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Davidson after Beaty: It’s a wonderful life Conservancy ultimately beat out currency as the Davidson Town Board voted unanimously March 26 to create a permanent conservation easement for a park on about 20 wooded acres along Beaty Street, not far from downtown. To the joy of some and dismay of others, the decision settles a long-running dispute that pitted development interests against citizens and preservation interests. Supporters of a proposed commercial development Beall wanted to grow the town within guidelines and generate an estimated tax revenue of $350,000 per year. Opponents of the project advocated for more open space and less density.

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For members of the Clontz family, which sold the Beaty Street land to Davidson, the wish for a park dates back to the early 1980s, when Venie W. Clontz first mentioned a willingness to sell the land for a park. Her grandson, Ralph Clontz, said at the recent town meeting he was pleased to see his grandmother’s vision fulfilled. Jenest He commended the task force members for making “the right decision.” Ralph Clontz commented that Davidson has created a “gem,” and it’s

hard to realize now how much enjoyment people will get from the park for generations to come. The mood outside the town hall after the recent meeting was jubilant and supporters commented it would be “cool” if the new recreational space was named “Clontz Park.”

Fight for green Citizens responded with an uprising after Davidson Development Partners, comprised of four private investors, proposed the “Luminous” project. A presentation in February 2017 described the project as a “vibrant, mixed-used community centered on community, connection and purposeful living.” See Park page 22

Who pays for coal ash clean-up? BY ERICA BATTEN After weighing three different closure options for Duke Energy’s six coal-fired North Carolina plants, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality ordered the energy company April 1 to excavate its coal ash basins and place the waste in lined pits. “We are excited and relieved that Duke Energy will finally have to clean up its coal ash mess,” said Drew Ball, state director of Environment North Carolina. “Gov. Roy Cooper and DEQ Secretary Michael Regan have taken a historic step and are standing on the side of the environment, public health and science instead of kowtowing to one of the most powerful corporations in our state.”

Nevertheless, Duke Energy is the backbone of the state’s economy, powering not just small business and industry but today’s digital economy and economic development efforts. The cleanup will cost hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. Of Duke Energy’s 14 coal-fired plants in North Carolina, Marshall has more than a quarter of the coal ash: 16 milSee Coal page 2




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Noted speaker Steve Gilliland keynotes LKN Chamber small business luncheon Thursday, May 2 • 11am - 1pm The Peninsula Club • one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world

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Steve Gilliland is one of the nation’s most well-known motivational speakers A nationally renowned speaker, comedian and master storyteller, Steve Gilliland, will keynote the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon May 2 at The Peninsula Club. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also includes Mike Mooney, a reputation and crisis management expert, as well as Mike Griffin, an entrepreneur who was the 2018 Lake Norman Chamber Business Person of the Year. Gilliland is a business superstar, addressing more than 250,000 people a year across literally dozens of industries in all 50 states and in 15 countries. An entrepreneur himself, Gilliland built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up. The business philosophy he espouses—If you continually learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself, you will always be a leader—plays into a more purpose-driven existence than process-driven. “If you take care of people, the busi-

ness will follow,” he says. Gilliland has been recognized by “Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals,” as well as a variety of business publications. Griffin, managing partner of Cornelius-based Griffin Brothers Cos., will share the story behind ZoomUp, a company focusing on “zooming” reputable, well-tenured businesses with young entrepreneurs at the helm. Mooney is a reputation and crisis management expert whose topic is “What is your Reputation Worth?” A preferred seating package of $35 includes lunch and a copy of Mooney’s book, “Reputation Shift.” The chamber event is emceed by Joe Vagnone with Enlign Business Brokers. Tickets are available by registering at or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922. That package is available until April 15. Sponsors include Hood Hargett Insurance, KS Audio Video, WSIC and Vintage Marketing as well as Business Today and Cornelius Today.

Coal continued from page 1 lion tons in an unlined disposal pond and about 14 million more elsewhere at the Marshall facility. By comparison, the municipal waste for the entire state is about 14 million tons per year, said DEQ Waste Management Division Permitting Branch Supervisor Ed Mussler. The North Carolina Utilities Commission will ultimately decide if Duke Energy is responsible for the cost of coal ash management. But it’s not just cleanup costs that could impact consumers. Charles Knox, founder of commercial Realtor The Knox Group in Huntersville, said if property values drop,

“then everybody should have some claim against Duke for loss of value.” “Property devaluation from water pollution is a gradual process that follows the progression of information on the extent and severity of a pollution event and news of how long the pollution is expected to persist,” said research biologist A. Dennis Lemly in a 2014 report about the Eden, N.C. coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia. Lemly estimated the total cost of the spill’s damage to the environment, recreation and human health at $2.95 billion. This figure did not include property devaluation estimates.

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Road rage: No resolution in sight for I-77 toll dispute BY DAVE YOCHUM Analysis. With surprisingly light traffic on I-77 as a backdrop, three North Carolina legislators announced a new bill they say will remove barriers preventing Gov. Roy Cooper from re-negotiating the contract with Cintra for toll lanes. The TV news headlines were promising: WSOC: Local lawmakers unveil new bill to give drivers relief from I-77 toll lanes. WBTV: Local lawmakers introduce new bill to try and give drivers relief on I-77. WCNC: New legislation could result in changes to I-77 toll project. The press conference was packed with journalists and I-77 opponents, as well as local electeds including Huntersville Town Commissioner Mark Gibbons and WidenI-77 founder Kurt Naas, a member of the Cornelius Town Board. NC Sen. Vickie Sawyer, a Republican from Iredell County, and NC Rep. Christy Clark, a Democrat from Mecklenburg, were also there, as well as NC Rep. Chaz Beasley who is running for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. The “roadblocks” consist of provisions Republican legislators added to the 2018-19 state budget bill that require the governor to notify the legislature 60 days before canceling or changing the $650 million contract with the subsidiary of Cintra called I-77 Mobility Partners. But whether they’re roadblocks or not is open to discussion. Critics, some of them in the business community, said the bill is “political posturing” drafted to protect Cooper when he is expected to seek re-election in 2020. They asked that their names not be used lest they get sideways with the newly elected Democratic legislators. Marcus and NC Rep. Christy Clark replaced Republicans, NC Sen. Jeff Tarte and NC Rep. John Bradford, respectively, after the “Blue Wave” last fall. Both Republicans and many others including the Lake Norman Chamber, were initially for plans that included tolling to help fund I-77 widening but changed their position after the full implications of the 900-page Cintra contract became clear. Modifying the contract could be more likely. Bill Russell, CEO of the Lake Nor-

Natasha Marcus speaks at the I-77 toll road press conference in March man Chamber, said hardening the shoulders on I-77 for commuter use is something the NCDOT appears to be considering. “In the meantime we need to continue to put political pressure on our governor and legislature to finish the project and cancel the contract,” he said Much to the consternation of Tarte, NC Senate Leader Phil Berger, a Republican, is opposed to cancelling the contract.

