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Old 08-18-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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Fayetteville appears to be getting very close to finalizing a 30 year lease with a minor league team. Their CPL summer league team will probably not have a home there any longer. I think it's time the city talks to ECU about hosting a CPL team at their baseball stadium for a couple of years to gauge interest in an uptown stadium. ECU baseball season and CPL seasons don't overlap much. Scheduling could be managed so the CPL team has more away games during the times ECU hosts playoff games .

Probably a lot cheaper than trying to get huge support from citizens to finance a new stadium right now. Guy Smith is a dump with very limited parking. ECU already has a great facility with plenty of parking that isn't being used at all during the summer.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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Fayetteville appears to be getting very close to finalizing a 30 year lease with a minor league team. Their CPL summer league team will probably not have a home there any longer. I think it's time the city talks to ECU about hosting a CPL team at their baseball stadium for a couple of years to gauge interest in an uptown stadium. ECU baseball season and CPL seasons don't overlap much. Scheduling could be managed so the CPL team has more away games during the times ECU hosts playoff games .

Probably a lot cheaper than trying to get huge support from citizens to finance a new stadium right now. Guy Smith is a dump with very limited parking. ECU already has a great facility with plenty of parking that isn't being used at all during the summer.
I don't think its coicedence that Greenville has commissioned a study (another one) to look into a multi use sports complex: Visit Greenville, NC commissions sports complex development study City leaders looking into building new multi-use sports complex - WCTI

My guess is that they're following Holly Springs' lead with something like this North Main Athletic Complex | Holly Springs, NC - Official Website and use it to host a CPL team (like Holly Springs Salamanders Holly Springs Salamanders Baseball).
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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I was thinking along the lines of the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews...

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews

In this case the County used PARTIF money and some park Bond money and Matthews put up the money for the stadium...all totaled up to $32 million.

Here is the stadium (likely the Charlotte Eagles soccer teams are going to move there)...you could replace it with a baseball stadium.

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex | Woolpert
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Both examples look great. I think I like the total layout of the Holly Springs complex better.

Put a complex like either one in the Allen Rd/264 Alt/ SW Dickinson Ave part of town so that it's near the SW Bypass /264 highway and it'd be a great fit. However, I still think Uptown needs a "draw" to get people there on a consistent basis. Durham has the Bulls and the ATC. Raleigh has the convention center and Red Hat amphitheater. As an "extension" of a multi-sports complex, Greenville could bring the "championship stadium" to uptown. Build a slightly larger version of the Holly Springs stadium and use it for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, concerts, and festivals.


It may take a lot of money to develop it, but I'd rather do it now at 20 or 30 million than 10 years from now when all the prime space has been developed and spend 40 or 50 million. That entire area is ripe for development. Even if Greenville can't pull in a team, making sure the space is usable for multiple types of events would be valuable.

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Tourism up for Pitt County:

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Tourism has become big business in North Carolina, and Pitt County is carving out its piece of the pie.

Visit North Carolina announced Thursday that visitors to and within Pitt County spent $218.83 million in 2015, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2014.

“I am pleased with the steady growth of Pitt County’s tourism industry,” Andrew Schmidt, executive director of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said. “Tourism is making a positive impact on our local economy and businesses, employing our residents, and reducing tax liabilities for people who live and work here. With the expansive growth taking place in our area, the CVB staff looks forward to bringing more visitors to our area each year.”

Pitt County tourism highlights for 2015:

· The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 2,000 people in Pitt County, an increase of 2.6 percent over 2014.

· Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Pitt County was $44.07 million, an increase of 6.6 percent over 2014.

· State tax revenue generated in Pitt County totaled $11.44 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income, an increase of 6.3 percent over 2014.

· About $4.82 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel supported businesses, an increase of 3.2 percent over 2014.

· Pitt County ranks 21st out of North Carolina’s 100 counties in visitor expenditures in 2015.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced in May that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2015. The $21.96 billion in total spending represented an increase of 3 percent from 2014.

These statistics are from the Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2015, which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.

