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Standardized Pest? (access required)

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While an improving economy has given Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools the confidence to restart construction projects that stalled during the recession, its board members foresee hardships caused by the ranking system that gives county government control over the scheduling of school projects. After voters approved a $516 million bond package in 2007, the district ramped up construction and spent more than $200 million annually until late 2009, when the economy soured and the county shut its wallet.

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A degree in recession (access required)

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The housing market crash was so tough on Central Piedmont Community College’s real estate department, it took on a new identity. Before the downturn, CPCC in Charlotte was offering up to 20 real estate broker pre-licensing courses per semester. That plunged to three a semester at the nadir of the recession, said Cindy Savage, who heads the department now known as the financial services institute.

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Don’t ask, do well: Developers who seek too much risk credibility (access required)

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A project he is representing, Walter Fields said, would add 115 multifamily units to an existing five town homes in the Stonecrest area in south Charlotte, but to do so, his client needs a rezoning. Fields has accompanied the project through the city’s regulatory pipeline, and on April 15, the full plan for a total of 120 dwelling units on the site -- which is beside an existing 215 apartments owned by the same company -- will go before the Charlotte City Council for the rezoning vote.

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Rezoned but unknown (access required)

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At the intersection of Providence Road and Strawberry Hill Drive rests an aging apartment complex. Camden Pinehurst, which was not always the name of the 40-building complex with the brick-and-vinyl exterior, has been in south Charlotte since 1967. But the owner, with pressure from the numerous brand new, Class A apartment properties popping up around the city, decided a change was needed.

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NoDa-bly different (access required)

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The tattoo parlors, art galleries and bars served as the inspiration from which Gvest Partners drew its apartment design.Over the past decade, the community called NoDa, centered at the intersection of 36th and North Davidson streets, had successfully transitioned from one of Charlotte’s biggest mill centers into the city’s arts district.

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