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Old 09-12-2016, 05:01 PM
Location: Danville, VA
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Originally Posted by HP91 View Post
I think the questionable bridges along 264 are on the stretch between Zebulon and Wilson in the divided sections built around '79....64 may have some of the same issues. If that is the case, those bridges are fairly old and the state can likely justify replacing them because of their age in the next 10 years.
I agree. I just bounced around on Google StreetView and took another gander at the bridges along US-264. Some of the bridges between I-95 and the 64/264 interchange in Zebulon do look a little low, though not by much. The minimum required bridge clearance is 16ft. Another possible minor issue (though easily fixed) is the bridge carrying US-264 over US-64 in Zebulon. There is only a metal guardrail on the bridge separating the eastbound and westbound lanes. FHWA may require NCDOT to rip up the guardrail and put a concrete barrier in it's place.

However, the bridges between I-95 and the US-264/Stantonsburg Road interchange in western Greenville are definitely high enough. Wider shoulders is all that stretch needs and I-x87 can still be fully signed on US-264 between Greenville and I-95 while the remainder of the highway to Zebulon waits to get upgraded, so Greenville can still have direct interstate access to I-95 once the shoulders are widened. It would be a quick and easy way to give Greenville interstate access in the mean time.

Now that I'm thinking about it, that may be why NCDOT initially had only the section of US-264 between the Wilson/Greene County line and Greenville listed as a candidate for the draft 2018-2027 STIP, rather than the entire length, since that would be super easy to upgrade. Saving the worst for last seems to be NCDOT's M.O. That's my theory anyway, FWIW.

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Old 09-12-2016, 08:20 PM
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Land being cleared across 10th St. from Walmart. Are there any immediate plans to develop that property?
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:24 AM
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Land being cleared across 10th St. from Walmart. Are there any immediate plans to develop that property?
Thought there was a sign out there that advertised some sort of mixed use/planned community. Directly across from the light where there are paved lanes to nowhere.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:57 AM
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Land being cleared across 10th St. from Walmart. Are there any immediate plans to develop that property?
Is that, this: East 10th Sreet, Greenville, NC, 27834 - Retail (land) Property For Sale on LoopNet.com
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:50 AM
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That's probably the one. If I remember correctly, that "road to nowhere" will eventually run to the future "Eastside Park" that is in the planning stages.

Greenville, NC : Recreation and Park Facilities
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:15 PM
Location: Danville, VA
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Greenville golf club loses NCAA women's regional championships due to HB 2
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:45 AM
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Info about the new rooftop patio/deck ordinance.

Downtown Greenville now can begin to grow vertically after the City Council amended a city ordinance that prohibited the construction of open-air roof decks and patios.

On Thursday, the council voted unanimously to amend a zoning ordinance to allow nonconforming land uses in the downtown commercial zoning district to be expanded through the construction of open-air roof decks.
Sharif Hatoum, owner of the Stilllife Greenville nightclub at 511 Cotanche St., submitted an application for the amendment, which was unanimously approved by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission in August.

Hatoum submitted the request because the current ordinance prevented him from building an open-air roof deck at his business. The city’s ordinance does not allow public or private clubs to expand if they do not comply with the 500-foot separation requirements from other public clubs, private clubs, residential or residential zoning districts. The separation requirement was adopted by the City Council in 2010.

“We believe the addition of the rooftop patio will bring a new element into the Uptown district, which is needed,” Hatoum said. “Being able to build and expand on existing businesses is in the best interest of the Center City.”
Hatoum has wanted to construct the rooftop addition since purchasing the property in 2005.

“Our intention was always to build the addition,” he said. “But we felt we owed it to our clientele to renovate the interior of the property first and bring it up to code ... which was a substantial investment and reduced our occupancy rate from 500 people to 250 people.”

Hatoum said many of the renovations to the building were made in preparation for the rooftop patio, but the 2010 ordinance was approved before any addition could be constructed.

