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Adapt or die: Real estate lawyers have dealt with many changes (access required)

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Real estate law has undergone more changes than just about any other area of legal practice since the recession hit five years ago, requiring lawyers in this field to adapt quickly to new regulations and ways of doing business. Charlotte lawyer Kenneth R. Benton of Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood has been in the real estate game for nearly four decades but said the last few years have brought a slew of significant changes.

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Commercial Confidential: the former Eastland Mall (access required)

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Since the Charlotte City Council voted in August to buy Eastland Mall – and even prior to the official purchase – rumors have flown around the Queen City about the future of the once-great, now-derelict mall. Would it become a subdivision or residential development? Possibly a film studio? Many in Charlotte were quick to say they thought the old mall would continue to sit, blighted, on Central Avenue.

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Streets of Gold Line? (access required)

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Embedded in the pavement of Elizabeth Avenue, the streetcar tracks gleam silver with promise. But with the actual streetcars at least two years away, no one can say for sure whether that promise ever will turn to the gold of extensive commercial development, a particular need for Charlotte’s beleaguered West Side.

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Crescent eyes apartments in Dilworth, but will the community accept? (access required)

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Dilworth residents aren’t afraid to fight developers wishing to start projects in their neighborhood. In November, after months of protest from the neighborhood – front-yard signs included – the Charlotte City Council rejected a rezoning request that sought to bring a Walgreens and an office building to Dilworth. Residents said it didn’t match the area plan, or their vision, for the community.

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Commercial Confidential: Park Avenue building (access required)

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Built in 2000, well before thousands of new residential units changed the dynamic of its neighborhood, the Park Avenue building is a relatively new property that has experienced some of the older South End. Anne Vulcano, a senior vice president in the Charlotte office of CBRE, said the influx of new residents to fill those apartments has, in some ways, changed the leasing makeup of the Park Avenue building, which sits at the intersection of South Boulevard and Park Avenue.

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Renovation Report: E.H. Little Dormitory (access required)

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Davidson College students who spent the majority of the last year living in E.H. Little Dormitory probably will be surprised when they return to campus in the fall and find their former residence hall doesn’t look much like the home sweet home they remember. That’s because the college is overhauling Little Dorm as it approaches its 60th birthday and adding to it things that often come standard today.

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Transportation taking off in new construction at Charlotte Douglas International airport (access required)

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Jerry Orr, the aviation director at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, has an inefficient headache. That’s paradoxical for Orr, who last week in a 20-minute interview about the airport’s nearly quarter of $1 billion worth of construction projects, used some form of the word “efficient” 10 times.

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