As reported by Business Today, there was never an economic impact study done on the contract provisions which, among other things, prohibit 18-wheelers on the toll lanes. Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett, himself a Republican ousted in the Blue Wave, said the toll plan as it sits is an economic disaster for the entire state that will ultimately benefit commerce in South Carolina. The Republican narrative is that the legislation already in place ensures

that the governor has the authority to use his/her executive powers to terminate the agreement. The difference of opinion has to do with a budget provision stipulating that the legislature must approve any recommendations made by the governor within 60 days. Non-partisan budget staffers explain that, without such language, allocated monies from other budgeted items could be possibly used to pay for the termination fees which could run as high as $300 million. Terminating the agreement could put the governor in a precarious position near an election cycle. “Such an expensive decision impacting the budget warrants some time for a proper review by the NCGA,” one business owner said. Many lawmakers don’t want termination money coming out of their respective district’s projects in the state budget. Regardless of point of view, the governor hasn’t acted so the point is moot. Get your transponder ready, the tolls are coming.

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4 April 2019

Robin Barham named Solid Waste Director

Barham Robin Barham will be the City of Concord’s next Solid Waste Director, effective May 1. Her new role builds on 12 years as Concord’s Budget and Performance Manager. She succeeds

recently retired Solid Waste Director Brian Moore. “I am thrilled for Robin joining our leadership team. She is a proven leader in our organization and has guided our budget process for the past ten years,” said City Manager Lloyd Payne. “She has been a key partner of the Solid Waste Department, including contract analysis and research. I am excited about her enthusiasm to lead the department and know she will do an incredible job. Her loyalty to the City is evident and Team Concord will be even stronger for her contributions.”

Rep. Beasley will run for Lt. Gov. of NC

NC Rep. Chaz Beasley, an opponent of the I-77 toll plan, has been a speaker at Newsmakers Breakfasts March 22. Rep. Chaz Beasley, a popular figure in North Meck politics, has announced that he is launching a campaign for NC Lieutenant Governor. “I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I believe that we have a responsibility to build a state where everyone, regardless of background, can live up to their fullest potential and participate in our shared success,” he said. The two-term District 92 Representative made the announcement in a

live Facebook feed Thursday evening. District 92 includes Charlotte and Pineville. It previously included Huntersville. Beasley, who is 33, said he will focus his campaign on several important issues, including access to affordable, high-quality healthcare; education; and working to create more high-quality jobs as well as supporting small businesses. I-77 is also on his agenda.

Bentley, Tarte join chamber board The Lake Norman Chamber has added two former Republican elected officials to its board: Karen Bentley, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner, Bentley and Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius and three-term state senator representing NC District 41.

Bentley is now an executive coach and consultant, while Tarte is involved in a new company that manufactures water valves. Bill Russell, Tarte CEO of the chamber, said the two will provide “greater resources” when it comes to advocacy around business issues.

New fire chief will direct $22.5 million budget Jake Williams is Concord’s newFire Chief, effective May 1. He has 20 years of experience with the City of Concord and will lead the Fire Department after Williams Chief Ray Allen retires. City Manager Lloyd Payne said Williams has a distinguished record

that “will ensure the Fire Department is ready for the current and future needs of the City.” He began as a firefighter in 1999, and moved up to captain and battalion chief before becoming deputy chief in 2014. In that role he managed daily operations for the department, contributing to the budget and strategic planning. As fire chief, he will direct over 210 people and manage a budget exceeding $22.5 million.

Aneralla will seek 3rd term in Huntersville March. 19. John Aneralla will seek a third term as mayor of Huntersville. He defeated former Mayor Jill Swain in November of 2015 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2017 “During my two terms as Mayor we have brought a new sense of leadership, cooperation and transparency to town government. Working together with you, the citizens of Huntersville, we have changed the way business is done in our town. Through the leadership of our town board, our new town manager, and myself we have

enacted many positive changes improving the quality of life for our citizens, making our town more businessfriendly and enhancing the Aneralla efficiency and effectiveness of Town Government,” Aneralla said in a prepared statement.

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Will D9 hop into NoDa? BY KATIE PICCIRILLO SHERMAN Cornelius-based D9 Brewing has registered D9 Brewing NoDa with the NC Secretary of State, suggesting an expansion into NoDa, one of Charlotte’s hippest Millennial neighborhoods. Following the hugely successful opening of a larger taproom in Cornelius last fall, sources said a NoDa expansion was a powerful strategic move. D9’s Andrew Durstewitz did not return phone calls for this story, but in a 2018 interview he said: “We’re getting to the point where our brands are preceding the company, so people are looking for our beer.” Craft beer continues to grow and thrive. Retail sales of craft beer rose 7 percent in 2018, bringing in $27.58 billion. USA Today said microbrewers account for nearly 25 percent of the $114.2 billion U.S. beer market. D9 Brewery will have plenty of competition within the Charlotte region with 30 local microbreweries occupying some 400,000 square feet of retail space. NoDa alone has a third of popular brands including Birdsong Brewing, NoDa Brewing Co., Heist Brewery and Bold Missy Brewery. Even so, D9 is a stand-out. D9 created a scientific method where the brewers add their microflora at different stages to enhance and create flavor profiles desired. After aging the beers in oak, they use a centrifuge that spins at nearly

