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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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On the Level: Bridget Dixon is drafting zoning policy for Charlotte beer-makers (access required)

On the Level: Bridget Dixon is drafting zoning policy for Charlotte beer-makers <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It was 10:30 a.m. in a cubicle on the eighth floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. So there was no beer. About 50 people work in the Charlotte planning department, but we specifically wanted to talk to the beer-lady: Bridget Dixon. We wanted to know why she worked for the department from 2003 to 2006, left, and then came back. And we wanted to talk about beer. Good beer.

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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 11 to 18 (access required)

The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 11 to 18 <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

For Katherine Mazoyer, this Union County house offered something different than almost everything else she's seen on the market. So different was the house, Mazoyer, the Katherine Mazoyer Realty agent who sold the home, said she wasn't able to generate much interest in it from locals. The only interested parties were foreign buyers, she said.

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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 4 to 10 (access required)

The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 4 to 10 <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

This five-bedroom house in the Peninsula community on Lake Norman was on the market for more than a year before it finally sold last week. Judy Godley Webster, the Keller Williams agent who represented the buyer, said the 420 days that the 7,000-plus-square-foot house was for sale allowed her client to get a better deal on the home.

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