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On the Level: Mercedes Merritt, Innovation Park (access required)

On the Level: Mercedes Merritt, Innovation Park <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It was a rare day at Innovation Park; Kingsley was not on the premises. He was at the vet’s. Kingsley is an English bulldog belonging to Mercedes Merritt, a Loyola University Maryland graduate who, at 28, has risen like a meteor to the position of director of leasing for BECO South and has 2.5 million square feet of office space in Charlotte under her supervision, including the 1.8 million-square-foot-and-growing Innovation Park.

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From ‘Go away’ to ‘Go’ (access required)

From ‘Go away’ to ‘Go’ <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Phil Frankhauser just knew, even before he walked into a roomful of stone-faced residents in this generally anti-development north Mecklenburg municipality. The principal partner of the Columbus, Ohio-based Epcon Communities knew, even though he was greeted in the hallway on that Nov. 29 evening by fliers bearing two red traffic signs: “STOP Epcon Communities” and “WRONG WAY for Cornelius.”

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