2012 Democratic National Convention

The 2012 Democratic National Convention was a gathering, held from September 4 to September 6, 2012,[5][6] at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which delegates of the Democratic Party chose the party's nominees for President and Vice President in the 2012 United States national election.

On April 3, 2012, President Barack Obama won the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, giving him more than the required 2,778 delegates to secure the presidential nomination.[7] He had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would remain as his vice presidential running mate in his re-election bid.[8]

2012 Democratic National Convention
2012 presidential election
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Nominees
Obama and Biden
Convention
Date(s)September 4–6, 2012
CityCharlotte, North Carolina
VenueTime Warner Cable Arena[1]
ChairAntonio Villaraigosa[2]
Keynote speakerJulian Castro of Texas[3]
Notable speakersJennifer Granholm
Cory Booker
Tim Kaine
Lincoln Chafee
Rahm Emanuel
Martin O'Malley
Michelle Obama
Sandra Fluke
Elizabeth Warren
Bill Clinton
Scarlett Johansson
Caroline Kennedy
Brian Schweitzer
Patty Murray
Barbara Mikulski
Charlie Crist
Candidates
Presidential nomineeBarack Obama of Illinois
Vice Presidential nomineeJoe Biden of Delaware
Other candidatesKeith Russell Judd, Randall Terry and John Wolfe, Jr. (disqualified)
Voting
Total delegates5,554
Votes needed for nomination2,778 (absolute majority)[4]
Results (President)Obama (IL): 5,415 (100%)
Results (Vice President)Joe Biden (DE): 100% (Acclamation)
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Sites of the 2012 national party conventions.

Site selection

First Lady Michelle Obama announced on February 1, 2011, in an email to supporters that Charlotte, North Carolina, had been chosen as the site for the 2012 Convention.[9][10][11] The event was the first nominating convention of a major party ever held in North Carolina.[1] Charlotte was one of four finalists announced by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on June 30, 2010, the others being Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis.[12][13] It was expected that Charlotte's hosting of this event would generate more than $150 million for Charlotte and surrounding metropolitan areas and bring over 35,000 delegates and visitors.[14][15] North Carolina was a closely contested state in the 2008 presidential election, with Barack Obama winning the state's 15 electoral votes by just 13,692 votes (out of more than 4.2 million votes cast) and Democrats Kay Hagan and Bev Perdue winning close elections for U.S. Senate and Governor, respectively.[16]

Convention activities

All three dates of the convention were held at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The last night, Thursday, September 6, was originally scheduled to be held at the 72,000-seat Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama was to deliver his acceptance speech.[17] After Convention officials insisted that they would hold Thursday's activities at the stadium "rain or shine",[18] the venue was moved to the 20,000 seat indoor arena "due to thunderstorm threat."[19] Some in the media questioned the move, wondering whether it was motivated more by an inability to fill the 70,000 seat stadium and the possibility that empty seats would show a lack of enthusiasm.[20] The risk of severe weather wasn't high;[21] Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC-TV chief meteorologist Brad Panovich tweeted that the "[s]evere threat is almost zero Thursday night & chance of rain is 20%", adding, "It's a simple question...if you had a Panthers game, concert or soccer match with a 20% chance of storms would you cancel 24 hrs prior?"[21] The date of Obama's acceptance speech caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[22] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[23]

Tuesday, September 4 – Julián Castro and Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama speaks at the convention
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Barbara Lee speaks at the convention
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Cory Booker speaks at the convention
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Charlie Gonzalez speaks at the convention
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Tim Kaine speaks at the convention
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Nancy Pelosi speaks at the convention
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Tammy Duckworth speaks at the convention

In the opening session on September 4, the keynote speech was delivered by then-37-year-old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. In his speech, Castro stated that "the Romney-Ryan budget … doesn't just pummel the middle class, it dismantles it...it dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class" and that "Now we need to make a choice...a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less, or a country where everybody pays their fair share, so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It's a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell Grants, or a nation that invests more in education. It's a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas, or a leader who brings jobs back home...this is the choice before us … Our choice is a man who has always chosen us. A man who already is our president, Barack Obama", with the Global Post describing the audience as "adoring and appreciative" and the speech as "powerful words, and the audience responded with gratitude."[24]

