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If you are interested I have posted a bunch of photos of eastern NC including Greenville, Elizabeth City, Hertford, Edenton, Belhaven Dismal Swamp under https://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/forum/130-north-carolina/  under Eastern NC development. I am a ECU alum so I really love the small towns of NC's Inner banks along the sounds and rivers down east. Very different part of NC but really nice. Even a photo of those controversial windmills near Elizabeth City. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, KJHburg said:

Looks like the Harrisburg YMCA has found a home in the new Farmington development on the Cabarrus County side of the development at Rocky River Rd and 485. http://ww.charmeck.org/Planning/Rezoning/2017/037-044/2017-042 site plan 3rd rev.pdf   See the site plan. 

KJHburg, I think the MVP/Farrington development is separate from what you mentioned above concerning a new YMCA.  I think the fitness center in question was an approved zoning request from Venture Church which is building a large development on the Harrisburg side of I-485.  Here is a link from last year when the rezoning was approved.

http://www.charlottestories.com/new-charlotte-area-church-will-include-day-care-hotel-restaurant-health-club/

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6 minutes ago, rancenc said:

KJHburg, I think the MVP/Farrington development is separate from what you mentioned above concerning a new YMCA.  I think the fitness center in question was an approved zoning request from Venture Church which is building a large development on the Harrisburg side of I-485.  Here is a link from last year when the rezoning was approved.

http://www.charlottestories.com/new-charlotte-area-church-will-include-day-care-hotel-restaurant-health-club/

No that development is further down on Rocky River Rd past the Bojangles and CMC Harrisburg property same side as Bojangles. They may have looked at that development but I think this is where the Y is going according to Farmington site plan and their own marketing materials. Here is the church hotel project information that I have seen. http://ventureallin.com/the-goal/

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This is a far flung ring town of Taylorsville in Alexander county NW of Statesville but went to Rocky Face County park. Really nice. You can climb the walls of this old quarry on part of this stone mountain. So if rock climbing is your thing take the hour or so drive up here. http://rockyfacepark.com/ Miles of hiking trails on this stone little mountain. 

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Academy Sports is coming to Matthews in the old HH Gregg space at Matthews Corner across from Costco. 

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Story about downtown Mt Holly and all its independent businesses (including my friends shop) come over and check the town out. https://www.charlotteagenda.com/96214/9-things-to-see-do-and-eat-in-downtown-mount-holly-30-minutes-west-of-charlotte/   And it is quicker trip than 30 minutes too unless you are going at rush hour and very close to the National Whitewater Center (less than 10 minutes away) 

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4 hours ago, KJHburg said:

Story about downtown Mt Holly and all its independent businesses (including my friends shop) come over and check the town out. https://www.charlotteagenda.com/96214/9-things-to-see-do-and-eat-in-downtown-mount-holly-30-minutes-west-of-charlotte/   And it is quicker trip than 30 minutes too unless you are going at rush hour and very close to the National Whitewater Center (less than 10 minutes away) 

I feel like Mt Holly is going to boom soon like Belmont. It is a great location for commuting to town.

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Huge warehouse deal coming closer to being announced in Kannapolis and I think it is Publix. 600 plus jobs 1 million sq ft. http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/07/11/kannapolis-approves-tax-incentives-massive-warehouse-project/

I found some link to Publix and this developer before either they developed a warehouse for them or sold them land. Anyway it is hard to distribute food from suburban Atlanta to eastern NC where Publix is opening quite a few stores. It was their Atlanta (Dacula) warehouse is in one of their parks developed by TPA Group. . 

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On 7/11/2017 at 10:56 AM, KJHburg said:

Huge warehouse deal coming closer to being announced in Kannapolis and I think it is Publix. 600 plus jobs 1 million sq ft. http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/07/11/kannapolis-approves-tax-incentives-massive-warehouse-project/

I found some link to Publix and this developer before either they developed a warehouse for them or sold them land. Anyway it is hard to distribute food from suburban Atlanta to eastern NC where Publix is opening quite a few stores. It was their Atlanta (Dacula) warehouse is in one of their parks developed by TPA Group. . 

Cabarrus County is reviewing an economic development grant for a company at that proposed location. A $50 million project pretty sure it is Publix for a huge warehouse. We should see real soon you heard it here first.  1,000,000 sq ft building. 

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13 hours ago, KJHburg said:

Cabarrus County is reviewing an economic development grant for a company at that proposed location. A $50 million project pretty sure it is Publix for a huge warehouse. We should see real soon you heard it here first.  1,000,000 sq ft building. 

The logistics industry is going through mass retirements of truck drivers. The average age of a driver is now 49 years old! Millennials aren't choosing truck driving as a career, more and more of the old school truck drivers are retiring, and we are buying more stuff online / shipping more goods than ever before. In 2014, the industry was short 40,000 drivers. Today we are short 100,000 drivers and by 2022 we are forecast to be short 160,000 drivers.

The reason the warehouse industry is booming is companies can no longer rely on long distance trucking. It is getting VERY expensive because the drivers know they are in high demand and if their truck is going to be tied up for 10 hours driving to Eastern NC from Atlanta, they are charging a big premium. Having local distribution and more warehouses rather than one central warehouse for a 800 mile radius makes it a lot easier to get a reasonable price for a truck, reduce freight costs, and improve efficiency. With fresh food especially, if you don't have a truck because there are no drivers available through the broker, you might be throwing out food. 

https://greatcdltraining.com/state-of-trucking-2017

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12 minutes ago, CLT2014 said:

The logistics industry is going through mass retirements of truck drivers. The average age of a driver is now 49 years old! Millennials aren't choosing truck driving as a career, more and more of the old school truck drivers are retiring, and we are buying more stuff online / shipping more goods than ever before. In 2014, the industry was short 40,000 drivers. Today we are short 100,000 drivers and by 2022 we are forecast to be short 160,000 drivers.

The reason the warehouse industry is booming is companies can no longer rely on long distance trucking. It is getting VERY expensive because the drivers know they are in high demand and if their truck is going to be tied up for 10 hours driving to Eastern NC from Atlanta, they are charging a big premium. Having local distribution and more warehouses rather than one central warehouse for a 800 mile radius makes it a lot easier to get a reasonable price for a truck, reduce freight costs, and improve efficiency. With fresh food especially, if you don't have a truck because there are no drivers available through the broker, you might be throwing out food. 

https://greatcdltraining.com/state-of-trucking-2017

It's also the first job force that will be obliterated by self-driving technology. I think 20-somethings planning on a career in trucking are making a terrible mistake.

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15 minutes ago, tozmervo said:

It's also the first job force that will be obliterated by self-driving technology. I think 20-somethings planning on a career in trucking are making a terrible mistake.

Absolutely agree - but for the next 15-20 years until the technology becomes standard there will definitely be major labor shortages for that industry and companies like Publix can't wait that long if they want to expand in the meantime.

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The logistics industry is definitely going thru mass change & that's why you see Norfolk Southern & CSX investing as much as they have in intermodal & why development around CLT as a logistics center is one of the next big things to keep eye on going forward

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Downtown Gastonia FUSE plan is moving along with more land purchases. This project will include new baseball stadium, historical renovations.  Great things are going on in the downtowns of smaller ring cities around Charlotte. http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20170720/city-leaders-receive-roadmap-of-whats-coming-with-fuse-district

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