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Mecklenburg County names new manager (access required)

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 17 to give Dena Diorio a raise: from $172,000 a year to $248,000 – or $263,000, if you count deferred income. Diorio’s extra cash also comes with a new title, new ...

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Cornelius land-use plan decision delayed again (access required)

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CORNELIUS – The Bailey-Mayes roads area has developed into a real development sore spot. The dilemma posed by growth in the small chunk of east Cornelius for the third time held up passage of a new proposed land-use plan when ...

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Four builders, three nonprofits, two veterans and a widow (access required)

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A handful of homebuilding and development companies and a trio of nonprofits are pitching in to build and rehab homes in two Charlotte area suburbs for a soldier wounded in the Afghanistan War veteran and the octogenarian widow of World ...

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Eric A. Johnson: The new face of the changing public housing realities (access required)

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CHARLOTTE – If you want to put a face on the seismic changes in public affordable housing, go visit Eric Anthony Johnson, chief real estate development officer for the Charlotte Housing Authority. He’s a new face at CHA, too, at ...

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Self-Help helps others, not itself: Durham-based national nonprofit works quietly to revitalize Grier Heights

Self-Help helps others, not itself: Durham-based national nonprofit works quietly to revitalize Grier Heights

CHARLOTTE – It takes a lot of self-help – lower-case – to revitalize a neighborhood like Grier Heights with affordable housing, and so far Self-Help – capitalized – has been there, quietly but most helpfully. The Center for Community Self-Help, ...

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Affordable housing projects sought for grant (access required)

You don’t have to be a nonprofit to get this housing grant. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, which donated more than $21 million in 2013 to both for-profit and not-for-profit developers of local nonprofit affordable housing projects in ...

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Observer’s purchase in University area could open up prime Uptown space (access required)

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CHARLOTTE – More than 9 acres tax-valued at $45.3 million on Uptown’s South Tryon Street corridor, the past decade’s busiest development hotspot in the central business district, could be on the market as early as next year. The Charlotte Observer ...

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Curt Seifart: He’s a hitcher, he’s a swimmer, he’s a talker, and he’s trimmer. He gets his doughnuts on the run (access required)

Curt Seifart:  He’s a hitcher, he’s a swimmer, he’s a talker, and he’s trimmer. He gets his doughnuts on the run <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

CHARLOTTE – If you really want to try to label Curt Seifart, haul out the hyphens. He’s a bred-in-Foxcroft old hippie-adventurer-former sports apparel salesman-runner-swimmer-pre-Columbian scholar-man of faith-affordable housing volunteer-residential real estate agent with Helen Adams Realty. And, as On the ...

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