“The downtown district needs to grow vertically,” Hatoum said.

City staff said Hatoum’s request was in compliance with Greenville’s Horizons Plan and was a “big head start” in downtown redevelopment.

“City staff thought this was worth taking a look at,” said Tom Weitnauer, a planner with the City of Greenville. “By bringing the property up to code, it will make the building safer and may encourage other business owners to do the same.”
District 5 Councilman P.J. Connelly supported amending the zoning ordinance.

“I’m almost appalled at the process Mr. Hatoum had to go through,” Connelly said. “We need to do everything we can to be as pro-business as possible. We’re trying to get people to go in and make these changes ... this is a prime example of restrictions that have been placed on the business community.”

The amendment will allow the open-air decks to be constructed as long as it meets certain criteria, including:
The open air deck is directly above the business and does not have an intervening story between the business and the deck;

The building where the deck will be constructed must be brought up to current North Carolina building codes;
Any business in the zoning area wanting to construct an addition must receive a special-use permit from Greenville’s Board of Adjustment.

“This is the type of transition we were hoping for,” Mayor Allen Thomas said. “And it needed to be privately driven ... hopefully this will be a great example for businesses in Uptown Greenville.”
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:38 AM
Location: Greenville, NC
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\GUC one step closer to new operations center: Board approves land purchase - Daily Reflector

Greenville Utilities is a step closer to relocating its operations center after GUC’s Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase of the property where the proposed new facility will be constructed.
The board on Thursday unanimously approved a staff recommendation to authorize the purchase of 83.15 acres at the intersection of N.C. 43 and U.S. 264 for $3.75 million. GUC plans to use the site to construct the utility’s new operations center.
GUC now operates out of a facility on Mumford Road.
“The site we are bringing to you was selected after a pretty extensive process,” Chris Padgett, GUC’s chief administrative officer, said Thursday.
The operations center on Mumford Road flooded in 1999 and cost GUC millions of dollars in lost vehicles, equipment and building repairs. Padgett said GUC selected the property to relocate after a two-year search.
“One of the things that made this site so attractive is its strategic location,” Padgett said. “It also is one of the higher pieces of property in Pitt County. ... It is about 60 feet higher than our current operations center.”
Padgett added that the property’s size will allow for expansion.
“This site will serve our needs today as well as in the future,” he said. “From a size perspective, our current facility on Mumford Road is only 33 acres.”
GUC’s Board of Commissioners in April approved a contract to purchase the property. Padgett said the contract contained a 180-day inspection period to allow staff to have the property appraised for value, perform an environmental assessment and submit a request with the city to have the property rezoned.
Greenville’s Planning and Zoning Commission in June unanimously approved GUC’s request to rezone the property from residential-agricultural to heavy commercial, and the rezoning was approved last month by the City Council.
Padgett said the sale should be finalized in early 2017, pending final approval of the property acquisition from the Greenville City Council during its meeting in October.
Once the purchase is finalized, work will begin on a site master plan. The new operations center will house engineering, human resources, finance, field and operations staff, and other related functions.
GUC will maintain its administrative offices on South Greene Street and its GUC Express site on Greenville Boulevard. The future of the Mumford Road site will be considered during the master planning process, Padgett said.
“We hope that by the end of 2017 or early 2018 we can be out there moving some dirt,” he said.
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:38 PM
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Found out about a cool little place uptown Greenvile called Coastal Fog. They offer interior design services and restoration of old furniture. They have now added a market which is open for breakfast and lunch. The food looks great and the atmosphere looks even better! I can't wait to try it!! They have a Facebook and an Instagram page if anyone wants to try it out. They are located at 330 Evans Street in the Blount Harvey Building.

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Old 09-16-2016, 08:22 PM
Location: Greenville
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I noticed today that crews have begun clearing trees for the Southwest bypass where the current loop ends near Stantonsburg Rd. I'm guessing they're working on this bypass from both ends? Good to see it's started.
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