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Old 08-30-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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A development deal in downtown has fallen apart.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Second Act abandons project for downtown

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Plans to develop a four-story residential and commercial property in downtown Goldsboro are now off the table.

Second Act Communities, a nonprofit based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, will no longer pursue the project following the results of a feasibility study.

The organization planned to construct a mixed-use residential and commercial property, on Center Street, which would have offered 100 to 140 market-rate apartments.

"Our consultant determined that we would not be able to build 100-plus multi-family apartments and get it rented in downtown Goldsboro," said Addie Wright Thomason, Second Act Communities chief executive officer. "We looked at doing a smaller building, but it was not feasible due to financing restraints. The smaller building would not yield the success we need.

"For us, it is because we can't make the numbers work."

The project was proposed to include a partnership with the Goldsboro Family YMCA, which considered opening a satellite location on the first floor of the building on Center Street.

Second Act Communities, which started pursuing the project in early 2016, also planned to purchase the Center Street property from the city. The purchase was never finalized.

"I would have loved to do that project in downtown," Thomason said. "We definitely wanted that project to happen."

Second Act Communities, which started considering the downtown property in early 2016, was interested in launching its first market-rate development in the city.

Historically, Second Act has developed affordable housing in partnership with the Virginia Beach Community Development Corp., which operates a Section 8 housing complex.

As a nonprofit, revenues generated from the market-rate project would have gone back into the property and funded operational and other building-related expenses.

"Our project was the first where they were challenged to create a mixed-use, high density market-rate residential project based on our interest to see that developed downtown," said Julie Metz, Goldsboro downtown development director. "While they could not make their financial models work for this project, here and now, this does not mean that the future for increased residential density in downtown is bleak.

"We are hopeful that another project or projects will fill this need in the near-term future, and we will continue to work to that goal."

Consideration is being given to other potential housing development opportunities in Goldsboro.

"We've invested a great deal of time and money and we're trying to identify other privately owned properties in the Goldsboro area on which we can develop multi-family housing," Thomason said. "I would love to get it in the city limits, but it would not be in downtown Goldsboro."
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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A local dental practice has been bought out.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Dental practice changes hands after 40 years

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After more than 40 years of operation in Goldsboro, H.G. Moore III and Associates dentistry is taking on a new identity.

In mid-August, Dr. Moore sold the practice, at 2702 Medical Office Place, to Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, a company which owns 15 dental offices around North Carolina. The sale will ensure that the office keeps the same staff that patients have come to know while also adding new technology and specialists under one roof, Moore said.

Those specialists will perform functions such as oral surgery and anesthesia.

Moore said that the move to Riccobene Associates had put his mind at ease about the future of his practice as he gets older.

Having dedicated specialists come to the office on a weekly basis will make it unique in Goldsboro, Moore said, because patients will be able to get comprehensive care from their regular dentists and the specialists all under one roof.

It will also make things easier on the dentists, who will be able to speak face-to-face with specialists about cases they are working on.

Dr. Michael Riccobene, owner of Riccobene Associates, stressed that the office will still be run by the same staff patients have come to know. Moore's practice is the first of Riccobene's 15 offices to be acquired, as opposed to being a newly opened facility.

"We saw the patient base built up here, and we saw the office culture here, and we decided this was not something we could replicate," Riccobene said. "Not much is going to be changing in the day-to-day operations. This is really just about enhancing that experience."
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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To add to an earlier post, here's a more recent detailed article regarding the increase in tourism spending in Wayne County.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: County sees increase in tourism spending

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Hotel stays related to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, downtown shopping, sports and recreation all played a role in Wayne County's 3.9 percent increase in tourism spending in 2016.

Visitors spent an estimated $162.31 million in Wayne County during 2016, reflecting a $6.16 million increase from spending during 2015, according to U.S. Travel Association figures released by Visit North Carolina.

"Years of growing demand and rising average daily rates in our hotel market has put Goldsboro-Wayne County on a record-breaking streak over the last five years," said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel and tourism for Goldsboro and Wayne County. "A wave of economic development in our area is also telling of our strengthening travel industry."

Federal and local investments into downtown, including the $15 million streetscape project, have boosted visitor activity in the center city and contributed to an increase in tourism revenue, Glatthar said.

"After a $15 million revitalization of our historic downtown in 2015 and over 40 new restaurants, retail and commercial companies opening in the last three years, Goldsboro-Wayne County is rapidly becoming an attractive destination offering a more dynamic experience for our visitors and residents," Glatthar said.