Durstewitz: Craft breweries infuse the state’s economy with more than $1 billion annually, 8,100 revolutions per minute to clarify the brew, rather than the standard process of filtration. The beer has minimal contact with the open air, minimizing contamination. “We create distinctive crafted ales by sciencing the shit out of them,” Durstewitz said in 2018 interview. Craft brewing is an economic development phenomenon, attracting other businesses and creating jobs and economic success stories. Indeed, mMicrobrewers and craft brewers are a “target industry” for

the Lake Norman Economic Development Corp. Lake Norman is home to a half-dozen craft brewers with additional production coming to the area in the next few years. Brewers are like yeast around tax base, jobs and visitor spending. And jobs: 10,000 in North Carolina at last count. Ryan McDaniels, CEO of the economic development corporation, said the state’s 200 craft breweries pump more than $1 billion into the economy annually. A decade ago, there were but two dozen statewide

so the growth trend is obvious. Eleven Lakes Brewery is a success story in Hyde Park Storage Suites less than a mile away on Bailey Road. Ass Clown Brewery has also established a regular following with a wide variety of craft brews in Huntersville. Meanwhile, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery says it will begin building a massive complex at the old Curtis Screw factory on Zion, just north and east of downtown Cornelius later this year.

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In the event of fire, insurance is key to business survival It was the phone call that Matthew Platarote, property manager for Cedar Management Group feared the most: Police said that flames were shooting from the roof of one of the buildings he managed. It was the devastating Admiral’s Quarters fire in Cornelius Monday March 18. He was soon on scene. Miraculously, there were no deaths or major injuries thanks to the quick work of one of the tenants shortly after the fire began at 4:30 a.m. “I had 18 families with nowhere to live, and we had no idea for how long that would be.” So while he arranged to have the Admiral’s Quarters community room opened to accommodate those who were displaced by the fire, he also contacted ERX Restoration to secure the site, help retrieve valuables and begin the clean-up. “They really worked very well with the fire department and the Red Cross by allowing tenants to go in and salvage what belongings they could save before the building was completely shut and secured by a chain link fence,” Platarote said. For businesses affected by fire, there is no Red Cross. Platarote, an experienced property management executive, said commercial building owners, as well as tenants, should be intimately acquainted with their insurance coverage. There may be multiple insurance carriers in any tenant-landlord situation, commercial or residential. Most small businesses, from a clothing store or restaurant to an advertising agency, should have business interruption insurance. The owner of the business should know how he or she will pay the bills after a catastrophic loss. It’s most likely going to be part of a standard business policy. All equipment, machinery and furniture should be covered Liability may be the most important part of the insurance package, because injuries can result in enormous damages. An employee could be hurt rushing back in. “A commercial tenant should not only pick their rental space based on their physical needs, but also on fire safety, including whether the structure has proper exits, sprinklers and

alarms,” said Denis Bilodeau, a commercial and personal sales agent at Hood Hargett. Bilodeau, who is a Cornelius Town Commissioner, said commercial tenants should contact their insurance agent immediately after a catastrophe. The agent will review the policy and confirm coverage with the insurer. Among the considerations: • Protecting against further damage.

• Restarting the operation. • Relocating to another suitable location. • Replacing inventory, equipment, furniture. “You need to contact your insurance agent and let your policy begin to work for you. Your business insurance policy will may include additional expenses for well as lost revenue,” Bilodeau said. In a business condo situation, there is a master policy in addition to the indi-

vidual business policy. Some master policies call for restoring buildings to the condition just before the calamity, while others will only restore the structure to its first-built condition. The Admiral’s Quarters building, which was more than 25 years old, had no fire sprinklers, but as per local ordinances, new construction will require doing so with a sprinkler system. “My best advice is to be familiar with the insurance policies which apply,” Platarote said.

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BY DEBBIE GRIFFIN A check with the relatively new director of the Concord Downtown Development Corp., Johnson Bray, reveals a strong economy and the welcome addition of a new 614-spot parking deck. Bray took the CDDC reins from Diane Young last June and has been attending events and listening to what people want in their downtown. “It’s important in this position that you get to know the c o m m u n i t y, ” Bray said Bray. People tell him they want entertainment options in Concord, for a date night or fun evening out, as well as retail. Besides attracting desired businesses, some of the CDDC director’s job is to educate people about what is already available in Concord. That includes restaurants, places for a drink and several options for arts, live music, shows and theater productions, Bray said. He doesn’t see a definitive trend or niches downtown, but a balanced mix with a few specialty shops that do a good job and tap new markets. “It’s one of the things I like about downtown Concord,” Bray said, “it’s not trying to fit in a box and it has great entrepreneurs.”

Space talk Concord’s overall vacancy rate right now is about 14 percent. That reflects a rise since Bray started that he describes as natural fluctuation. He cannot disclose details yet but said there is “exciting opportunity with some new entrepreneurs” that should see the vacancy rate drop to nearly nothing. The median cost per square foot of space is $10-$12, Bray said. The CDDC fields a lot of calls about small office space and inquiries about places on Union Street. Available spaces are listed on the CDDC’s website, but listings are dependent upon owners for

updates. Right now, the site shows six commercial spaces for lease ranging from $250 per month for 180 square feet to $1,200 per month for 1,100 square feet. There are two commercial properties for sale in the area: One at 47 Union Street with 6,088 square feet for $868,000 and another on Cabarrus Avenue West with 2,619 square feet for $279,900. “We don’t have any direct control over what can or can’t come into downtown,” Bray commented.

Bring, help, keep business CDDC staff consists of Bray, one other full-time employee and a parttime person. They all operate as a “marketing arm” for businesses, as well as liaisons to the city, county and other local entities. Downtown Concord offers $17,000 worth of grants each year for such things as signs, façade improvements and beautification. It puts together activities and events to give local businesses exposure and to raise funds for the CDDC. The organization gets some funding from the city and Cabarrus County. Bray said Spring into Art, happening May 11, is the biggest festival and has a juried art show. New this year will be an area where 40 (non-juried) artisans and crafters will have vendor booths. Hops and Heat is a popular fall beer and chili festival, and 2018 was the first year for a murder-mystery scavenger hunt that directly marketed downtown businesses. Asked about competition with a regional mall, Bray said, “We don’t try to compete, we just co-exist and market our uniqueness.” Concord is “lucky” the county and city see parking as a priority, Bray thinks. He’s been excited to announce the county deck is open, and there’s a city deck, too. Bray lives downtown and said he drives about once a week. He said everything he needs is there including shoe repair and unique services, fast or fine food and arts or entertainment including a brewery and an arcade bar.

