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Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville (access required)

Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It’s only a 17-unit building on a 0.64 acre lot, but it would add apartments to this fast-growing and rental-scarce suburb when multifamily vacancy rates are at historic lows. And it might even help revive the town of Huntersville’s desire for a denser and more mixed-use downtown at and around Old Statesville and Gilead roads.

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Antiquity sinkhole woes grow (access required)

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The beavers are off the hook in Antiquity as far as blame for the Old Canal Street sinkhole goes, but little else is certain. Unless it’s the fact that it will cost $200,000 or more to fix the problem. Marc Frye, Antiquity subdivision’s development manager, says an electrical subcontractor trenched behind a storm inlet and didn’t diligently compact its ditches. Recent plentiful rainwater made its way to the base of a concrete block retaining wall, the top of which borders the road.

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Rain spotlights erosion control issues (access required)

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Recent rainy weather has kept local inspectors chasing erosion control complaints near construction sites. Water and where it goes is always an issue, especially with Mecklenburg's rolling landscape, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services educator Sharon Foote. When development is taking place as well, rain plus disturbed soil can lead to a multitude of problems, she said.

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