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Design bill under consideration again (access required)


Homebuilders are hoping the second time’s a charm. A bill that limits the amount of control local governments can have on how homes are designed didn’t make it out of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011. But the bill didn’t die: It’s being considered in the session that began last month.

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Boulevard’s broken dream (access required)


In 2010, construction was supposed to begin on Trinity Towns, a roughly 60-townhome development just a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium. Planned for a site at 1449 S. Church St., the project, a vision of Charlotte-based developer The Boulevard Co., was to sit on about 1.72 acres. But, two years after construction was set to start, the site is vacant, building has never begun and the property is in foreclosure.

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Trinity Towns site to be auctioned at foreclosure sale today (access required)

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In 2010, construction was supposed to begin on Trinity Towns, a townhome project that, if they were all built, would have featured about 60 units a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium and within walking distance of Uptown. But the project ended up being nothing more than a plan. Now, the site is being sold at a foreclosure auction set for 10:30 a.m. today.

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University might open in Arrowood (access required)


Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. is seeking to open one of its South University campuses in Charlotte, but first it needs to win a rezoning from the city. EMC operates South Universities in a handful of other states, although none are in North Carolina. The only schools EMC operates in North Carolina are the Art Institute of Charlotte and the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.

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South Carolina new-home construction outpaced the rest of the Charlotte area in 2011. But there are concerns that demand might surpass inventory if construction doesn’t pick up.

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Mooresville broker hopes to run NY Times

Zach Protzko says he doesn’t have any experience in the publishing world, and he’s never held a job with a newspaper or magazine. But that isn’t stopping the commercial real estate agent with KW Commercial in Mooresville from throwing his hat into the ring to run one of the best-known publications in the world: The New York Times.

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