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Old 09-24-2017, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by LM117 View Post
If it weren't for the medical district being located where it is, it might've even been possible to bring I-587 closer downtown (or Uptown) by upgrading Stantonsburg Road and using the 10th Street Connector instead of it ending at the western edge of the city.
They have room to upgrade the short segment from B's barbeque rd to Allen rd. If they created space for some frontage roads for Stantonsburg Rd, They can do it. There will just be a lot of tight diamond interchanges. Which would look similar to these.



Sorry, it's bad quality.

It would be nice to have these for Stantonsburg road, Greenville Blvd, and even Memorial Dr (without having to build a bypass that runs west from Greenville)
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Old 09-24-2017, 01:24 PM
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Greenville Blvd needs to be a little bit similar to these projects.

For its population, 90,000 getting close to 100,000, It needs more highways that go through the city. Not just outside the city. Interchanges are the big thing though.

Last edited by Slay The Great; 09-24-2017 at 02:02 PM.. Reason: More to it
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Old 09-24-2017, 03:27 PM
Location: Greenville, NC
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Originally Posted by HP91 View Post
The list of road construction needs in Greenville is honestly endless. And its not just because of growth and fast growth. The Firetower widening between Corey Rd and Memorial Drive was completed in roughly 2000.
We moved here in 2006 and Firetower was 2 lanes at that time. The completion was somewhere around 2010.
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Old 09-24-2017, 03:53 PM
Location: Greenville, NC
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Originally Posted by Slay The Great View Post
For its population, 90,000 getting close to 100,000, It needs more highways that go through the city. Not just outside the city. Interchanges are the big thing though.
The US 70 project is an upgrade to a highway that already exists. Much has been written about the damage done to a city when it becomes bisected by a new highway. I wouldn't expect it to ever occur in Greenville given the current philosophies about that subject. Here's some reading on that subject.

"SYRACUSE—The neighborhood with the most concentrated poverty in America has Victorian-style homes with big porches, immaculate public parks, and tree-lined streets where children play. But some of the homes are crumbling or abandoned, and the parks are empty because a recent spate of shootings in this city has made parents fear for their children’s safety.

The poverty is more evident a few blocks away, where families are crowded into public housing near the overpass of I-81, an elevated highway that cuts through the heart of the city. There are no supermarkets here, just small convenience stores that advertise that they sell cigarettes and accept food stamps. Across the street from one store, men and women sit in an empty lot, some in rolling office chairs, others leaning on cars or rickety shopping carts."

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Old 09-24-2017, 04:28 PM
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Convention center shows value of city investment - Daily Reflector

The success of the Greenville Convention Center clearly demonstrates the positive impact that direct municipal investment has on the city’s economy and the pocketbooks of its residents.
Back in 1993, the city and Pitt County paid $2 million for a broken down department store building and the surrounding property on Greenville Boulevard near Hooker Road with the intention of building a civic center and exhibit hall. The decision was not universally popular.

Pitt County dropped out of the development altogether and left the city to go it alone. Negotiations with the Hilton Greenville to jointly operate a facility broke down on multiple occasions, and the city also considered a proposal to redevelop the old Carolina East Mall on Memorial Drive — Sears is all that remains of the shopping center — and a west Greenville development near downtown proposed by businessmen including then-Mayor Don Parrott.
It wasn’t until August of 2000, after negotiations with the Hilton resumed, that the City Council formally voted to pursue a partnership with the hotel over the development in west Greenville. Construction began in 2001, and the facility opened in May 2002.

The city issued special obligation revenue bonds to raise $6.8 million to build a 42,475-square-foot facility adjacent to the Hilton. The debt was to be repaid through the collection of hotel and motel occupancy tax.

Managers already had the center booked for nearly 100 event days prior to its opening. Since then it has become a staple for local, regional and statewide events. It has become a vital resource for community groups and businesses to hold expositions and has spurred the development of restaurants, hotels and other businesses in the area, including the new Hampton Inn on the center’s campus.

By 2012, demand for convention space and competition from other cities had already required upgrades and expansions. The City Council, with votes in October of 2013 and 2014, approved spending $4.6 million for renovations to expand exhibit space from 28,800 square feet to 51,580 square feet and add bathrooms, a large outdoor space, improved technology and other amenities.

The vote authorized officials to increase the facility’s remaining $4 million debt to $8.6 million, extend payments from 2021 to 2027, and continue to utilize occupancy taxes to service the debt.

Three statewide gatherings hosted by the center this month are the most recent example of
the impact the city’s investment has had on the economy. Conventions held last week by the N.C. League of Municipalities and the American Public Works Association and one coming this week by the state chapter of the American Planning Association account for 1,125 visitors with expected revenues of $810,000, including money spent for accommodations, meals, fuel and shopping.

