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South End by southwest (access required)

Call it what you want, but South End, which was largely carved out of an industrial, railroad-crossed section of westernmost Dilworth in the 1990s, when people thought developer Tony Pressley might be a little nutty, is now rapidly spreading far beyond the traditional boundaries of its historic district.

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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)

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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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