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Charlotte plans to demolish Eastland Mall (access required)

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With little fanfare, the city has decided to squash the hollow shell of Eastland Mall, in response to the perceived needs of the two developers who have been shortlisted to remake the 80-acre site. But Bert Hesse, CEO of Studio Charlotte Development, one of the developers considered for Eastland redevelopment, said city officials would be smart to hold off on the demolition, adding that, in doing so, they could save some money and possibly a piece of the storied mall.

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Lawyers: Loophole dilutes effort to block cities’ power over design (access required)

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A bill that would prevent cities and counties from regulating such things as the color of a new house appears close to passage after it sailed through the state House by a 98-18 margin. But land use attorneys say they don’t expect any surge in litigation between developers and local governments because the bill contains a loophole that you could—in this case literally—drive a brick house through.

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Developer of Fountains at Stonewall granted extension it might not use (access required)

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The closing of Proffitt Dixon Partners’ purchase of the site for the Fountains at Stonewall apartment complex may be delayed up to two months, although a city official said he expects the closing to happen on schedule next week. The Fountains at Stonewall is a five-story, 210-unit luxury apartment complex planned for one of the few vacant patches of dirt in uptown Charlotte.

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