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City reviews zoning as more illegal nightclubs pop up (access required)

To the city of Charlotte, it would be a nightclub. To developer David Ratcliffe, it would be just a community theater that serves alcohol. The difference of opinion is just one example of the ongoing struggle between developers and property ...

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Doug Ehmann hopes a gas station ignites projects at his business park (access required)

When Doug Ehmann, president of Charlotte-based DPE Investments, bought about 100 acres in 2006 along the banks of Lake Fisher in northern Cabarrus County, he envisioned a high-end mixed-use development with condos, townhomes, offices, shops and hotels. Ehmann figured his ...

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Real estate agents don’t have to follow federal rule affecting short sales (access required)

When the Federal Trade Commission created the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services rules in December, it caused a stink in the real estate community. MARS was formed in response to mortgage scams, specifically those involving loan modifications. Real estate agents, in ...

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Autobell says carwash would make SouthPark shine, but not everyone thinks so (access required)

In 1969, with the first location on South Boulevard, Charles Howard founded Charlotte-based carwash company Autobell. The company, which has 62 locations, boasts on its website that it has never closed an Autobell. The Howard family has been itching to ...

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