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City needs rezoning for planned light rail Park-and-Ride station (access required)

City needs rezoning for planned light rail Park-and-Ride station <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

With the ground already broken and funding approved for the 9.3-mile, $1.16 billion Lynx Blue Line Extension, the wheels are in motion for the light rail trains to go as far north as UNCC by 2017. But that’s only if the city doesn’t get in its own way in the process. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department on July 22 filed a petition, asking to change the zoning on more than 11 acres in University City to accommodate the development and construction of a park-and-ride station.

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NEWS ANALYSIS Under construction: Court’s decision provides no blueprint (access required)

NEWS ANALYSIS Under construction: Court’s decision provides no blueprint <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Under state law, every new house built and sold in N.C. comes with an implied warranty that the home is free from major structural defects when it was sold, but the builder can expressly warrant the house for more, and for longer, often up to 10 years. But a decision by an N.C. court comes with no warranty that it will ever be enforced ─ or even understandable ─ or for how long.

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In the Publix interest: Consumers have been pushing for an N.C. presence; the grocer obliges (access required)

In the Publix interest: Consumers have been pushing for an N.C. presence; the grocer obliges <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Mike Silvers of Highland Creek doesn't have to drive to Spartanburg, S.C., to visit a Publix grocery store. But he still has to drive across the state line, and he and many others in the state are longing for the Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer to open stores north of the border. Evidently Publix has taken heed, with three Charlotte area stores announced and many more in the pipeline.

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