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Old 06-21-2016, 08:48 AM
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Greenville's updated 2026 city plan was revealed yesterday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More than 100 people got their first look at the City of Greenville’s vision for growth and development during the next decade.

An update of the Horizons Community Plan — Horizons 2026 — was on display during an open house at the Greenville Convention Center on Monday.

“This is a very important step in our city’s future,” Assistant City Manager Merrill Flood said. “I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight and participating in this process.”

Horizons is intended to be the city’s long-term comprehensive plan, Flood said. Horizons 2026 outlines the city’s plan to address topics like land use and development, transportation, recreation and parks, historic preservation and environmental protection.

“It is one of the most-used and most-referred to documents in our city,” Flood said. “It’s been extremely useful in shaping Greenville’s future, and I think it has served us well.”

Originally adopted in 1992, a commitment was made to review the plan every five years and to complete a full review of the plan every 10 years from the adoption date. The draft on display Monday is one of those 10-year updates and, once it is adopted by the City Council, will serve the city through 2026. A five-year update is scheduled for 2021.

The most recent update began in April 2015, when the city hired real estate consulting firm Clarion Associates to guide the project.

Clarion’s project manager, Leigh Anne King, said one strategy in Horizon 2026 is Greenville’s plan to develop mixed-use zoning districts — a type of urban development that blends residential, commercial, institutional or industrial uses. King said mixed-use districts support a more walkable and livable community.

“This type of district will be accessible by more than just cars,” King said. “We are seeing this type of development in the Uptown Greenville district, but there are other places we want to see that as well.”

King said a mixed-use development — which takes advantage of smaller, compact buildings that provide additional uses on upper floors — also generates more tax revenue per acre than a site containing a large retail store. The Horizons 2026 draft provides an example that compared a large retail store with a two-story mixed-use building.

The retail store — located on 11.77 acres and valued at $5.9 million — has a tax value of $506,511 per acre. The mixed-use building — located on 0.21 acres valued at $1.2 million — has a tax value of $5.6 million per acre.

This type of mixed-use zoning is part of the Greenville’s Dickinson Avenue Corridor Study, which the Horizons 2026 plan recommends the city continue to implement through public-private partnerships.

Tom Weitnauer, a planner with the City of Greenville, said the upcoming Sidewalk Development project on Dickinson Avenue and Reade Circle is a good example of the type of mixed-use development the city is encouraging. The $37 million development will include a 40-unit market rate apartment complex, a 60-unit student housing project and 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space.

“The Boundary is another good example,” Weitnauer said. “Once people start to see what you can do with this type of design, other developments follow that lead.”

King said developing long-term strategies for the Horizons 2026 plan has been a community-driven process. A 22-member Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPC) was established to provide input and review preparation of the plan. In addition to the committee members, local residents were invited to four workshops or meetings to provide input.

“Receiving public input has been such an important part of this process,” King said. “We want to hear from you about what you think should be priorities in the city’s growth.”

Attendees at Monday’s event had the opportunity to provide input on the Horizons plan by posting suggestions at various stations where the plan was on display.

Some suggestions from the public included:

* More sidewalks and bike paths throughout the city;

* Additional greenways throughout the city;

* More kid-friendly amenities like water parks;

* An extension of Fire Tower Road;

* Promoting use of solar power;

* Finding ways to attract more industries to the area;

* The construction of a performing arts center.

A revised version of the draft will be presented in August to the Greenville City Council for final approval. To view the draft of the Horizons 2026 plan, visit Greenville, NC : Home.
Here's a copy of the full pdf , all 180+ pages!

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Old 06-21-2016, 06:50 PM
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Default Main Campus Student Union Webcam Link

Originally Posted by BullGoodBearBad View Post
Can you provide the link, please?
Time-Lapse Construction Camera: Barnhill Contracting (ECUBelk)

The address is the same as it was for the two webcams for the Gateway East and West project. The one on the top left is the new student union webcam.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:04 AM
Location: Greenville, NC
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I noticed the strip mall on 10th was gone when I was driving down Charles Blvd. tonight and could see the ECU campus clear past the old East Coast Music building.

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Old 06-22-2016, 11:56 AM
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Ahh...Greenville's ever-changing landscape. I bet it's really interesting to anyone who left town 5 or more years ago when they come back to visit.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:04 PM
Location: Greenville
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Inclusive playground coming to Greenville

"Construction to start next month"
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:45 PM
Location: Greenville
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According to Travis Fluitt, a traffic engineer for consulting firm Kimley-Horn, other implementations will take place over the next two years including a a median that runs along most of 10th Street, which would include a fence to discourage pedestrians from crossing except at designated crosswalks.
I think this will be perhaps more useful even than the traffic light. Unfortunate that zoning folks did such a poor job with planning this area. Should have never gotten this bad.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:56 AM
Location: Danville, VA
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Greenville License Plate Agency moving to a new location

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville License Plate Agency is moving.
The old building across from the Mall will be torn down to make room for a new development. The new location for the License Plate Agency is between Food Lion and Catos in Stanton Square.
Sidney Locks, with the Greenville License Plate Agency, said the new building will make it easier to help customers.
“The new site will be larger and it sometimes, in certain times, it fills up on holidays, and on times when the tags run out, people wonder why the place seems so small,” Locks said.
The department’s last day in the old building is Friday. The new location will open Tuesday morning.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:52 AM
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Saw a posting for an Escape Room Adventure opening in Greenville on Memorial Dr


Never been to one but seems interesting.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:59 AM
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Also found the name of the indoor mini golf I was looking for...Captain Jack's

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Old 06-23-2016, 09:10 AM
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The renovation and development of the Kmart shopping center could have a very positive affect on the mall too. Its been mentioned here that something like north hills would be really great for the area. I've always thought that removing the light on Gville Blvd between the mall and kmart would be a good idea. I wonder if a pedestrian tunnel could be created to connect the two areas and increase foot traffic between them. Something like this:

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