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Old 12-23-2015, 01:15 PM
Location: Southern, NJ
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Originally Posted by michealbond View Post
Nothing Greenville related, but I just wanted to wish all the good folks that frequent this forum a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Glad there is a place for us all to talk about a city we clearly care about!
Thank you michealbond & a Merry Christmas to you & Happy Holidays to everyone on this Forum. A health New Year to all of you. kelsie
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:05 PM
Location: Danville, VA
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Same here! Merry Christmas fellow peeps!
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:17 PM
Location: Greenville, NC
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Originally Posted by kelsie View Post
Thank you michealbond & a Merry Christmas to you & Happy Holidays to everyone on this Forum. A health New Year to all of you. kelsie
Same to you. Merry Christmas you all and your families!
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:49 PM
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What is being built on the corner of 5th st & Arlington? In front of The Heritage.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:10 AM
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Cancer Center at Vidant is coming along...this is as of 12/9 but it is making good progress now.

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Old 12-26-2015, 03:28 PM
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What's being built behind Sheetz (by PCC)?
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:58 PM
Location: Greenville, NC
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Originally Posted by LancePippin0982 View Post
What's being built behind Sheetz (by PCC)?
I saw that today. I would like to know as well.
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:52 PM
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Sign in front said it will be a Goodwill store going in by the Sheetz near PCC
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:46 AM
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Looks like Taft-Ward is at it again with another potential development. This time, they may want to relocate a historic home to do it.

Developers may move historic home
By Abbie BennettThe Daily ReflectorSaturday, December 26, 20151 Comment | Leave a Comment
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Two local developers want to relocate a colorful historic home on Evans Street but have to jump through several hoops to do so.

The Jones-Lee House, 805 Evans St., is located on 0.16 acres on the east side of Evans Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, across from the Greenville Museum of Art and about a block south from the Boundary @ West End student housing complex developed by Taft-Ward Investments. The house, built roughly at the turn of the century, is more than 100 years old.

Taft-Ward Investments filed an application with the city for approval to relocate the house, which is used as a family center and office space by the Center for Family Violence Prevention. Developers Tom Taft Sr. and Jim Ward, who make up the investments’ partnership, likely will need the support of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to make a favorable recommendation to the City Council for the relocation.

The building originally was constructed as a single-family residence in 1904, according to county records, though a nomination application to have the property included in the National Register of Historic Places says that the house was built by a local contractor between 1890 and 1898.

The property and surrounding properties are zoned downtown commercial, according to the developers’ application.

Owner Jack Richardson Jr. now lives in the Wilmington area and is the son of former owner Lilly Richardson. Lilly Richardson acquired the property from the Greenville Redevelopment Commission in the early 1980s, according to Pitt County records. During that same period, the house was nominated for and granted admittance to the National Register of Historic Places. The house was designated a local landmark by the city’s Community Development Department Historic Preservation Commission.

Richardson confirmed what the application stated Tuesday, saying he intended to sell the property to Taft-Ward Investments.

According to its application, Taft-Ward Investments intends to redevelop the site under current downtown commercial zoning regulations after relocating the house.

Dustin Mills, director of business development for Taft Family Offices, said Tuesday that an application had been submitted to the city for relocation of the house, should Taft-Ward Investments acquire the property, but emphasized that plans were not to demolish the house, just to relocate it.

“I think people would have laid down in front of bulldozers to prevent that,” Mills said. “I have a background in historic adaptive reuse, so I’m really independently sensitive to that, as is the company. That property could be ideal if we could relocate it and in the future, should we acquire it, it likely would be better served in a residential location.”

The first application submitted to the city checked both “demolition” and “other” as proposed actions requested for approval. An amended application later was submitted to revise the project description as “relocate to another site” and remove the demolition option.

Historic Preservation Commission member Jeremy Jordan said members got a heads up that the item likely would land on their Jan. 26 meeting agenda. Jordan and Pitt County Historical Society President Ron Kemp both were initially concerned about demolition of the structure, and said they likely would much prefer relocation to demolition.

Mills said there was concern among members of the public and city councilors regarding the option to demolish the structure. Mills said it was not the intention of Taft-Ward Investments to demolish the house.

Taft-Ward Investments operates The Boundary student housing nearby and is “looking at the future of the area,” Mills said, though it has no concrete plans for the site at this time.

“We just want to anticipate future uses of the property,” Mills said.

Records indicate that the City of Greenville acquired the property in the early 1970s with the intention of demolishing the building to sell the property for commercial development.

According to Pitt County online records, the .16 acre of land is valued at $34,850 and the building is valued at $52,610. The building has 1,942 heated square feet. The entire property was valued at $106,757 in 2011, and its market value is $87,460.

According to the National Register of Historic Places application filed in the 1980s, the house was “the only reminder of the late 19th century houses which once lined E. Evans Street south of Greenville’s central business district.” The application was prepared by Renee Gledhill-Earley, survey specialist, and Jerry L. Cross, researcher.

The architectural character of the house reflects decorative eclecticism of the Queen Anne style, according to the application.

“As representative example of late 19th century architectural tastes in a small North Carolina town, the Jones-Lee House takes on additional importance in Greenville a town which has lost most of its early architectural resources,” the 1980 application states. The principal significance of the home, and its historical value, rest in its “unusually elaborate and well-preserved architectural character.”

The land on which the Jones-Lee House now stands in Greenville was part of a tract that C.T. Mumford purchased from Edward T. Clark in 1890. Mumford was a building contractor who began construction of several houses on the tract shortly after purchase. The house was reportedly rented to several people before being sold to Sheppard Andrews, who later rented the property to others, including a local traveling salesman. Andrews made the house a home for his family, including two daughters who lived in the house with their husbands. One of the daughters, Ruth, married Walter L. Whichard, assistant general manager of The Daily Reflector.

The property changed hands a few times before being purchased by Minnie Tunstall Jones, for whom the house now is named. Minnie Jones’ husband, John Jones, was a bookkeeper for a Greenville tobacco firm. The Jones’ daughter Louise married Walter Lee, giving the house its second name. Louise Jones inherited the house after the deaths of the men in the family and her mother Minnie’s death in 1973, according to the application.

Increasing maintenance and utility costs compelled Louise Jones to accept the city’s offer to purchase the lot. The application said that the city’s intention for purchasing the property was to demolish the house and sell the land for commercial development.

“Many of the older homes in Greenville have already been destroyed,” the 35-year-old application states. “Whether or not the Jones-Lee House joins the ranks of the vanquished remains to be seen.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:57 PM
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I believe that Taft-Ward also owns the building directly next to that house where the construction company that built The Boundary had its temporary offices. This along with the city doing extensive construction on 8th Street means that some kind of announcement is likely upcoming from Taft-Ward to combine those lots and build something.

My thought is that this could potentially be offices? The upcoming streetscape improvements on Evans along with the Millennial Campus-related warehouse renovations across the street would make that a perfect spot for a mid-sized office/commercial plot.
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