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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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Rentals 
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 
reporting 
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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