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Polk State building at 500 West Trade

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uptowner    0

Is it true that theyre thinking about demolishing or renovating the tax and revenue building on 500 W. Trade? Or is this just another rumor? Why isnt the Centercity inn torn down yet?

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Last word on Centercity Inn is demo in March. I talked with blvd centro rep on Thursday. I am looking forward to it! :D

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atlrvr    996

if 500 west trade is the Polk State buidling then it is on the market for sale.....i would assume that whoever buys it will tear it down seeing as it's exterior is in serious disrepair and the interior definetly is not competitive for office leasing space.....it is priced pretty much at it's land value.....

I think J&W is a likely buyer seeing as they will need more space (though they did just buy another large parcel on Trade 2 weeks ago). I personally think it is a good spot for a mid-budget hotel seeing as how close it is to Panther's games, J&W, and the future train station.

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SmellyCat    0

if 500 west trade is the Polk State buidling then it is on the market for sale.....i would assume that whoever buys it will tear it down seeing as it's exterior is in serious disrepair and the interior definetly is not competitive for office leasing space.....it is priced pretty much at it's land value.....

I think J&W is a likely buyer seeing as they will need more space (though they did just buy another large parcel on Trade 2 weeks ago).  I personally think it is a good spot for a mid-budget hotel seeing as how close it is to Panther's games, J&W, and the future train station.

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It's a real eyesore. There is scaffolding on the Graham St. side which has just been sitting there collecting dust with no work taking place. Maybe it's holding the building up? :cry:

I've heard about J&W's interest - it would certainly make strategic sense considering the lot's proximity to its Gateway Village campus and the CityView student apartments across the street. Where are they planning on putting their proposed business school building?

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atlrvr    996

I've heard that they will be building a 5 story academic building where the old trailways bus terminal was on Trade that was demolished for Cityview....I believe this is where the business school would go....then they just bought a the land between the "primitive baptist church" and the rail tracks on Trade street for "future development"....however, I believe that site will be for more student housing.

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SmellyCat    0

Another news flash...apparently the city finally decided to give the land where the decrepit Polk Building sits on Graham b/w Trade and 5th to Johnson & Wales Univ. It's a part payback (land worth $6 million) of an incentive to lure the university to Charlotte. The school said they would use the land for either another student residence, a business center, or a parking garage (hope not). The city will take care of razing the building and cleanup.

Hooray..it's about time they got rid of this eyesore!!

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dubone    621

The polk building might have been one of those old buildings to try to save to renovate if they hadn't uglified the west side of it, and hadn't tried to kill off all the pedestrians trying to reach gateway.

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UptownJ    1

The polk building might have been one of those old buildings to try to save to renovate if they hadn't uglified the west side of it, and hadn't tried to kill off all the pedestrians trying to reach gateway.

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Its a shame to get ride of this old building... True it is ugly now... but it does have potiental to change...

they should use some imagination and redo the building for lofts and retial on the ground level. It just needs to be cleadned up a little and they can get the lot next to it for parking.

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I agree, I hate to see it go. When I saw the scaffolding first go up, I was hoping it was for renovation. Alas...it was to catch falling bricks.

Whatever they build there (and I REALLY hope it isn't a garage) I hope it's something that helps to tie the rest of downtown to Gateway.

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uptownliving    299

This is not a done deal...and the city has no involvement in the deal. It is owned by the State of North Carolina....and there is legislation pending that would give the land and building to J&W...but that has to be voted on by the legislature and signed by the governor.

The building itself has fallen into such disrepair, that to remodel it you would have to go to the barebones structure and rebuild again. Since no one wants to spend that kind of money and it would be so much cheaper to build something new...then thats what will happen. So long ye olde Polk.

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monsoon    0

I suppose it was just more bad reporting by WBTV who reported the state has decided to tear down the building for the school before turning it over to the school.

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SmellyCat    0

I suppose it was just more bad reporting by WBTV who reported the state has decided to tear down the building for the school before turning it over to the school.

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Yes, it was WBTV

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uptownliving    299

They didn't mention anything about the Polk building on their Noon newscast today...guess they figured they got the story wrong.

However they did mention that the Old Convention Center will be imploded at 6am on a Sunday...they just were not sure which Sunday...lol

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SmellyCat    0

The story is at this WBTV link:

Polk Building

They made a pretty big deal about it on their newscast last night with a live on location reporter standing in front of the building (shielding herself from falling bricks) :lol:

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monsoon    0

Oh, well if you read the story it says "possible deal"....so they had it right all along...

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The website does not reflect what they said on air. As I said earlier its typical bad reporting by local charlotte news. Like Smellycat, I heard them say it too.

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eastsider    244

Today's observer also has an article about the possible swap of Polk Building as part of the state incentive package. They also said that J&W would tear it down if the deal goes through.

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monsoon    0

Though there seems to be different reporting on what mighthappen, sadly it does look as if this building's days are indeed numbered. Its a shame but lets hope it is not replaced by a parking deck.

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uptownliving    299

Whatever replaces it will not be just a parking deck...but a parking deck with office and academic uses too. Most developments downtown...no matter their primary use...include some type of structured parking.

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eastsider    244

Sad to see another old building go, but I here that the interior is in as bad or worse shape than the exterior. I agree that there will be some kind of parking structure with it, but I think that location will be too valueable not to have another use or two.

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monsoon    0

As it turns out the Polk Building may not be resolved at all. This deal is fairly complicated and now, unbelievbly involves a lawsuit with land in eastern NC. Apparently the Governer never agreed to give the school ANY money from the state and may scuttle the entire deal. Read more in this article.

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eastsider    244

So did I miss something?  Where do the State of North Carolina offices move to once the building is gone?

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I saw a piece this evening on news14 that the state offices have not found a new home, but they only have 90 days to move out of the Polk Building. I missed the begining of the story, so I haven't heard if the governer has passed the bill???

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