"The revitalization of downtown has sparked a revival of unique businesses creating shopping and dining experiences people are traveling to Goldsboro to enjoy."

One of the largest drivers of increased revenue in Wayne County is related to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, which experienced a 33 percent increase in lodging revenue in 2016, she said.

Other factors increasing tourism revenues include lodging needed for Hurricane Matthew response and recovery efforts for displaced residents and recovery teams with the American Red Cross, Department of Transportation and Duke Energy.

The Busco Beach ATV Park continues to be a strong tourism attraction generating overnight stays in Wayne County, and the leisure market continues to grow due to family reunions, faith-based groups, and youth sporting events at the Goldsboro Family YMCA. Events in neighboring counties also increase overnight hotel stays in the area, Glatthar said.

Other tourism-related activities include events held at the Terrace Room, Goldsboro Event Center and the Odom Farming Co., she said.

In 2016, the travel and tourism industry in Wayne County employed an estimated 1,000 people, provided nearly $12.5 million in state and local tax revenue and generated $22.3 million in industry supported payroll.

The future opening of the Maxwell Center and the city of Goldsboro's multi-sport complex are expected to further boost tourism revenues in future years.

Tourism revenue generated from 2017 Wings Over Wayne Air Show will be released with annual revenue figures next year.

The Goldsboro-Wayne Travel and Tourism office estimated the Air Show's overall economic impact at $20 million. The show produced record attendance during the May 20 and 21 weekend.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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City council to discuss downtown parking during their meeting Tuesday, as well as Busco Beach.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Council to take another look at downtown parking Tuesday

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The Goldsboro City Council will revisit a proposal to establish time limits on downtown parking during its meeting Tuesday.

The council considered the restrictions during its Aug. 21 meeting but delayed its vote due to concerns raised about people living at the Waynesborough House along Center Street.

The proposed restrictions include setting two-hour time limits for parking spaces along Center Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All parking spaces, angled and parallel, would be included along Center Street, from Ash to Chestnut streets.

The Downtown Goldsboro Merchants Association asked for the restrictions due to an interest in freeing up parking spaces during peak business hours. DGMA members are also concerned that downtown residents and employees are tying up parking spaces for extended periods of time.

The city's parking study, completed by VHB of Raleigh, also concluded that Center Street has parking supply challenges in meeting demand during peak times.

If approved, violators will be fined by the city, said Scott Stevens, city manager. No specific fines have been attached to the proposal but the city already issues parking tickets of $25 or $50 for improper parking in handicapped zones, traffic lanes, intersections, loading zones, at bus stops and near fire hydrants.

"It is not my intent to aggressively enforce or deter people from coming downtown," Stevens said, during an August interview. "My hope is to educate and fine those who regularly park for extended periods."

The council will decide on the parking restrictions during its 7 p.m. meeting in City Hall, at 214 N. Center St.

BUSCO BEACH ETJ

Also during the meeting, the council will consider removing from its extra-territorial jurisdiction Busco Beach and properties along Bryan Boulevard, off U.S. 117 South.

A total of 78 lots containing more than 845 acres is included in the ETJ removal, including the 678-acre Busco Beach and ATV Park.

City leaders decided to consider the ETJ removal after concerns were raised by a resident asking that the city's ordinance be enforced that prohibits the use of all-terrain vehicles after 11 p.m.

Resident Yvonne Stanley, who lives on Bryan Boulevard near Busco Beach, learned that the Goldsboro Police Department is unable to enforce city zoning rules and city planning staff lack the capacity to enforce the regulations.

By removing the ETJ, the nighttime hour restriction would no longer be required. The property would fall under Wayne County jurisdiction, including being subject to its noise ordinance, according to Chip Crumpler, Wayne County planning director.

Also during the meeting, the council will review other city business, including:

• A site and landscape plan for Realo Discount Drugs, which is interested opening inside a 3,000-square-foot building at 515 E. New Hope Road, near Central Heights Road.

The company plans to renovate the existing building, previously used as a convenience store and gas station, at the 1.7-acre site. The Realo Discount Drugs chain is located in other nearby cities, including Kinston and Snow Hill.

• A request to amend a conditional-use permit allowing later closing hours for Slocumb Mini Mart, at 1717 S. Slocumb St. Owner Ismail Qandeel, who previously operated Brookside Mart on South Slocumb Street, is asking that the store be allowed to stay open until 11 p.m., instead of the current closing time of 9 p.m.

• A conditional-use permit to Eli Wuest allowing a place of entertainment, with alcoholic beverage control permits, for a new wine bar and restaurant at 217 N. John St.

