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Old 09-08-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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View of the new apartment/retail complex site from Cotanche St., with the Cupola Bldg. and the new bankruptcy court in the background.
This isn't where Georgetown Commons or whatever its called is going, is it? Is this the place across the street from the library, or is this the place closer to ECU?
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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This isn't where Georgetown Commons or whatever its called is going, is it? Is this the place across the street from the library, or is this the place closer to ECU?
It's the former Georgetown complex/Ham's block. I was on Cotanche near the ECU rec center entrance, facing west. It's harder to recognize with the hill being gone, isn't it?
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Plato's Closet sign is up next to Cici's Pizza. Scheduled to open this Fall.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:28 PM
 
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Plato's Closet sign is up next to Cici's Pizza. Scheduled to open this Fall.
Sweet!!
When I first moved here from Atlanta I wondered why there wasn't a Plato's Closet here with so many college students running around, and I wanted to open one SO BAD...either way I'm glad it's coming to Greenville...it's going to take those other boutique stores right out of business that are downtown because they are WAAYYY too expensive. Hopefully it can expand with locations in other places, like one in Winterville :-)
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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When I first moved here from Atlanta I wondered why there wasn't a Plato's Closet here with so many college students running around, and I wanted to open one SO BAD...either way I'm glad it's coming to Greenville...
It is amazing that no one has opened one before. Plato's Closet is like a poor man's franchise in that the financial requirements are super low. You only need $75k in cash and $250k net worth.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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New info about the CommunitySmith redevelopment project on 5th and Cotanche.

It will include the locations of The Other Place (OP), Smoke Out Hookah Lounge, Hair by Rycke, and the old Rumors building.

Demolition and remodeling will begin in the next 30-60 days

Estimated completion date is Aug. 2014

ECU is leasing ~8,000 square feet of office space.

Plans to bring offices and retail businesses to the location as well, including a clothing store.

Community plans to remodel Fifth Street | The East Carolinian
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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VA gives progress report on center

Veterans Administration officials gave a progress report on the new Greenville VA Health Care Center during a Thursday meeting at American Legion Post No. 39.

About 30 people attended the briefing given by Sara Haigh, associate director of the Durham VA Medical Center, and Tom Delaney, administrator of the Greenville facility.

The facility is expected to serve all of eastern North Carolina. That represents 10,000 veterans already being treated in Greenville and about 4,500 in Morehead City, Haigh said.

While the new facility won’t open until early 2014, the existing clinic’s malfunctioning telephone system will be replaced next week, Haigh said.

Construction of the 115,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in late October or early November, Delaney said.

“In the last week, on the outside, you’ve seen the metal panels going up, you’ve seen the start of the landscape, the trees, the parking,” he said.

The outpatient clinic will be the first to move to the new facility, he said.

Haigh said mental health services will be integrated with the outpatient clinic instead of being in a separate area.

Once the outpatient clinic is operational, other services will be brought online, Delaney said. This includes a pharmacy, radiology, a full-service laboratory, and vision and dental care. Treatment in medical specialities will be offered, including cardiology, gastroenterology, dermatology and oncology, Delaney said.

There also will be clinical space dedicated to women’s medical care.

The plan is to work with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine to provide the specialists who will lead the center’s programs, Delaney said. It’s similar to how the Durham facility works with Duke University’ medical school.

Nearly every service available in Durham will be available in Greenville, except inpatient care and emergency care.

Several people at the briefing complained about the lack of emergency care at the facility. One woman said when her husband suffered a heart attack and was taken to Vidant Medical Center, they could not receive reimbursement for the care from the Veterans Administration. Haigh said one of her staff members met with the couple.

Delaney said the center has started its hiring process. About 150 jobs are available, he said. All applicants must apply through www.USAJOBS.gov.

Haigh said the VA is committed to employing veterans, saying the best help a veteran can receive is employment. More than 40 percent of the recent hires at the Durham facility are veterans, she said.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., said the new center will be a dream come true for area veterans.

“I am really pleased they would come down from Durham to answer any questions our veterans have abut the clinic,” Jones said.


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Old 09-11-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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Bids sought for theater renovation

The Greenville Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday approved several proposals to move forward on redevelopment projects throughout the city, including repairs to the Theater Uptown and a lease and repairs for the new GO-Science site.

Commission members also voted on access design for the downtown parking deck and awards through the Small Business Plan Competition.

City staff is nearly ready to start soliciting bids for repairs to the former White Theater building, most recently Park Theater and now Theater Uptown, on Fifth Street in downtown Greenville.