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Novant net income falls after a loss in investment portfolio Novant Health reported net income of $94.0 million last year on operating revenues of nearly $5 billion, compared to $477.9 net income on revenue of $4.6 billion last year. There was a sharp difference in investment income: A loss of $160.5 million last year vs. a gain of $307.8 million in 2017. Fiscal year 2018 net income included $272.2 million in operating income, $178.2 million in non-operating losses, including investment losses of $160.5 million. The not-for-profit health system also reported $883.7 million in total community benefit, which includes financial assistance and unpaid cost of Medicare and Medicaid, up from $794.4 million in 2017. In 2018, the unreimbursed costs to provide healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid patients were $516.8 million and $141.8 million, re-

spectively. Carl S. Armato, president and CEO, said Novant offers free health education programs, as well as free community



care initiatives and services. “We also recognized that health is determined by much more than just access to quality healthcare,” he said. In 2018 Novant also focused on “engaging its providers in the mission to provide a remarkable patient experience” and continued to invest in team member engagement to enable top patient care and experience. In 2018, capital investments totaled $390.8 million including ongoing investments in technology and the completion of Novant Mint Hill Medical Center.

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and the future of this vocation in the Charlotte region. AscendLKN will serve as a resource to students, parents and even other community members that are looking to understand more about a career in advanced manufacturing. Partners include Charlotte Works and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.



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Towns retain financial advisor for Continuum sale

March 18. By Dave Vieser. Officials from Davidson and Mooresville have agreed to put the locally owned cable/ TV/internet system, Continuum, previously known as Mi-Connection, on the market. The towns have retained RBC Capital Markets as the exclusive financial advisor for the proposed sale. If the towns receive a satisfactory offer, the citizens of Mooresville and Davidson will be asked to approve the sale on the November ballot, per state

statute. “The time is right to sell,” said Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins in a press release. “Continuum has grown to become a competitive digital network. Selling would give us long-term financial flexibility that lets us turn our focus toward building infrastructure that paces our booming population.” Despite the positive comments offered by the two town leaders, the purchase of the cable system was always

a controversial issue, which played a role in Davidson’s most recent Mayoral election, and caused Cornelius officials to back away from participating in the acquisition of the cable company in 2007. “No matter how you might feel about local government owning a cable company, we should all feel extremely proud of what we’ve managed to build since the purchase,” said Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox. While public comments about Continuum were upbeat, some recent stats are concerning. For example, in the cable company’s 2nd quarter report, it was stated that revenue generating units (RGUs) were down 3.59 percent, and customer relationships were

down 1.93 percent in FY19 Q2 versus FY18 Q2. Continuum CEO David Auger says revenue is up 50 percent. EBIDA (earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization) is up by 400 percent. The company has built a 1GHz digital network with extensive fiber deployment serving more than 17,000 residential and business customers in the towns of Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius. Originally called MI-Connection, the company was established in 2007 as an interlocal agency by North Carolina legislature and the towns of Mooresville and Davidson in order to build an advanced communication network that better served their communities.

Hayes, others indicted by Feds for corruption, bribery April 2. NC Republican Party Chairman and Concord resident Robin Hayes, 73, is among four people named in a federal criminal indictment unsealed today in the Western District of North Carolina. Hayes is a member of the Cannon textile family in Concord and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. On or about Aug. 28, 2018, FBI agents interviewed Hayes about his involvement with and knowledge of the alleged improper campaign contributions. During the interview, Hayes allegedly lied to FBI agents about directing funds, at Lindberg’s request, from Lindberg’s campaign contribution to the North Carolina state political party to the Commissioner’s re-election

Robin Hayes: A power-broker in Cabarrus and state politics, Hayes promised to stay on as the leader of the NC GOP. campaign; about having any discussions with the Commissioner about Lindberg or Gray; and about discussing with the Commissioner personnel issues related to the Commissioner’s office. listed Hayes’ per-

sonal wealth at more than $170 million back in 2007. Yesterday he announced he would not seek another term as GOP state leader. The indictment charges principals in a multinational investment company, a consultant and two state political lead-

ers with public corruption and bribery. The matter has to do with their alleged participation in a bribery scheme involving independent expenditure accounts and improper campaign contributions. The indictment charges Hayes as well as Greg E. Lindberg, 48, founder of Eli Global and the owner of Global Bankers Insurance Group; John D. Gray, 68, of Chapel Hill, a consultant for Lindberg; and Eli Global executive John V. Palermo, 63, with conspiracy to commit “honest services wire fraud, and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting.” Hayes is also charged with three continued on page 12

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Kindred pastry chef pops over to Davidson Farmer’s Market

Justin Burke-Samson, left, appeared on ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ April 2. Justin Burke-Samson, the former executive pastry chef at Kindred Restaurant in Davidson and Hello, Sailor in Cornelius, has been named market manager at the Davidson Farmer’s Market, which opens for its 11th season this Saturday. He replaces Abby Wyatt who moved on to a job with Mecklenburg County. Burke-Samson got his start in professional cooking in Boston a decade ago, landing on national TV shows and managing the Copley Square Farmer’s Market before making a splash in Davidson at Kindred which opened in 2015. He credits owners Joe and Katy Kindred with having a fresh new approach from food to culture both in the front of the house and in the kitchen. continued from page 10

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counts of making false statements to the FBI. The defendants made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler in federal court in Charlotte. “The indictment unsealed today outlines a brazen bribery scheme in which Greg Lindberg and his coconspirators allegedly offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for official action that would benefit Lindberg’s business interests,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. Officials credited voluntary reporting by the North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance for helping uncover the alleged scheme to violate our federal public corruption laws. “These men crossed the line from fundraising to felonies when they devised a plan to use their connections to a political party to attempt to influence the operations and policies of the

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North Carolina Department of Insurance,” said Special Agent in Charge Strong. The criminal indictment alleges that in January 2018, the elected Commissioner of Insurance (Commissioner) of the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) reported concerns to federal law enforcement about political contributions and other requests made by Lindberg and Gray, and agreed to cooperate with the federal investigation that was initiated. According to the indictment, Lindberg, Gray, Palermo and Hayes devised a scheme to defraud and deprive the citizens of North Carolina of the honest services of the Commissioner, an elected State official, through bribery. The defendants engaged in a bribery scheme involving independent expenditure accounts and improper campaign contributions, for the purpose of causing the Commissioner to take official action favorable to Lindberg’s company, GBIG.

