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Old 04-02-2014, 11:50 PM
 
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Hopefully they will remodel some. Last time i was in pirates den, it had missing tiles from the floor and just generally looked run down.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Hopefully they will remodel some. Last time i was in pirates den, it had missing tiles from the floor and just generally looked run down.
Without knowing anything, I would pretty much guarantee it. They WILL fail if anything otherwise.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Regarding Pirates Den, the previous owner was a young lady with zero experience and a not enough maturity to be successful. The renovations on the exterior are great, but the interior does need a lot of help. The space is so large, they almost need to put up a wall on the right in the front area and create a another small boutique space and rent it separately. Excited to see a more established entity like Fitzgerald's moving in. Now the locals need to step up and support it.

Off topic, hearing whispers that an Uptown hotel announcement is eminent... Anyone else have any info? Also, where is the feasibility study on the ballpark/minor league team?
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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This place (former Andy's/Jethro's on Cotanche St) has been "Coming Soon" for months, but have recently put up signage. Not sure if late Spring/early Summer is a good time to launch a restaurant in downtown Greenville. Maybe they'll be alright if they focus on the court and legal community.
This will be a Salvadorian restaurant and international bakery. Even though the bakery aspect may have some appeal, I don't see much success on the restaurant front.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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It looks like they are beginning to build something behind the Papa John's on Firetower rd has anyone heard what it could be?
I called ONLINE on firetower road and asked them, and they said they heard it was going to be a restaurant.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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I called ONLINE on firetower road and asked them, and they said they heard it was going to be a restaurant.
Interesting to see what it will be. With the "shiny diner" place that's been vacant for years wonder why they chose to build vs remodeling/reworking that location. Thanks for the info
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I saw in the reflector that all the parcels have been purchased minus one for the 10th street connector. The one hold out I guarantee is the Bingo place. That dude needs to sell before they just up & give him fair market value for it. He's holding up progress with that dump. with a new building surely he could get more business.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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City Council unanimously approved moving forward to seek no more than $5.5M for downtown parking deck.

And, council was told by potential downtown hotel developer that their hotel wouldn't happen without parking deck, among other things.
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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Here's a little more info from the Reflector:

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For more from Monday’s Greenville City Council meeting, check Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Reflector.

Greenville’s City Council on Monday agreed to raise the financing limit for the city’s downtown parking deck.


Council members were told at a March meeting that construction bids — expected to top out at about $4.2 million — came in about $1 million higher.

Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan in March attributed the higher cost to having several large construction projects ongoing in the city, the need for specialty contractors, and the cost for a brick facade and clock tower.

Mulligan said the deck has drawn 102 bids, about the most he said he has seen for a project. Twenty-two percent of bids came from Pitt County and 53 percent came from east of I-95.

Greenville has committed about $270,000 toward the deck to date, he said.

“If we stop here, $270,000 leaves our pockets,” Mulligan said. “And we have a design that sits on the shelf.”

Mulligan said the design team has met since March and worked to lower costs for the parking structure.

The city was able to save nearly $200,000 by re-bidding a plumbing contract, changing some materials for different aspects of the deck like handrails and drainage pipes, and making other modifications, he said.

Mulligan said the design team still is looking for ways to further lower costs.

The new estimated construction cost is about $4.89 million, Mulligan said. The a final cost of the deck will be about $5 million, including debt service financing, he said.

The City Council voted unanimously to approve raising the financing the city can pre-approve from no more than $4.2 million to no more than $5.5 million. This does not require $5.5 million to be spent on the deck, but allows the city to finance up to that amount, according to Director of Financial Services Bernita Demery.

Mulligan said staff does not expect the deck’s cost to come near the $5.5 million limit.

The actual contract for the parking deck will come back to the City Council at its May 6 meeting.

The city will finance the deck for 15 years at a 3.25 interest rate, according to agenda documents.

Economic Development Officer Carl Rees said work on the deck goes back to about 2010, when it became apparent that parking downtown was “getting tight” and businesses wanted parking near their businesses, and that it was difficult for people to find acceptable parking downtown.

Rees said although there is parking downtown, many lots are not available for use by the general public.

While Rees said not building the deck wouldn’t “be the end of the world,” he said it would be “a nice boost” for economic development downtown.

The deck will provide a mix of hourly and leased parking, with about 130 of the 240 spaces planned to be leased, Rees said. Construction was expected to begin in April and be completed by the end of the year, but delays from re-planning the financing may push it back a bit, staff said.

The council held a public hearing at its Monday night meeting. About 40 people attended.

Some said they wanted to see the city rebid the project in the attempt to come closer to the $4.2 million originally expected.

A representative from a developer planning a hotel in downtown Greenville said the parking deck is a key component to plans for the hotel and that its success hinges on the city constructing the deck.

Uptown Greenville Director Bianca Shoneman spoke in favor of the deck and had several individuals stand in the audience, indicating their support.

Downtown property owner Don Edwards spoke in favor of the deck, highlighting new businesses and developments, including a hotel in the lot beside the deck and the “Super Block” coming to downtown Greenville.
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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very interesting article. Exciting to hear that there actual, real are plans for a hotel downtown. This is a must if they want to continue to improve the downtown area. Anyone know anything about the "Super Block" area they are referring to?
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