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Community discussion on corporate landlords

April 19. Are corporate-owned single-family homes a problem, or an opportunity? Mecklenburg County is partnering with The Lee Institute to help facilitate the conversation. The next one is in Huntersville on Thursday, April 20. These efforts¬†include surveys, discussions and open houses. Institutional investors continue to buy up single-family homes in and around Charlotte, with large […]

The many faces of Smithville

Town leaders looking for consensus-building in Smithville revitalization plan

March 18. By Dave Vieser. The Smithville neighborhood is facing the same challenges other historically black communities are facing nationwide: Gentrification taking advantage of what is now blight and lower home values. Complicating this is the fact that the town owns more than a dozen lots in the area. “We are in trouble folks,” said […]

Public hearing on new neighborhood of $500K homes

Oct. 20.¬† By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board conducted two brief public hearings Monday evening regarding the rezoning needed for 16 new homes in the area of the Forest at Bailey Glen. Neither hearing attracted any comments from the public. Builder Jake Palillo said the homes would have a price point in excess of […]


Final public hearing Monday on Alexander Farm development

Sept. 18. By Dave Vieser. Monday evening Sept. 21 will be the last opportunity for residents to speak out for or against the $110 million mixed-use development planned for the 55-acre Alexander Farm in Cornelius. The Town Board Public Hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 pm, and those wishing to comment will have two […]


Planning a town: Fast growth means revisiting 2015 plan

Sept. 17. By Dave Vieser. When the Cornelius Town Board was holding public hearings concerning the controversial Townhomes at Washam Potts development, members of the community as well as current and former Commissioners noted that the town’s land use plan needed an update. They are all about to get their wish. A Land Use Plan […]