The two-story building, planned for renovation, includes tables, a bar and wine cellar on the first floor and tables, a bar and small stage on the second floor.

• A conditional-use permit to Southern Current for the addition of a 23-acre solar farm on Old Smithfield Road, between Hollowell and Gin Roads. The solar development on the current vacant farmland includes the addition of a 6-foot-high, chain-link fence, topped with barbed wire.

• A site and landscape plan for AAA Mini Storage, at 117 Industry Court, allowing the addition of a 9,000 square foot mini storage building. The building would be added behind existing storage facilities located on the property.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Article on the potential merger of UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System and what it means for Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Hospital to remain 'local'

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Wayne UNC Health Care President Janie Jaberg knows the CEOs of both Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care.

Both are brilliant leaders who care about the patient, she said.

And while it remains to be seen how the proposed partnership between the two giant health care entities will play out, Jaberg is thrilled at the potential it brings.

But at the same time, she reminds local residents that Wayne UNC Health Care is still a local hospital controlled by a local board. It is managed by UNC Health Care, but is not owned by the system.

"Everybody is always skeptical about these kinds of things because it is change," Jaberg said of the proposal. "But for us, here at our home, things go on with us trying to improve and focusing on improvement, focusing on patient experience, working on our culture and on being the very best we can be in putting patients first.

"We see this as a positive when it is ready, when it is done. We are going to keep doing what we need to be doing. We want our community to know that we are here for them. That sign out front is going to say Wayne UNC."

Carolinas HealthCare System, based in Charlotte, and UNC Health Care, based in Chapel Hill, announced last week their plans to create one of what they say will be the leading non-profit health care systems in the nation, by blending the best of a high-performing comprehensive health care system with a renowned academically based enterprise.

Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care have signed a letter of intent to join their clinical, medical education and research resources.

Under the letter of intent, the two organizations have agreed to start a period of exclusive negotiations, with the goal of entering into final agreements by the end of the year.

The new organization will deliver world-class care to people in North Carolina by creating the most comprehensive network of primary, specialty and on-demand care in the Southeast, according to a press release.

The Federal Trade Commission will review the proposal.

According to the press release, Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care will improve access to care in underserved and rural geographies, jointly addressing behavioral health needs, designing new models of care and further developing virtual care platforms.

The joint organization also will work to expand medical education, serving as the platform for training future healthcare providers. The new organization also will further the development of clinical care destination centers and centers of excellence as well as differentiated care in pediatrics, cancer and transplant services, among others.

Gene Woods, current president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, will serve as CEO of the new entity. Dr. William Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, CEO of UNC Health Care, will be the executive chairman.

It is a partnership, a joint operating company, Jaberg said.

The structure is going to be such that the assets of each organization will remain with those entities, Jaberg said.

Both of them will have a board of trustees or board of directors, and then there will be an overarching board for the new entity, she said.

At some point there will be some division of revenues, but that has not yet been determined.

Each organization will maintain somewhat of their own identities since both are so critically important because of what both have done for the state, she said.

"With the research that UNC has and the other research that Carolinas has, we are going to be able to dovetail and really grow research," she said. "The other thing we can do with this is grow access to care. We are going to have a statewide system to really focus on our patients getting the care they need, getting access to care.

"We have talked about it in board meetings. I think that access to care is critically important, and having the strength of these two organizations will be of utmost help to that."

Looking at a map shows that the two organizations do not really cross each other, she said.

"We cover the whole state in very specific communities so that means that far-reaching opportunity is going to be great," Jaberg said. "The other thing that I think is going to help us -- the buying power of UNC is phenomenal. It has helped us maintain the lowest cost structure that we wouldn't have been able to do before.

"This is going to help it even more. As you know, the more you buy, typically the greater the opportunity for cost savings. But also for us, what I see is the opportunity for more physician engagement and recruitment because we have a great UNC organization that has helped us recruit."

Carolinas HealthCare System will provide access to even more physicians, and more education and more training to recruit to Goldsboro and to Wayne County, she said.

"They know about health care, and they care about patients. They care about rural communities. That is important."

Across the nation health care organizations have realized they can't do it on their own, she said. Joint efforts are needed to help make it through the turbulent waters of health care, and Wayne chose UNC, Jaberg said.

It was the right decision for the community, she said.

"So now Carolinas and UNC are saying these turbulent waters, it will be a whole lot better if we do it together," Jaberg said. "This is not going to be close to the last one that you see across the country."
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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The official website for the Maxwell Center is now up and running.

