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Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies (access required)

Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The future is now on view – both on iPad touchscreens and in good old-fashioned steel, concrete and dirt – at Morrocroft, the mixed-use office/business/retail park. That’s where Carolinas HealthCare System’s Facilities Management Group, BBH Design architects, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement are collaborating in a virtual, three-dimensional cloud to build a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion.

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PHIL HENDERSON: Good ol’ country boy? Ri-i-i-ight (access required)

PHIL HENDERSON: Good ol’ country boy? Ri-i-i-ight <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Phil Henderson, 50, likes to play dumb like a possum likes to play dead, and he has parlayed the naïve act – plus a double-major degree from Appalachian State in marketing and business management – into a booming business with an office out by Independence Expressway: Henderson Properties, about which we’ll let the country boy explain later.

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A mixed brew of Barnhardt, beer and political intrigue in Cornelius (access required)

The Cornelius Planning Board passed – again – on Barnhardt. But they said “yes” to beer. Meanwhile, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she has not ruled out seeking a seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

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Subdivision approved after developer changes proposal (access required)

A proposed 440-home residential development that was vehemently opposed by residents of two counties became a proposed 338-home residential development that was endorsed by those same residents on Wednesday night. And after protest petitions were withdrawn that would have required a supermajority vote, the Kannapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve the River Pointe at Davidson development.

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Betting on the northeast I-485 spread: Priester announces second development, this one at Albemarle Road exit (access required)

Betting on the northeast I-485 spread: Priester announces second development, this one at Albemarle Road exit <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Retail developer Jay Priester is betting again on future development near Interstate 485. Priester on Wednesday announced that his Cambridge Properties Inc. is developing a 17-acre site on vacant, unincorporated land east of the Albemarle Road exit of I-485, just past the Mint Hill town limits, and a half-mile from the future site of a Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center campus expected in 2018.

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Staking the ground: Toll Brothers and Ryland increase market share; Meritage moves in (access required)

Staking the ground: Toll Brothers and Ryland increase market share; Meritage moves in <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Goldman Sachs, the global investment banking firm, put out a report naming Charlotte and Jacksonville, Fla., as the two hottest new housing markets in the country, based on population growth, cheap land and economic fundamentals. And in the post-recession, still-recovering era, Goldman picked three national production homebuilders as good stock investments, predicting they would grow in value by as much as 24 percent this year. Two of them have been charging into the Charlotte market in major ways since the market bottomed out in 2010: Toll Brothers Ryland Group.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Attorney warns that based on recent ruling, N.C. homeowners unlikely to get money (access required)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Attorney warns that based on recent ruling, N.C. homeowners unlikely to get money <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A recent, and murky, N.C. Court of Appeals decision that appears to limit 10-year construction warranties to six years has been invoked by a homebuilder’s attorney, who nonetheless has said his client will make the necessary repairs. The key to this little paradox involving a seven-year-old house in Monroe is, apparently, understanding the difference between two legal phrases.

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Jeff Brown: A man of rezoning renown (access required)

Jeff Brown: A man of rezoning renown <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Jeff Brown is one tight-lipped and self-effacing dude. That’s an attribute that’s handy in a 30-year veteran real estate lawyer who has played a major role in the transactions, land-use decisions, rezonings and other entitlement actions on some of the biggest deals of the past couple of decades of Charlotte’s development history.

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REBOOT 2.0: Permits up $212.9M in 20 dark days (access required)

REBOOT 2.0: Permits up $212.9M in 20 dark days <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The computer system went down again, and the economy stayed down again, but the value of Mecklenburg County building permits surged by $212.9 million during a 20-day period that ended Thursday. That was nearly double the value of permits issued in previous 20 days, and nearly double the same 20 days last year.

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