First Lady Michelle Obama gave the final speech of the evening, stating that "Barack knows what it means when a family struggles...he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American dream because he's lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love." Her speech lasted 25 minutes and focused on the Barack Obama she fell in love with as well as the strength of the American Spirit and those in the military. "I've seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in a young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said simply, 'I'd give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done, and what I can still do."[25] Jim Rutenberg, of The New York Times, described the crowd as "electrified" by her remarks, "her impassioned delivery drawing the crowd to its feet."[26]

The speakers for the day included:

Wednesday, September 5 – Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton

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Elizabeth Warren speaks at the convention
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Former President Bill Clinton delivers his speech nominating Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination

The speakers for the day included:

David Foster was identified as a former employee of Bain Capital, advertised as an employee of GST Steel during Bain's acquisition of the then-bankrupt company in 2001, after Romney had taken a leave of absence for the company. Foster, however, was never a GST Steel employee; instead, he was an employee of the United Steelworkers of America assigned to organize the local chapter of the union.[31]

Nomination of Obama

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The Ohio delegation brought Obama's vote tally over the top
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President Barack Obama subsequently accepting his re-nomination on the closing night of the convention

Bill Clinton officially nominated Obama for re-election and Obama was nominated unanimously by the 5,556 delegates of the convention. During the roll call, Mississippi delayed its vote so Ohio could give Obama the nomination, putting the tally over the top of 2,778 votes.[32] The roll call continued while delegates started to leave and ended with Wyoming casting its votes in an almost empty hall.

Platform vote and controversy

The original 2012 party platform caused controversy after it was written, because the typical invocations and references to God and God-given rights were omitted, and language affirming the role of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was removed. On Wednesday, September 5, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland introduced an amendment on the floor of the convention to reinsert language invoking God and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa put the amendment to a voice vote requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. After the first vote was indecisive, Villaraigosa called for a second vote, which was again met with an equal volume of "ayes" and "nos". A woman standing to his left said, "You've got to rule, and then you've got to let them do what they're gonna do." Villaraigosa called a third vote with the same result. Villaraigosa then declared the amendment passed, causing an eruption of boos on the floor.[33]

Thursday, September 6 – Joe Biden and Barack Obama

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Vice President Joe Biden accepting his re-nomination

Nomination of Biden

Vice President Biden was nominated by voice vote.

Speakers

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G. K. Butterfield speaking at the convention

The speakers for the day included:

Pledge of Allegiance:

Live Music Performances:[36]

Military montage

During the last night, as Senator Kerry and retired Admiral Nathman spoke, there was a montage of military ships and aircraft,[37] as a tribute to veterans;[38] the ships were Russian warships,[38] and the aircraft were Turkish F-5s.[37] The Democratic National Convention Committee later apologized for the featuring of Russian warships.[39]

Protest activity and policing

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Police working crowd control near the NASCAR Hall of Fame during Manning-related protests
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Vehicles are inspected at a security checkpoint near the convention hall

Protest activity and demonstrations was anticipated at the convention. Over ninety organizations[40] gathered into a group known as the Coalition to March on Wall St. South, and have declared their intention to protest at the convention.[41] The left-leaning coalition reflects the rhetoric and ideology of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and several Occupations from North Carolina are endorsers of the coalition.[40] Demonstrators say they want to call attention to the influence of corporations on politics as well as the role of the military-industrial complex in US politics; they have scheduled a dance party to honor imprisoned soldier Chelsea Manning.[42] One group of undocumented immigrant workers is traveling to the convention via bus, "The Undocubus." They risk deportation if they are arrested for civil disobedience.[43][44]

Charlotte received a $50 million grant from the federal government for convention security. The city spent roughly $25 million on its police force.[45] Some of the money has been allocated to police bicycles ($303,596), software ($61,000), and a 'command center upgrade' ($704,795). The city also spent $937,852 on officers from neighboring forces.[46]

In anticipation of protest activity, the city of Charlotte passed a variety of new ordinances. These include:

