Developers of a proposed downtown Wyndham luxury hotel are asking the City Council for more than $8 million to help build it and a parking deck.
Elm Street Center Hotel has asked for a $1.35 million incentive grant.
The group of local and Washington D.C.-based investors also asked the city to lease a parking deck that they will build as part of the project. Under the original proposal, the city would pay up to $7.1 million to lease the parking deck over 25 years — and essentially help reduce the developers’ costs.
Ballsy request. Speculation is whether or not the current City Council will take action or if it will be postponed for the incoming council.
The CIAA championship game between Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University has been cancelled after WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson was allegedly attacked by five VSU in the bathroom during the pre-game luncheon:
WSSU and VSU students, staff, and faculty members attended the luncheon in which football players received awards, according to the court records.
At some point, Johnson left the room to go to the restroom, Young said. That’s when he was confronted by five Virginia State players. Johnson identified Britt, a junior VSU football player, as the person who struck him, according to court records.
Afterward, Young saw both teams gathering in the rear of the banquet room, and their coaches had to separate the players, she said.
“No one expected anything like this to happen,” Young said.
VSU running back Lamont Britt was arrested by Winston-Salem police and charged with assault and inflicting serious injury. The Rams are projected to get a berth in the NCAA Division II, while VSU was on the bubble. Hard to believe they move on now in light of these events.
It is just not me being melodramatic to say that Sen. Kay Hagan has embarrassed herself on the national stage. Turns out the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank —no right-wing nut is he —was listening in on Hagan’s deer in the headlights conference call with reporters.
Ouch —- Milbank blatantly mocks Hagan:
For now, all Hagan can do is wait and hope. The official purpose of Tuesday’s conference call was to announce her efforts to fix the Obamacare launch, but the efforts don’t amount to much: she “asked the administration” to postpone the sign-up deadline (let’s hope she asked nicely); she plans to send a letter (a sternly worded one, no doubt) requesting investigations into the contractors ; and she’s adding her name to legislation reinstating canceled plans.
…Should Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius keep her job? “You know,” Hagan replied, “I think what we need to do is we need to look at the, at the — what these contracts said, what these contracts, uh, will actually show and that’s why I think getting the general, uh, um, the GAO to do this as well as the, uh, the HHS, so we can see these contracts and, you know, I think w — w — you know, once I’ve rec — once I’m able to look at this accountability, um, then I, you know, uh, then I’ll be able to, uh, make a better determination.”
Maybe somebody should call a doctor.
Just don’t call Joe Biden. Oops —too late.
Greensboro City Council Dianne Bellamy-Small will not seek another recount challenging the results of the Nov. 5 municipal election, meaning challenger Sharon Hightower will be the new District 1 representative come December.
Bellamy-Small did pick up three votes in Tuesday’s recount, shrinking Hightower’s victory margin to a mere 12 votes.
Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament is heading to D.C. in 2016. The Verizon Center has many nice amenities, least of which are “concessions and restaurants offering kosher, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.”
ACC commissioner John Swofford was unavailable for comment, so no speculation on where the tourney heads after ’16. However Ptt head coach Jamie Dixon said “Washington is a short drive for our fan base, we’ve had success at the Verizon Center, and every time we play there it seems like our fans outnumber the opposition’s.”
How much weight Dixon’s carry is subject to debate. By the same token, the influence of the ACC’s newest members cannot be discounted, meaning the tourney might just keep moving north, which would not be good news for the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Guilford County Board of Education has compiled and approved a list of nine Guilford County Schools priority projects that it estimates will cost $80 million. The list now heads to the Board of Commissioners, who will determine how to allocate funding for the projects.
Coming in at $30.2 million is a new Guilford Middle School. Like Meghann Mollerus’ first question for GCS director of construction Julius Monk: Will taxpayers pay for this? Short answer –yes.
Hagan didn’t address the origin of the misinformation Tuesday but said she supports a bill introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., called the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act.” Landrieu owns up to the promise gone awry and now wants to require insurers to continue current policies.
Next to the dysfunctional online enrollment system, protecting existing plans is the most urgently needed fix. And urgency borders on desperation for Democratic senators like Landrieu and Hagan who strongly supported the Affordable Care Act and now have to carry it into 2014 campaigns.
If the best Hagan can do is support Landrieu’s joke of a bill, then she’s definitely on the ropes. By the same token it’s fair to question the level of Hagan’s competition in ’14, as none other than JLF president John Hood points out:
The challenge for Republicans will be to choose an acceptable replacement. The party faces a crowded and potentially contentious primary, even after many prominent lawmakers declined to enter the race. Whoever wins the GOP nomination — North Carolina house speaker Thom Tillis is the early frontrunner — would do well to make Obamacare the central issue in the campaign. Hood says that Democrats may ultimately be right to say that the long-term political consequences of the Obamacare-exchange debacle might turn out to be relatively mild, but hastens to add: “I don’t think ‘long term’ is November 2014.”
What a mess. You think such supposedly intelligent and thoughtful people would see this coming.
OK, it’s not a done deal —it’s on the agenda for tonight’s Greensboro City Council meeting, but does anyone really doubt how the council will vote?
Bringing everyone up to speed, in 2011 the council approved the $1.2 million loan to help the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship relocate to its new South Elm-Eugene Street address. Earlier this year, the center requested and received an extension on payments, and with that extension due to expire at the start of 2014, the center is now requesting —imagine this — the loan be forgiven.
The vote in favor of the extension was 6-3, with council members Nancy Vaughan, Marikay Abuzaiter and Tony Wilkins objecting. I don’t see much swing in that vote.
Update: 7-2 vote with Vaughan voting ‘yes.’
Further proves the point that the shelf lives of stadiums and arenas just isn’t what it used to be. I also can’t help but wonder if this signals a reversal of the downtown stadium trend.
In his write-up of last week’s Greensboro City Council election, the Rhino’s John Hammer said “Wowdy wow, you don’t have elections like this one every day, or year, or even decade.”
Personally I thought it was a pretty boring election, although it could become more intriguing pending the results of tomorrow’s District 1 recount. As for the controversy surrounding the District 2 race between Jim Kee and Jamal Fox, I thought more than anything it displayed the pettiness of mid-size city politics.
I suggested earlier in the year that an issue that would really spice up this year’s election would be reopening the White Street landfill. But in yesterday’s (unposted) column, the N&R’s Allen Johnson points out that nobody touched that issue with a ten-foot pole:
It may seem like a distant memory. But it was only two years ago that the battle over the White Street landfill threatened to rip a deep gash in the fabric of this community.
That was then.
In a city that has become notorious for not knowing when to let go of an issue (FedEx, the downtown ballpark, etc. etc.) we’ve let go. Even the most ardent proponents of reopening the northeast Greensboro facility to household trash seem intent on moving on.
Fair enough –as a commenter pointed out at the time —any candidate who ran on the platform of reopening the landfill would have gone down in flames, although it didn’t matter anyway for former Mayor Bill Knight, who was soundly defeated in the District 4 race by incumbent Nancy Hoffmann.
Still, as former City Council member and state Sen. Trudy Wade pointed out, Greensboro still does not have a long-range plan to dispose of its trash. Johnson says Mayor-elect Nancy Vaughan “is right to list it as a priority, and it needs to be a forward-thinking discussion” because “dumping trash in big holes and covering it with dirt is fast becoming old school.”
The Rhino’s excellent reporting kept citizens in the know about the problems related to the city’s lack of a long-range plan to dispose of its garbage. It will be interesting to see how the new council addresses this pressing problem.