name.
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    Charlotte trying to be more bike friendly

    My most frustrating intersection in uptown is on Caldwell/South Blvd at the I-277 interchange. Heading South from uptown, the bicycle/pedestrian lane will have the walk signal, but the southbound drivers either can't see that signal, or they ignore it, so they fly right into acceleration mode to get on 277. Sometimes a kind soul will pause and wave me across, but if a cyclist or pedestrian followed the pedestrian light and ignored the traffic rushing onto 277, that person wouldn't make it out of uptown. I suppose it doesn't make the list because most people are smart enough to wait for the traffic to clear out before attempting to cross.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    I thought a mini-Birkdale would have made sense there or at the 77 Corporate Park off Clanton. I wonder if South End is just too close to SouthPark to ever develop its own major retail center. I'd hope for more organic local retail growth, but these developments just aren't building the space.
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    The Good News Report

    Depending on the firm's exit strategy, I agree that it's better for a Private Equity firm to purchase Belk than to be purchased by a competitor. If they go with an IPO, we'll still have Belk HQ'd in Charlotte, just as a publicly held company instead of family owned.
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    The Good News Report

    A recruiter told me that Citizens is looking to lease office space in the Charlotte area after their spinoff from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). It doesn't sound like a headquarters relocation, but they're expanding their presence here to poach talent from BoA and WellsFargovia.
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Some nice pictures of the Riverwalk mixed-use development down in Rock Hill: http://www.charlotteagenda.com/11429/heres-whats-happening-at-riverwalk-rock-hills-1000-acre-master-planned-community-on-the-banks-of-the-catawba/
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    That makes more sense. Oh well, was hoping that I could sell out for an early retirement.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    I keep getting unsolicited letters expressing interest in purchasing my property. Is this normal in Charlotte, or am I just getting these letters because I'm adjacent to commercial property and within a quarter mile of a light rail station? If somebody consolidated the properties on 1) South Blvd: Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, Bell Acres "Country Club," and 2) the single family homes in Sedgefield adjacent to those properties, they would put together almost five acres of property within the TOD zone of New Bern Station. I wonder if that's what somebody is trying to do, or if it's a few two-bits trying to collect these properties in anticipation of a big commercial buyer coming up later. It seems like it would be easier to buy the Pepsi warehouse or some of the light industrial property west of New Bern Station.
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    Scaleybark Station Area Projects

    I don't mind townhomes as a transition to the single family homes east of South Blvd, but I wish they would incorporate some quiet ground level retail on South Blvd. As artists get priced out of gallery space, even some live-work treatment could be interesting in those locations.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    I agree with this. The morning commute is fine, but it's pretty slow to navigate through, pedestrians, dogs, and joggers around 5:30 to 6:00 in the evening. It might ease up a little bit in the evenings when the summer heat sets in. So that being said, it's great to see so much activitiy on the rail trail! I hope it encourages the city to improve pedestrian access in other areas of South End. I certainly don't blame pedestrians for not wanting to walk their dogs along South Boulevard.