The work on the about 100-year-old, 7,500-square-foot building includes two phases of renovation. Phase one consists of repairing the exterior shell to ensure the building is structurally sound and water-tight until interior renovations can be completed. This includes repairing the fly loft roof and walls, repairing some of the main building's roof framing and masonry repairs to the front facade. Asbestos abatement work also will be completed in phase one.

Phase two includes renovating the interior and constructing a three-story addition on the rear of the building.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the next month or two, Rees said.

The design for phase one has been completed, and construction will be handled by local firm RPA Engineering.

The commission voted unanimously to approve a construction management agreement with RPA Engineering for $8,500. There is about $150,000 in the budget to fund renovations, the amount it will take to bring the building up to code.

The commission bought the building in 2008 for about $180,000. Community meetings and discussion regarding funding the theater's renovation have been ongong for two years, but no plans have been made, Economic Development Officer Carl Rees said.

A public-private partnership is being considered to manage the building.

Uptown Greenville has taken the lead in reaching out to private companies interested in partnering with the city on the project, Rees said. Two or three private-sector suitors have expressed interest, he said.

The building is the last historic theater building in the city, Rees said.

Other action taken:

The commission unanimously approved having staff develop a lease with GO-Science for property at 729 Dickinson Ave. The lease will include $200,000 in repairs as "owner improvements."

The lease is set to begin within 30 days.

The building was purchased by the commission to create a children's science museum and education center. GO-Science is a nonprofit organization focused on science education.

Rees said the organization hopes to make the Dickinson Avenue location its permanent home.

GO-Science is in the middle of a capital campaign for the first phase of its interior improvements and to move forward and occupy the rest of the building.

The lease has a two-year initial term at $1 per year and is renewable provided progress is made toward implementation of other phases of the project to expand GO-Science's presence in the building. When the first phase is complete, GO-Science will begin holding programs immediately.

GO-Science only will lease the showroom part of the building and will be responsible for all costs for furniture, fixtures and other items. Go-Science also is responsible for day-to-day maintenance and janitorial costs for the showroom area, including restroom facilities.

Repairs by the commission include flooring, interior upfits and facade improvements.

Charlotte-based Walker Parking was approved as the design firm for the downtown parking deck by City Council earlier this summer and will partner with local design firms The East Group, RGG Architecture and Rivers and Associates.

The commission voted unanimously to allow staff to develop services with a firm to create a design for access from a vacant lot at 423 Evans St. to the parking deck site. Total costs cannot exceed $30,000.

Rees said the quickest and easiest way to accomplish this is to use Rivers and Associates, which is under an "on-call" contract with the city until January, including "on-call engineering services to supplement the Department of Public Works Engineering Division for small, low-cost projects and studies."

A community input meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Shepperd Memorial Library regarding the project.

The conceptual design is expected to be completed within the next month, and the design will go before council on Oct. 7.

City staff presented information on applicants for the July round of the Small Business Plan Competition. Six applications were received, but three withdrew to continue work on their plans or to be considered at a later date.

The program was created to stimulate local entrepreneurship and awards $15,000 to $30,000 per business. Grant funds can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, improvements to real property, expansion and other uses.

Art Avenue, a gallery and working art studio in downtown Greenville aimed at becoming a limited liability company, applied for a $15,000 award.

Courtside Café is a deli and diner with plans to revamp the restaurant décor and menu to provide a more upscale environment.

The business plan was eligible for up to a $30,000 award based on the number of additional employees hired. There only has been one other $30,000 award, Commissioner Jeremy King said.

Software-based tech company eAudit seeks to recover losses for online companies that use shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS and is looking for a location between Raleigh and Emerald Isle.

Greenville's downtown would become home to the company if awarded financial support through the competition.

Based on owner investment and location in the city, the company was eligible for a $15,000 award.

The commission unanimously approved awards to Art Avenue and eAudit, and voted 5-2 to approve Courtside Cafe's $30,000 award.


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Old 09-11-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Sweet!!
When I first moved here from Atlanta I wondered why there wasn't a Plato's Closet here with so many college students running around, and I wanted to open one SO BAD...either way I'm glad it's coming to Greenville...it's going to take those other boutique stores right out of business that are downtown because they are WAAYYY too expensive. Hopefully it can expand with locations in other places, like one in Winterville :-)
Which boutique stores downtown are you referring to?
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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I am glad they are taking some sort of action on the theatre It has been an eyesore for a while. With the new Community Smith stuff starting soon, the whole area will start to look differently.

Living in Raleigh, I haven't been able to make my way to Gville as much as I would like...Has there been any word on the building they tore down near Tipsy Teapot/Dale's? Does it still have the fence up? That lot could be a nice walkthrough area from the new Parking Deck to the main portion of downtown.

Glad to see so much going on in the downtown area.
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