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Renovation Report: Central Piedmont Community College City View Center (access required)

Central Piedmont Community College's City View Center will be home to the school's new cosmetology program. Photo by Payton Guion

This fall, up to 40 students at Central Piedmont Community College will start their studies in the school’s new cosmetology program. But before any of the aspiring stylists can begin cutting hair, doing nails or giving facials, Central Piedmont and Shiel Sexton had to do several months of work to prepare CPCC’s City View Center to house the new program.

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City wants subsidized housing in transit corridors, but developers haven’t responded (access required)

Developers haven't put up much subsidized housing near transit stations in South End. Photo by Payton Guion

In 2001, the city made a policy suggesting that of all apartment units within a half mile – walking distance – of public transit stations, 20 percent should be subsidized and available to those making no more than 60 percent of the area median income. But in the years since the light rail began stopping at the four main stations in South End – Bland Street, Carson Street, East/West and New Bern – developers haven’t lived up to the city’s hope.

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Commercial Confidential: Stonecrest at Piper Glen (access required)

Stonecrest at Piper Glen

Pass through Stonecrest at Piper Glen to catch a film or grab a bite on a Friday night and the shopping center is packed with both high schoolers and families, looking to relax after a long week. Cars from just about all the luxury brands can be seen in the parking lot as visitors watch their movies or eat their dinners, which is no surprise considering that Stonecrest is situated in an area with some of the highest incomes in Charlotte.

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Real estate heavy hitters guardedly optimistic about Charlotte market (access required)

Ballantyne is one of the submarkets in which real estate executives have the most optimism. Mecklenburg Times file photo.

Several real estate executives spoke about the condition of the city’s real estate market Tuesday morning from the stage in a glitzy ballroom at the uptown Hilton, which coincidentally is in one of the submarkets they were most excited about. The tone in the room was mostly positive, as would be expected from a corporate-sponsored event called “Third Annual State of the Market.”

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City considering clarifying density in zoning ordinance’s Pedestrian Overlay District (access required)

The city is revisiting the Pedestrian Overlay District rules to clarify construction density issues. PED Overlay was instituted to encourage pedestrian-friendly corridors in the city. In return for following strict design standards that increased costs, developers may increase the housing density.

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