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Old 06-17-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I don't know that Kangaroo will rebuild. They have been in a shrinking mode for a few years and I had heard rumblings that store might close anyway.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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There is a Trade right next to Char-Grill near that intersection.

In terms of the Dunkin Donuts...maybe they will re-package. A small Dunkin Donuts was just built near the College and Oleander intersection in Wilmington. It's a small parcel that wouldn't support a gas station. I don't even think a free standing Starbucks would locate there its so small.

What would be really nice is for the City to buy it and use it for Gateway type plantings...
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Greenville
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That intersection is so busy I would actually hate to see a gas station put back in there. Congested to get into or out of most of the time. With the Hess station just down the street, really don't need another station there IMO.

I'm with you HP91 - the city should buy it for Gateway plans.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:21 AM
 
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I'm on board for another DD. It would be a good opportunity for some of the students to pick up part-time work.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:43 PM
 
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Forgot to mention that Chick-fil-a is getting remodeled and currently closed. I forgot when they will reopen though.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Reopening July 7th I believe
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Greenville
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Which Chick-Fil-A? The one in the Target shopping center?
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Yes
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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A few stories from the Daily Reflector:

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ECU under construction


Daily Reflector, The (Greenville, NC) - Thursday, June 19, 2014
As the summer sweltering heat descends on Greenville, construction projects and other campus improvements are also heating up at East Carolina University.

The university is ramping up dozens of construction projects and other improvements during the summer months when most students are on vacation.

The largest project ECU is taking on is the construction of Gateway East and West at the top of College Hill.

The new residence halls take the place of Belk Hall, which was demolished in January.

John G. Fields, director of facilities, engineering and architectural services, said the university is planning to finish the 720-bed $59 million residence hall by July 31, 2015.

“It is moving along under a fast and furious pace,” Fields said.

ECU also is working on a $10.2 million renovation to White Residence Hall to update bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and fourth floors.

Minges Coliseum is being outfitted with new lighting, acoustical upgrades and fire alarm systems that will be about $499,000.

Fields said upgrades to the Minges Natatorium will include high output energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and acoustical improvements that will dampen sound in the pool area, which is projected to be finished about Aug. 15.

The fire alarm system upgrades in the coliseum and the Health and Human Performance Building will be done before the beginning of the basketball season while working around a busy summer schedule.

“We have to plan around summer camps and graduations and special events and all of those kinds of things,” Fields said.

He said other projects that people at ECU will benefit from, but not necessarily notice, will be two steam and condensate infrastructure projects that will cost a projected $3 million and an $835,000 chiller on the Health Sciences Campus.

“We have a lot of things going on during the summer time that are typically out of sight out of mind, infrastructure related sort of things,” he said.

Some more visible projects included one that increases visibility.

ECU installed LED lights on the main campus mall and along Chancellor Way for about $552,000.

“They’re very energy efficient and they have a wonderful look about them at night,” Fields said. “It’s a master plan project, and it’s an energy saving project for us, as well.”

Another master plan project includes expanding bicycle and pedestrian ways further east and west, extending what ECU has done to Founders Drive.

Motorists no longer can drive all the way through campus on Founders Drive since that project finished in the fall, which Fields said increases safety.

“It’s really about pedestrian and bicycle safety, because there are a lot of students at class time that traverse that area and it’s really hard to drive a vehicle through there,” he said. “I’m surprised we haven’t had more accidents at that location prior to the closing.”

ECU also is replacing five bus shelters this summer for about $570,000, which will include electronic screens to announce when buses are coming.

Lake Laupus, a stormwater management pond on the Health Sciences Campus, also will see an improvement at a cost of $355,000. Fields said sediment from stormwater fill up ponds slowly, making it less effective over time.

“Every so often you have to go in and dredge a lake like that to restore it back to its original capacity to manage the stormwater and sediments appropriately,” he said.

Future projects the university is planning on starting in about a year include a new student union on main campus with a 700-car parking deck and a student services building on the Health Sciences Campus.

The funding for the projects have been approved by the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors and are making their way through the General Assembly.

“We’re in the throes of getting through the final approvals through the legislature,” Fields said. “Students are very excited about it. It’s just going to be wonderful building — both of them are. Plus we are going to have this new parking deck that we desperately need.”

Fields said the projects do not affect traffic or parking around the university and are necessary to keep up building standards.

“They’re not sexy projects by any stretch, but the reality is we do an awful lot of work behind the scenes during the summer to keep the campus infrastructure up to date,” he said.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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City could allow microbreweries


Daily Reflector, The (Greenville, NC) - Thursday, June 19, 2014
Greenville is another step closer to following in the footsteps of other North Carolina cities in allowing and encouraging breweries - specifically micro- or nano-breweries - to locate in the city.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a text amendment to the city's zoning ordinance to allow microbreweries within the downtown commercial zoning district with special use permits.

