Joe Douglas hoped it was an April Fools’ Day prank. It wasn’t. On April 1, Douglas, owner of Dilworth restaurant 131 Main, learned that his East Boulevard eatery had been almost totally destroyed by fire. And his run of bad luck would only continue.
Childress Klein got an earful this week as residents opposed to a proposed 280-unit apartment complex spoke out against the project during a rezoning meeting.
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remains at its highest level in six years, reflecting improved optimism over the strengthening housing market this year and a pickup in visits by prospective buyers to builders’ communities.
U.S. builders started work on more homes in August, driven by the fastest pace of single-family home construction in more than two years. The increase points to steady progress in the housing recovery.
This month, Wells Fargo announced that it is expanding homebuilder lending after slowing the flow of construction loans during the housing downturn.
In 2008, Piedmont Natural Gas gave C Design a project: Take the basement at its corporate headquarters office at Piedmont Town Center in Charlotte and convert it into a room where employees could be inspired to think creatively.
The widening of Independence Boulevard has extinguished some Charlotte businesses, thanks to the impact the construction has had on traffic. Plans call for Independence to be widened in Matthews, too, raising concerns about whether the days are numbered for businesses, such as those in Windsor Square.
Roughly 15 percent of Windsor Square shopping center in Matthews is vacant, with more than 100,000 of 658,012 leasable square feet unoccupied, according to Windsor Square's website. Come October, though, nearly all of that empty space will become home to a new tenant, JC Penney, which will lease about 85,000 square feet.
Across Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina, construction sites have become the target of thieves looking to make a fast buck off the reselling of metal. To discourage would-be crooks, some sites have been armed with cameras – and people carrying guns.
Under the city’s rules, developers can either build sidewalks before the subdivision is platted – so they can sell lots with sidewalks already in place – or they can put sidewalks in after the plating. But some developers say the city’s two options are flawed.