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Meck homebuilding on big upswing in 2013 (access required)

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It’s not a buyer's market or a seller's market. It’s a builder’s market, and Mecklenburg County building-permit records prove it. Homebuilders started 250 new single-family homes in the county in January, up 52 percent from the 164 similar permits issued in the first month of 2012 — which was the strongest year for homebuilding in the county since 2008.

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13 to Watch in ’13: Rick Judson, president of the National Association of Home Builders (access required)

Rick Judson

(Part seven in a 13-part series) The homebuilding industry will be watching Rick Judson this year because Judson will spend the year watching over the homebuilding industry. Judson, 63, is the 2013 president of the National Home Builders Association, a nonprofit lobbying and advocacy organization with a $70 million annual budget and 150,000 members from throughout the residential construction and related industries.

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Renovation Report: Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse (access required)

Plans call for expanding the footprint of the former O'Charley's in Huntersville, shown here last week, as part of the transformation of the building into a Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse. Photo by Payton Guion

When taking the space that used to house one restaurant and turning into another restaurant, the conversion is usually straightforward. Throw in some new kitchen equipment, add a bar, update the restrooms and, voila: a new restaurant. But the process is more involved than that for Mooresville-based general contractor Spectrum Building Co. as it renovates a former O'Charley's in Huntersville to get it ready for a Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse.

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