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Old 02-16-2017, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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A few morning reads.

Convergys shifting jobs, layoffs possible - Daily Reflector

Lidl opening 100 stores across east coast, including in Greenville

ECU gets $2.21 million anonymous gift for stadium project
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:29 AM
 
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Meanwhile, in my local news...

Convergys opening new call center

I follow developments in Greenville as a comparative market to Lynchburg for a marketing research course I teach art a small liberal arts school. Business strategy can be confusing.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Winterville, NC
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Drove by there tonight. There is construction vehicles out there now, and they appear to be in use on that site.

There is also some kind of development happening on the southwest corner of Frog Level and Davenport. Only about 60% of the open land on this corner is fenced off, seems rather small for a housing development. Is commercial/retail permitted in that area? The only non-housing out there are schools and churches. I doubt it's for one house. A church maybe?
Greenville Fire & Rescue recommends 2 new stations to keep up with demand

That article says they are supposed to build a new fire station in that area on Frog Level, but it's supposed to be 3-5 years off so that may not be it.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:07 AM
 
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Greenville Fire & Rescue recommends 2 new stations to keep up with demand

That article says they are supposed to build a new fire station in that area on Frog Level, but it's supposed to be 3-5 years off so that may not be it.
Yeah that was proposed station 8. They have to build 7 first which is off of Fire Tower.
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Drove by there tonight. There is construction vehicles out there now, and they appear to be in use on that site.

There is also some kind of development happening on the southwest corner of Frog Level and Davenport. Only about 60% of the open land on this corner is fenced off, seems rather small for a housing development. Is commercial/retail permitted in that area? The only non-housing out there are schools and churches. I doubt it's for one house. A church maybe?
Hey Phil A Delphia, since my last post I noticed they changed the sign on that site. It now says will build to suit. But they have been working on that site everyday I pass the area.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:15 AM
 
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Hey Phil A Delphia, since my last post I noticed they changed the sign on that site. It now says will build to suit. But they have been working on that site everyday I pass the area.
You mean the Dickinson lot or Davenport?

I'm very curious about Davenport because there is definitely something happening there. Orange fencing is surrounding about half of the vacant southwest lot right on the corner of Davenport and Frog Level. No indication what's being done there.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Maybe something to do with the southwest bypass?
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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Finally!!! This is the housing development I'm most excited about.

Deal sealed on downtown housing complex - Daily Reflector

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Plans for a $32 million housing, office and retail project in downtown Greenville entered its next stage Thursday after a Baltimore-based development group finalized a sales contract to purchase the City of Greenville’s parking lot on the corner of Dickinson Avenue and Reade Circle.

Sidewalk Development purchased the property from the city to build a development to be called University Edge/Dickinson Lofts, a mixed-use development in place of the parking lot.

“This project — a right-sized mixed-use-development project in the urban core — will demonstrate that Greenville can, should and will be a leader in urban redevelopment for this region,” Sidewalk Development partner Rick Banning said in a news release issued Thursday after the deal was finalized.

Greenville realtor Jim Blount, a local partner in the development, said the project will contribute to downtown Greenville’s push to promote culture, retail and residential living in the district.

“I’m very excited for what this project will bring to Uptown Greenville,” Blount said. “When this is finished, it will be another feather in Uptown’s cap.”

Blount said the development will feature 20,000 square feet of retail, dining and office space that will draw pedestrian traffic to the developing Dickinson Avenue corridor.

Part of the Center City-West Greenville Revitalization Plan adopted in 2006 is the transformation of the Dickinson Avenue corridor, which runs through Greenville’s historic warehouse district. The city hired urban design consultants Ayers Saint Gross to develop the Dickinson Avenue Corridor Plan, which transforms the area into a mixed-use innovation district.
Innovation districts are a recent trend in urban planning that promotes mixed-use developments, which combine residential, office, commercial and recreational components. With sidewalk and lighting improvements, restaurants, shops, offices, some types of manufacturing, student and market-rate housing and even parks can be within walking distance for people living in an innovation district.

Blount said designs for the development were based on the Dickinson Avenue Corridor Plan.
“That was kind of the Bible we used to develop our plans,” Blount said. “The plans from Ayers Saint Gross were well done, and I think the city has done a fantastic job of getting that corridor ready.”

