SmellyCat

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  1. SmellyCat

    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    With an August close estimated Sorry I couldn't resist, this space seems cursed.
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    Yes I sorta broke this on Dec 14th in this same thread, but no one seemed to notice. Story of my life. But it's definitely worth mentioning again as Pisces is the best sushi place in Charlotte (along with Yama).
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    Couldn't agree with you more. The parking is a nightmare, I literally have waited 10 mins inside that parking garage just trying to get to an upper level. I have no idea why people insist on a) parking on the ground floor and will circle around and/or drive slowly until they get a space and b) people ghetto park (probably not politically correct, but that's what peeps call it down here) - that is back in to a space, which causes further traffic delays. It's gotten to the point where I will actually park across the street in the Target ground floor garage and then make the 5 minute walk back over, cause I also know getting OUT of the garage will be equally nightmarish! Poor urban planning aside, I doubt anyone imagined there would be the crowds there we are seeing now. The restaurant selection is excellent with a really nice mix. I eat there probably three times a week at least.
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    Who is going to buy all the Condos, (Part II)

    I hear you. I'm hoping patience pays off and it's done correctly - "build it and they will come" has proven not such a great strategy. And look at what happens when things built when the market isn't so hot - they get value engineered and disappoint, like the Vue.
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    Pisces is going to be expanding into the unused space between it and Vivace's.
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    The Vue

    Federal judge ruling on the Vue that could have far reaching negative effects for the future of high rise condo projects in N.C..... http://cltdevelopment.blogspot.com/2011/11/vue-buyers-win-deposit-back-in-ruling.html#storylink=misearch
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    First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan

    adjacent to UNCC building, on the same square block where the UNCC building sits. Nothing across the street yet, when that begins I know it means the park is finally starting up. There is a First Ward meeting at 7pm tomorrow evening, maybe we'll hear more then. I'm planning on going.
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    Bridges at Mint Hill

    I wish them luck with it. I can't imagine who on earth would finance this. Wall Street has all but shut down commercial mortgage lending and I doubt a life insurance company would touch a fairly speculative project like this. $100mm+ loans don't grow on trees anymore like they did in 2006-07...
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    SKYE Condominiums and Hyatt Place Hotel

    ^ that's great news, if true! Having a full service Hyatt uptown would be sweet (not suite) :-)
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    First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan

    I hear you about the value engineering. Just look what it did to The Vue - gosh that would have been such an incredible addition to Fourth Ward had it been done according to the original plans. Anyway, saw some bulldozing activity around the UNCC building site adjacent to 8th Street the last few days . Anyone aware of what's going on there?
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    Bank of America - Merrill Lynch Merger

    Very true. All the traders and salespeople were shipped to NYC years ago, so that bird has already flown town. I don't know how many people fully realize this, but that enormous trading floor that Ken Lewis built in the Hearst Tower is now filled with middle and back office BofA employees. Needless to say, that's pretty expensive upfit to house back/middle office peeps!! Nice work, Ken, wherever you are.
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    First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan

    You serious? Wow, it's probably one of my favorite buildings in Charlotte, let alone anywhere. I guess one man's trash really is another's treasure.
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    First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan

    Einstein Bagels opened in the lobby a couple of weeks ago (it's open during weekdays, but closed on weekends). As did the UNCC bookstore/gift shop. I went inside the lobby, it's a really sweet building. Feels a little odd though, with so little foot traffic around the building right now. However, hopefully that will change. There is also a website just for the UNCC "Center City" campus: http://centercity.uncc.edu
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    Bank of America - Merrill Lynch Merger

    50% BNY Mellon stock price erosion on his watch and a $33mm exiting pay package....nice job, Bob!!! Right up there with Stan O'Neal at Merrill. You should be proud.
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    First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan

    And now it appears groundbreaking on the park has been pushed back yet again, to 1Q12 per this excerpt from an O article on the UNCC building in First Ward: "Daniel Levine of Levine Properties said plans for his mixed-use development have been slowed by the economy. The project is a partnership with the city and Mecklenburg County. Levine hopes plans will be finalized within six weeks, and that work on the park and other parts of the project will begin in the first quarter of 2012. To build the $11 million park, about 48,000 cubic yards of dirt will be trucked in to raise the area between the UNCC building and Seventh Street by 8 feet, Levine said. Plans call for Levine to build the park and turn it over to the county for cash and a land swap." I guess we'll know more in mid-Sept....