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News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

DAVIDSON – Democracy is a funny business – both ha-ha and just plain weird. Writ large – as in the federal shutdown – the comedy and tragedy of our system of government fills the cable news network airtime. But on ...

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Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond (access required)

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The Sept. 11 decision came without warning and in the middle of the week: Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Manager Katrina Young would no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, effective immediately. Into the breach came Shad Spencer, a longtime city-county planning coordinator, after Planning Director Debra Campbell announced he would replace Young temporarily, and – pending an evaluation of his job performance – perhaps more permanently.

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Buildings spring up in The Park: Huntersville mixed use center revived following recession (access required)

Rooftops+Recovery+Recent Hospital Expansion=Commercial Real Estate Revival. That appears to be formula at work in The Park-Huntersville – and its joined-at-the hip spin-off, the Gilead Center – where seven new construction projects are underway or in the pipeline.

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Davidson board to decide Monday on Green School (access required)

After an extensive search, Davidson Green School co-founder Jennifer Jakubecy thought she had found a perfect place for her innovative environmentally conscious school: a 3,370 square-foot house on South Main Street that backs up to an extensive natural area. But after the school bought the house and just before the school year began, nearby resident John R. Burgess hired a lawyer and filed an appeal to block the project, forcing the school to open in a church where co-founder Kathleen McIntyre’s husband is assistant pastor.

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Home sales continue to show year-over-year gains (access required)

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Home sale trends in the Greater Charlotte residential real estate market continue their upward, post-recession arc, according to the latest monthly figures released Tuesday morning by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

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Alzheimer’s care center to replace proposed hotel on Park South Drive (access required)

The latest twist in a rezoning drama that has been going on for 18 months has left developer CN Hotels of Greensboro with no room for an inn. The outcome of a contested rezoning usually satisfies either the protestors on one side or the landowner and developer on the other. But the case of a vacant 0.72-acre lot at 6026 Park South Drive has been anything but usual.

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‘Chic-urbanism’ apartments going up in Cornelius (access required)

More than one year, two developers and a rezoning battle later, construction is finally underway on new Class A apartments in the Kenton Place mixed-use development on West Catawba Avenue. Kenton Place Partners LLC of Charleston, S.C., last Tuesday pulled nearly $3.5 million in Mecklenburg County building permits to start construction on a three-building, 210-unit complex, which is expected to build out at a cost of more than $25 million, according to Lance Youngquist, one of three partners behind the project.

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Home wasn’t built in a day; it took a day and a quarter (access required)

How do you build a house in 30 hours? Help. Lots of help, like 150 around-the-clock volunteers, a handful of professional supervisors and a dozen paid AmeriCorps interns. If there was a third "H" in Habitat for Humanity, Frank Spencer said, it would stand for help, on which the organization depends for its existence.

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Bruce Andersen: Planning chair micromanages the micrograms (access required)

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Bruce Andersen is the long-time chairman of the planning board in the area’s fastest-growing municipality, Huntersville, a board he’s been appointed to by the town’s Board of Commissioners since 1998. Andersen, 74, is also confident enough to poke fun at himself and his fellow board members, calling them “micromanagers.”

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