University Edge will consist of 86 premium student housing units that are within walking distance to East Carolina University. Dickinson Lofts, which will be Greenville’s first market-rate apartment community, will have 58 units catering to young professionals who want to be a part of downtown Greenville’s vitality and growth, Blount said.

Both University Edge and Dickinson Lofts residents will have access to a fitness center, pool, courtyard and social spaces in the development. Dickinson Lofts residents will have access to onsite parking and University Edge residents will park on a surface lot on Clark Street.

Columbus, Ohio-based Hallmark Campus Communities also are partners in the development project, Blount said. Hallmark is a private developer of off-campus student housing developments across the United States.
“They have done some major projects and they are a first-class outfit,” Blount said. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better partner in this project.”

The city will begin clearing the Dickinson Avenue and Reade Circle parking lot within the next 30 days and crews will begin scraping and preparing the lot during the first week of April, Blount said.

“Bids are out for the construction now and hopefully things will get moving in April,” Blount said. “We are excited to get this project underway.”


The project is one of three housing developments planned or under development in the district. The Campus-Edge student housing project will be at 10th and Charles streets and the Gather Uptown project will be at West Fifth and South Greene streets.

The $54 million Campus-Edge project will be a five-story housing development which will accommodate more than 600 residents and includes a multi-story parking deck and 20,000 square feet of retail space in addition to other amenities.
The Taft-Ward development will be located about two blocks from another Taft-Ward property, The Boundary@West End, 630 Cotanche St.

The 4.05-acre property, bounded by East 10th Street to the north, Charles Street to the east and Charles Boulevard to the west, will include the housing units and a structured parking deck which will have about 570 spaces.
The $30 million Gather Uptown project will be a five-story development that will accommodate more than 400 residents and includes a multi-story parking deck and other amenities.

Construction of the Gather Uptown project began during the summer. The 2.2-acre property, bounded by West Fifth, South Pitt, South Greene and West Fourth streets, will include the housing units and a structured parking deck which will have about 370 spaces.

”The Sidewalk Development project will be the third prominent housing complex to be developed and located in the Uptown District,” City Manager Barbara Lipscomb said. “However, unlike the other two projects, which feature primarily student housing, this one will also feature market rate housing as well as significant retail space.

“I am pleased to see this substantial level of financial commitment to our Central City area, which provides added taxable value to our city,” Lipscomb said.

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Old 02-17-2017, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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You mean the Dickinson lot or Davenport?

I'm very curious about Davenport because there is definitely something happening there. Orange fencing is surrounding about half of the vacant southwest lot right on the corner of Davenport and Frog Level. No indication what's being done there.
The Arlington/Dickinson lot
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Mary Snow Hill wrote an op-ed in the Reflector regarding the Evans Street project.

Letter: Separate fact from fiction - Daily Reflector

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It has been interesting to read the Bless Your Hearts and Letters to the Editor regarding the Evans Street widening project. I would like to point out that no one has suggested that pedestrian safety be compromised.

In addition, I don't believe I have heard anyone state that Evans Street Extension should not be widened, or that it is effectively accommodating all of the traffic that currently flows to and from Greenville and Winterville. Anyone with two eyes and half a brain can see that the road is woefully inadequate to accommodate traffic flow.

According to Robert Deaton with the NC DOT (November 2016 e-mail), "the inclusion of sidewalks will have no bearing on potential impacts to the berm at Shamrock and the vegetation and wall at South Hall. The berm and wall could very well be impacted with or without bike lanes."

The neighborhoods in this residential corridor are going to be heavily impacted by having Evans closer to our homes. Why would we want to have our property values decreased any more than necessary? Clearly, we can have sidewalks that improve the safety of pedestrians, tying into the already-existing sidewalks on Regency and Fire Tower without the destruction of berms and the wall.

Moreever, there are no bike lanes on Regency. There are no bike lanes on Fire Tower. Both of those road projects were done fairly recently. If bike lanes are so important, why weren't they included in those projects? Where will these proposed bike lanes lead?

This is not an " impossible" task that is being asked of NCDOT by Councilmembers McLean Godley and P.J. Connelly. Our representatives are simply asking for a reasonable, common-sense solution, and more than one design alternative.

Mary Snow Hill

Greenville
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