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Old 05-19-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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The lane reduction on the Evans Street Streetscape is now a no-go, due to the new development (Georgetown Commons).
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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GO-Science Phase 1 (Administrative offices and open space) should be ready by the start of school.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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If everything goes to plan (receiving the grants), the Imperial Warehouse site could start to see cleanup the first part of 2014.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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There is talk of performing a 10th St corridor analysis for safety improvements. Two sections, Cotanche to Elm, and Greenville to Oxford.
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There really needs to be a divided median that stretches from Stantonsburg at 264, through Farmville, and 10th Street past Portertown Road.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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New greenway signage will be installed on ECU to connect the current Green Mill Run Greenway terminus at College Hill, to the future segment at Charles Blvd.
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At one time there was talk of continuing this greenway following the creek to the new section. As in passing through Rock Springs and The Province. Hopefully that future section will be constructed.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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I really hope they keep the Ham's Distillery tank thing on the outside. Would be a nice historical piece of art
It's a grain storage bin, and it was purely for decoration, never used to store anything but wasp nests.

I would really love to have the HAMS sign on the front of the building. A lot of my beer-centric friends and I loved that place. Plus, the guy who made the beer there was extremely talented. He's now one of the brewers at Foothills (FOOTHILLS BREWING - EST. 2004, WINSTON-SALEM, NC).
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:06 AM
 
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New greenway signage will be installed on ECU to connect the current Green Mill Run Greenway terminus at College Hill, to the future segment at Charles Blvd.
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At one time there was talk of continuing this greenway following the creek to the new section. As in passing through Rock Springs and The Province. Hopefully that future section will be constructed.
IMO, the City would be better to utilize College Hill as the Greenway corridor. Think turn left, widen the sidewalk on the right side go through the new Belk complex and get funding for the 14th and RR bridge crossing incorporated into transportation dollars. Then once on the Athletic side, head back down the Hill to the Charles crossing. Use ECU dollars with City (potentially grant) dollars to cover the cost and it serves both purposes. Certainly any section there would be primarily utilized by students and staff so keep it on College Hill where there is public safety, lighting, etc already in place.

What would be even cooler would be a tunnel. And before folks say that is crazy, think about the fact that this is on the Hill, would cross both a street and RR and there are other major public universities with tunnels for their student pedestrian traffic.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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From Sunday's paper:


The Daily Reflector

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Greenville planners are looking for a backup plan for development of available real estate on Evans Street after bids to build and sell a mixed-use office-retail building in the location produced no viable opportunities, city officials said.

The delay and possible change of those plans at 423 Evans St. might be of less consequence except for concurrent plans to build a parking deck behind the property, facing Cotanche Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, city staff said.


While the City Council planned last year to develop the parking deck in 2013, the Greenville Redevelopment Commission explored the possibility of developing a public/private partnership to construct a four-story mixed-use office/retail building at the site it owns at 423 Evans St., the former Joan's Fashion building.

Plans were made to combine the procurement processes for both projects, to be completed in full earlier this month, with ground-breaking projected for October, planning officials said.

The procurement process was briefly delayed based on staff understanding that the Convention and Visitors Bureau, a potential tenant in the office building, needed to clarify its ability to lease versus purchase its proposed space in the building. With the CVB’s decision to lease rather than purchase space in the building, the dual procurement process commenced in April with proposals from developers and construction management due on April 19.

As development plans proceeded, the cost per-square-foot became prohibitive for potential office space lessees, Community Development Department Director Merrill Flood said. The project review team received three replies, a team member said. One was classified as non-responsive and the others were reviewed in detail.

On April 29, senior city planner Carl Rees informed the Redevelopment Commission that despite the best efforts of city staff and the commission members working on the committee for the 423 Evans St. office building project, the second round of proposals received for the project remained at price points that were unaffordable for the potential users of the building.

received three
> responses. One was classified as non-responsive and the other two were
> reviewed in detailLease rates remained well above the $10-$15 rates typical in the Uptown district and sale-per-square-foot prices remained too high for the city’s institutional partner. Both the CVB and the institutional partner formally withdrew from the project, leaving no users for the building. The staff recommended that the Redevelopment Commission set aside the office building project.

That left the city staff with a further issue of how to proceed with development and construction of the planned parking deck on the site of the current outdoor Moseley parking lot behind the Evans Street property.

Due to site constraints associated with adjacent buildings, it was expected that portions of the Moseley lot would be used as a staging and construction equipment access area during the early stages of the office building construction project.

Alignment of construction schedules and mobilization for the office project and the parking deck project were considered pivotal to the process, according to staff reports. Once the Moseley parking lot would no longer be needed for staging and access for the office building, site work would begin for the parking deck. Now that the Evans Street project is defunct, and the work on the parking deck continues, the formula for any future construction of the Evans property will be problematic, Flood said.

“With ongoing growth and development in the downtown district, we’ve reached the parking saturation point, so with the deck project having to move forward, we’re going to have to restudy what happens with that (Evans) lot,” Flood said. “The market is just not ready to absorb the cost of building there to lease.”

Staff estimates placed the cost for construction of the parking deck at approximately $3,810,400. The city council approved in April for Barnhill Construction to be manager at risk for the parking project.

City Manager Barbara Lipscomb is working on approaches to finance the project and will present her findings to the council for approval when completed, Flood said.

The Redevelopment Commission had expected to sell the property at 423 Evans S. for fair market value, which had been established at $198,250.





A shame that they couldn't get this building done. If a smaller building can't be done, I would suggest putting another leased/paid parking area or turn it into a sort of park / commons area with some park benches, maybe a water fountain. Possibly a stage area that would go well with an "Alive after Five" program.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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A shame that they couldn't get this building done. If a smaller building can't be done, I would suggest putting another leased/paid parking area or turn it into a sort of park / commons area with some park benches, maybe a water fountain. Possibly a stage area that would go well with an "Alive after Five" program.
There is talk in turning it into a temporary? park, if more desirable options are exhausted.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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I noticed the coastal photo thread is no longer stickied (but the rarely viewed or posted-in events thread still is). Any chance this thread gets a sticky designation, as it leads by a whole lot in both posts and views in this forum section?
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