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Old 10-28-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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Re: bus station

It could be beneficial to advocate for the preservation/incorporation of the front wall of that structure and then either a reuse or replication of the stainless steel awning/wraparound into the new development's 5th street frontage.

EDIT: rather than advocating for preservation of the entire building
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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The city attempted to save the former bus station when it was considering putting GTAC where Pugh's is located (the site was runner-up). They were going to make GTAC a larger version of the old bus station and attach it to the old bus station, complete with the chrome-rimmed awnings (which by the way, are incorporated into the municipal building beside Jarvis church). Of all the things I like about saving the old bus station, the chrome awnings isn't one of the them. It's not so bad on a little building, but those awnings on a larger scale would have been hideous.

Perhaps a new development could incorporate the station in some manner: a lounge; a foyer; coffee shop; etc. FWIW: I've already favored a municipal parking deck there.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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Default Bus Stop

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It this the building you speak of? If so it is awesome and efforts should be made to save it!!
Yes! That is it. It is a great building!
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Old 10-29-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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At best I think the only part of this that could be incorporated into any future design would be the wall/frontage on 5th street. Though I am a proponent of historic preservation, when it comes to designs of scale, especially those which seek to densify a downtown area, this building simply isn't significant enough in size to incorporate into a new project. Obviously not all preservation is necessarily gainful financially, but it must be in the developer's best interest as well as the public's. In particular, a project that comes to mind would be The Dillon in Raleigh's warehouse district. It is significant enough in size that the preservation benefits both the public aesthetically, as well as the developer from a standpoint of marketing/character and most likely tax credits... The Dillon


The biggest reason I have for preserving the structure is that it is one of few original structures Greenville has left. Buildings like these give a city character and make it unique. I don't disagree that it is a small property and in the face of the great good I could live without it, but being able to preserve it and maybe wrap the new building around it would be a cool thing. With some rehab and the right tenant that could become a neat little landmark in the heart of the city.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:45 AM
 
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The biggest reason I have for preserving the structure is that it is one of few original structures Greenville has left. Buildings like these give a city character and make it unique. I don't disagree that it is a small property and in the face of the great good I could live without it, but being able to preserve it and maybe wrap the new building around it would be a cool thing. With some rehab and the right tenant that could become a neat little landmark in the heart of the city.
It could easily be turned into a restaurant called "The Bus Stop"
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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I can't wait to see the density and new look Greenville has once all these apartment projects are finished and the Hilton is built downtown.

Alumni who havent visited in years will not even recognize the city.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:47 AM
 
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Update on road construction projects

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Greenville and Pitt County traffic will evolve significantly in the next three years, according to N.C. Department of Transportation and city officials.

Construction for the 10th Street Connector began last month and right-of-way acquisition has begun for the South West Bypass. Both projects will fundamentally change traffic in the area, officials said during a news conference at City Hall Tuesday.


The Connector, a 1.4-mile stretch that will be a highway link between East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center, began construction last month and is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Total project costs are estimated at $50 million, said NCDOT District 2 Division Engineer John Rouse.

The South West Bypass is designed to move traffic off U.S. 13/N.C. 11 through Greenville by extending the U.S. 264 Bypass from its intersection with Stantonsburg Road to N.C. 11 about 3 miles south of Ayden. The project will be a 12-mile, four-lane divided freeway with speed limits of about 70 miles per hour, similar to U.S. 264, Rouse said. The bypass is estimated to cost about $240 million.

Right-of-way acquisition for the bypass began last month and construction is expected to be complete in 2018.

Both projects will affect local traffic during their construction phases and officials asked for the public’s patience.

“Construction is a sign of progress,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said.

The 10th Street Connector construction project was awarded to S.T. Wooten of Wilson.

The South West Bypass design-build contract was awarded to Barnhill Construction of Tarboro.

Rouse said an extensive drainage project has to be built along with utility relocation and actual road construction of the 10th Street Connector.

“There will be impacts to traffic,” Rouse said. “There’s going to be a lot of work zones, a lot of lane closures ... . We ask that the motoring public please bear with us. Please slow down while you are in the work zones.”

Greenville Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan said the city will work with NCDOT and the contractor to create detours and minimize effects to traffic as much as possible. The city also will be coordinating on other projects along with the connector, including the Town Creek Culvert drainage project and potential improvements to the connector, if the city’s $15.85 million bond is approved by voters this November.

The South West Bypass is a much larger project “talked about in this area for a long, long time,” Rouse said.

Construction on the bypass is scheduled to begin in the spring, Rouse said, likely in March.

“Traffic impacts for this project are not going to be like they’re going to be on 10th Street because this project is being built on a new location,” Rouse said.

But because of the project’s scale, a lot of embankment material must be moved, Rouse said, about 6 million yards or about 300,000 dump truck loads of material.

“So you’ll see increased truck traffic on the local roads,” Rouse said.

Once the bypass is in place, Rouse said drivers will be able to travel from Ayden to Vidant Medical Center “in just under 10 minutes.”

