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Commercial Confidential: Stonecrest at Piper Glen (access required)

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Pass through Stonecrest at Piper Glen to catch a film or grab a bite on a Friday night and the shopping center is packed with both high schoolers and families, looking to relax after a long week. Cars from just about all the luxury brands can be seen in the parking lot as visitors watch their movies or eat their dinners, which is no surprise considering that Stonecrest is situated in an area with some of the highest incomes in Charlotte.

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Real estate heavy hitters guardedly optimistic about Charlotte market (access required)

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Several real estate executives spoke about the condition of the city’s real estate market Tuesday morning from the stage in a glitzy ballroom at the uptown Hilton, which coincidentally is in one of the submarkets they were most excited about. The tone in the room was mostly positive, as would be expected from a corporate-sponsored event called “Third Annual State of the Market.”

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Brew Urbanism (access required)

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When Todd Ford opened his brewery, Charlotte’s zoning ordinance restricted him to the fringes of the city’s business corridors, the industrial districts. Since breweries were thrown into the industrial category, Ford couldn’t set up shop as he pleased, but had to settle for what the city allowed. He found space in an industrial building on North Davidson Street, about a mile from the heart of the NoDa neighborhood.

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Commercial Confidential: James E. and Mary Anne Rogers Science and Health Building (access required)

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Every time students at Queens University of Charlotte sit down in the brand new, state-of-the-art science building on campus, they can thank Jim Rogers. Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy, and the Duke Energy Foundation donated a cool $18 million to Queens so the school could build the 56,000-square-foot science classroom building. With the gift from Rogers and Duke, Queens didn’t have to borrow any money to fund construction, said Bill Nichols, vice president of campus planning.

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