“All eight economic development regions of the state had spending growth of 2 percent or more, and 91 percent of the state’s counties saw direct tourism employment growth from 2014 to 2015,” Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina, said. “Tourism continues to be major driver of economic development across North Carolina, which is the sixth most-visited state in the country.”
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:20 AM
 
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Last night, City Council fully supported Greenville Fire-Rescue in their request for Fire Station 7. The lot for the station is on Bayswater Road off of Fire Tower Road. It sounded like they were hoping to build next year at some point. They even discussed a public-private partnership for a station similar to what Chapel Hill is doing which can be seen in this link: Chapel Hill to partner with developer on $3M fire station | News & Observer

Everything is growing!
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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Default Don Edwards Talks Downtown Redevelopment

Great GPAT Neighborhood interview with Don Edwards about downtown Greenville redevelopment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHmuLeCQPWQ
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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Great GPAT Neighborhood interview with Don Edwards about downtown Greenville redevelopment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHmuLeCQPWQ
Good stuff. Nice to see they're modeling the decisions after towns like Athens,GA and Madison,WI.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:13 AM
 
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The Eric Church/Kid Rock concert was last night. Over 20,000 people went!

Dowdy-Ficklen concert draws 20,000 fans - Daily Reflector

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ECU and Basis (the company that brought the concert to Greenville) already have plans for another concert in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at the beginning of the school year in 2017

He can’t say yet who the headline act will be. That will be announced on Sept. 10 during the football game when the N.C. State Wolfpack comes to town to play the Pirates.

“He is a top national act, well-known in the media,”
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:51 AM
 
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Dickinson area by the 10th street connector will close for construction work.

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A portion of Dickinson Avenue will close for several months today as a $30 million project to provide a modern multi-lane connection between East Carolina University and the city’s medical district enters its next phase.

The Dickinson Avenue closure signals the construction of the 10th Street Connector is proceeding “right on schedule,” state engineer Cadmus Capehart said. The road will close between Columbia Avenue and West Ninth Street as crew complete an overpass at the current intersection of Dickinson and 10th.
“Things are moving along,” Capehart said. “This was a scheduled closing and is happening right about where we anticipated.”

Capehart said Dickinson will remain closed for about 15 weeks. Detour signs will guide motorists to 14th Street, Evans Street and Reade Circle.

“We are estimating about 100 days,” Capehart said. “Weather pending, we are going to close the road about 8 a.m. to give the morning traffic a chance to get through.”

Capehart said contractors will be setting beams for the bridge and installing new waterlines, sewer and storm drain pipes under the railroad tracks. Also during the closure, CSX will construct a new track crossing and install rail signals on Dickinson Avenue, he said.

“They have to bore under the railroad tracks because CSX has to continue service along that route and we can’t cut out the tracks,” Capehart said. “This will also allow contractors to do full rehab of the streets on Dickinson Avenue. It’s a difficult job, but the contractors are doing fantastic work on this project.”
Construction for the $30 million connector began in September and is expected to be completed in November of 2018. The 1.4-mile boulevard will stretch from Memorial Drive over Dickinson Avenue to 10th Street at Evans Street.

It will widen symmetrically down Farmville Boulevard before rising over the Dickinson Avenue railroad tracks, where the bridge is under construction.

Multimodal amenities including bike lanes, sidewalks and other features will be included in the project.
While the 10th Street Connector is a N.C. Department of Transportation project, the city is responsible for paying for improvements like sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping and the Evans Street gateway streetscape.

Part of Greenville’s $15.85 million bond referendum is $1.75 million for those improvements. NCDOT will complete the work and the city will reimburse the department. Funds are due to the NCDOT at completion of the connector.

“This is going to be a great addition to the city when it’s finished,” Capehart said.
Glad to see the time table moved up a bit. Originally, May 2019 was the expected completion date by the DOT.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:12 AM
 
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Dickinson area by the 10th street connector will close for construction work.



Glad to see the time table moved up a bit. Originally, May 2019 was the expected completion date by the DOT.
Well, it was supposed to be done sooner if the original plans would have been done better. The re-bid process took an extra year to get it started.

With over TWO YEARS more to do this project, you would think they could shave off a few months of the construction schedule so it could be done by late August and the ECU student move-in or at least open the new road and just be finishing up touch-up items that fall.
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