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Panelists outline challenges, opportunities for women in business (access required)

While the federal government shutdown is not having a direct impact on Charlotte businesses, it is creating uncertainty in the business community, according to panelists at The Mecklenburg Times Women’s Business Breakfast Forum. “With the shutdown and debate about the debt ceiling, people are waiting to make decisions,” said Natalie Haskins English, senior vice president of public policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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Home sales continue to show year-over-year gains (access required)

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Home sale trends in the Greater Charlotte residential real estate market continue their upward, post-recession arc, according to the latest monthly figures released Tuesday morning by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

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Government shutdown: Impact small so far on Charlotte housing, banking (access required)

It might be roiling Washington, D.C. and its suburbs, but, so far, the government shutdown is having little effect on Charlotte’s real estate and banking markets.

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CREW Charlotte paints the town pink (access required)

During the first week of October, 166 Charlotte businesses turned their commercial real estate properties pink for CREW Charlotte’s Fifth Annual breast cancer awareness campaign, Queen City in Pink (QCIP). The QCIP initiative asked owners and tenants of Charlotte properties to illuminate their buildings with pink lighting, temporary pink fountain dye or other displays of pink including window ribbon decals, banners and flags. These efforts show support for the community’s survivors of breast cancer and honor those who have been affected by or lost their lives to the disease.

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Charlotte developer agrees to settlement over coastal property (access required)

The North Carolina Department of Justice is preparing to reach out to about 1,100 people who purchased properties at two coastal North Carolina developments in Carteret and Onslow counties. Noelle Talley, public information officer at the N.C. Department of Justice, said the Consumer Protection Division will be sending letters to the buyers of properties at two communities, Cannonsgate and Summerhouse, to encourage them to file claims if eligible.

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Ridge Creek yet to rise: Industrial market expected building to lease more quickly (access required)

Ridge Creek IV was the first large industrial building built in Charlotte in five years, and with around 200,000 square feet of space for the taking, the Childress Klein Properties-owned building seemed ideal to reel in those tenants who were waiting for a recovery to make a move to buildings new. But only one tenant has signed a deal since the building opened.

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Alzheimer’s care center to replace proposed hotel on Park South Drive (access required)

The latest twist in a rezoning drama that has been going on for 18 months has left developer CN Hotels of Greensboro with no room for an inn. The outcome of a contested rezoning usually satisfies either the protestors on one side or the landowner and developer on the other. But the case of a vacant 0.72-acre lot at 6026 Park South Drive has been anything but usual.

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‘Chic-urbanism’ apartments going up in Cornelius (access required)

More than one year, two developers and a rezoning battle later, construction is finally underway on new Class A apartments in the Kenton Place mixed-use development on West Catawba Avenue. Kenton Place Partners LLC of Charleston, S.C., last Tuesday pulled nearly $3.5 million in Mecklenburg County building permits to start construction on a three-building, 210-unit complex, which is expected to build out at a cost of more than $25 million, according to Lance Youngquist, one of three partners behind the project.

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