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The bill to nowhere? (access required)

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Homebuilders warming up their shouts of “Free at last, free at last!” to hail the passage of two bills in the North Carolina General Assembly should stop, call their lawyers and consult their dictionaries first. The bills – House Bill 150 and Senate Bill 139 – aim to curtail local governments’ imposing of non-structural aesthetic building codes on builders of one- and two-family houses. By the wide majority of 98-18, the House passed its version this week, and the nearly identical Senate bill appears poised for equally easy passage.

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

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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)

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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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