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Old 06-19-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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surface lots are the death of downtowns everywhere. literally every other city, Greenville-sized included, is converting them to garages (paid) or buildings. even with hourly rates, they hemorrhage money and do nothing to alleviate parking issues because of induced demand.

Greenville uptown is 56% parking lot or road. There's literally more parking than there are businesses. We don't need more parking.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-rel...ent-ayden.aspx

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AYDEN – A section of a Pitt County road will be closed for approximately three weeks while the N.C. Department of Transportation replaces a large pipe under the roadway.

N.C. 102 in Ayden will be closed between N.C. 11 South and Pleasant Plain Road. The closure will begin at 7 a.m. June 10 and last through 5 p.m. June 28. During this time, crews will replace a storm drain cross line in front of Walgreen’s. If the contractor finishes the work early, the road will reopen sooner.

Traffic will be detoured onto Pleasant Plain Road and Old Snow Hill Road.

Drivers should anticipate needing extra time for their commute and use caution when approaching the work zone.

This construction is part of the Southwest Bypass, which will be a four-lane, 12.6-mile freeway going between two miles south of Ayden on N.C. 11, wrapping around the west side of Ayden and Winterville and ending at the U.S. 264 Bypass, west of Greenville. The new highway should open in 2020.
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Clark Street lot will be a gravel lot per City of Greenville facebook page--further evidence of how costly surface lots are and how little the city intends to invest here (gravel is much cheaper per foot, but looks much worse and gravel will spill into associated sidewalks and roadway for slip/fall hazards).
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Gravel also tears the pavement up as it makes its way into the roadway under tires.

But I agree that turning a vacant lot into temporary parking is a nice shot in the arm for the Dickinson corridor as it becomes established.
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:51 AM
 
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In reference to the parking situation...

The City had hired a consultant to look at it prior to the deck being built, I believe in 2014. Since then I am just guessing, but probably 20 or so businesses have opened in Dickinson Ave/Clark St area....and 700 or so apartments added...and new commercial space been built...

Its 2019...where is the plan? And how is it tied to the Imperial development, which seems to have stalled....

All of these investors investing in a specific downtown area...and the city responds by building a couple of small parking lots, delaying the streetscape project, and not moving forward with a real Imperial project (hotel developers had to contact them, not the other way around)...

Who's in charge at the city level? In recent years, they have fumbled with the location of the transportation center, fumbled with the Sycamore Hill project, delayed putting bathrooms in at the Town Common...and allowed the Theater renovations to take an additional YEAR.

Maybe we need some changes in the Admin staff at the city...maybe some folks have become complacent...or this stuff is beyond them. The developers are helping the city out this decade...and the city cant seem to get its act together.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:34 AM
 
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Now we just have to sort through some of the crap ECU has done to stop the merger of ECUP and VMG. Which apparently ticked off Vidant and they responded by changing the board makeup - and rightfully so.
It was not ECU who nuked the deal or at least not the (at the time) sitting administration. It was someone, somewhere else in the UNC system or state legislature. ECU and Vidant put years of time, labor and money into that merger, jointly announced the merger in 2018 and then 10 months later have irreconcilable differences? I'm not buying it. ECU is part of the UNC system so at best they're stuck in the middle between the UNC system and Vidant but more likely forced to the UNC system's side of things whether they really care to be or not.

It is nice that the children in charge could come to some sort of agreement, but that doesn't solve BSoM's long term issue which is funding from its research hospital for the services it provides. Without the merger, Vidant cannot give money to ECU/BSoM. ECU physicians duplicates services offered by Vidant in an effort to create revenues. ECU BSoM cannot sustain itself and thus requires subsidy from the state. An oft used attack on the school.

Fix the merger and BSoM can be solvent and prosper. But there in-lies (probably) the reason why it was nuked in the first place. The folks in Chapel Hill probably don't want BSoM solvent and prosperous....
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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No one has posted this but a new seafood resturant opened recently over by Ollies: 42-Fry



Hot Dish: 42 Fry now open in Greenville - Daily Reflector


That and that Hook & Reel restaurant coming where HuHot use to be should offer some new seafood options for seafood loves in town.
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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There's a new fish fry in downtown Ayden too called Fryday Nite Fish. They've got rave reviews.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:13 AM
 
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I’m not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but the first co-working space is coming Uptown by the name of Nucleus Uptown. Their website is listed below:

https://www.nucleusuptown.com/
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I'm following Nucleus closely. Not sure if it's going to work as a pure co-working space (it is SUPER tiny) - I'm betting most freelancers just end up working out of Blackbeard. I want it to work.

Co-working spaces have worked in similar-sized cities, but not as just an office-rental model like Nucleus has (publicly) advertised. Container Yard in Mobile is a good example - it's co-working, but they also act as a tiny accelerator for local businesses and offer coaching, seminars, etc., in addition to the four walls and administrative setup.
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