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Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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Now that is nice to see! Thank you.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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What do people think about the ‘three-strike’ housing registry? It brings accountability to it all. The Council will consider a violation-based rental registry for west Greenville and the Tar River-university neighborhood. After two or more housing code violations, properties will be subject to inspection. If a landlords get three strikes, or their property ranks in the top 10 percent of Greenville sites for crime and disorder, they must receive a permit to continue to lease homes, according to early proposals of the plan.
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I think it is a good idea. Up in the air if it actually will work. I REALLY like the "...or their property ranks in the top 10 percent of Greenville...." For the most part (by the current conditions), renters in both areas don't care about the surrounding neighborhood. Students will live in the area for only a few years. It would be impossible for the government to decide who should live there, nor should they have that ability. But landlords do have that decision.

I can see a drop in the rental rate, which could lead to selling of the homes. Hopefully that will bring families in to buy the properties and either tear them down, or rehab them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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The building permit for the Federal Courthouse was submitted this week. Almost $4.8 million.

Also, what is St. James UMC doing? They are about to have a big build over there. 3.4 mill worth.
They have a big construction sign out in front of the Church. It looks like a large fellowship hall/classrooms/meeting rooms type building.

I am not sure where it will be built as of now. St. James owns the block in between the church and 5th Street. It would be nice to see something architecturally appealing on that block. So it makes 5th St look even better.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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It isn't a "big" thing, like with some of the stuff here, but it looks like the 4th floor of the ECU ECHI is receiving equipment/material. It is a big deal because the fourth floor is where cardiac/metabolic research will be conducted.

So hopefully new faculty members could be recruited here, and maybe have a worthwhile discovery or two.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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I think it is a good idea. Up in the air if it actually will work. I REALLY like the "...or their property ranks in the top 10 percent of Greenville...." For the most part (by the current conditions), renters in both areas don't care about the surrounding neighborhood. Students will live in the area for only a few years. It would be impossible for the government to decide who should live there, nor should they have that ability. But landlords do have that decision.

I can see a drop in the rental rate, which could lead to selling of the homes. Hopefully that will bring families in to buy the properties and either tear them down, or rehab them.
I'm leery of any tool that can be used to arbitrarily reduce the rental stock especially in a primarily service-based city economy such as Greenville's. Getting rid of the worst of the worst slums is fine, for both crime and safety reasons especially student slums, but if they're going to use it to reduce stock or attract absentee landlords and ultimately jack up rental prices, it's a bad idea.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/PT2063.pdf

Rather lengthy PDF file, dated 2006, apparently a registration form to put downtown Greenville's west end on the National Register of Historic Places. Pages 10-21 list most of the numerous businesses that have been down there in more than the last 100 years. If you've got time on your hands, you might find some of this to be of interest in terms of what was and what possibly could be.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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I'm leery of any tool that can be used to arbitrarily reduce the rental stock especially in a primarily service-based city economy such as Greenville's. Getting rid of the worst of the worst slums is fine, for both crime and safety reasons especially student slums, but if they're going to use it to reduce stock or attract absentee landlords and ultimately jack up rental prices, it's a bad idea.
What is the problem in reducing the rental supply? If supply is reduced, then demand (and better quality residents) would come.

I personally think they should clear out the houses near the Tar River. They never completely recovered from Hurricane Floyd. Just look at the FEMA flood plain. Everything north of Avery St and Willow St should become a park.


Light Blue - Tar River
Pink - Floodway
Darker Blue - AE 100-Year Flood Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is determined
Green - X-Shaded is the 500 year flood

That would reduce the demand, which should help increase the value of the other rental houses.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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So I just saw that old hotel on memorial near the post office that always had the land that would flood with a lot of rain has been demolished. Good riddence. I didn't know it was still in business, guess it was the 'a few hours' type of business if I had to guess. Anyone know of what might be going there? Bare land is better than that place was.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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New pic of uptown
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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^^^ hopefully in the future they can turn all them parking lots into parking garages and mix used developments
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