ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Background: The national boom in youth travel tournaments is part of a trend that seems to be heating up. Rocky Mount North Carolina has long been a player in the travel sports marketplace, hosting more than 100,000 players and visitors annually at its outdoor sports complex. However Rocky Mount has achieved a new level of attention related to its new 165,000 sq. ft. indoor sports and events center slated to open in the fall of 2018. Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the firm that has partnered with Rocky Mount to craft this vision and to bring this new facility to life, said “Rocky Mount is ideally suited to host events. It is centrally located between Miami and NYC and is within a five-hour drive of more than 25% of the U.S. population.” (Markets Insider)
The Watch Dog response: This is some good news for Rocky Mount. Lige Daughtridge and Robbie Davis wanted to get the 60 day delay because they wanted the General Assembly to go into session and then maybe they could possibly get it blocked. Some folk are trying to stop the DFC from coming but it looks like God is all in this so they may as well get onboard or just sit down and shut up. Oh no keep on talking.
The Local Government Commission on Friday approved the sale of special obligation bonds that will be used to finance the construction and equipping of the proposed Downtown Community Facility in a 5-2 vote, and the committee members weren’t the only ones split on the decision.
Members of The Community Council, a Rocky Mount nonprofit group, spoke before the commission about their concerns with the sale of the bonds. Lige Daughtridge, president of The Community Council, said the group’s decision to attend the meeting had been in the works for a long time.
“We knew from the beginning this would have to be fought at the Local Government Commission,” Daughtridge said.
He added the Community Council attended Friday’s meeting in Raleigh to request the commission delay its decision on the bonds by 60 days. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: I am looking forward to the construction of the DCF.
The Rocky Mount City Council will let locals voice their opinion on the Downtown Community Facility on Tuesday in a special public meeting.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Frederick E. Turnage Administrative Building. The facility has been a point of contention for residents for many years. The most recent series of city council meetings have seen the facility taking one step forward after another but not without some resistance.
Councilman W.B. Bullock has been the only member of the city council to vote against measures related to the center. Bullock has said outright that he is not against the center, but the timing of the move to build the center. That is a sentiment that has been shared by local businessman Lige Daughtridge. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Council Agenda on the Rocky Mount City’s website Item 13 was for approval to send out Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for financing for the Downtown Community Facility. It does NOT authorize moving forward with the project.
So why do Whig-TV and the Community Council continue to send out information attempting to mislead folk about what the city is doing at different times during the process. There is a need to vote during stages of the process. It appears that 6 of the 7 councilmembers support the center and they are waiting diligently for the city staff to do all the homework needed to make it happen. Check out the 2 pages and see what they are saying.
The vote tonight was unanimous however W.B. Bullock did not vote.
I understand that only one person showed up and spoke against this item tonight. I understand that Mr. Tom Betts who was originally against the DCF at the start but has been supporting the project for sometime now.
Don’t get caught up in the misleading information being presented so check out all the sources me included when you see information being spread about what is going on as it relates to the DCF. If I am incorrect on my information, I will make necessary corrections. It is the intent of Dancy Communications The DCN News Blog Online TV to share the facts. I stand to be corrected.
City to take bids for event center financing – Rocky Mount Telegram
The past twelve months have held a number of changes and developments for Rocky Mount, many of which were greeted warmly but others fueled controversy. One such project was the progress of the proposed downtown community facility, formerly known as the event center.
The City Council chambers were filled to capacity in February when Sports Facilities Advisory Chief Executive Officer Dev Pathik presented his company’s market analysis and pro forma of the project, which revealed the estimated $32 million facility would start producing revenue in the fourth year and have a total economic impact of $264 million by year 10.
“The goal for the proposed event center is to create a new economy for our region and city, create a destination location for our center city, incent private investment in our center city, to grow the tax base and, as much as possible, minimize the burden on our tax payers,” City Manager Charles Penny. (Source: Read more)
While Councilman W.B. Bullock expressed his distaste for the city using eminent domain power, he did support it in the case of three properties associated with the proposed downtown community facility.
“I am not in favor of exercising the power of eminent domain 99 percent of the time, but I understand this situation and it may be a while,” Bullock said before the vote. “I hope we’ll look at every possibility before we do this.”
Officials said an amicable resolution on the purchase of 207 and 209 Goldleaf Street as well as 240 Atlantic Avenue has not been reached and eminent domain is recommended. The properties are among the parcels planned for the proposed downtown community facility, which is being designed but has not been formally approved for construction by the City Council. (Source: Read more)
While construction of the proposed downtown community facility has not been approved by Rocky Mount City Council, preliminary plans for the project have and include three properties for eminent domain in connection with the site.
Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan Ford wrote in an interoffice memorandum about the agenda item that an amicable resolution with the owners of 207 and 209 Goldleaf Street – which both are undeveloped properties – as well as 240 Atlantic Avenue – which has an accessory building of Hunter-Odom Funeral Service on the property – has been unsuccessful. Officials said the allocations for acquiring properties accounts for $2 million of the overall proposed budget.
