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Old 01-18-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I agree with you Boj, 100%!

If Greenville can come up with a 2-2500 seat stadium downtown, that would be ideal.

If we can't get anything downtown, I still think a model such as this (stadium with a baseball/soccer/football/lacrosse field would be a good fit somewhere else in Greenville. Maybe not with the other soccer fields or tennis courts.
Doesn't Greenville already have a nice stadium at Guy Smith Park? It could use more seats but there is room for them there. There are a couple of larger vacant lots across Moye Blvd that could be utilized for parking.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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Doesn't Greenville already have a nice stadium at Guy Smith Park? It could use more seats but there is room for them there. There are a couple of larger vacant lots across Moye Blvd that could be utilized for parking.
Wouldn't it need extensive upgrading to become a MiLB/summer league ball park?
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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Doesn't Greenville already have a nice stadium at Guy Smith Park? It could use more seats but there is room for them there. There are a couple of larger vacant lots across Moye Blvd that could be utilized for parking.
One of the main reasons people have been pushing to bring a baseball team here is to help provide another attraction to bring people downtown. It just doesn't make sense economically to spend money on an old stadium in a less desirable location when you can build a new one in downtown that can be one of the biggest developments to the downtown area. If people go to a ball game then they are gonna want to go eat something at the restaurants nearby and then they might go into a store next door. Even though most of the profit would go to paying off the stadium's debt it would still provide a much bigger purpose to the area.

Anyhow, there are my thoughts on the stadium.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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Doesn't Greenville already have a nice stadium at Guy Smith Park? It could use more seats but there is room for them there. There are a couple of larger vacant lots across Moye Blvd that could be utilized for parking.
No offense, Richard, but you can not get the economic benefits of a minor league team in an outdated facility...unless it has some real Historic value to it...Edenton's stadium is very historic and they draw very well. Wilson's stadium is pretty Historic....

wilsontobs.com: History

And certainly Grainger in Kinston is. Guy Smith is not in that same category, IMO. Its not the worst location, but I think with Greenville's growth there is no reason that it can't support something bigger and get better economic development from it than you would get off Memorial Drive.

I have always liked the Town Common as a potential site for a baseball stadium in Greenville. It has a slope where it could be built into the ground like Williamsport's Little League stadium (at a lesser grade though) and expanded in the outfield with some grass berms above the outfield walls.

As well, the 1st/2nd St areas (north of the courthouse essentially) all need to be redeveloped from their 1 story office buildings into mixed use. Putting something like that in the Common could produce a surge in re-development downtown and put the Courthouse in the middle of downtown, rather than essentially being the end. It could spur re-development of the bank sites, which could still house a bank, but also include mixed use components. It could also increase the value of the rentals in the area that are walkable to the Town Common. Finally, it would increase the Town Common's use and the attractiveness of the waterfront and natural area as a backdrop to downtown.

I do not agree that the Town Common should be sold and developed, but I do think a stadium would be a wise add to the public land that already exists. Then the private property across the street can be developed.

Financing is an issue and fundraising should start immediately by the City and Uptown Greenville because it could take years. But if you create other plans for the property, most likely NOTHING will ever happen....besides that one apartment complex, that area of downtown has seen nothing for a real long time.

Edit...let me add that I think eventually Greenville could support a 5-8K facility in that spot that could also serve as a concert/festival venue. I think it's ideal. A couple of hotels could go up across the street as well as apartment buildings. THAT is how you transform downtown Greenville...that and clean up Dickinson Avenue as part of the 10th St project.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:17 PM
 
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The southeast corner of the intersection of Old Tar Rd. (Evans St.) and Firetower is being developed. Any info on this?
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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The southeast corner of the intersection of Old Tar Rd. (Evans St.) and Firetower is being developed. Any info on this?
I wonder what type of development it is.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Someone pulled a hideous and somewhat dilapidated modular office building to that lot last week. I hope it either gets heavily renovated or removed.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Nevermind.

Last edited by Richard Martin; 01-21-2014 at 10:39 AM..
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Upset bid made on bus garage

Pitt County Schools has received its first upset bid for its bus garage property.

Greenville-based Ward Holdings LLC submitted a bid of $1.716 million for the 15.79-acre property located at 901 Mall Drive, across the street from the Greenville Grande movie theater on Greenville Boulevard.

The former highest bid was $1.625 million submitted by Elliot Greer, owner of Greenville Nissan.

Under North Carolina law, government entities must sell property through an upset bid process where each offer is advertised and competitors have 10 days to submit a bid higher by a certain percentage. The process ends when no counter offer is received by 10 days after the latest bid.

Pitt County Schools used the process to sell the former Third Street School. The first bid was received in October 2011 and the deal was finalized 10 months later in August 2012.

Pitt County Schools will advertise the new bid Sunday. Interested buyers will have until Jan. 29 to submit a bid of least $1,802,123, Rob Sonnenberg, school system attorney, said. Any qualifying higher bid must include a 5 percent deposit payable by certified funds, Sonnenberg said.

The bus garage property is worth $3.43 million, according to Pitt County tax records.

The garage and property will be sold “as-is,” Sonnenberg said. The buyer also must be willing to lease the property to Pitt County Schools for up to two years..

The school system initially decided to sell the garage in 2012.

People interested in bidding on the property should send a sealed bid with the offer to Sonnenberg at 1717 W. Fifth St., Greenville NC 27858.
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I wonder what Ward has plans for? An "expansion" of the stores around there?
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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ECU trustees share building goals

East Carolina’s Board of Trustees shared updates Monday about the progress of new student centers and a longer-term goal of a new alumni center.

Virginia Hardy, ECU vice chancellor for student affairs, said during a conference call meeting that two students and a member of the university’s parent council communicated to the UNC Board of Governors Budget Finance Committee how essential the parking garage and new student centers are to meeting student needs.

Hardy said the administration continues to meet with students, including meetings today at the university’s Health Sciences Campus and next week at East Campus, about programming and what they would like to see in the buildings.

Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Brinkley said though the projects are funded by student fee increases, they also coincide with a reduction in student fees for other purposes.

“Even though there’s a net increase, it’s certainly not the size of increase it would have been had we moved this forward as fast as we really would like to,” Brinkley said. “It’s very appropriate that the Board of Governors look at these things, and they are taking close looks at anything and any kind of project that increases cost. I think they see the need for this.”

Hardy said drafts and renderings of the new student centers will be available in the next few weeks.

Another major construction project the board discussed included a larger alumni center on campus. The center now is located in a house on East Fifth Street.

Glen Gilbert, interim vice chancellor for University Advancement, said that project would be funded by donations.

“It is a much lower priority than some of our other projects, and it really requires non-state funds,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert said the project only has received “modest donations” of $20,000 for a center projected to cost about $15 million. He said there are no major prospects for major donors.

Chancellor Steve Ballard said the first step for jump-starting the project is to find one or a few major donors who would give large donations for naming rights to buildings. He said the school can take time for planning.

“In terms of process, we’re in the very early stages of this project,” he said.

The Board of Trustees also announced it has received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Provost Marilyn Sheerer said the university has yet to receive the letter.

Sheerer said there has been a push for assessments of student learning outcomes recently and ECU will forward them to SACS in the fall.

“They would like to see continued monitoring of that process and those assessment reports, and we will deliver that in September,” she said.

The board also approved provisions to its interim “Exempt from the Personnel Act” employees Process and Procedures Policy, including placing the burden of proof on employees to prove a disciplinary action is improper and clarifying cases that involve separation from employment or suspension without pay will not receive pay during appeals.
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