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Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options (access required)

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City officials have begun looking at possible alternative options for funding its Gold Line streetcar expansion project, but have not given up on receiving a federal grant. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation handed down the list of recipients of $474 million in federal money for transportation projects nationwide.

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Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies (access required)

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The future is now on view – both on iPad touchscreens and in good old-fashioned steel, concrete and dirt – at Morrocroft, the mixed-use office/business/retail park. That’s where Carolinas HealthCare System’s Facilities Management Group, BBH Design architects, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement are collaborating in a virtual, three-dimensional cloud to build a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion.

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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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NoDa mill nears finishing stage: New developer is ready to start work at Mecklenburg Mill (access required)

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A Boston-based nonprofit developer is planning to start renovations on a historic textile mill within a month, after a years-long effort by the city of Charlotte to convert the building into affordable apartments.

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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)

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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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Rain delay: Unusually high rainfall this summer has set back area construction (access required)

Heavy precipitation has left contractors and developers in the area wringing out their plans and looking for ways to get back on schedule. This summer, the Piedmont of the Carolinas has seen between 150 and 200 percent of its typical rainfall

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