Over a two-week period, that’s more than $58,000 daily infused into the economy. Over a year, activity at the center won’t maintain that rate of return, but its value is clear considering the number of events it hosts — including big local expos and fundraisers that rely on the center for success — and its role in more than $1 million in hotel occupancy taxes collected last year.
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Richard Martin View Post
We moved here in 2006 and Firetower was 2 lanes at that time. The completion was somewhere around 2010.
I stand corrected on the timeline (it may have been the 10th St widening that was done about 2000)...I know the Firetower project got moved up and was fast tracked by DOT standards when Winterville's population expploded. Here is a 2006 agenda that describes transportation projects in Greenville. Greenville is getting a major project done every 7-8 years at this rate...will never catch up. Note on the agenda that the Gville Blvd widening and Eastern bypass are stated as "pie in the sky projects".


Right now there are two major projects under construction, which is good and transformative... just more than 20 years after they were listed 1 and 2 on the TIP list. And the list remains, no pun intended...a mile long.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:52 AM
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ECU students help paint up Farmville:

ECU arts students help restore signs in Farmville - Daily Reflector

FARMVILLE — Five East Carolina University graduate students have played an integral part in the revitalization of downtown Farmville.

Current and former East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communications students Andrew Wells, Katya Harris, Vincent Li, Claire White and Abir Mohsen are working closely with The Farmville Group to restore signs on buildings downtown and add new signage to existing businesses.

The Farmville Group worked with the artists to develop the content of the signs and fundraised locally to pay the artists, according to Todd Edwards, a member of The Farmville Group.

“These restorations have been awesome for Farmville,” Edwards said, adding without the partnership with the students the projects would not be possible. “They have all developed a unique bond with the Farmville community.”

Harris and Wells began restoring the Carolina Railways, Purina Chows and Sinclair Oils signs last year. Li was first introduced to Farmville and its restoration projects through his class with East Carolina University professor Beth Blake.

Blake had previously worked with East Carolina University professor Adele Goodine to paint barbecue-themed murals on Cobb & Son Barbecue, located on Main Street in Farmville. The two teamed up again in the spring to paint a marble mural on The GlasStation and DeVisconti Event Center, located on Wilson Street.

Each of the five artists have also unveiled exhibits in The Wonder Box, a monthly art exhibit managed by Goodine, located in a display window in front of Woodside Antiques & Auction.

Since May, Wells and Li have worked tirelessly restoring and redesigning 12 signs throughout town, including the mule stables sign located on Wilson Street, a tobacco mural located on Farmville Furniture Co., a “Find it First in Farmville” sign located on Jessica’s Gun Shop and more.

The stables sign is one of the oldest restoration. It is believed the sign was first placed on the vicinity in 1904, according to Edwards.

Li and Wells recently designed store signs for Jessica’s Gun Shop and Hobbs Insurance. They are working with The Rustic Elf to design the owner’s signage, too.

On the old NAPA building, located on Wilson Street, which is now owned by Edwards, Li has designed a countdown mural to when CycleNC’s Mountains to Coast ride arrives Oct. 6 in Farmville.

Wells and Li are truly enjoying their time in Farmville. Wells moved to town in July and Li has studio space in Farmville.

“This is good experience for me. I had never painted murals before,” Li said.
Wells added, “This is a nice version of art. I like it better than studio and gallery work because I can see the reaction of people more.”

Li is also proud of being part of a project that is beneficial to Farmville.
“It brightens the town. People are seeing the signs, and enjoy seeing us bringing them back. What was once bare now has something new,” he said.

The artists’ talents have expanded past Farmville’s city limits. Wells and Li recently completed a project at The Refuge in Greene County, where they painted a mural on a barn.

“It was the first time I had ever painted metal,” Li said, explaining the project took nearly two weeks to complete after several trail and error attempts.
Most of the sign projects take less than a week to finish.
Interest in the murals continues to increase, Edwards said.

A fire department in Pitt County recently reached out to The Farmville Group requesting a cost estimate for the artists to paint a mural on the new station featuring a fire truck, Edwards shared.

Parents of local children have also inquired about the cost to have the artists paint a mural inside their child’s school, he added.

“We want to retain talent and have an economic impact on our community,” Edwards said.
The Farmville Group feels they are accomplishing its goal, and the artists agree.
“Please keep us around,” Wells said.

Li added, “If there is anything to paint, contact us.”

Both artists also have project ideas. Li hopes to one day be granted permission to paint a mural in the alley way next to Piggly Wiggly. Wells wants to host first Friday art walks featuring tours of the murals, a stop at The GlasStation for a demonstration and a final destination at Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.

To date, The Farmville Group raised approximately $13,000 to purchase supplies and pay the artists for their labor.

Local business owners are also hiring the artists to design their store signage, which depending on the size of the sign costs approximately $500 to $1,200.
“It is interesting to see what is happening here and to be apart of it,” said Li, who graduated from East Carolina University in May.

The restoration process has advanced since he first began working in town last year, said Wells, who teaches drawing and art appreciation at Pitt Community College.
Wells once had to hand draw each image, trace it onto the building and then begin the painting process. Thanks to the purchase of a projector, Wells and his colleagues have a much easier time drawing the signs on the building.

“The projector is the best tool we have,” Wells said with a smile.
Love this idea.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:10 PM
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Third charter school could be coming to Pitt County
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:59 PM
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Lawsuit wants to stop Greenville red light camera program
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Old 09-28-2017, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil A. Delphia View Post
My mentor runs red lights because he doesn't want to wait. So I guess that's a good idea?
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