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Brew Urbanism (access required)

When Todd Ford opened NoDa Brewing Co., he was limited in where he could be located. Photo by Payton Guion

When Todd Ford opened his brewery, Charlotte’s zoning ordinance restricted him to the fringes of the city’s business corridors, the industrial districts. Since breweries were thrown into the industrial category, Ford couldn’t set up shop as he pleased, but had to settle for what the city allowed. He found space in an industrial building on North Davidson Street, about a mile from the heart of the NoDa neighborhood.

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Campuses upgrading (access required)

Phil Jones, associate vice chancellor of facilities management at UNC-Charlotte, stands in front of Hunt Hall, a new residence hall being built on the school's campus.  Photo by Nell Redmond

With longer days and warmer weather in the city, most area college students are enjoying a welcome summer break. The same isn’t true for those who work on the college campuses. For general contractors and facility managers at several Charlotte colleges and universities, summer is a time to crank up efforts to finish up construction projects while many students are away.

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Renovation Report: Crowne Plaza (access required)

Once the renovations are complete, the former Crowne Plaza will be a Fairfield Inn & Suites.  Photo by Payton Guion

Since late February, The Mecklenburg Times has had an interim editor, Jim Stasiowski – or Staz, for short. Staz lives in Reno, Nev. and has been flying to Charlotte a couple of times each month to grab hold of the reins in The Meck Times newsroom. When he’s in town, a fortnight each time, he’s been staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel in uptown. At least that’s where he thought he’d been staying.

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

Lawyer Kenneth R. Benton says real estate lawyers need to stay abreast of recent changes  in the field.  Photo by Nell Redmond

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)


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)


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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