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County program fills two needs (access required)

Mecklenburg County building inspector Phil Tilley (left) checks the interior layout of a home under construction on Cushing Drive in Charlotte with Toyana McKinney, a military veteran training to become a code enforcement inspector as part of pilot county program. Photo by David Dykes.

In an upper-floor classroom one recent night at Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus, Toyana McKinney sat with 13 other students, listening attentively to their construction-materials instructor, Rick Reinhardt. Their textbooks – a bestselling reference that focuses on the basic ...

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Developed lots still in short supply (access required)

The abandoned Brookline subdivision near Northlake Mall, seen here in the developed but only partly built out Phase 1, might soon be revived with the construction of a 492-unit apartment complex on the vacant, undeveloped land that was to be used for later phases. Photo by Nell Redmond

A deficit in developed lots continues to restrict the construction of mid-range homes and rising development costs preclude the construction of entry-level homes, according to a first-quarter 2016 report by Metrostudy. “The fundamentals for a strong housing market – employment ...

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On a mission, LUESA head sees improvement (access required)

Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi, head of the county's Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, has a view of Charlotte's skyline from his office on Suttle Avenue. He's charged with oversight of code enforcement inspections for residential and commercial construction and his inspectors are busy keeping track of the local building boom. They conduct 1,000 inspections each day.  Photo by David Dykes

Each day, Mecklenburg County’s code inspectors collectively inspect 1,000 homes, apartments and commercial buildings under construction. It’s a task that begins just before 7 a.m., when the last of the inspection requests are logged into the county’s system for that ...

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