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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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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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Betting on the northeast I-485 spread: Priester announces second development, this one at Albemarle Road exit (access required)

Betting on the northeast I-485 spread: Priester announces second development, this one at Albemarle Road exit <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Retail developer Jay Priester is betting again on future development near Interstate 485. Priester on Wednesday announced that his Cambridge Properties Inc. is developing a 17-acre site on vacant, unincorporated land east of the Albemarle Road exit of I-485, just past the Mint Hill town limits, and a half-mile from the future site of a Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center campus expected in 2018.

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Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy (access required)

Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Number of homebuilding permits highest since 2008 (access required)

Number of homebuilding permits highest since 2008 <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Despite the wettest late spring-early summer in recent memory, the Charlotte-area boomlet in residential construction that started in January continued apace, according to building permit records kept by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement.

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