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Renovation Report: Magnolia Plaza (access required)

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When Magnolia Plaza was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it had the character to match the sleepy lake town it served. By 2012, the population had increased more than five times to 26,243, Census figures show. The shopping center also needed to offer more than what it had if it wanted to appeal to the new Cornelius.

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Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond (access required)

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The Sept. 11 decision came without warning and in the middle of the week: Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Manager Katrina Young would no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, effective immediately. Into the breach came Shad Spencer, a longtime city-county planning coordinator, after Planning Director Debra Campbell announced he would replace Young temporarily, and – pending an evaluation of his job performance – perhaps more permanently.

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Commercial Confidential: Legacy Cornelius (access required)

While the apartment construction boom has permeated nearly all areas of Mecklenburg County – some areas more so than others – one area that has felt little of that effect is this northern Mecklenburg town near Lake Norman.But GCI Residential, an entity of suburban-Cleveland-based Goldberg Companies, has been permitted by Mecklenburg County to start on the second phase of its Legacy Cornelius apartment project, at Lake Pines Drive off Westmoreland Road.

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Renovation Report: Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (access required)

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Replacing a NASCAR-themed attraction just a mile down the road from Charlotte Motor Speedway in the heart of NASCAR Country may seem like an idea that’s sure to stall, but London-based Merlin Entertainment is doing just that at Concord Mills. Gone will be the indoor slick-track and laser tag area at the closed NASCAR Speedpark. It’s being replaced with more than 5,000 marine creatures and more than 150,000 gallons of water at the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium.

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Bruce Andersen: Planning chair micromanages the micrograms (access required)

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Bruce Andersen is the long-time chairman of the planning board in the area’s fastest-growing municipality, Huntersville, a board he’s been appointed to by the town’s Board of Commissioners since 1998. Andersen, 74, is also confident enough to poke fun at himself and his fellow board members, calling them “micromanagers.”

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Charlotte City Council Sept. 23 (access required)

The City Council on Monday took care of two business items that have stirred controversy over the past several months, among other issues. Council members were obligated to select four members to the newly formed but they yet-to-be empowered Charlotte Douglas International Airport advisory commission, and did so at Monday’s meeting. The Carolina Panthers also got a boost Monday night – following the team’s Sunday afternoon rout of the New York Giants – when council members voted to approve spending $28 million in public funds to help pay for renovations at Bank of America Stadium.

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