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Developers mix it up for young professionals (access required)

Tired of the bitterly cold Michigan winters and in search of better job opportunities, Jeff Sharp moved to Charlotte in late 2007. With a background in custom homebuilding, Sharp, 26, changed gears shortly after moving to the Queen City and ...

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Rivalry with Raleigh intensifies as capital city cashes in on banking (access required)

Searching for a place to build a technology-development center in 2009, Deutsche Bank AG considered various cities, including Charlotte, Raleigh and Maryland. Unfortunately for Charlotte, the Germany-based investment bank picked Cary, a town just outside Raleigh in Wake County. In ...

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Charlotte-area buildings receive funds for energy-efficiency upgrades

Some buildings in the Charlotte region are getting roughly $612,000 out of $1.8 million in federal stimulus funds from the North Carolina Energy Office to make energy-efficiency upgrades. The Packard Place building at 222 S. Church St. is receiving $307,840 ...

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Reeling from the reval (access required)

Alec Polites said it’s like hitting a man when he’s down. Having slashed rents to hang on to tenants in his struggling shopping center on East Independence Boulevard, he couldn’t believe his eyes when he received his 2011 revaluation from Mecklenburg ...

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Hotel projects boosting area’s room inventory, but financing still tough (access required)

After a sluggish couple of years, the Charlotte-area hotel sector is starting to show signs of life. New projects are either in the works or have been completed recently, such as a 125-room Hampton Inn and Suites in Huntersville that ...

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For Charlotte builders, bigger isn’t always better (access required)

Lat Purser has been looking for new development projects that he can afford to lose. Earlier this month, his company, Charlotte-based Lat Purser and Associates, finished work on The Arden, a new, 16-unit apartment complex in the NoDa neighborhood north ...

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Bissell nears completion on spec project (access required)

The Bissell Cos. is almost finished construction on an office building in Ballantyne in south Charlotte, one of the city’s fastest growing markets. Bissell, a Charlotte real estate firm, expects to be done in April on the Calhoun Building, a ...

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