  • Rules prohibiting camping on public property.
  • Restricting the possession and use of a list of different items during and within the boundaries of a declared "extraordinary event":[47] permanent markers; backpacks carried with the intent to conceal weapons; cables; bars; projectiles; spray guns; breakable containers capable of being filled with a flammable substance carried with the intent to inflict serious injury; aerosol containers; fireworks; smoke bombs; pepper spray or mace carried with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer; masks or scarves worn with the intent to hide one's identity while committing a crime; body-armor or helmets carried or worn with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer; and police scanners.[47]

These ordinances were permanent and remained effective after the end of the convention. The camping prohibition was used to evict Occupy Charlotte from its encampment in January 2012. .[48] A request by Occupy Charlotte to enjoin enforcement of the camping prohibition was rejected by a State Court judge in March 2012.[49]

The DNC was designated a National Special Security Event, and the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security did some of the policing. The Charlotte Police Department was also responsible for the areas outside the convention venues. Police noted that it would be relatively easy to surround protestors in the city's downtown business district, which is enclosed by expressway.[46]

By contract the DNC required Charlotte to create a demonstration area for people to exercise their First Amendment rights. Eventually the city of Charlotte became an open Free Speech Zone with peaceful protests, pickets, and pamphlets throughout the city.[50]

Controversies

Location

After North Carolina voters passed Amendment 1, on May 8, 2012, banning same-sex marriage in the state, several groups called for the DNC to pull the convention out of Charlotte.[51] Unions also complained about North Carolina's labor laws.[52][53] However, the DNC said that they would still proceed with their plans to hold it in the state.[54]

The leader of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz verified in an interview that North Carolina was chosen due to the controversy in the state and stated that it is "a critical battleground". When questioned about being able to raise the funds for the convention Schultz stated "We're not having a hard time raising the funds", contrary to reports.[55]

Disqualified delegates

Randall Terry, a vocal pro-life advocate and former Republican congressional and state senate candidate, received a large enough percentage of votes in the Oklahoma Primary to receive as many as seven delegates. However, the DNC has declared him as "illegitimate"[56] because he failed to inform the Oklahoma Democratic Party of the names of his delegates.[57] As such, no Terry delegates were in attendance.[57] Keith Russell Judd and John Wolfe, Jr., who have also both qualified for delegates to the convention by virtue of their performances in West Virginia (in Judd's case), Arkansas and Louisiana (in Wolfe's), faced similar obstacles to having their delegates seated.[58][59][60] Wolfe commenced legal proceedings to have delegates in his name seated[61] but lost his case one week prior to the start of the convention.[62][63]

Funding

The Democratic Party announced in February 2011 that it would not accept corporate donations to fund the convention.[64] This decision was made to increase the party's populist appeal and create distance from Bank of America and the financial industry.[65] In June 2012, the convention was $27 million short of its fundraising goals and consequently canceled some planned events.[66] (The last DNC raised $33 million from corporate donors.)[67]

The Obama campaign also received less in union donations than it did in 2008.[52][53]

Corporate sponsors were able to make in-kind donations such as transportation, as well as to host parties.[64] They could also donate to a non-profit called "New American City, Inc.", which was run by the directors of the convention host committee.[52] New American City, incorporated on April 4, 2011, existed to "defray administrative expenses incurred by the host committee organizations". (The host committee, in turn, provided "goods, facilities, equipment and services".)[68]

Donors to this group included Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy.[69]

The Party's convention funds were stored in a Bank of America account.[52] The convention also had a $10 million line of credit available from Duke Energy.[69]

See also

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2012 Democratic Party presidential candidates

During the 2012 United States presidential election, 51 individuals sought the nomination of the Democratic Party. Incumbent President Barack Obama won the nomination unanimously at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was re-elected as President in the general election by defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

As expected for the incumbent president, Obama won every primary election, but faced more difficulty than projected. Fifteen additional candidates appeared on primary ballots, and of these, four appeared on more than one ballot. Four qualified for convention delegates including: attorney John Wolfe, Jr., prison inmate Keith Russell Judd, perennial candidate Jim Rogers, and pro-life activist Randall Terry. Each of these had their delegates stripped prior to the convention due to technicalities.

Thirty-six additional candidates filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president, but either withdrew from the race before the primaries or did not appear on any primary ballots.