“It was our hope and desire to negotiate with owners and not utilize the process of eminent domain,” Logan wrote in the memo. “However, it has become necessary to acquire ownership of specific parcels for the construction and maintenance of parking and ancillary facilities associated with the public facility.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: I can’t wait to see this project completed!
While there are many companies lending their expertise to the planning of the proposed downtown community facility, several of the key players represent talent fostered in the Twin Counties.
The lead architecture firm, Oakley-Collier Architect, was co-founded by Tim Oakley who moved to Rocky Mount as a toddler. Victor Vines, who was born and raised in Edgecombe County, and his Raleigh-based company Vines Architecture also are on the design team, which put together a schematic of the facility for officials and the public to see in November. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: Can’t wait to see what kind of twist the Community Council, Fighting Crime In Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties, WHIG-TV and other naysayers will put on this article.
Two words: Downtown Revitalization
Not only are cities across the country embracing and improving their downtown areas, but these renovations demonstrate how this innovation can make cities less dangerous and fight poverty. Rocky Mount is no different. Rocky Mount’s downtown development has not only been a success, but the city’s crime rate is at a 35-year low. Additional benefits of downtown development include: employment opportunities, restoration of historic buildings and reduced crime. Crime prevention techniques are most effective if they address all environmental factors, from street lighting to clean streets. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: Again it makes no sense that Rep. Collins is trying to push the good ole boys agenda in Rocky Mount trying to keep the current City Council from moving forward with certain projects. It was no problem when the council was a white majority. It appears Collins joined the Community Council and some others whom are trying to discredit the current council.
Local and state officials are delighted a bill meant to limit event center construction financing has failed in the N.C. House.
Not happy is N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, who tried to push through legislation in the N.C. General Assembly’s final days of this session that would have required a referendum vote on the proposed $32 million downtown community facility in Rocky Mount.
The bill was introduced in the N.C. House Rules Committee as an add-on to previously considered S.B. 363, which dealt with expanding food service at public events. The committee voted unanimously against the bill late Monday night.
Collins said he was disheartened the bill failed via a text message interview Tuesday. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: Get the over it! It was okay when the white majority council did everything they wanted to do! I say to this council continue to move forward without the support of the die hard ignant racist folk and ignant black folk. Make it happen!
RALEIGH – It was not for a lack of trying Thursday that a Nash County lawmaker was thwarted in his efforts to push through legislation that would give residents a vote on the proposed $32 million downtown community facility.
“The people should be able to vote whether they want this event center,” N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, said between meetings Thursday. “Anytime you’re dealing with something with this much expenditure, people should vote on it.”
The bill Collins attempted to introduce in the N.C. House Rules Committee would require a referendum before bonds could be issued for event center projects. Collins was attempting to add his measure that also states bonds could not be issued for event centers within 18 months of a property tax revaluation to Senate Bill 363, sponsored by N.C. Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, that would expand outdoor food service at public events. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: So glad that a local architect Victor Vines formerly of Pinetops NC was hired, awesome! Can’t wait to see the final product and being able to go to the facility.
A small crowd gathered Monday night in the Rocky Mount City Council chambers to hear from the team hired to design and build the proposed downtown community facility.
The facility, estimated to cost $32 million, is proposed to be built north of the Douglas Block in downtown Rocky Mount and serve not only as a venue for indoor sports, but concerts, graduations and conventions.
“I will say this facility is very flexible and, as you see the elements of the building today, I hope you’ll agree with me on that,” City Manager Charles Penny told the audience. “The building really is like a gym on steroids that can host a variety of events beyond youth and amateur sports.”
The consultant team showed the attendees visualizations of how the facility’s entrance would face Northeast Main Street, but the other sides of the building would use a mixture of building materials – including glass – to be welcoming to the public from all the surrounding thoroughfares. Vines Architecture President and Principal-in-Charge Victor Vines described the project as a 360-degree site, integrating the historic setting and new development in the downtown area. (Source: Read more)
Rocky Mount officials and residents will hear from consultants tonight about the design of the proposed downtown community facility.
At a specially-called Committee of the Whole meeting at 5:30 p.m., Barnhill/Holt Construction representatives will present the plan to the City Council, so officials can ask questions and discuss the proposal. After the regular agenda of the 7 p.m. meeting, Barnhill/Holt will deliver the same presentation to residents and then answer questions.
City officials said questions will need to be submitted in writing during the meeting then the consultants or officials will answer the questions as submitted. No decisions will be made on the project at either meeting, authorities said. (Source: Read more)
I am so glad The Downtown Community Facility location has been named. Now it appears that it will happen and the construction will maybe begin soon.
I commend all the council members except the one that voted against it for their support of the vision to make Rocky Mount a better place to live, work and play.
There are some folk who never have wanted and do not want to see Rocky Mount especially on the Edgecombe County side of town have anything. So it is too bad that when the center is up and rolling and bringing much money to the area, I guess the naysayers will be praying that it don’t last. Well I believe, (my opinion) that this is going to be a great thing for Rocky Mount and down east.
Read about it “Officials announce location for event center” what the Rocky Mount Telegram posted about the Rocky Mount City Council meeting on yesterday. I could not be there however I did speak to Bronson Williams and one council member.
I love it!