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Author: John Hammer

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Koury Wins First Round For Cone Development

The highly controversial rezoning request by the Koury Corporation for property on Cone Boulevard was approved by the Greensboro Zoning Commission on Monday, Oct. 19. The request to rezone the 23.3 acres from Residential Single-Family to Conditional District Residential Multi-Family-26 (CD-RM-26) passed by a 6-to-3 vote and will almost certainly be appealed to the City Council where it will be heard at the Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.

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Map Adds Confusion To Proposed Koury Development

Sometimes plans can be deceiving and that is the case with the Greensboro Planning Department “Staff Report” for the rezoning request by the Koury Corporation for 23.3 acres on West Cone Boulevard. The proposal by Koury is to build up to 531 apartments on the site that is currently zoned single-family residential. The rezoning request is on the agenda for the Monday, Oct. 19 meeting of the Greensboro Zoning Commission.

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Greensboro Coliseum Scores With NCAA Championships

The Greensboro Coliseum will be the site of the first and second rounds of the 2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. This will mark the 14th time the Greensboro Coliseum has hosted NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament for a total of 63 games.

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UPS Gets City And State Incentives For GSO Expansion

It was officially announced that UPS would be expanding its existing Greensboro hub at 3100 Flagstone St. with a $54 million investment. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Oct. 13 before state and local officials at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro.

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Early Voting Begins Thursday, Oct. 15 At 25 Locations

Early voting begins in Guilford County on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. at 25 locations throughout the county. Some years the times for early voting are complicated, but not in 2020. Between Thursday, Oct. 15 and Saturday Oct. 31 all early voting locations are open at 8 a.m. seven days a week. Monday through Friday the early voting locations close at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays the early voting locations close at 5 p.m. except for Saturday, Oct. 31, when all early voting locations close at 3 p.m.

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NCAA Chooses The GAC For Men’s 2021 Swimming Championships

The 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division l Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the GAC. The Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships were previously scheduled to be held at the GAC from Wednesday, March 17 to Saturday, March 20. But now the Men’s Division l NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships have been added to the calendar for Wednesday, March 24 to Saturday, March, 27.

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Ruling On Absentee Ballot Regulations To Come Next Week

The NC State Board of Elections has a 3-to-2 Democratic majority, and based on advice from the office of Attorney General Josh Stein, the board entered into a consent agreement to settle a lawsuit from a Democratic group. The settlement was chosen over having the court decide the issues involving requiring a witness signature on the ballot and when an absentee ballot could arrive at the elections office and still be counted.

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City Council By A Split Vote Passes Another Apology For Nov. 3, 1979

The Greensboro City Council voted to once again apologize for the events of Nov. 3, 1979, where five members of the Communist Workers Party were shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party. The vote took place at a special virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, and was the third City Council meeting of the day.

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2020 Rhino Times Endorsements

Everything is different in 2020, including the Rhino Times endorsements. No candidate forums, few campaign events, it’s a very different political landscape – more like a moonscape. One candidate said, “Almost everything I do is on social media and the internet.”

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City Seeking Input On Bellemeade-Eugene Streetscape

The Bellemeade-Eugene Streetscaping plan takes streetscaping in Greensboro to a whole new level and the city wants your input. The project is part of the Downtown Greensboro Streetscape Master Plan, which is being funded with the $25 million community and economic development bond approved by the voters in 2016.

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Apology On Agenda For Special Council Meeting On Tuesday

The Greensboro City Council has three official virtual meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The first meeting is a work session at 3 p.m. to discuss the long-term strategic goals set by the council in February and economic development. The second virtual meeting at 5:30 p.m. is the monthly City Council public forum or town hall meeting.

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Free On-Street Parking Downtown Ends Oct. 19

It’s not often that press releases from the City of Greensboro fall into the LOL category, but this one did. The city issues a press release on Friday, Oct. 2 titled “City Parking Enforcement Resumes Normal Operations October 19.” The city never issued press release that parking enforcement was not operating normally. In fact, in July the city parking enforcement division refused to confirm that it wasn’t writing parking tickets, even though it had not been writing tickets since March.

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Phase 3 Offers Little Relief For Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Phase 3 of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to keep the state shut down purportedly offers some relief to entertainment venues that have been closed since March. Phase 3 goes into effect Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., and what does that mean for Greensboro’s largest entertainment venue, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex?

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Electric Scooters Are Out And Micromobility Vehicles Are In

The Greensboro City Council at the Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting plans to redefine electric scooters and electric bikes as “micromobility vehicles.” The old definition of an “electric standup scooter” defined it as having two wheels, while the new definition allows it to have no more than three wheels and a top speed of no more than 20 miles per hour.

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State Elections Board Receives Stern Rebuke From Federal Judge

In a scathing order, a federal judge made it clear that the North Carolina State Board of Elections does not make the laws for the state of North Carolina. The Sept. 30 order by federal District Court Judge William Osteen in Greensboro is about a recent decision by the State Board of Elections to allow absentee ballots that have not been signed by a witness to be counted.

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Being Appointed To City Board Getting More Complicated

The City Council decided that there was not enough geographic diversity on the boards and commissions and began making an effort to appoint an equal number from each City Council district. Since most boards and commissions have nine members and there are five council districts it is a mathematical impossibility to ever reach this goal.

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Greensboro Water And Sewer In Summerfield: A Bold Plan

Land owner and developer David Couch’s presentation to the Summerfield Town Council has been somewhat misconstrued. The presentation he gave on Sept. 22 included a site plan of his property with something over 400 lots laid out. For anyone watching the video of the meeting, it appeared the site plan is what Couch was proposing to develop on his property, which stretches from Pleasant Ridge Road to I-73. It was particularly confusing because the sound quality of the video made it nearly impossible to understand more than a few words out of each sentence.

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Downtown Businesses Receive Revitalization Grants

Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) announced this week that it had distributed $112,500 in Retail Revitalization Grants to downtown businesses. The money came from DGI, the Guilford Merchants Association and the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, and grants of $1,500 were awarded to 75 retail establishments.

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