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Commercial Confidential: the former Eastland Mall (access required)

Commercial Confidential: the former Eastland Mall <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Since the Charlotte City Council voted in August to buy Eastland Mall – and even prior to the official purchase – rumors have flown around the Queen City about the future of the once-great, now-derelict mall. Would it become a subdivision or residential development? Possibly a film studio? Many in Charlotte were quick to say they thought the old mall would continue to sit, blighted, on Central Avenue.

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Streets of Gold Line? (access required)

Streets of Gold Line? <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Embedded in the pavement of Elizabeth Avenue, the streetcar tracks gleam silver with promise. But with the actual streetcars at least two years away, no one can say for sure whether that promise ever will turn to the gold of extensive commercial development, a particular need for Charlotte’s beleaguered West Side.

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Renovation Report: George E. Davis House (access required)

Renovation Report: George E. Davis House <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

In the six score and three years since it was built, the Dr. George E. Davis House has undergone a few changes. Built in 1890, the house was added to in the early 1900s and given a brick façade in the 1920s, according to the Mecklenburg County Historic Landmark Commission. Since then, the house near the campus of Johnson C. Smith University has fallen into disrepair.

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Crescent eyes apartments in Dilworth, but will the community accept? (access required)

Crescent eyes apartments in Dilworth, but will the community accept? <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Dilworth residents aren’t afraid to fight developers wishing to start projects in their neighborhood. In November, after months of protest from the neighborhood – front-yard signs included – the Charlotte City Council rejected a rezoning request that sought to bring a Walgreens and an office building to Dilworth. Residents said it didn’t match the area plan, or their vision, for the community.

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Commercial Confidential: Park Avenue building (access required)

Commercial Confidential: Park Avenue building <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Built in 2000, well before thousands of new residential units changed the dynamic of its neighborhood, the Park Avenue building is a relatively new property that has experienced some of the older South End. Anne Vulcano, a senior vice president in the Charlotte office of CBRE, said the influx of new residents to fill those apartments has, in some ways, changed the leasing makeup of the Park Avenue building, which sits at the intersection of South Boulevard and Park Avenue.

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