2012 Democratic Party presidential primaries

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Demuzio served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Debbie Dingell

Deborah Ann Dingell (; née Insley; November 23, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 12th congressional district since 2015. She is the widow of John Dingell, who was the longest-serving U.S. congressman. She worked as a consultant to the American Automobile Policy Council. She was a superdelegate for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.She is active in several Michigan and Washington, D.C., charities and serves on a number of charitable boards. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women's Health Resource Center and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Vital Voices Global Partnership. She is a 1975 graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Electoral history of Joe Biden

Electoral history of Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States (2009–2017), United States Senator from Delaware (1973–2009). To date Joe Biden has not lost a general election.

Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana

The Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana (FCI Texarkana) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Texas. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Texarkana is located in northeast Texas near the Arkansas border, 70 miles north of Shreveport, Louisiana, and 175 miles east of Dallas, Texas.

Jaime Nack

Jaime Nack (born February 20, 1976 in Columbia, Maryland) is an environmental consultant and marketing specialist who is known for her role as Director of Sustainability and Greening Operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado and who subsequently managed the plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Marking the first time in DNC history where measures were taken to reduce the environmental impact of the event on the host city, the 2008 greening effort was unprecedented in scale and has evolved into an industry case study for best practices in producing sustainable events.

In April 2011, Nack received a federal appointment to serve a three-year term on the National Women's Business Council, a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The same year, Nack was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

John Wolfe Jr.

John McConnell Wolfe Jr. (born April 21, 1954) is an American attorney and perennial political candidate. He challenged President Barack Obama for the Democratic Party's 2012 presidential nomination. He ultimately emerged as the most successful challenger, receiving the second-highest number of delegates (23) and popular votes (116,639).

Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. He is also recognized for his performance in the critically acclaimed film The Namesake. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer.

In April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his TV character, Lawrence Kutner, be written out of House. Penn resigned his post as Barack Obama's Associate Director of Public Engagement on June 1, 2010, for a brief return to his acting career. He filmed the third installment of the Harold & Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and subsequently returned to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director. In July 2011, he again left the White House to accept a role in the television series How I Met Your Mother.In 2016, he began playing Seth Wright in the political drama Designated Survivor and served as host of the game show Superhuman.

Linda Chapa LaVia

Linda Chapa LaVia (born August 16, 1966) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 83rd District since 2003. The district covers part of Kane County, including the city of Aurora. She was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 2002 defeating Bob O'Connor, an Aurora Alderman-At-Large, becoming the first Hispanic to win a seat in the state legislature outside of Cook County.

In 2014, Chapa LaVia made racial comments by calling state Representative John Anthony a "half." Anthony is black with Puerto Rican heritage. Chap LaVia later apologized for her remarks on the House floor. In her apology she said, "I want to deeply apologize to my side of the aisle over here, my colleagues, my brothers and sisters for my personality meltdown yesterday."On Tuesday, June 24, 2015 she announced her candidacy for Mayor of Aurora, Illinois However, she did not advance past the Aurora primary.The daughter of Texas cotton pickers, Linda attended Northern Illinois University and enrolled in the R.O.T.C. program, later graduating and becoming an officer in the United States Army.Chapa LaVia served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.In 2018, Chapa LaVia was appointed to Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition committee on Veterans Affairs. On February 15, 2019, Governor Pritzker announced that Chapa LaVia would be appointed the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Chapa LaVia, her husband and two children live in Aurora.

Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden (born August 29, 1977) is a survivor of a failed abortion attempt. She is a Christian pro-life public speaker, and speaks of her life as an abortion survivor. In 2012, Ohden appeared in a political advertisement sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List, which aired during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and in 2015, Ohden testified before Congress during a hearing investigating Planned Parenthood.

Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in non-profits and as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Michelle married Barack in 1992 and they have two daughters.

Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She returned to speak for him at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. During the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she delivered a speech in support of the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady.

As First Lady, Obama served as a role model for women, and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating. She supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon.

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Kay Fluke (, born April 17, 1981) is an American attorney and women's rights activist.She first came to public attention when, in February 2012, Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee refused to allow her to testify to that committee on the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control during a discussion on whether medical insurance should have a contraception mandate. She later spoke to only Democratic representatives.

Fluke supported President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 and was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She ran for the California State Senate seat of Ted Lieu, who vacated the seat to run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Henry Waxman, but lost to fellow Democrat Ben Allen.

