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3 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

speaking of miscellaneous projects here is the bridge over Stonewall St and convention center expansion this morning.  First support column is up and done on the Whole Foods side.

 

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WOW, they aren't wasting time.

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1WFC is still a very beautiful building on the outside,  but man a lot of the floors are dated.


You’re not wrong there. Maybe they’ve been updated since the mid/late-90’s; but I remember admiring the, even then, dated green marble floors and walls in some of the elevator lobbies during First Union’s Kids Day at Work every year.

Getting to go out onto the “jukebox” balcony was breathtaking for a preteen future Skyline-Enthusiast. I’d be surprised if WF did that sort of thing anymore.
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Somewhere about that time you mention, early to mid 90's there was an event in the top floor space and a magician did the trick where an attendee (the "mark") chose a card from a deck and then after a shuffle the card has "disappeared" only to appear stuck to the outside of the window. A conventional trick but special due to the location.

The magician did other card tricks and illusions. Cannot recall what the event was.

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The executive dining room is up there and has private events from time to time.  There will be an Ellen Cherry Experience there on March 26th from 6 - 10:30 hosted by the Assorted Table Wine Shoppe in the Public market. Tickets are available at $200 each.   Go here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ellen-cherry-experience-tickets-86932466347?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent for ticket information.  I have been before, and the Experience itself is great, and the food and wine parings are wonderful.

 

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On 2/13/2020 at 10:33 AM, ricky_davis_fan_21 said:

WOW, they aren't wasting time.

Is this part of the rail trail expansion? 

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1 hour ago, DamicoKaren said:

Is this part of the rail trail expansion? 

It is actually part of the convention center expansion and the bridge gets people over to the Westin, whole foods, and the other hotel Home2Suites.  However it does benefit the Rail Trail when the bridge over 277 is done. 

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So it sounds like a debt-free, all digital Charlotte Observer brand will be for sale shortly, what local benefactor should buy it and reap the goodwill of providing the city with local news?

Jeff Bezos certainly seems to be getting his money's worth out of the Post, I know less about John Henry's experience with the Boston Globe.

I could see the Duke Endowment stepping up out of a sense of goodwill. I could also see David Tepper making the purchase simply as part of an effort to maintain a local sports page. Foundation for the Carolinas could use it as a conduit for local arts coverage.

Perhaps Danny Levine could make the purchase so he could have an anchor tenant in Levine Land...

Super ironical if Ted Williams made it part of the Agenda empire.

Or, we could pool our money and turn it into

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1 hour ago, kermit said:

So it sounds like a debt-free, all digital Charlotte Observer brand will be for sale shortly, what local benefactor should buy it and reap the goodwill of providing the city with local news?

Jeff Bezos certainly seems to be getting his money's worth out of the Post, I know less about John Henry's experience with the Boston Globe.

I could see the Duke Endowment stepping up out of a sense of goodwill. I could also see David Tepper making the purchase simply as part of an effort to maintain a local sports page.

Perhaps Danny Levine could make the purchase so he could have an anchor tenant in Levine Land...

Super ironical if Ted Williams made it part of the Agenda empire.

Or, we could pool our money and turn it into

In to what????? I must know!

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Just now, Blue_Devil said:

In to what????? I must know!

Sorry, got distracted by the Georgia-Clemson news.

I kinda lost my train of thought, something about taking UP / militant urbanism to the masses. We could use the Observer as our platform to preach for more transit, higher densities and better beer throughout the metro.... {but I guess we already do that)

 

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I'd love to see The Observer turned into a local weekly that can push for... let's say... politics that aren't typically pushed for here in Charlotte, better urban planning, more transit, etc. I'm thinking like Seattle's The Stranger weekly or papers like that. But those weeklies aren't making money either.

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FYI - Was reading CAHA (Local hotel association) and was impressed with the hotel room numbers within Uptown:

Mecklenburg County is home to 225 hotels, accounting for 28,372 rooms. Of those, 26 are in uptown Charlotte for a total of nearly 5,800 rooms, according to information from the CRVA.

Five additional lodging options are under construction and expected to open in 2020. That will add another 1,582 rooms.

Total of 31 Hotels containing 7382 rooms Uptown alone by the end of 2020.  Quite impressive.  This may slow down some due to the advanced level of Hospitality interest in Southend.  They’re definitely going to get hotels that would’ve been built within the loop but It’s a good problem to have though.  Its a real possibility that there could one day be 10,000 rooms within the I-277 Loop in short order (before 2030) especially if there’s ever a Convention Sized Hotel (1000/1500 rooms) on the drawing board.

Heres the link; http://www.charlotteareahotels.com/news

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17 minutes ago, Hushpuppy321 said:

FYI - Was reading CAHA (Local hotel association) and was impressed with the hotel room numbers within Uptown:

Mecklenburg County is home to 225 hotels, accounting for 28,372 rooms. Of those, 26 are in uptown Charlotte for a total of nearly 5,800 rooms, according to information from the CRVA.

Five additional lodging options are under construction and expected to open in 2020. That will add another 1,582 rooms.

Total of 31 Hotels containing 7382 rooms Uptown alone by the end of 2020.  Quite impressive.  This may slow down some due to the advanced level of Hospitality interest in Southend.  They’re definitely going to get hotels that would’ve been built within the loop but It’s a good problem to have though.  Its a real possibility that there could one day be 10,000 rooms within the I-277 Loop in short order (before 2030) especially if there’s ever a Convention Sized Hotel (1000/1500 rooms) on the drawing board.

Heres the link; http://www.charlotteareahotels.com/news

All great news.  What is missing though is any talk of the Hilton Uptown.  Had a friend stay their last month and damn place and rooms need some serious work.  Place is like a tomb from 1994.  Smells like it also.

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2 minutes ago, atlrvr said:

So...not sure level of excitement.....but...

The decrepit ~350 space parking garage at 123 S Church (corner of Church and 4th) is to be demolished for a new 750 space garage to replace it.

I'm fine with it if the new garage has ground floor retail and is built to support a future tower.

I agree with you - Owner would be a fool to spend money on remove & replace without plans to build it to support a future Tower.

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This is the parking deck where House of LeMond was right?   With this rebuild and potential ground floor retail, I think this would be a great opportunity for the Charlotte Center City Partners (in tandem with the owners) to reinvigorate their ambition for more "soft retail" and offer affordable rent, as they did for LeMond at $800/Month in this deck.  A business incubator for startup retailers and/or businesses that can't afford South End or Stonewall area rent, but desire to be Uptown.  My vision won't come to fruition, but it would be great for that area. 

LeMond story: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/fashion/article163806348.html

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