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Old 01-12-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Ex-LI, I think you need a job in civil engineering for CLT! I like it!
Lily, it's just common sense. And I know that if 'they' tried a large project like this, the NIMBYs would complain about losing the view due the elevated rail. What's worse, miles of empty and burnt out buildings?

I've been here 15 years, and in that time the section of Independence between Sharon Amity and Matthews has not really changed that much. The empty stores and car lots have been there. Maybe not as many, or not in the same place, but it's been a sea of concrete and asphalt waiting for 'something' to happen.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Elevated rail with park-n-ride lots at the major intersections. Build a multi-rail system so that you can have express trains to certain stops, unlike South Blvd. Put neighborhood retail, condos and rentals at the non park-and-ride stops. Finally build the freeway out to 485.

There are enough empty car dealers, empty strip malls, and open lots that they could do it without disrupting businesses that are doing well out there.
The city will get right on that after it spends $175 million to extend the "expressway" two miles. Once that's done, there will be even fewer businesses to worry about, and Independence Boulevard will be officially dead.

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Independence is not a very desirable area so new desirable retailers are not going to set up there. It's a catch-22. I think Independence is becoming the Southside's equivalent of Freedom Dr.
It's actually more Eastside, aaiiiggghhht?
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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Freedom and Independance. The irony isn't lost on me.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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I drove by the BJ's on Independence tonight at about 7:00, and it looked open and lit up. Fire couldn't have been too bad.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill
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Found out this BJ's was a old Richway store, which when target bought it out, abandon it to build a new store. BJ's took over at some point and now, they are abandoning it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Found out this BJ's was a old Richway store, which when target bought it out, abandon it to build a new store. BJ's took over at some point and now, they are abandoning it.
The original Richway building operated as a Target store until some time in the late 1990s. Toward the end the inside of this Target looked like something out of an episode of "Hoarders". It was only a matter of time before it closed.

BJ's knocked down the original building to build their store.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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The original Richway building operated as a Target store until some time in the late 1990s.
That was a really nice Richway back in the late 70s.
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