Shane Cohn

Shane Cohn (born 16 April 1980) is an American politician who has served since spring 2009 as the Alderman of the 25th Ward of the City of St. Louis, Missouri.

From 2000, Cohn worked as a human resources manager for Citi, supporting the employees in the firm's mortgage servicing operations in the St. Louis area.In 2002, he co-led a program to build a nationwide employee recognition program at Citi. In 2003, he organized an LGBT organization for Citi employees, Citi Pride, which grew to 86 members in 2007.Before his election, Cohn worked as a community organizer in Dutchtown, serving on the boards of the neighborhood business association and the neighborhood housing development corporation. He was on the Executive Committee and chaired the Resource Development Committee of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL).On March 3, 2009, he won a four-way primary race for the Democratic nomination for the position of Alderman of 25th Ward of the City of St. Louis. He ran unopposed in the general election, which he won on April 7, 2009. The 25th Ward comprises portions of the Dutchtown, Mt. Pleasant, and Carondelet neighborhoods. He was sworn in on April 21, 2009, and became the first openly gay elected official in the city's government and the second youngest member of the Board of Aldermen.In May 2010, to enhance St. Louis' bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Cohn sponsored and won unanimous approval of a bill to add "gender identity" to the list of characteristics protected by municipal law against discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.Cohn was the principal sponsor of St. Louis' Complete Streets law, which requires future projects to incorporate the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users into road and street design.He serves on the board of Gateway 180 Homelessness Reversed, an organization that serves the homeless.

Skye (Charlotte)

Skye, formerly known as The Park, is a 22-story building at Caldwell and Third Streets in Charlotte, North Carolina that includes a 172-room Hyatt Place hotel opened October 15, 2013, and a 67-unit condominium development.

In 1985, developer Pete Verna built the Charlotte National Building and a parking garage designed to be the base of a skyscraper. Both structures were four stories; the Charlotte National Building included the facade of the First Citizens Bank building which was demolished for First Citizens Plaza. Architect/preservationist Jack Boyte described the reconstructed facade as "classical Greek temple architecture."In 2000, downtown Charlotte's first luxury condominium development, The Park, was announced. The project was delayed by an uncertain economy after the September 11 attacks. Originally, Charlotte's second tallest residential building was to have 126 units, but the number changed to 105 units so they could be larger; sizes would range from 504 to 1,859 square feet (46.8 to 172.7 m2). Four levels of parking already existed at the site; the fifth through ninth floors would be parking as well. Construction was set to begin in June 2004, with completion in Fall 2005. A rooftop park with a swimming pool was inspired by Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

In January 2006, after many delays, construction was ready to start on the $46 million project, with Verna & Associates as general contractor and 222 S. Caldwell St. Partnership, whose managing director was Pete Verna, as the developer. 80 of 107 units ranging from 1000 to 1,800 square feet (170 m2) had been sold. Completion of The Park was set for December 2007. In March 2008, with Verna claiming the project was 80 percent finished, work slowed down and eventually stopped. On August 7, lender BB Syndication Services Inc. of Wisconsin bought The Park for $17.9 million in a foreclosure auction. Verna himself eventually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the project was put on hold. A subsidiary of Small Brothers LLC of Naples, Florida bought the building in 2009 for $4.5 million.

The new developers decided to add more hotel rooms due to the demand that resulted from Charlotte hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. However, a month before the convention, Small Brothers Charlotte LLC could only promise that the exterior of the building would look finished. The completion date was 2013, and 14 buyers had taken steps toward purchases.The ground floor will include 2,600 square feet (240 m2) of retail space. A first-floor lobby will have "stone flooring and wall panels with wood accents and include imported marble and granite." Hotel guests will use a modernist/art deco tenth-floor lobby with its own elevators.

Perkins Eastman is the project architect. Cleveland Construction of Mentor, Ohio will complete construction.

The name Skye was chosen because of the views from the planned rooftop restaurant Fahrenheit, to open in January 2014.The Hyatt Place opened October 15, 2013. More than half of the condominums were already sold.

Vi Lyles

Viola Alexander Lyles (born September 28, 1952) is an American politician serving as the 59th mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Lyles was a member of the Charlotte City Council before taking office as mayor.

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