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Proposal would allow 
languishing Charlotte sites 
to generate income (access required)

Charlotte Knights General Manager Dan Rajkowski has homerun-sized plans for an empty, underutilized piece of property in uptown. The Knights lease a lot on South Mint Street from Mecklenburg County. For now, it’s just an open, grassy field with security ...

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Appraisal anguish (access required)

Realtor Thomas Harte had a contract on a 1920s-era home in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. The five-bedroom, four-bath, fully renovated house at 425 Clement Ave. was listed at $790,000. With a tax value of $1.23 million, Harte thought the home would ...

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Workers’ compensation 
lead to complications for Mecklenburg County code officials (access required)

In June, a new state law went into effect to stop unlicensed contractors from skirting the system. The goal is to crack down on contractors who solicit a property owner to apply for a permit for work they will do ...

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Rezoning complicates Jack’s Across the Tracks project (access required)

When Rob Nixon and business partner Andy Wilson bought a rundown former church at 1212 Pecan Ave. in Charlotte in March 2007 for $650,000 from Russ-Mar Properties, Nixon said he felt like Christopher Columbus. “I had my flag in the ...

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N.C. HBA 
mergers 
aren’t new (access required)

There is precedent in North Carolina for homebuilders associations to combine into a larger group or secede from another. In February 2007, the Brunswick County Homebuilders Association was formed following a merger between the Homebuilders Association of Brunswick County, which ...

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Why it’s so tough to form a regional HBA (access required)

In the Charlotte metro area, there are nine homebuilders associations. Many of them are suffering from lower membership numbers, a side effect of the housing market’s troubles. For some HBAs, memberships are down by more than 50 percent, which means ...

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Foxx returns donation from Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition PAC (access required)

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has returned a donation made to his campaign by the Shelter Providers Political Action Committee Enterprise, the political action committee for the Charlotte-based Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition. SPPACE made political donations to the mayoral ...

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How City Council members seeking re-election voted on real estate regs (access required)

Charlotte’s real estate community often cites three ordinances accused of making developing sites cumbersome and costly: the Urban Street Design Guidelines, the Post Construction Controls ordinance and the tree ordinance. Residential design standards for single-family homes in the city have ...

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