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Spectrum Properties still interested in Marshall Park (access required)

Since Spectrum Properties missed a March 1 deadline to buy Marshall Park, public discussion of the Brooklyn Village plan has been muted.  Photo by Nell Redmond

It took only two years after a Charlotte City Council vote in the urban renewal-era year of 1961 for bulldozers to start wiping out the 80 years’ worth of the city’s history called Brooklyn. Today, going on 12 years after efforts began to bring housing, shopping and pedestrian traffic back to Second Ward – Charlotte’s government district, dominated by stern, institutional buildings – the vision of a reincarnated, well-rounded Brooklyn is still just that, a vision.

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PulteGroup survives a scathing review in Charlotte (access required)


One the nation’s premier homebuilders was being humiliated by the Charlotte City Council; worse, PulteGroup was on the verge of losing a rare and potentially lucrative opportunity. But Pulte bounced back this week from January’s nasty public scolding to win a unanimous City Council endorsement of a rezoning case that would allow development and building on a patch of scarce land in booming and nearly built-out south Charlotte.

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A match made in Davidson (access required)

The developer called the MSC building in Davidson "the fastest construction project I've ever been involved with." Photo by Nell Redmond

When he answered the phone about a year ago, Mayor John Woods heard that “some folks – they wouldn’t say who, it was all very cloak-and-dagger” – wanted to meet with him on an empty lot out by Interstate 77.

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On the Level: Logan Brafford, switch to my Niche (access required)

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Logan Brafford is all over the place, both for her job and in conversation. Either way, it's hard to keep up. Brafford works as the property manager for Lat Purser's My Niche Apartments division, the developer, builder and leaser of two boutique apartment buildings in NoDa and a third in Plaza Midwood that is in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open in May.

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Builders without borders (access required)

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Standard Pacific Homes wants to build a large master-planned development in a high-demand area near Lake Wylie, the latest example of a large homebuilding company self-developing residential subdivisions just outside Charlotte in rural South Carolina.

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