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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)

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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)

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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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Renaissance Man: On the Level with Frank Spencer, president of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte (access required)

Renaissance Man: On the Level with Frank Spencer, president of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

On the Level apologizes to Frank Spencer. All the articulate gent wanted to do was talk about Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. But we kept interrupting him and encouraging him to digress. That's because Spencer, president of the Charlotte affiliate of the national affordable-housing nonprofit, is a dang interesting guy.

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Four new construction projects proposed for Cornelius (access required)

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The town of Cornelius planning department is a busy busy place these days, with four new proposed construction projects -- a bank building, a major expansion of an existing car dealership and two new housing developments -- on the books seeking town approval, according to town records.

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