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Barrier Free Selling Our view of the world and how we approach it is influenced by external factors and internal factors. Externally, customer relationships, company rules & policies, and career opportunities evolve over time so we have to continually scan the horizon to know the lay of the land and figure out how to react. But internal factors such as our characteristics, our habits, and our attitudes are more directly in our control-we decide how to behave-and how to approach the world. Successful sales professionals have generally mastered how to manage these internal factors to keep their perspective of the world in clear focus-and that willful effort guides them in their approach to selling every day. Their primary goal in every action is to find a way to meet the customer’s need as the barrier-free way to approach the world. How do they adapt to fast-paced or fractionalized days, cold call “no” responses, and problems that arise that are out of their control to prevent? The answer reminds me of a T-shirt slogan in a catalog I saw recently. It said, “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point; the glass is refillable.” To me this means no matter what, when confronted by a tough sell, a ‘no’ response, or a new problem: • Look forward (not backwards) to identify what can be done; don’t wallow in frustration about what can’t be done.

• Immediately go into problem-solving mode to keep moving processes toward resolution; break a problem (or a barrier) down into small steps then

calmly take one at a time. • Don’t spend time dissecting a complex problem in front of the customer; right-now, first help the customer; do the forensic work thoroughly, later. • Don’t waste time accurately pinning blame on other people; keep the customer’s need in mind as the priority; in most relationships, over time, blame has overrated value. • Once you have made the sale or corrected a problem and have time to learn from the situation, explain your analysis of what went well or wrong in terms of processes and steps and actions, not according to people’s names; it will help everyone collaborate more receptively in the future. Sales professionals who train themselves to use barrier-free selling know to: Be selfless. Make the customer the focal point of conversations. Elongated stories of your personal life activities are rarely appreciated by a customer-unless they ask. Be forgiving. It doesn’t matter if the customer is mistaken, unclear or wrong; assigning blame is a needless waste of time-just move the conversation forward with a positive tone and helpful approach. Be empathetic. When quality or shipping times falter, express empathy toward the customer so they know you understand their predicament. Saying “Gee whiz, that has never happened before.” Is irrelevant to the customer and infuriates them. A simple, “I’m sorry that has happened. I’m glad you contacted me so I can help correct this.” can act as a

calm comfort to them. Be communicative. Keep the lines of communication fluidly open between you and the customer as corrections occur-it helps them know the issue is top-of-mind for you. Don’t leave them in silence-it may allow them to assume you are doing nothing to help them. A short text update may be all it takes to help them with their stress level. Be appreciative. Even when things go wrong, it may have been the customer’s fault, and you are the one who had to bear the burden of correcting it, you already know the customer appreciates your effort, but you should still take time to thank the customer for their business and for contacting you when a correction was needed. It’s not about whose fault it was, it is about appreciating the relationship. Barrier-free selling is about maintaining a forward-looking positive attitude about how to do something, not wasting time dwelling on what cannot be done, and always using pro-active processes which have the customer’s need as the clear and primary focus.

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THIS MONTH TRANSACTIONS…………….... 15-19 FORECLOSURES……………..........18 NEW CORPORATIONS………...18-19

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS These recent property transactions in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.

Mecklenburg County 2/22/19 $330,000 Lance Lindenberg to Stephen Howell, 22350 Market St., Cornelius 2/22/19 $512,000 Codruta Sims to William & Janet Moore, 7615 Vistaview Dr., Cornelius 2/22/19 $554,000 Patrick & Marilyn O’Brien tp Kari & Michael Prickett, 376 Delburg St., Davidson 2/22/19 $525,000 Estate of Betty Leavengood to Allan & Christine Shub, 631 James Alexander Way, Davidson 2/25/19 $230,000 Matthew & Brittany Dubin to Marcto & Jacquelyn Moncada, 19518 Deer Valley Dr., Cornelius 2/25/19 $320,000 John & Jane Molle to Kerry & Leslie Snyder, 18022 Hartbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 2/25/19 $343,000 Paul Miller to Guy & Linda Howes, 234 Twain Ave., Davidson 2/26/19 $361,500 Greater Carolina Property Group to Marcia Rubinos, 15411 Tuxford Dr., Huntersville 2/26/19 $330,000 Bruce & Margaret Fisher to Mollie McDonald, 8933 Lizzie Ln., Huntersville 2/26/19 $311,000 Jordan Smith III to James & Ana Nemecek, 15210 Colonial Park Dr., Huntersville 2/26/19 $725,000 Tammy & Michael Looks to Robert & Deborah Myers, 16906 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 2/27/19 $342,000 Michael & Gretchen Judd to Danie & Kelly Diaz-Luong 9116 Magnolia Estates Dr., Cornelius