“We must move forward and catch up on our infrastructure,” Thomas said. “Not just catch up on it ... we have to get ahead of the game to support business, to support economic development and support growth across this region ... . If we want to thrive in eastern North Carolina, we have to be connected.”

Thomas recounted a time when funding for the bypass had dried up at the state level, and credited local leaders and NCDOT for working to “bring these funds back to eastern North Carolina.”

Blount, Rouse and Ayden Mayor Steve Tripp all credited Mayor Allen Thomas’ leadership, diligence and perseverance with the projects’ progress.

“I cannot tell you how much your local officials, led by Mayor Thomas, has worried the living heck out of the DOT,” said Ferrell Blount, vice-chairman of the NCDOT local Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization (MPO). “That is the way that we get transportation dollars to the eastern part of North Carolina — persistent leadership.”
This is another reason why I think Thomas isn't giving up his Mayors seat for a long time. He's working hard for this city and region and is doing every thing he possibly can to see that this city is successful.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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Another article about the new developments on memorial drive.

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Drivers along Memorial Drive from Greenville to Winterville cannot help but notice construction crews at work on several retail development projects along the commercial corridor.

The Shopping Center Group of Raleigh announced ground-up construction, through a contract with Farrior & Sons, of The Shoppes on Memorial, a 10,600-square-foot building on Whitley and South Memorial drives. The structure will house up to six individual retailers, according to Drew Logan, a partner with the marketing group. The center will be anchored by national retail chains Chipotle Restaurant and Starbucks.


Negotiations are ongoing with two other national retailers, Logan said. The property is slated for tenant delivery in November, with opening scheduled for sometime in the first quarter of 2016, he said.

“This has been developed to be a beautiful, high-profile building,” Logan said. “I think it will be a good amenity for the community and will serve the Pitt Community College population very well. Greenville is a very dynamic market, and we have a strong development interest there.”

The Shopping Center Group also is the marketing strategist for a project on the other side of Memorial Drive near the intersection with Greenville Boulevard, where E.R. Lewis Construction crews are excavating a large parcel of land where the former Carolina East Centre once stood. The property has been razed to make way for Oklahoma City-based crafts store Hobby Lobby.

The 55,000-square-foot building will anchor the shopping center’s new look, surrounded by several outlying retail stores, marketing spokeswoman Dawn Prince Hoover said. Plans for the retail development project were submitted in April 2014 by RKM Development Corporation of St. Petersburg, Fla.

RKM still is not ready to divulge more information about the center’s development, Prince Hoover said.

Farther up the road near the medical district, crews have emptied the former CVS Pharmacy building, doing electrical upgrades and installing interior infrastructure and equipment for a new occupant, ImmunoTek. The work should be completed within five months, a Hudson Brothers contractors spokesman said.

ImmunoTek contracts with pharmaceutical companies to manage multiple plasma collection sites and plasma supply contracts under Food and Drug Administration licensing to meet ongoing demands in the plasma proteins therapeutics market, according to information at the company’s website.

Ground has been broken and excavation has started on another Hudson Brothers construction project in Winterville. The future Winterville Aquatics Center, a development project by Collice Moore Sr., will occupy property on Beacon Drive just south of Pitt Community College. The $3 million aquatics center will be housed behind Fred’s Food Club on the east side of Memorial Drive. A projected completion date for the project has not been determined, Moore said.

Another recreation facility also is coming to the area at 5162 Corey Road, where Jamie and T.J. Sawyer, owners of East Carolina Cheerleading and Tumbling School (ECCATS), have contracted with T.D. Goodwin Construction to build AirU Trampoline Park and Party Center adjacent to ECCATS. The foundation has been laid, and the center is scheduled to open in late December or early January, ECCATS manager Amanda Tomlin said.

“We’re all excited about bringing this added attraction to the people of Greenville and Pitt County,” Tomlin said. “It’s a perfect fit to go with the facility we have here.”

Ground-up construction work also has begun at 722 S.W. Greenville Blvd., where a Red Robin restaurant will open in the spring next to the Texas Roadhouse in the Greenville Grande plaza, according to Brian Farley, publicist for the Colorado-based restaurant company.

Red Robin is a casual dining restaurant known for its variety of burgers. There are more than 500 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Burger Works locations and others operating under franchise agreements.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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As a parent, I am very excited about the Air U trampoline park opening. Greenville really lacks in-door family entertainment options currently. This will certainly stay busy. I'm also hoping the Putt-putt place on 10th will be a decent option as well. I haven't heard anything about that lately.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Winterville
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FYI there is a new Italian-American Restaurant on Firetower on the right, next to the physical therapy place. Stopped in for dinner. All in all it was a good experience the food seemed above par quality, especially for the area. The environment was okay. It was clean and new but didn't really have a lot of character. There were only tables and chairs with no booths. There is also a small bar section separated from the main dining area. The tiramisu, I was made in house and, I think, the best in town. Definitely worth a visit.
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