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Old 06-18-2015, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Greenville
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Design for the GTAC voted for by City Council.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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When the economy was real, real bad a few years back, I remember the Greenville KMart being on the local news, boasting about how they were one of the more successful stores in the Carolinas. Perhaps that was true in those horrible economic conditions, but KMart just doesn't reinvest in itself with updated product lines, new locations, or even remodels. I was wondering if Target ever opened a SuperTarget and abandoned University Commons if KMart would take over that spot, but I don't suppose either will happen.

If KMart closes it would be a great opportunity to reinvent the mall area on both sides of the traffic light, just as they did (and still doing) with the old Carolina East Mall. Just keep Carolina Ale House, Mellow Mushroom, the banks down near Red Banks, the McAlister's strip, and the vitamin store; and tear down and start over on everything else. The McAlister's strip could be connected directly with the mall property. I can imagine a new Belk and a Publix, along with other similar stores would do well in that area if it were renewed. There could maybe even be a Taft-Ward type of student apartment complex in the back of it along Wall St. The empty KMart could be utilized as a temporary home (with superficial upgrades, of course) to either Belk or Dunham's during the rebuild.

As far as the KMart shopping center, it might be a great spot to have a couple of good hotels, being so close to the ECU stadiums. ECU could even have a gate they could open on event/game that would allow hotel guests to walk through to the stadiums, rather than walk or drive around the block.

The KMart center is run down and the mall is antiquated. It's too popular of an area to just keep these complexes 'as is'.
The last time I was in Greenville a real estate buddy said there was a 90 million dollar reno coming for the Greenville Mall but that they (assuming owners/city planners) were trying to figure out what could be done. They cant go out or up evidently... The Greenville Mall and Kmart center could be a very "North Hills" type area (in Raleigh). I have to wonder how long Office Depot can last too...
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:47 AM
 
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Does anyone know if the city has a master plan for north of the river along Greene Street?
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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The last time I was in Greenville a real estate buddy said there was a 90 million dollar reno coming for the Greenville Mall but that they (assuming owners/city planners) were trying to figure out what could be done. They cant go out or up evidently... The Greenville Mall and Kmart center could be a very "North Hills" type area (in Raleigh). I have to wonder how long Office Depot can last too...
They have the opportunity to be a legit mall if they really want to be...the place to go in the eastern part of the state instead of everyone going to Raleigh. I've seen slight improvements over the years but you can look at the type of people who shop there & that tells you a lot. They really need to bulldoze the entire KMart area & start from scratch with something like North Hills.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:01 AM
 
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Remodeling the Kmart shopping center would be great. However, I would hope that the Dickinson Avenue corridor around 10th street would be a great place for a "North Hills" type of development. Either there, or an area closer to the existing bypass or future SW bypass.

I really like the design of the GTAC and can't wait until that is completed.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:07 AM
 
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Does anyone know the timeline for the GTAC? Is there a timeline, has it been approved is it funded?
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Greenville
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Does anyone know the timeline for the GTAC? Is there a timeline, has it been approved is it funded?
I believe it is already funded. But, don't quote me. They're still in the design process at the moment but, I don't think they've set a date for construction or completion and the construction hasn't been bid on yet.
There are about 13 properties with 9 different owners that have to be acquired on the site. So, it'll probably be a little while before anything gets going.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:05 AM
 
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I don't like the "v" design of the columns on the GTAC...just put straight up and down columns/steel....that V set-up looks like something that people will point to as bad architecture in the future....looks like they are trying to hard to be unique (we've heard that before on the Murphy Center in the end zone of DFS, haven't we).

I would most prefer an arch design which matches up with the ECU architecture in Greenville. Or at least match it up with the other City Buildings nearby (same color brick)...the Police Fire Rescue Building, the City Hall.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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Does anyone know the timeline for the GTAC? Is there a timeline, has it been approved is it funded?
only info I could find was from an April 2014 witn article:

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A new transportation hub is in the works for downtown Greenville.

The long anticipated Greenville Transportation Activity Center is now fully funded and entering the final planning and design stages.

The "GTAC" as its known, will provide a central location for bus transfers amongst the city GREAT Bus system, ECU transit buses, Vidant transportation, and taxi services.

The center will be located at the corner of Pitt Street and Bonner Lane behind the police and fire stations.

Federal grants will cover 80 percent of the $7.9 million dollar price tag for the project. The city and state will each cover 10 percent of the costs.

The GTAC is expected to open in late 2016.
Not sure if there has been an update since then or not.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I don't like the "v" design of the columns on the GTAC...just put straight up and down columns/steel....that V set-up looks like something that people will point to as bad architecture in the future....looks like they are trying to hard to be unique (we've heard that before on the Murphy Center in the end zone of DFS, haven't we).

I would most prefer an arch design which matches up with the ECU architecture in Greenville. Or at least match it up with the other City Buildings nearby (same color brick)...the Police Fire Rescue Building, the City Hall.
It feels late 60s/early 70s to me, and not in the "hip" 60s way but in the "wow that looks like it was built in the 60s and it's old" way.
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