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Key handed promotion at Ruppert Landscape (access required)

Ruppert Landscape, a firm out of Laytonsville, Md., has promoted Fred Key to regional vice president of the company’s southern region, which includes N.C., Georgia and Virginia, according to a news release from the landscaping company. In the new role, ...

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West Side story: Commercial development has bypassed area, but streetcar could bring changes (access required)

Mike Griffin said he can remember a time in the city’s history when the West Side was a destination. But over the years, commercial activity in other areas of the city – and very little development in this part of town – has killed the reputation of the West Side, specifically the Freedom Drive corridor between Interstates 77 and 85, as a destination for shoppers or developers.

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Renovation Report: Magnolia Plaza (access required)

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When Magnolia Plaza was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it had the character to match the sleepy lake town it served. By 2012, the population had increased more than five times to 26,243, Census figures show. The shopping center also needed to offer more than what it had if it wanted to appeal to the new Cornelius.

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Southern Apartment Group moves corporate office (access required)

Southern Apartment Group is relocating its headquarters to the Grinnell Water Works Building on Morehead Street.  Photo by Payton Guion

Southern Apartment Group, a locally based multifamily developer, is a little busier this month and it has nothing to do with the apartment projects the company is working on across the city. Southern is moving its corporate headquarters to the FreeMore area of Charlotte, at 1435 W. Morehead St. in the Grinnell Water Works Building.

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