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Bad form? (access required)

This month, 61-year-old John Lee was out in the cold — or, rather, the August heat — when he was evicted from his south Charlotte rental home near the airport. Although he was behind on rent for June, which is ...

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Lack of work on Monroe 
Connector/Bypass keeps 
developers on the sidelines (access required)

The landscape in Union County is about to change. The Monroe Connector/Bypass project will bring a toll road through the rural area, likely resulting in commercial development along the corridor. The question is when. The 19.7-mile road will span from ...

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on the radar (access required)

In the past year since Charlotte’s rental ordinance took effect, 643 properties have surpassed the city’s threshold for crime. That means, in theory, that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials should have met with the owners of 643 properties, of which 553 ...

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Some agents 
frustrated with 
CMLS’ policy for 
home sizes (access required)

Since the Carolinas Multiple Listing Service changed its method of describing square footage, Re/Max Metro Realty broker-in-charge Eric Strom says it hasn’t created the headaches some agents predicted. Beginning in 2008, CMLS’ system has reported the square footage of homes ...

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Union County commissioners OK rezoning for Monroe Connector/Bypass project

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has approved the rezoning of more than 35 acres along the future path of the Monroe Connector/Bypass so that a paving company can work on the toll road project. On Monday, commissioners approved Monroe-based ...

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City reviews zoning as more illegal nightclubs pop up (access required)

To the city of Charlotte, it would be a nightclub. To developer David Ratcliffe, it would be just a community theater that serves alcohol. The difference of opinion is just one example of the ongoing struggle between developers and property ...

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City floats changing runoff requirements (access required)

It could get cheaper to redevelop sites in Charlotte. Under current rules, redevelopment means coughing up whatever it costs — and it can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, some say — to install devices that control where ...

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Attorney General Roy Cooper investigates squatter scam

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has obtained a court order to stop a group of six people and some trusts from filing fraudulent deeds on foreclosed homes for sale in Raleigh, Wake Forest and Apex. The alleged scam is ...

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