If a project in Gastonia, North Carolina, is successful, the city may have a catalyst that reignites it. Gastonia is 30 minutes outside of Charlotte and was once an industrial hub. Because of this, there is at least one mill - the Loray Mill - that is being targeted as a special project for the city. Officials with the project expect to develop the old mill into a multi-use space with residential and commercial real estate.
When a government, whether it's a town, city, county or state, undertakes a project that it deems to be for the advancement of public benefit, it may resort to the exercise of eminent domain to get the land required. While it's a common practice in North Carolina and nearly everywhere else, few people are directly affected by it and may never given it much thought. Action by the state legislature could change that however.
Sustaining the social structure of a community is one of the main things town and city government deal with. Success of an administration is typically tied to commercial expansion and the revitalization of neighborhoods. In Charlotte, one of the major areas of attention in this regard is the former Eastland Mall.
There is something about real estate that elevates it above the status of being just an asset. This is as true with commercial real estate as it is for residential plots of land, especially in regions of the country with as much history as North Carolina.
Environmental advocacy groups are expressing disappointment with North Carolina's governor in the wake of her decisions on a number of high-profile measures dealing with regulating ongoing commercial and home development in the state.
Lake Wylie, only a short drive from Charlotte, will see an influx of homeowners after the Charlotte City Council gave a developer the ability to construct a number of homes near the lake. The proposed residential development, named Chapel Cove, has its opponents, however. They say that areas of the lake near the construction already have excessive sediment levels, and increasing the number of residents will only make matters worse.
Developing a piece of residential or commercial real estate requires a substantial investment. According to one group proposing to build an apartment complex in Salisbury, North Carolina, located northeast of Charlotte, they would put $10.2 million into the project.
North Carolina's capital city is witnessing a large new addition to one of its oldest shopping locations. Cameron Village already has a number of restaurants, bars, grocery stores, clothes sellers and a variety of other shops. But the $50 million expansion will add unprecedented size and diversity of land usage to the shopping plaza.
At times, the aims of one property owner can run up against those of another. One may want to rezone new land, while nearby residents do not want the character of their neighborhood changed. One such dispute is currently taking place in a coastal North Carolina town, where a developer is running up against opposition from residents and zoning commission members.
Neighbors can often get into disputes over what someone else is doing on the other side of their fence. But property laws can provide remedies to those who are locked in a real estate dispute. In one North Carolina city, residents have expressed concern over how their land could be affected by the construction of a parking lot next door.
Many North Carolina residents have spent time watching a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The speedway sits just outside Charlotte in the city of Concord, which annexed the complex in 1987. During the past few years, county and city authorities have been locked in a zoning dispute with the owner of the speedway, who filed a lawsuit to obtain reimbursement for improvements made to the property. But earlier this month a judge granted the county's motion to dismiss the suit.
Over time, a city's buildings may need to be replaced because they are outdated, in poor repair or overcrowded. New Bern, North Carolina is currently looking to build a new high school, and has examined numerous sites for the building. After extensive searching, the Board of Commissioners has settled on a plot of land, but some are concerned that the land may be ill-suited and overpriced for the new school.
As cities expand in size, they may wish to annex surrounding land in order to bring outlying residents and businesses within the city limits. This can create tension between city and county officials and can cause zoning disputes. Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly passed laws dealing with these very issues. The laws placed restrictions on "involuntary annexation."
Charlotte is a city on the rise with a rapidly expanding population. The arrival of more residents means that developers will have to build more homes and apartment buildings to provide a place for them to live. But current laws can sometimes stand in the way of real estate development and create zoning issues.