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Zoning panel approves Brookline apartments (access required)

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Zoning committee member Karen Labovitz’s change of heart sends a petition that would put 324 apartments in the Brookline subdivision to the City Council with the committee’s stamp of approval. The petition was likely to fail on a 3-2 vote when member Emma Allen pled for more robust discussion.

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The power of covenants: Homeowners may find surprises (access required)

Empty lots outnumber houses in the Brookline neighborhood off Lakeview Road. Photo by Nell Redmond

Covenants, conditions and restrictions, or CCRs, are the bible of every homeowners' association. They are the commandments of subdivision life. They are created by the developer before building starts. “The developer is God,” says Derek Greene, president and CEO of Community Association Management, a firm that manages homeowners' associations.

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Developer taps Disney designer for signature site (access required)

A former Disney Imagineer will sprinkle pixie dust for a Charlotte-based developer. Crescent Communities, a real estate investment and development firm, hired David Muenks of Clermont, Fla., to lead planning for its signature Palmetto Bluff community in South Carolina’s low country. He becomes its senior development manager.

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Antiquity sinkhole woes grow (access required)

Antiquity LLC development manager Marc Frye, Antiquity LLC attorney John Logsdon and onlooker Justin Brown survey the Antiquity mixed-use development’s sinkhole earlier this week. Photo by Tony Brown

The beavers are off the hook in Antiquity as far as blame for the Old Canal Street sinkhole goes, but little else is certain. Unless it’s the fact that it will cost $200,000 or more to fix the problem. Marc Frye, Antiquity subdivision’s development manager, says an electrical subcontractor trenched behind a storm inlet and didn’t diligently compact its ditches. Recent plentiful rainwater made its way to the base of a concrete block retaining wall, the top of which borders the road.

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Rain spotlights erosion control issues (access required)

Clearwater Pool Service maintenance technician Nick Wright works to clear silt that flowed into a pool at 4224 Rosecliff Drive.  City officials say the erosion came from the Enclave at Providence development. Photo by Diane Petryk

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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