2/27/19 $297,000 Gregory & Lindsay Alger to Alex Jolly & Savanna Baker, 15308 Colonial Park Dr., Huntersville 2/27/19 $349,000 Stephen & Allyson Dixon to HPA US1, 15431 Davidson East Dr., Davidson 2/28/19 $410,000 Michael & Cynthia Kincaid to Jeffrey & Jo Ellen Dameron, Harborgate Condominiums Unit 201, Cornelius 2/28/19 $304,500 Bryan & Lindsey Pope to Seth & Ashley Reno, 5107 Chapel Chase Ln., Huntersville 2/28/19 $250,000 Ricardo Reyes to Kevin & Kirsten Rojas, 7603 SilvertonWay, Huntersville 2/28/19 $295,000 True Homes to Sarah Light & Benjamin Mercer, 12215 Palomar Dr., Huntersville 2/28/19 $270,000 Gerald & Lesley Hynes to Ellis Ross, 19321 Pocono Ln., Cornelius 2/28/19 $760,000 Monica Rogers to Ryan & Jennifer Rosa, 19523 Overleaf Ln., Davidson 2/28/19 $360,000 Mary Deal to Linda Melius, 419 O’Henry Ave., Davidson 2/28/19 $330,000 William & Jill Cain to Robert & Lynelle Dancym, 8524 Sandowne Ln., Huntersville 2/28/19 $700,000 Classica Homes to Arthur & Maureen Glasgow, 17806 Jetton Green Loop, Cornelius 2/28/19 $345,000 William & Andrea Cook to David Shores & Laura Richardson, 15744 Berryfield St., Huntersville 2/28/19 $380,000 Travis & Laura Lindner to Scott Orton, 424 Delburg St., Davidson 2/28/19 $2,300,000 Arthur & Maureen Glasgow to Donald & Pamela Blackley, 18218 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius 2/28/19 $325,000 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Michelle Doyle, 15515 Laverack Ln., Davidson 2/28/19 $300,000 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Brian & Jennifer Waite, 15520 Laverack Ln., Davidson 3/1/19 $360,000 Kenny & Sue Colbert to Corey & Melissa Leatherwood, 8723d Ledbury Ct., Huntersville 3/1/19 $483,000 South Creek Homes to Jennie List, 11503 Mount Argus Dr., Cornelius 3/1/19 $602,000 Kevin & Sonya Pitts to Christopher & Alyse Meyers, 7604 Windaliere Dr., Cornelius 3/1/19 $415,000 Christopher & Alyse Meyers to Ronald & Sandra Hull, Lot 8 Macaulay, Huntersville

3/1/19 $477,500 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Matthew & Morella Behrendt, 14319 Grundys Way, Davidson 3/1/19 $355,000 John & Margaret Kimbirl to Charles Anthony, 230 S. Faulker Way, Davidson 3/4/19 $250,000 Michael Gentile to MaryJo & Roger Rhodes Jr., 19552 Makayla Ln., Cornelius 3/4/19 $396,000 Curtis & Claudia Barnes to Christopher & Andrea Nardella, 1262 Inn Keepers Way, Cornelius 3/5/19 $440,000 Mesa Verde Assets to Giallanza Peterson, 11911 Farmborough Rd., Huntersville 3/5/19 $259,000 Opendoor Property W10 to Alexandra Weinsz, 8225 Ballymore Ct., Huntersville 3/5/19 $337,500 Levack Properties to S&S Family LP, 11845 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville 3/5/19 $260,000 Daniel & Arlene Lioy to Landon & Jessica Barker, 6228 Silver Chime Way, Huntersville 3/5/19 $250,000 Franklin Littlejohn to Opendoor Property J, 8740 Westwind Point Dr., Cornelius 3/5/19 $259,000 Opendoor Property W10 to Alexandra Weinsz, 8225 Ballymore Ct., Huntersville 3/6/19 $331,000 Blue Heel Monteith to Timothy & Linda Saunders, 13441 Copley Square Dr., Huntersville 3/6/19 $426,000 mattias & Kathleen Timberlake to John Botti & Katharine Davis, 19943 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 3/6/19 $473,000 Joel Macht & Susan Andre to Melissa Stone & Gordon Smith, 308 O’Henry Ave., Davidson 3/7/19 $725,500 James & Judith Deering to Christina & Cary Siegel, 8412 Robbins Crescent Dr., Cornelius 3/7/19 $320,000 Patricia & Michael Jocoy to Sally Ann Smart, 19135 Ruffner Dr., Cornelius 3/7/19 $285,000 Loren Seaborn to Samantha Pence & Christopher Aldridge, 16611 Landen Forest Ln., Davidson 3/7/19 $645,000 Samuel & Gina Langeland to Jesse & Lynn Bizzard, 13523 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 3/7/19 $403,000 Kevin & Janet Urban to Goran & Sarita Gradiscaj, 13302 Broadwell Ct., Huntersville 3/8/19 $366,000 Opendoor Property W27 to Evelyn Lostaunau & Hernan Valverde, 15420


Saxon Trace Ct., Huntersville 3/8/19 $575,000 David & Sandra Scattergoodto Virginia Gendron, 20312 Norman Colony Rd., Cornelius 3/8/19 $450,000 Jeffrey & Susan Autry to Garren & Pamela Thomas, 9702 Barnburgh Ln., Huntersville 3/8/19 $287,000 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Alesksei Shishkin, 16611 Stonecutter Ln., Davidson 3/11/19 $270,000 Ryan Shaffer to Francine Sulak, 16643 Spruell St., Huntersville 3/12/19 $400,000 John & Darlene Bailey to James Bean & John Bishop, 19606 River Falls Dr., Davidson 3/12/19 $406,500 South Creek Homes to Patrick & Annette Mann, 11634 Mount Argus Dr., Cornelius 3/13/19 $1,515,000 William & Elizabeth Waller to Johanna & David Butow, 15603 June Washam Rd., Davidson 3/13/19 $375,500 South Creek Homes to John & Mary Barger, 11110 Bailey Park Nature Dr., Cornelius 3/14/19 $753,500 JCB Urban Co. to Jennifer & Robert von Bremen Jr., 820 Patrick Johnston Ln., Davidson 3/14/19 $708,000 Michael & Heather Watkins to Justin & Brandy Anovick, 19018 Serenity Point Ln., Cornelius

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Cabarrus County 02/15/19 $258,000 Sharlene Kirk to Alberto & Aida Del Valle, 7122 Spring River Ln., Concord 02/15/19 $685,000 DERO Holdings LLC to PET TEC Properties, LLC, 5420 Powerhouse Ct., Concord 02/15/19 $299,000 Offerpad LLC to John & Leah Wilson, 4447 Bravery Pl., Concord 02/15/19 $280,000 Ryan & Tracie Adams to Xavier & Simone Elliott, 3627 McDuff Ct., Harrisburg 02/15/19 $295,000 Erland & Rosemary Brunei to HPA US1 LLC, 10127 Shanaclear Ave., Concord 02/15/19 $295,000 Boiar Revocable Living

