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

Rain delay: Unusually high rainfall this summer has set back area construction <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

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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On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. (access required)

On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Hoss Hinson is a cool name, and the guy who has it has the cool to back it up, too. The wrap-around-sunglasses-sporting, pickup-truck-driving, beard-wearing, hard-hatted and safety-vested vice president of the Monroe-based Godfrey Construction Co. showed up at East Mecklenburg High School taking swigs through a straw in a Big Gulp cup full of Mountain Dew.

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Rain spotlights erosion control issues (access required)

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Recent rainy weather has kept local inspectors chasing erosion control complaints near construction sites. Water and where it goes is always an issue, especially with Mecklenburg's rolling landscape, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services educator Sharon Foote. When development is taking place as well, rain plus disturbed soil can lead to a multitude of problems, she said.

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Not exactly ‘The Godfather’ : On the Level with Darin Brocklebank (access required)

Not exactly ‘The Godfather’ : On the Level with Darin Brocklebank <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Eschewing the cliché of starting a successful business on the back of a paper cocktail napkin, Darin Brocklebank started out Metro GreenScape at the bottom of a paper grocery sack. Usually, On the Level calls or emails subjects and begs them for a half-hour of their time. Brocklebank emailed us, saying he wanted to meet us so he could do us a favor. That was a new one, so we agreed to meet, but only if he let us interview him in exchange for hearing about his offer.

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Site unseen: filling space in Charlotte that isn’t built yet (access required)

Site unseen: filling space in Charlotte that isn’t built yet <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Imagine signing a lease for offices in a building at the same time you have to imagine both the offices and the building. That’s what’s happening in uptown Charlotte, where Portman Holdings, a worldwide development and architecture firm based in Atlanta, is planning a large office tower on Stonewall Street, on top of the existing parking deck at The Westin, which Portman also owns.

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Renovation Report: Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (access required)

Renovation Report: Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

First communion is a rite of passage in the Catholic Church. It’s an important time in which families gather to celebrate a child’s taking his or her first sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Though first communion is among the more important functions at any Catholic church, most churches don’t put up new buildings to host the ceremonies.

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On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy (access required)

On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Get this: As a kid, Bill Miley used to play tennis with … but we’ll let him tell you. The Charlotte regional director for the Houston-based Metrostudy housing analytics firm just released his latest quarterly report, and it says that developed lots in the nine-county Charlotte market are … well, it’s complicated; better you should hear it in his words.

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