Now that the commission has approved the amendment, a recommendation from the commission will go with the amendment before the City Council for final approval.

The commission in January directed staff to formulate a text amendment to allow microbreweries in the downtown and west Greenville areas.

On Tuesday, the commission had concerns that the amendment contained too many factors that could limit space or auxiliary uses. Staff said they still could tweak the amendment before it goes to the council, but that the regulations for space were intended to keep the breweries downtown small and less about mass production.

Missed opportunity

There are about 80-100 microbreweries in North Carolina, according to city staff, with more than a dozen in eastern North Carolina.

Although Greenville is surrounded by other cities with a growing number of successful microbreweries, according to staff, the zoning ordinance does not allow them in Greenville. Omission of a specific land use is interpreted to mean uses not listed are prohibited, including microbreweries. So a specific amendment to include them was required.

Recognizing Greenville may be missing opportunities to attract the growing industry coupled with the area's workforce and abundant water source, staff began work on the amendment targeted for the urban core of the city to help revitalize the area, increase tax base and increase high-quality entertainment venues.

Location, location

Rather than allow microbreweries throughout the city, staff developed an amendment specific to the downtown commercial zoning district in order to encourage investment in vacant buildings and lots in the city's older urban core area.

Underutilized warehouses, manufacturing and commercial buildings in the downtown area may serve as adaptive reuse opportunities for potential microbreweries, according to staff, since many have open floor plans with high ceilings suitable for bulky brewing equipment and often include loading docks for receiving and shipping.

Also, staff noted that locations downtown have greater access to city amenities like parking lots and are within walking distance for downtown employees and visitors through existing sidewalks.

The downtown commercial zoning district also includes all of the National Register of Historic Places district known as the Greenville Commercial Historic District as well as portions of three other National Register Districts: Tobacco Warehouse Historic District, Dickinson Avenue Historic District and Skinnerville-Greenville Heights Historic District.

The amendment sets a 5,000-square-foot maximum area within each building devoted to beer production. Rather than have the beer production component of the microbreweries consume a city block or beyond, the city wants to foster redevelopment and revitalization with mixed-use properties. The regulation does not set a maximum of 5,000 square feet for the entire microbrewery, just the beer production area.

Mother Earth Brewery's beer production area in Kinston has about 7,500 square feet on the first floor, but that total does not include the tasting room, outdoor plaza or gift shop.

The city anticipates preparing another text amendment to allow larger breweries in industrial zones without a size limit, according to staff.

This amendment focused only on allowing smaller microbreweries within the downtown area and trying to size them to the limited acreage and planning context of the area.

Brewery or nightclub?

Special consideration was given to the amendment to ensure that it would not allow microbreweries to turn into de facto nightclubs, according to staff.

The following distinctions were made between microbreweries and public/private clubs regulations:

Microbreweries are prohibited from charging cover charges; microbreweries do not have any separation requirements except for in the event of amplified equipment; microbreweries cannot have amplified sound equipment within 150 feet of any residential use; microbreweries must devote at least 30 percent of floor area to operate brewing equipment.

The amendment must go before the City Council for a public hearing and a final vote.

Longleaf

Longleaf Brewing Company, begun by two East Carolina University graduates, could be Greenville's first dedicated small brewery.

Longleaf will be located at 703 Dickinson Ave., and plans to open in December, if construction and other factors line up in the company's favor, according to co-owner Bobby Schultz.

Schultz and his business partner Gray Williams were awarded a $15,000 small business grant by Greenville's Redevelopment Commission to put toward the future brewery.

The pair said all of the beer they produce will be ales. Pale ale, IPA, Imperial Stout and Rogginbeir are staples that Williams and Schultz said they have been perfecting.

With the smaller brewing system that comes along with having a smaller brewery, Williams and Schultz said they will be able to afford to experiment and rotate beer selection based on customer demand.

Larger breweries lack that flexibility, they said. Brewing fewer than 15,000 barrels (a unit volume of about 50 gallons) of beer per year classifies a brewery as a microbrewery, Williams and Schultz said.

"Technically speaking, we are considered a nanobrewery, which is even smaller than a microbrewery," Williams said.

The pair plans to renovate the 1924 building to include a taproom and room for live music.

Schultz and Williams were happy to hear the city was considering creating a microbrewery amendment, since the existing ordinance classifies breweries as private clubs or bars, like many other bars downtown.

"We believe a microbrewery taproom is much different than a private club or bar," Williams said. "There are countless examples of small and medium-sized cities in North Carolina that have experienced economic progress directly from breweries and Uptown Greenville should be no different."
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