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Trust to Christopher Blue, 8845 Oldenburg Dr., Mount Pleasant 02/15/19 $279,000 Century Communities Southeast, LLC to Randall & Kelly Clark, 353 Pleasant Hill Dr., Concord 02/15/19 $335,000 Scott & Brittany Merritt to Maritza Phillips, 142 Cottontail Ln., Concord 02/15/19 $398,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Eliza Emery, 977 Bellegray Ln., Concord ###02/18/19 $975,000 Diamond Sky Partners, LLC to National Retail Properties, Quiktrip No. 1021, 02/18/19 $390,000 Dimitri & Meredith Beregovski to Michael & Tonda Proulx, 25 Georgia St., Concord 02/18/19 $315,500 Adam & Kimberly Johnson to Auto-Owners Insurance Co., 1257 Tranquility Point Ave., Concord 02/19/19 $260,500 NVR, Inc. to Bogdan & Lourdes Dolecki, 10039 Lilac Ct., Charlotte 28215 02/19/19 $599,500 TAC Holcomb, LLC to NVR, Inc., Lots 67, 107, 114, 155, 186, 187 & 192 of Holcomb Woods Subdivision, Charlotte 28215 02/19/19 $310,000 True Homes, LLC to Jeffery & Christina Carr, 376 Wyndham Forest Cr., Midland 02/19/19 $346,000 NVR, LLC to Rudolph & Gloria Williams, 10047 Lilac Ct., Charlotte 28215 02/19/19 $319,000 Bennett & Tiffany Edmiston to Curtis &Tiffany Royal, 18309 Blue Springs Dr., Kannapolis 02/19/19 $377,500 Niblock Homes, LLC to Lawrence & Kathleen Grubka, 3827 Van Tassel Dr., Concord 02/20/19 $270,000 Angela & Allie Curran to Scott & Raquel Slaughter, 157 Cottontail Ln., Concord 02/20/19 $295,000 NVR, Inc. to Sanjay Kothiyal & Gairola Deepali, 1738 Scarborough Ct., Concord 02/20/19 $430,000 Russell & Tracy Edwards to Ahmed Elsawaf, 8459 Rosemary Way, Harrisburg 02/20/19 $373,000 Loye & Betty Whidden to Allie & Angela Currin, 50 Downing Ct., Concord 02/21/19 $265,000 Jeffrey & Crystal Price to Steven & Tracie Jarrell, 1323 Yorkshire Pl., Concord 02/21/19 $375,000 David & Anita Watson to Jason & Brittany Logston, 10134 Stewarton Ln., Charlotte 28269 02/21/19 $345,000 James & Tiffany Johnson to Chad & Kristin Kennedy, 1291 Middlecrest Dr., Concord 02/21/19 $473,500 NVR, Inc. to Harikrishna Nagabandi & Srujana Tatikonda, 10909 Greenvale Dr., Harrisburg 02/21/19 $284,000 Hilda White to Daniel & Anna Fregosi, 3928 Amarillo Dr., Concord 02/21/19 $355,000 Norman & Kim Wade to Jeffrey & Crystal Price, 2638 Stonewood View, Kannapolis 02/21/19 $360,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Andrew & Amanda Crenshaw, 510

Business Today Hunton Forest Dr., Concord 02/21/19 $275,000 Mark Lambert & Stephanie Phipps to Richard Sims & Dallas Picard, 4161 Waterstone Pl., Concord 02/21/19 $287,500 Offerpad, LLC to Nicholas Hoyt & Brittany Begley, 843 Odell School Rd., Concord 02/22/19 $375,000 George & Marjorie Sears to Casey & Brenda Alexander, 2611 Cherry Laurel Dr., Harrisburg 02/22/19 $477,500 Janet Parsons to John & Tara Loeb, 8050 Torquay Dr., Harrisburg 02/22/19 $263,000 Yungan Yang & Yan Sun to Bola & Mildred Ojoye, 4306 Hunton Spring Ln., Concord 02/22/19 $300,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Patricia Hundley, 4306 Hunton Spring Ln., Concord 02/22/19 $472,500 Taylor Morrison of the Carolinas,Inc. to Gregory & Allison Schielke, 973 Bellegray Ln., Concord 02/22/19 $375,000 Taylor Morrison of the Carolinas to Marilyn Bryant, 409 Hunton Forest Dr, Concord 02/22/19 $272,000 Century Communities Southeast, LLC to Castor Cooper, 345 Pleasant Hill Dr., Concord 02/22/19 $310,500 Benjamin & Josephine Marotta to James & Allison Terry, 3423 Streamside Dr., Davidson 28036 02/22/19 $435,500 NVR, Inc. to Jaycee & Amanda Arputham, 7425 Boulaide St., Concord 02/25/19 $421,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Badri Iyegar & Aishwarya Balajee, 10429 Paper Birch Dr., Charlotte 28215 02/25/19 $250,000 IPS Development, LLC to Freestein Properties, LLC, 245 – 251 Branchview Dr., Concord 02/25/19 $300,000 D.R. Horton, Inc. to Justin & Catie Kiser, 5880 White Cedar Tr., Concord 02/25/19 $534,000 M/I Homes to Tarun Vashishtha & Surbhi Pathan, 9182 Hydrangea Dr., Harrisburg 02/26/19 $465,000 Dan & Patricia Mast to Marcus & Roneka West, 3995 Brunswick Dr., Harrisburg 02/26/19 $492,000 John & Nicole Taylor to Dan & Patricia Mast, 8022 Dell Dr., Harrisburg 02/26/19 $257,500 Todd & Ann Morris to Edward & Ruth Hopper, 481 McCoppin Ct., Concord 02/26/19 $415,000 Jason & Julie Hamilton to Lance & Courtney Johnson, 9897 Flower Bonnet Ave., Concord 02/26/19 $610,000 James & Kimberly Strong to Jason & Julie Hamilton, 3788 Panthers Den Ct., Concord 02/26/19 $310,500 Calm Water Trust to Mahendra Kandel & Sukmit Bhandari, 2247 Galloway Ln., Concord 02/27/19 $376,000 Maurice & Kimberly Cousineau to Alex & Brittany Atkins, 2645 Cherry Laurel Dr., Harrisburg 02/27/19 $263,000 Jeffrey & Jennine Bruening to Eric Crump, 1455 Bottle Brush Ln., Harrisburg 02/27/19 $363,000 NVR, Inc. to Swaraj Damera & Saini Metta, 10031 Paper Birch Dr., Charlotte 28215 02/27/19 $880,000 The Glass Interests, LLC to Concord-Armentrout, LLC, 601 Industrial

