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.
The county's largest wastewater treatment plant, the McAlpine Creek facility at 12701 Lancaster Hwy., teased its limits recently, treating 61 million gallons per day out of a total 64 million gallons-per-day capacity.
What started out as a pedestrian piece of legislation that then became a controversial headline-maker that would have scrapped the most popular form of sustainable building certification for North Carolina government projects has morphed yet again.
With longer days and warmer weather in the city, most area college students are enjoying a welcome summer break. The same isn’t true for those who work on the college campuses. For general contractors and facility managers at several Charlotte colleges and universities, summer is a time to crank up efforts to finish up construction projects while many students are away.
More than two years after beginning renovations, Houston-based Camden Property Trust is still plugging along on apartment upfits in the city. Since June 1, Mecklenburg County has issued permits to Camden for the renovations of 25 units in three of Camden’s area communities: Camden Ballantyne, Camden Sedgebrook and Camden Stonecrest.
Backed by almost $10 million in federal money, Dane County Regional Airport, serving the state capital of Madison, is building what could be the greenest garage in the state. The 58,800-square-foot Snow Removal Equipment Building will include a 100-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and water-efficient plumbing fixtures, among other sustainable features. It is the largest municipal solar project in the state, according to the airport.
Embedded in the pavement of Elizabeth Avenue, the streetcar tracks gleam silver with promise. But with the actual streetcars at least two years away, no one can say for sure whether that promise ever will turn to the gold of extensive commercial development, a particular need for Charlotte’s beleaguered West Side.
In the six score and three years since it was built, the Dr. George E. Davis House has undergone a few changes. Built in 1890, the house was added to in the early 1900s and given a brick façade in the 1920s, according to the Mecklenburg County Historic Landmark Commission. Since then, the house near the campus of Johnson C. Smith University has fallen into disrepair.
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.
Dilworth residents aren’t afraid to fight developers wishing to start projects in their neighborhood. In November, after months of protest from the neighborhood – front-yard signs included – the Charlotte City Council rejected a rezoning request that sought to bring a Walgreens and an office building to Dilworth. Residents said it didn’t match the area plan, or their vision, for the community.