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Antiquity sinkhole woes grow (access required)

Antiquity LLC development manager Marc Frye, Antiquity LLC attorney John Logsdon and onlooker Justin Brown survey the Antiquity mixed-use development’s sinkhole earlier this week. Photo by Tony Brown

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)

Clearwater Pool Service maintenance technician Nick Wright works to clear silt that flowed into a pool at 4224 Rosecliff Drive.  City officials say the erosion came from the Enclave at Providence development. Photo by Diane Petryk

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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Demolishing the Myth (access required)

Dana Gore, an equipment operator for Environmental Holdings Group, watches the demolition of a former squad bay building at Fort Bragg Army base in Fayetteville.  Photo by Donn Young

General contractors take pride in what they erect, plumbers in the pipes they sweat. Electrical contractors love to run wire and HVAC guys work for hire. Roofers roof and masons mortar while cabinet makers pull their drawers.

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