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From the basement to the seller (access required)

Construction crews worked on Ryan Homes town houses this week in the McCarley subdivision off Johnston Road in Charlotte's Ballantyne area. Photo by Nell Redmond

As with more popular single-family homes, both the construction and sales of town houses appear to be slowly building their way back up from the rubble of the Charlotte-market housing crash. But a real recovery is still thousands of empty lots away. Mecklenburg County building permits for town houses are up dramatically in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period last year.

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On the Level: John Maheras (access required)

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John Maheras puts together commercial real estate deals as a partner at one of Charlotte’s leading law firms, Horack Talley. He’s apparently so good at it that members of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently voted him state director for North and South Carolina. He takes office in May and will keep the volunteer post for a three-year term.

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The South will rise (maybe) (access required)

The old power house on the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. plant site in Rock Hill's textile corridor is being reimagined. (photo by Tony Brown)

At the southern tip of a thriving metropolitan area, Rock Hill seems like a little neighbor, a quiet old mill town turned Charlotte suburb. But 22 of the upper South Carolina city’s public and private sector leaders are thinking big, new and loud.

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On the Level: Nadine Deason!!! (access required)

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Nadine Deason is just happy happy happy to do On the Level! Deason, a dynamo from New Jersey who came to the Charlotte area via Chicago and the part of northern Kentucky hard by the Ohio River outside Cincinnati, is co-owner of the Lincoln County satellite office of Keller Williams Realty’s Mooresville operation.

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Praise the land use (access required)

This rendering for the transformation of the Palace movie theater into a new Elevation Church worship center was approved last week by the Cornelius Architectural Review Board. Courtesy of the town of Cornelius

A proposed $6.5 million renovation of a former movie theater into the latest location of a Charlotte-area megachurch and a 210-unit Class-A apartment complex next door could breathe new life into the moribund Kenton Place mixed-use development, the principals behind the separate projects assert.

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