Tax reform legislation, including a proposal to enact a statewide business privilege tax, is among the dishes simmering in committee as the North Carolina General Assembly nears its crossover deadline, but political observers say it’s too early to tell what legislators ultimately will bring to the table.
As the Charlotte Knights season ended last September in Fort Mill, S.C., with a loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox, Rodgers Builders was getting set to break ground on a $54 million, 10,000-seat uptown ballpark for the team. Jump to April and while the Knights are staggering to a well-below-.500 start in the team’s final season in South Carolina, steel and concrete that roughly resemble a ballpark have sprung out of the ground in uptown’s Third Ward, as construction workers scurry around the site like fielders hustling for a barely reachable fly ball.
The Charlotte Premium Outlets mall planned for unincorporated southwest Mecklenburg County took another step toward construction Monday when the proposal won unanimous rezoning approval from the Charlotte City Council. The council on Monday also without dissent approved a separate request by the same landowner, Steele Creek Limited Partnership, for a nearby industrial/office park.
The city of York, S.C., has a lot of history. It’s evident from the shops lining York’s main street to many of the houses and other buildings that dot the town, which is home to just more than 8,000 people.
The preliminary steps to cleaning up the crime that so dismayed residents of Commonwealth Park are almost complete, but uncertainty lingers about the fate of nearly eight acres that next will be the site of three buildings’ worth of rubble.
It took only two years after a Charlotte City Council vote in the urban renewal-era year of 1961 for bulldozers to start wiping out the 80 years’ worth of the city’s history called Brooklyn. Today, going on 12 years after efforts began to bring housing, shopping and pedestrian traffic back to Second Ward – Charlotte’s government district, dominated by stern, institutional buildings – the vision of a reincarnated, well-rounded Brooklyn is still just that, a vision.
For Matthews Gateway, the name says it all. Situated in the town of Matthews on Trade Street, between Matthews Township Parkway and John Street, the mixed-use shopping center, as Chris Orr put it, is a “gateway into Matthews.”
Week after week, developers announce new apartment projects in Charlotte. Like the 342 units in NoDa, or the 321 units in southwest Charlotte, or the 270 units in South End that have started, or will start, this year. In Charlotte, it is a rare week that passes without the revelation of a new multifamily project. And the numbers justify that trend, for now.
One the nation’s premier homebuilders was being humiliated by the Charlotte City Council; worse, PulteGroup was on the verge of losing a rare and potentially lucrative opportunity. But Pulte bounced back this week from January’s nasty public scolding to win a unanimous City Council endorsement of a rezoning case that would allow development and building on a patch of scarce land in booming and nearly built-out south Charlotte.
For builders and developers who don’t consider the Equal Credit Opportunity Act before signing on the dotted line with a lender, North Carolina lawyers have some advice: Start considering it, as ignorance can be costly.