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Plans for Belmont development unveil old building (access required)

John Church planned to tear down the 110,000-square-foot, three-level former textile mill in Belmont and put in new retail and residential space. In mid-August, as a wrecking ball dug into the brick, an architectural gem began to emerge: the original Chronicle Mill - Belmont's first textile plant - built in 1902.

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Lennar begins work on its first Charlotte apartment complex (access required)

Earth is moving this week on a 2.5-acre patch of the Metropolitan district slated to become home to a 261-unit, Class A apartment complex tentatively named in public documents as South Kings Midtown. The project is owned and being built by Lennar Multifamily Inc., according to public records, as part of a $1 billion nationwide dive into the apartment feeding frenzy by the single-family homebuilding giant Lennar Corp.

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Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma (access required)

Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Construction industry insiders now rushing to determine how best to cope with a labor shortage and its primary cause: Young people largely aren’t interested in joining the trades. Contractors are struggling to find skilled labor, a trend that could hinder future construction work.

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South End by southwest (access required)

Call it what you want, but South End, which was largely carved out of an industrial, railroad-crossed section of westernmost Dilworth in the 1990s, when people thought developer Tony Pressley might be a little nutty, is now rapidly spreading far beyond the traditional boundaries of its historic district.

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Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options (access required)

Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

City officials have begun looking at possible alternative options for funding its Gold Line streetcar expansion project, but have not given up on receiving a federal grant. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation handed down the list of recipients of $474 million in federal money for transportation projects nationwide.

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Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies (access required)

Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The future is now on view – both on iPad touchscreens and in good old-fashioned steel, concrete and dirt – at Morrocroft, the mixed-use office/business/retail park. That’s where Carolinas HealthCare System’s Facilities Management Group, BBH Design architects, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement are collaborating in a virtual, three-dimensional cloud to build a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion.

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A mixed brew of Barnhardt, beer and political intrigue in Cornelius (access required)

The Cornelius Planning Board passed – again – on Barnhardt. But they said “yes” to beer. Meanwhile, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she has not ruled out seeking a seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

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NoDa mill nears finishing stage: New developer is ready to start work at Mecklenburg Mill (access required)

NoDa mill nears finishing stage: New developer is ready to start work at Mecklenburg Mill <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A Boston-based nonprofit developer is planning to start renovations on a historic textile mill within a month, after a years-long effort by the city of Charlotte to convert the building into affordable apartments.

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