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Grant lets there be art at Brightwalk (access required)

Artistic ecology will be part of the Brightwalk neighborhood thanks to a $400,000 grant. The money has been given to the McColl Center for Visual Art to work with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership to bring environmental artists from around the world to build installations in the community.

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Gov. McCrory signs building code changes into law

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that puts an end to the drastically different building codes across different municipalities that have led to some confusion among builders in the state. House Bill 120, which was known in the Senate as Bill 108, on March 12 passed the N.C. House in a 99 to 18 vote before moving into the Senate. On June 12, the Senate voted to pass the bill, which McCrory signed into law June 19.

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New burger joint coming to Ballantyne (access required)

People of Ballantyne, prepare yourselves for more burgers – 21 burgers, to be exact. Just more than two months after Mecklenburg County permitted work on the restaurant, Burger 21, a hamburger restaurant under the umbrella of Tampa, Fla.-based Front Burger Brands, will open at the end of July, according to a release from the company.

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Senate to vote on reducing requirements for energy efficiency in construction (access required)

A bill has reached the floor of the North Carolina Senate which could cause construction costs in the state to drop by around 30 percent. House Bill 201, if passed, would reinstate the 2009 Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings and repeal portions of the 2012 energy standards. The bill already has passed the state House of Representatives and the Senate Commerce Committee. Senators were slated to vote on the bill Wednesday, but it was moved to the June 26 calendar.

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Hobby Lobby to open Monday in Belgate (access required)

Almost a year after revealing plans to move across this northeast Charlotte neighborhood, Hobby Lobby Stores on Monday will open its new 55,000-square-foot store in the Belgate Shopping Center, according to a release from the company. Prior to the move to Belgate, a shopping center off Interstate 85 and Ikea Boulevard, the University City Hobby Lobby was in The Commons at Chancellor Park, at University City and W.T. Harris boulevards.

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