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Boulevard Gardens to become ‘newer model’ under $140M plan (access required)

Nine months after the Charlotte Housing Authority won a $20.9 million HOPE VI federal grant last summer to redevelop one of the city’s oldest public housing projects, the demolition of Boulevard Gardens is nearly complete. Plans for the redevelopment, dubbed ...

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Round 3 in NoDa mills bidding war could become round 4 come Monday

Now in round three, the bidding war for two historic NoDa mills will go into round four if companies file upset bids Monday to redevelop the properties. The Community Builders Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based affordable-housing developer, put in a $1.02 ...

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Ordinances threaten to crush construction industry, developers say (access required)

In Mecklenburg County, developers and builders feel like a row of dominoes is about to come crashing down on them. They say the cumulative effect of new ordinances is going to put a serious hurting on commercial and residential development ...

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Battle of the buildings (access required)

They’re two of the biggest buildings — and competitors — in Charlotte. NASCAR Plaza and Ally Center were built in the same year, 2009, and the two uptown properties contain a total of 755,000 square feet of office and retail ...

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Ally Center’s retail space nearly filled; two restaurants to sign leases

The Ally Center, a 15-story uptown office tower, is close to filling its vacant retail space, with two restaurants slated to move in. That’s according to Peter Conway, co-managing partner for Trinity Partners, a subsidiary of Trinity Capital Advisers, which owns the ...

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Facing slower growth, Gaston hasn’t benefited from Meck effect (access required)

Recently retired from Poseidon Seafood, a Charlotte seafood distributor he started in 1986, Richard LaVecchia was getting antsy with his newfound freedom and decided to drive into downtown Belmont in Gaston County to look around. That was about six years ...

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How we won it: What it took for Charlotte to bag the 2012 DNC (access required)

The 2008 Democratic presidential primaries took a crucial turn May 6 when North Carolina voters chose then-Sen. Barack Obama over then-Sen. Hillary Clinton by almost 15 percentage points, giving him an edge in a tightly contested campaign. Obama would go ...

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