Maxwell Regional Agriculture and Convention Center – Take it to the MAX
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Upcoming events in the city and county.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Celebrating heritage

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Wayne County residents can experience a little bit of Mexican culture at a Mexican Independence Day Fiesta Sept. 16. It will take place at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wayne County in partnership with PNC.

"We are very excited about it," said Wendy Snow Walker, Arts Council director. "We had the Ballet Folklorico de Colores from Wayne County here for Cinco de Mayo and decided we need them for the Fiesta, too."

Greyseal Puppets will also perform puppet shows from around the world, with three different children's stories from other countries. The puppets will be on stage at 11 a.m.

"There is a reporter on the spot who will take everyone through events of Mexican Heritage Day," Ms. Walker said.

Ballet Folklorico will perform at noon.

There will also crafts for visitors to do. And food trucks will be on hand with things like nachos and tacos for sale.

"This is part of our multicultural music night series that is sponsored by PNC," Ms. Walker said.

After the Mexican Day Fiesta, there will be an Octobrewfest Oct. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Brew Works. There will even be a polka band.

The series continues Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Community College. Corazon De Granada, a flamenco troupe consisting of a guitar player, a singer and a flamenco dancer will perform.

A Native American Heritage Day will take place Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont.

There will be more events in the multicultural music night series in the summer and they will also be related to other countries.

All of the series events are free and family friendly.

"At all of these will be a little bit of food and a little education," Ms. Walker said. "We'll have a learning station set up so people can learn a little something about the art and a little something about the country. That's part of why we wanted to create the multicultural music night series. It was more than just the art. You get a little more taste of the culture to go along with it."

For more information about any of these events, call the Arts Council at 919-736-3300.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:13 AM
 
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No parking restrictions for Center Street.

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: City council decides against restrictions on parking

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The Goldsboro City Council decided Tuesday to not set time restrictions on downtown parking along Center Street.

Prior to its unanimous decision, several downtown business owners spoke in favor and against the change, and one resident spoke in opposition.

Councilman Bevan Foster also shared concern about the city's ability to enforce parking limits and the burden parking tickets would have created for people living on fixed incomes, especially those at the Waynesborough House, an elderly living complex.

"We're just not ready for this right now," Foster said.

The proposal, requested by the Downtown Goldsboro Merchants Association, included a two-hour time limit for all parking spaces along Center Street, from Ash to Chestnut streets, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The time restriction was changed to a three-hour limit, based on a recent assessment and feedback from the Downtown Goldsboro Merchants Association, said Julie Metz, Goldsboro downtown development director.

The DGMA requested the restriction due to concern that parking spaces were being occupied for long periods of time by downtown residents and employees of some businesses.

Percy Royal, owner of Royal's Classic Barber Shop, said his customers many times will be at the barber shop longer than two hours and the time restriction would create a problem for his clientele.

"I'm concerned about this Center Street parking," Royal said. "I don't want parking meters."

While parking meters weren't part of the proposal, the city was prepared to issue $25 tickets for anyone taking up a parking space beyond the time limit, said James Rowe, Goldsboro planning director.

April Melrose, owner of the Peach Boutique, supports time limits and said she even watched someone remove a traffic cone from the trunk of a vehicle and place it in a parking space to reserve the spot after the person drove off.

"My concern is, they are there all week," Melrose said. "I do think now is the time to get ahead of the problem before it gets any worse."

Kathy Cornelison, owner of the Carolina Pine Country Store, said she understands some customers may visit stores and the downtown area for longer than two hours. She also said there are other parking areas available, off Center Street, including side streets.

"I don't envy you at all having to make a decision on this topic," Cornelison said. "When you go to towns who have revitalized projects like we implemented, they have two-hour parking on their main center street.

"Downtown screamed for a revitalized downtown. We gave it to them, so now it's time to start implementing projects and activities like two-hour parking."
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Goldsboro has officially washed it's hands of Busco Beach.

City Deletes Busco Beach ETJ - Goldsboro Daily NewsGoldsboro Daily News

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With little fuss the Goldsboro City Council deletes its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for the Busco Beach and ATV Park. After all the discussions and public comments on the Busco Beach property, the city council quickly deleted Goldsboro’s ETJ covering Busco Beach last week on a 5-2 vote. Neighbors have complained about the overnight noise coming from Busco beach when ATV’s are not supposed to be in use. Deleting the ETJ means the county can now choose to enforce its overnight noise ordinance at Busco Beach.
In other words, Goldsboro got tired of dealing with the BS and shoved it onto the county...
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Old 09-11-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Lizard Lick, NC
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hhaha, everyone camps overnight and gets ****ed up out at busco... an end to the good times I guess.
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