CHARLOTTE — Thirteen weeks and 3 1/2 miles later, the house built by Habitat for Humanity in an uptown parking lot during the 2012 Democratic National Convention was turned over to its new owner at a ceremony Thursday. Darcel and James Fennell took the keys to the “DNC Legacy House,” at 3121 Amay James in [...]
Architect Tom Low, director of “new urbanist” firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.’s Charlotte office, is the newest member of the city’s planning commission. Mayor Anthony Foxx's administration never issued a press release about the appointment, but a city spokesman said that's not unusual.
Construction companies saw job opportunities vanish Monday night when the Charlotte City Council rejected a $926 million capital investment plan after failing to reach an agreement on the plan's size.
The Charlotte City Council is expected to revisit a divisive proposal that would eliminate the natural area from the city’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance during its meeting Nov. 28. The proposal would do away what city staffers say is a requirement duplicative of the city’s tree ordinance. But opponents to the change have argued that [...]
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has returned a donation made to his campaign by the Shelter Providers Political Action Committee Enterprise, the political action committee for the Charlotte-based Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition. SPPACE made political donations to the mayoral campaigns of Foxx, a Democratic, and his challenger, Scott Stone, a Republican who has received [...]
Charlotte’s real estate community often cites three ordinances accused of making developing sites cumbersome and costly: the Urban Street Design Guidelines, the Post Construction Controls ordinance and the tree ordinance. Residential design standards for single-family homes in the city have also been controversial among industry officials. Below is a look at the ordinances and a [...]
Until he announced his candidacy for mayor in March, Scott Stone wasn’t a nobody, but he wasn’t exactly a household name in Charlotte, either. A former vice president of Merrick & Co., a Colorado-based engineering and architectural firm, he ran in the same circles as some of the city’s business elite, having chaired the city’s [...]
A controversial proposed change to the city of Charlotte’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance is one step closer to becoming reality. On Monday, the City Council’s Environment Committee voted 3-2 to recommend removing a natural-area requirement from the PCCO, a change that many in the construction industry would like to see but one that environmentalists say [...]
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed a City Council decision Monday — at least briefly. The veto, the first ever for Foxx, who’s running for re-election to a second term next month, came after the council approved, in a 7-5 vote, a revision to the city’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance to remove a tree-save requirement that [...]
Charlotte-based Spangler Construction used to be in the commercial construction business. These days it’s known as a real estate investment company. And in the upcoming Charlotte City Council and mayoral elections, Spangler’s known as the company whose employees have donated the most to candidates in the two races. Spangler employees donated a total of $5,000 [...]