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Old 02-04-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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MrBojangles- How many of the proposals are already budgeted government or education projects versus planners envisioning future investment projects with private funds? Obviously, projects like the Dream Park and a Courthouse or government/ public projects, but what about other projects like those depicted along the waterfront. It wasn't long ago that I saw a local government spend around 100,000 to develop a plan where I live for a large shopping area that was in decline. It was a great plane with great mixed use concepts and it would be a substantial boost to the tax base of the area- with the one problem being that almost all the property was privately held, and the owner had different visions (or really, no vision).
That's a good question and it appears the answer is encouraging...to tack on Bojangles answer, I believe these projects are funded...

Multi-modal Center (City is putting up money as well as federal)
Bankruptcy Courthouse....federal funded
Visitor's Center
Evans Streetscape
10th St Connector

and if you factor in that the Reade Corridor will be funded by ECU it makes the Town Commons project a viable project.

I'm not convinced on all of the Imperial stuff....but at least they are cleaning it up.

Let me also add that the 10th St connector will REMOVE about 60 or so current buildings in its path, many of which are substandard. THAT will be a major improvement that could be carried to the Dickinson/Imperial/Ficklen areas.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:14 PM
 
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The former location of Wasabi 88 apparently has a new tenant. There is a formal sign already up for Shogun, a Japanese restaurant. That was a quick replacement, but I don't know when it will be open.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Wassabi's new location seems to be going good so far. They looked packed every time I drive by there. Great food - hope it works out for them.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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So 30 area business and civic leaders donated a total of $10,000 toward the $50,000 needed to commission a feasibility study by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, for a possible minor league team.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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Development contractors have spoke to the East Carolina board of trustees, who said if the school sells or leases land, the money goes back to the state, with no guarantee of any funds returning to local coffers. The setback has stalled ECU development plans.

That makes sense why we haven't seen any private/ECU development. I wonder if we would need UNC System or General Assembly approval to keep all of the revenues.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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What about the Alumni Center? Can't that project move forward?
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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What about the Alumni Center? Can't that project move forward?
Like everything, it needs funding. I haven't heard that it is moving forward.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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The 116,000 square foot VA Facility is almost 50% complete. It will open next January and employ around 300 people.

New Greenville V.A. Facility 48% Complete
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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Sup Dogs is building a new deck. Not sure of the specifics.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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The Interstate 264 project is facing opposition from Kinston. Kinston believes the best way is to get the Interstate into Lenoir County first and then to Ayden. They would like to see US 70 upgraded to Interstate status and connected to I-795 in Goldsboro.

"If you look at a map of Eastern North Carolina, and if one of our major transportation goals for the Global TransPark is getting interstate shielding in Lenoir County, the best way to make that happen is for a northern bypass to connect to the (Interstate) 795 Goldsboro-Hwy. 70 bypass and have Harvey Parkway extend all the way to the southwestern (U.S.) 264 bypass of Ayden,” Murphy said.

Kinston, Greenville, Ayden mayors collaborate - Local - Free Press & Jones Post

My opinion is that the 264 project stands a better chance of being approved. The reason is because US 264 is already a limited access high speed highway. US 70 would need a ton of work to upgrade it to Interstate standards. There are feeder roads, homes, businesses and at least one sharp turn right on US 70. All of those would have to go. Greenville also has a rapidly growing population and healthy economic base as opposed to Kinston's shrinking population.
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