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17 hours ago, kermit said:

Original Wilmore thread was archived....

This Mint st reclamation isn’t new but I wanted to take a photo of it and it is representative of Mint becoming on of Charlotte’s better pedestrian streets.

I have long thought Mint has the potential to be South Tryon's equal, in being a premier street through the South End (or Gold District). It has just enough good old buildings sporadically throughout its commercial stretch, not the least of which is the Boone Oakley building at the corner of Summit, that if preserved and complemented with good new development will make a streetscape and neighborhood worthy of any city. I just hope those extant pieces aren't ruined or beotchized.

(It was my secret hope the city would've extended Mint across its current terminus at Woodcrest and incorporated an extension with the redevelopment of the Tremont Music Hall property, at least extending it to Tremont, or even crossing it and tying its terminus to South Tryon, so it could've become a more significant city street. I know Wilmore residents wouldn't have liked it, but I think it would've contributed to the Gold District's rise and parity with surrounding areas... but it was just a fantasy.)  

Regardless, I have big hopes for the Mint corridor. 

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2 hours ago, kermit said:

Toomey Ave gentrification has begun. 325 residential units and 61,000 sq ft of commercial space.

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Here is the proposed site plan from Accela. General thoughts: Lots of surface parking and I will miss driving past the old funny car dragsters currently stored on this lot.

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At least parking on interior of development while building and streetscape are framed by structures.  This will be a marked improvement over what's there now, including the convenience store constantly littered with trash.  Now if only we could get some resolution on the hideous Brookhill project.

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18 hours ago, RANYC said:

At least parking on interior of development while building and streetscape are framed by structures.  This will be a marked improvement over what's there now, including the convenience store constantly littered with trash.  Now if only we could get some resolution on the hideous Brookhill project.

I don't want to pour salt in your coffee, @RANYC, but it looks to me like the owners of the convenience store haven't sold: This (preliminary) site plan doesn't include the actual Toomey and Tremont corner--and I checked on Polaris, and it's still independently owned. It'll be an interesting juxtaposition for a while.  

But, I agree with you that this development is going to provide a better streetscape for the western end of Tremont. And yeah, I also agree, who cares if the interior of the parcel--the other side of which will eventually be bound and screened by other development--has surface parking? It's unrealistic to think a development this removed from light rail and Uptown would have a parking garage incorporated.  

I would like to re-up my argument that the city should bargain with NCDOT to have a bridge across the widened 77 constructed for Tremont, so it no longer dead ends, and re-connects to Remount. From the extant rights of way, and on pre-77 maps, it clearly originally did. 

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Will be interesting if the corner store ever will sell.  The previous owner of the parcel wrapping it at the corner tried for years and felt like there was little chance they would sell....of course now that there is a major project there, maybe they can afford to overpay, but this site plan clearly indicates they're not expecting it.

It will be an interesting social intersection if it stays.

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5 hours ago, Desert Power said:

Is there not enough population growth nearby to reopen the school ala Villa Heights?

CMS does not think the school is in good shape from the meeting where it was discussed as a surplus property. It’s not on a huge lot and I doubt it has enough space for parking and other amenities a school should have, like a playground.

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That school was built before buses delivered children to school and before many teachers and staff drove to their job. The "playground" is all asphalt and would be taken by staff autos in any case. It had 14 classrooms when I was there for a meeting in mid-'70's and was a small school for that time, not to mention today. In the late '70's it became a professional library and training facility for teachers and administrators with a few offices. The Marjorie Thompson Alexander Center it was called, honoring a longtime teacher and local teacher association leader. The bathrooms, as I recall, were classic public facilities from their time, mid 1920's, full height porcelain urinals in male toilets, pardon my astonishment. And classic tile work and terrazzo. A standard no longer available to the budget. It has outlived its time. The persistence of single family homes on West Boulevard are what astonishes me.

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On 10/19/2021 at 9:52 AM, tarhoosier said:

That school was built before buses delivered children to school and before many teachers and staff drove to their job. The "playground" is all asphalt and would be taken by staff autos in any case. It had 14 classrooms when I was there for a meeting in mid-'70's and was a small school for that time, not to mention today. In the late '70's it became a professional library and training facility for teachers and administrators with a few offices. The Marjorie Thompson Alexander Center it was called, honoring a longtime teacher and local teacher association leader. The bathrooms, as I recall, were classic public facilities from their time, mid 1920's, full height porcelain urinals in male toilets, pardon my astonishment. And classic tile work and terrazzo. A standard no longer available to the budget. It has outlived its time. The persistence of single family homes on West Boulevard are what astonishes me.

Those SFH (and some duplexes) are all in the historic district though. While a few multi-family developments are going in (Notably the Kingston/West townhomes), these have been moving extremely slowly, and it would be surprising if anyone tried to buy a bunch of SFH with a more speculative development play. 

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