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28 minutes ago, asthasr said:

I hope you're correct, but I can't help but consider things like the Avalon fire.

Not trying to be difficult here because that is certainly an unfortunate fire, but the article states "The fire was mostly contained by Wednesday night, with no loss of life or major injuries reported, according to Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland."

If I'm understanding the posts on fire codes above, it seems that the fire codes worked exactly as intended in this fire. No one was seriously hurt and no one was killed.

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That's very fair. I just wonder whether all of the building would've burnt down at all (costing 400 apartments worth of tenants their possessions, despite a lack of injury) if the thing wasn't a pile of wood.

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16 minutes ago, asthasr said:

That's very fair. I just wonder whether all of the building would've burnt down at all (costing 400 apartments worth of tenants their possessions, despite a lack of injury) if the thing wasn't a pile of wood.

It was unoccupied (it was in the middle of the construction process). Toz did a good job of convincing me that the fire would have been much less severe if an occupancy permit had been issued since more fire walls would have been in place and the sprinkler system would have been operating.

I would imagine the only significant costs involved in this fire were to the insurance carrier and the city of Raleigh (Fire Dept costs).

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Sorry I wasn't clear, I was referring to the Avalon fire I linked above.

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4 hours ago, Bikeguy said:

another one of these infernos is now in progress in Overland Park KS.  In this instance, reports are that up to a dozen nearby homes are now also ablaze from hot, flying embers..  http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article139693098.html

I am originally from this area, literally down the street. I watched this whole thing unfold as I still have many of the local KC stations on my Facebook newsfeed. There was all this talk above about these buildings going up in dense urban areas (Talking about the Raleigh Fire) this is the exact opposite. This is about as suburban as you can get. Large apartment complex going up on a busy street surrounded by a suburban neighborhood. I assume these were likely going up mostly for college students and young professionals. The Local community college, the University of Kansas - Overland Park campus and Corperate Woods (Think smaller Ballantyne) are right down the road. At some point these developers need to be held accountable for this kind of stuff, they are effectively giant bonfires waiting to go up before (and arguably after) they are finished. 17 homes damaged.

 

I live in one of these "stick built" complexes in South End currently. I watched the Townhouse fire by the Midnight Diner from my balcony. I have a lot of trust in the building codes not letting a place like where I live completely go up in flames, but it seems like just a matter of time.

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From 400 South Tryon....update on Retail renovations, see below.  Somebody should go take some pics.  Oh wait.

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Please be advised, we are excited to inform you that the Church Street sidewalk renovation will be completed on Tuesday March 21, 2017. The sidewalk, as well as the parking deck stairwell on MLK and Church, will reopen on Wednesday March 22nd at 5:00am. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we completed this section of our retail renovation, and we can’t wait to unveil the completed retail space to you.  

"

 

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Looks fairly bland and boring, but also 1000 times better.

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I was curious about the progress of Google Fiber in uptown so went for a walk today to see if I could figure anything out. I walked north along Davidson and around 7th street you start to see utility boxes labeled GFBR. There is also a lot of fresh digging from there along 8th up to Sky House (i think it was 8th, i should have taken notes). I think they're pretty much ready to tie in Sky House if they want. It also looks like they're getting close to The View but I don't understand how it ties into the Sky fiber and perhaps is coming from a different direction (hub). It's pretty hard to figure out their master plan from all this but I I would bet they're taking the path of least resistance to hook up the large residential buildings and any office buildings they've signed up. There are also a TON of fresh utility markers throughout uptown near the street curbs that would seem to lead to most of the large buildings. I probably missed a lot.

I also read an article that across the country their pace has picked up a lot as they adopt a newer practice called micro trenching (http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/install/Microtrenching/index.html) and maybe that is why I saw some GFBR utility boxes without much apparent digging nearby? Don't know if that is allowed in Charlotte though.

All in All still pretty confusing but I felt a lot more optimistic than before my stroll.

Does anyone have any actual facts about their roll out plan uptown?

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2 hours ago, elrodvt said:

I was curious about the progress of Google Fiber in uptown so went for a walk today to see if I could figure anything out. I walked north along Davidson and around 7th street you start to see utility boxes labeled GFBR. There is also a lot of fresh digging from there along 8th up to Sky House (i think it was 8th, i should have taken notes). I think they're pretty much ready to tie in Sky House if they want. It also looks like they're getting close to The View but I don't understand how it ties into the Sky fiber and perhaps is coming from a different direction (hub). It's pretty hard to figure out their master plan from all this but I I would bet they're taking the path of least resistance to hook up the large residential buildings and any office buildings they've signed up. There are also a TON of fresh utility markers throughout uptown near the street curbs that would seem to lead to most of the large buildings. I probably missed a lot.

I also read an article that across the country their pace has picked up a lot as they adopt a newer practice called micro trenching (http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/install/Microtrenching/index.html) and maybe that is why I saw some GFBR utility boxes without much apparent digging nearby? Don't know if that is allowed in Charlotte though.

All in All still pretty confusing but I felt a lot more optimistic than before my stroll.

Does anyone have any actual facts about their roll out plan uptown?

I live in Seigle Point (10th and Seigle). They are actively installing Fiber in the neighborhood right now. Unfortunately only to the apartments so far. I'm hoping the townhomes aren't left behind.

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Noticed that there are more heavy drilling trucks on the lot between The Gantt Center and St. Peter's Church today, right along Tryon.  Rico's Acai had to move down in the lot from their corner space to make room.  I tried to go back on the thread to see where this was mentioned before, but couldn't see anything.  

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14 minutes ago, JRNYP2C said:

Noticed that there are more heavy drilling trucks on the lot between The Gantt Center and St. Peter's Church today, right along Tryon.  Rico's Acai had to move down in the lot from their corner space to make room.  I tried to go back on the thread to see where this was mentioned before, but couldn't see anything.  

Sounds like someone might be doing some geotech borings*, which is an early prelude (sometimes very very early) to design work.

*basically taking deep core samples of the soil/rock at a site to know how a building foundation should be designed and what potential site work costs may be

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Maybe to see if the site will support 70 stories. ;)

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55 minutes ago, Dale said:

Maybe to see if the site will support 70 stories. ;)

That would be nice!

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59 minutes ago, edmundblackadder1999 said:

That would be nice!

The site cries out for something iconic.

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49 minutes ago, Dale said:

The site cries out for something iconic.

I agree.  It would be nice to have a great plaza with fountains too.  This could host outdoor seating for restaurants at the base of any new tower.

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Like others on here are saying, I'd like to see a big attraction for this site. Like maybe an aquarium or a natural history museum. Maybe something like Raleigh's Natural Science Museum, with the large globe. Something eye catching like that is what I'm imagining. I think something iconic (or something unique to Charlotte) would go well with the nearby Mint and Bechtler Musems.

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Source: NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Just something other than a hotel, apartment or office tower, IMO.

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