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

E.H. Little Dormitory is undergoing around $2 million in renovations this summer. Photo courtesy Davidson College

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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Commercial Confidential: Matthews Corners (access required)

Despite heavy retail competition, Matthews Corners has almost no vacancy.  Photo by Payton Guion

It sits at the intersection of Matthews Township and Northeast parkways, but Matthews Corners hasn’t cornered the market for attracting shoppers. The 167,459-square-foot shopping center is literally on the corner of the busiest section of retail in the town of Matthews.

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Site unseen: filling space in Charlotte that isn’t built yet (access required)

Portman and Trinity Partners will have to lease a good portion of the building before construction can start.   Photo by Nell Redmond

Imagine signing a lease for offices in a building at the same time you have to imagine both the offices and the building. That’s what’s happening in uptown Charlotte, where Portman Holdings, a worldwide development and architecture firm based in Atlanta, is planning a large office tower on Stonewall Street, on top of the existing parking deck at The Westin, which Portman also owns.

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Sign up: Builders may get a break on projects that require zoning board rulings (access required)

Sign of the times? Builders may catch a break if they pay attention to making signs for their rezoning requests.

When a local zoning board of adjustment rules in favor of a builder, the zoning battle is not necessarily over. That’s because the deadline for anyone to appeal such a ruling can be a moving target. And if the appeal succeeds, it can kill a project that at one point seemed a sure thing. But House Bill 276, which has passed the North Carolina House and is in the Senate Commerce Committee, would set a much more firm appeal deadline, provided the builder who got the favorable ruling knows the rudiments of making and displaying a sign.

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