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Old 02-22-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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Darson Sowers, who spoke on behalf of WGB Properties during Tuesday’s meeting, said the real estate agency had no plans to build a large student housing complex on the property and had no immediate plans to develop the property within the next few years.

“The property won’t hold 400 beds,” Sowers said. “And we have no plans to develop this property at all until we see what happens with some developments going up in Uptown Greenville. ... We want to design something that will benefit this city.
“We are happy to pay the city $6,000 a year in taxes for a forest,” he said. “We would rather pay the city $150,000 a year in property taxes for something that better serves the city of Greenville.”


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“I get it ... they found their honey hole,” he said. “They have a nice place in the woods, and it’s close to everything.

“But the city didn’t create the Horizons Plan with just 21 people in mind,” Sowers said. “The city can’t base its plans for the future on what the residents of Cypress Creek are happy with.”

Although the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the request, the property owners still can ask the City Council to approve the rezoning.
Lots of growing pains like this and the Evans St. corridor folks will happen over the next few years.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Winterville
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Signed. Thanks for the heads up.
Same here
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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Petition filed to oppose STEAM center on the Town Commons

Petition opposes privatization of part of Greenville Town Common
This facility would look great if it were built where the S.E.C.U. is, between the bridges, but there'd be no room for parking.

I'd vote for razing every housing unit on River Bluff Rd. and building STEAM there.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:31 AM
 
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DOT has put on hold the Evans St widening project based on the City Council's recent actions.

I'll say it again...there is no need for both bike lanes and sidewalks. A multi use trail would be the way out of this. Should be utilized for Firetower/Portertown widening as well. It is working in Wilmington.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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Thing is that the DOT already said that there was no guarantee that the berm & wall would be saved, even if they took out the sidewalks & bike lanes. There's a good chance that with a single multi-use path, the berm & wall would be affected as well. It really doesn't matter what form it takes, the widening should be accompanied by a place people can safely bike or walk where they need or want to go.


This is just silly. I'm hoping that the DOT is just reworking things and in 6 months they'll have "Alternative E" for this corridor.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:52 AM
 
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Science centers merging.

Planets aligning: Science centers work toward merger - Daily Reflector

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Things are looking up in more than one way for those who participate in the science and nature activities provided by a Pitt County learning center.

A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center, whose campus is located on Contentnea Lane in Grifton, will be hosting several activities, including astronomy-related events, at its permanent campus and at the GO-Science Center on Dickinson Avenue in west Greenville.

Leaders of the two nonprofit organizations that share similar missions to foster appreciation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Pitt and surrounding counties have been meeting with each other and Greenville
officials for several months to discuss a possible new relationship between the two organizations. The city holds the lease on the GO-Science property, and some elected officials and Redevelopment Commission members have expressed concerns for some time about the facility’s management.

GO-Science Director Roger Connor ended his relationship with the organization in November.

At a Feb. 7 Greenville Redevelopment Commission meeting, Chairman Jeremy King noted that the city has been renegotiating the two-year lease for the former Pugh’s Tire property at 729 Dickinson Ave. that the city had purchased, reconditioned and leased to GO-Science beginning in 2013. Leases have been on a month-to-month basis since the original lease expired, King said.

Since expressing concerns about GO-Science, the board has been debating the lease for about two years, with a sub-committee appointed to work with two GO-Science board members and prepare information for the committee to consider before making a recommendation, he said.

City Planner Tom Wisemiller reported to the commission that GO-Science had begun a reorganization that included addressing some of the commission’s concerns about its management and its ability to attract visitors and raise funds, Wisemiller said.

A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center Executive Director Emily Jarvis has assumed management of GO-Science as her organization works toward a more formal arrangement that would merge both organizations, which Wisemiller and city staff considered a positive development.

At the same time, Uptown Greenville has expressed an interest in GO-Science as a parking venue for people headed downtown, Wisemiller said. He said that possibly could be a term of the lease’s renewal.

Wisemiller recommended that the commission allow GO-Science to continue its month-to-month lease arrangement for another six months while a new relationship with A Time For Science is formalized. No action by the commission was necessary at the Feb. 7 meeting, other than to continue the monthly lease arrangement and watch progress.

Jarvis confirmed on Wednesday that ATFS is managing GO-Science as the two move toward a formal relationship.
“Right now, all our community programs are collaborative, and we’ve been working on implementing some of them with student and faculty volunteers from East Carolina University,” Jarvis said.
I'm not sure a parking lot/deck is what I would want for that GO Science lot, but it's as good a place as any, i guess.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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This article from the Reflector contains a copy of the letter NCDOT sent to Mayor Allen Thomas, explaining the delay on the Evans Street project.

DOT puts brakes on Evans Street project - Daily Reflector

Winterville's mayor isn't happy with the delay.

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Winterville Mayor Doug Jackson said he was “disappointed” that the project is not moving forward at this time.

“This project would have been a big help to residents trying to get in and out of Winterville along this corridor,” Jackson said. “Of course, this is a state road, and it has nothing to do with towns.”

Jackson said he hopes that the issues with the designs can be resolved and work can resume on the project at a later date.

“I hope they can work things out ... it will be interesting to see what happens,” he said. “This project would benefit Winterville and we don’t have any fences that need to be moved here.”
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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Thing is that the DOT already said that there was no guarantee that the berm & wall would be saved, even if they took out the sidewalks & bike lanes. There's a good chance that with a single multi-use path, the berm & wall would be affected as well. It really doesn't matter what form it takes, the widening should be accompanied by a place people can safely bike or walk where they need or want to go.


This is just silly. I'm hoping that the DOT is just reworking things and in 6 months they'll have "Alternative E" for this corridor.
THIS. I do not understand how so many seem oblivious to this fact. I realize its a Greenville project but you would think Winterville would have a position on it. Improving this thoroughfare is good for their continued growth.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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I realize its a Greenville project but you would think Winterville would have a position on it. Improving this thoroughfare is good for their continued growth.
Pffft. Screw Winterville. /s
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:35 PM
 
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This article from the Reflector contains a copy of the letter NCDOT sent to Mayor Allen Thomas, explaining the delay on the Evans Street project.

DOT puts brakes on Evans Street project - Daily Reflector

Winterville's mayor isn't happy with the delay.
Council looks extremely silly.
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