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Cars are seen driving down Dickinson Avenue towards downtown on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Cars are seen driving down Dickinson Avenue towards downtown on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

City plan: Reinvent Dickinson

By Wesley Brown

The Daily Reflector

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A pair of redevelopment commission members volunteered this week to help lead an effort to reinvent the Dickinson Avenue corridor as the “Tobacco Warehouse District,” an area many believe could become the city’s new downtown.

Burdened with one of the densest downtowns in the state, community leaders in Greenville have suggested flipping the city’s center to the southeast and repositioning it along Dickinson Avenue to directly tie into the 10th Street Connector.

However, city leaders say the area needs a vision — one Richard Patterson and Jeremy King offered to secure for the city on Tuesday in their first order of business since being appointed to the Greenville Redevelopment Commission in December by at-large City Councilman Dennis Mitchell.

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Tobacco Warehouse?

The Imperial Tobacco building is gone. A unique and interesting building that could have served as the heart of this development effort is irretrievably lost. To see what could have been, visit the museum and art center in Rocky Mount.

*a "tobacco warehouse

*a "tobacco warehouse district"? it wasn't many years ago that the city council wouldn't let the word "tobacco" be connected to anything having to do with the city of greenville. i predict that if this thing happens, it'll never be called a "tobacco warehouse district". *how do the folks owning property in the old downtown area feel about this development? do they own property in the "new downtown area? *talk about expensive! and it'll take 30-40 yrs down the road? a need for higher taxes for decades in the future.


How about making student housing? Why would we spend millions on a student housing complex way out in the industrial park, where tax dollars have to keep buses running back and forth 24/7 when we could have housing just blocks from campus from where they could walk or ride their bikes?

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