Business Today Park, Concord 02/27/19 $405,000 Frederick & Ronda O’Donnell to Robert & Jacqueline Williams, 4743 Scenic Pine Ln., Concord 02/27/19 $272,500 Brian & Jennifer Waite to Sean & Renee Karl, 10690 Sapphire Tr., Davidson 28036 02/27/19 $525,000 Dubose Model Home Investors #203 to Kathleen Walsh, 10409 Anbercrest Ct., Mount Pleasant 02/27/19 $300,000 JGH Investments of Cleveland, LLC to William & Marsha McGuire, 3600 Centergrove Rd., Concord 02/27/19 $351,500 NVR, Inc. to Colby & Kia Britt, 7393 Bosson St., Concord 02/27/19 $308,500 NVR, Inc. to Sarah Holmes, 1734 Scarbrough Cr., Concord 02/27/19 $685,000 SMT Properties, LLC to Carolina Springs Autospa of Kannapolis, 2215 Roxie Street, Kannapolis 02/27/19 $400,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Lokeshvar Iyanar & Suriya Natanasabapathy, 10433 Paper Birch Dr., Charlotte 28215 02/27/19 $393,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Vijay Namasivayam & Shanmugapriyajanani Rishikesavan, 1011 Capwalk Rd., Concord 02/28/19 $286,000 NVR,Inc. to Renjish Pillai, 1730 Scarbrough Cr., Concord 02/28/19 $382,500 Jane Batson to Victor & Stephanie Dobner, 3498 Brighton Ct., Concord 20/28/19 $437,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas, Inc. to Deborah Sharp, 5223 Butternut Dr., Charlotte 28215 02/28/19 $327,000 Rama Paladugu & Tejaswani Velaga to Amilkar Sarmiento, 2173 Laurens Dr., Concord 02/28/19 $260,000 Blake & Angela Crenshaw to Owenhegie Omoregie & Jessica Sanders, 4612 Maple Crest Pl., Harrisburg 02/28/19 $255,000 Jerel & Angela Johnson to SPH One, 1384 Bottle Brush Ln., Harrisburg 02/28/19 $7,400,000 GPT Odell School Road Owner, LLC to GCP-75 Odell, LLC, 75 Odell School Rd., Concord 02/28/19 $1,700,000 Ryan & Jennifer Rosa to Robert & Rosa Wheeler, 10110 Enclave Cr., Concord 02/28/19 $447,000 Mattamy Homes to Gregory Davis, 10121 Castlebrooke Dr., Concord 02/28/19 $355,000 D.R. Horton, Inc. to Daman Robinson, 5896 White Cedar Tr., Concord 02/28/19 $302,500 John & Sedeca Gabrenas to Blake & Angela Crenshaw, 6167 Maple Leaf Ave., Harrisburg 02/28/19 $322,000 Daniel & Julie Sykes to Justin & Gloria Fiedler, 7782 Windsor Forest Pl., Harrisburg 02/28/19 $454,000 M/I Homes of Charlotte, LLC to Pradhyoth Maddula & Bhargavi Panda, 9564 Herringbone Ln., Concord 02/28/19 $408,000 M/I Homes of Charlotte to Pradeep Bandaru & Sree Gella, 973 Anatrella Ln., Concord 02/28/19 $272,000 Brookwood Home Building & Remodeling, LLC to Mark & Lori Heritage, 2786 Old South Ct., Concord

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Iredell County 2/18/19 $363,500 D.R. Horton to Eduardo & Onilda Rojas, 113 Atwater Landing Dr. 28117 2/18/19 $282,500 Kim & Debarah Gamba to Kelley & James Foy, 130 Comata Rd. 28117 2/19/19 $480,500 John & Jeanine Wallen to David & Nancy Whitman, 220 Cove Creek Loop 28117 2/19/19 $1,090,000 Jason Loehde & Veena Tiruvallur to Kristin & Jared Webster, 116 Chinook Ct. 28117 2/19/19 $1,300,000 Stoney Ridge Properties to CKG Properties, 127 Yacht Cove Ln. 28117 2/19/19 $267,000 D.R. Horton to Crystal Clark, 173 King William Dr. 28115 2/20/19 $410,000 Skylar Jabs to Douglas & Linda Gould, 329 Robinson Rd. 28117 2/20/19 $382,500 Eastwood Construction to Rebecca & Christopher Vaughn, 132 Bushney Loop 28115 2/20/19 $526,500 James Masson to Robert S. Lumadue, 527 Kemp Rd. 28117 2/20/19 $580,000 Sandra Marie Beltran to Thomas W. Orcutt, 120 Royal Pointe Way 28117 2/20/19 $752,500 Dennis & Donna Baron to Jeremy & Deborah Thompson, 126 Colvard Farms Ln. 28117 2/20/19 $294,500 Eastwood Construction to Justin & Jessie Cook, 127 Lantern Acres Dr. 28115 2/20/19 $330,000 D.R. Horton to Jessica & Jeffrey Latine, 134 Carolina Ash Ln. 28117 2/20/19 $290,000 Tommy Messick & Sheila Goodson to Gregg & Lindsey Denoncourt, 1281 Shearers Rd. 28115 2/21/19 $261,000 David & Heather Studer to Opendoor Property, 161 Heywatchis Dr. 28115 2/21/19 $395,000 Essex Homes Southeast to Christian T. Lomascolo, 124 Butler Dr. 28115 2/21/19 $348,000 D.R. Horton to Gilbert & Fenozka Clark, 113 Sweet Leaf Ln. 28117 2/21/19 $324,000 Henry & Angela Ensslen to Christopher Lengle, 126 Morrocroft Ln. 28117 2/21/19 $415,000 BMCH to Sidney & Virginia Mautte, 108 Avensong Ct. 28115 2/22/19 $484,000 Epcon Blume Brawley to William & Cheryl Bitters, 121 Mercyview Ln. 28117 2/22/19 $392,000 Joan M. Maus to Christopher & Dawn Lutchka, 113 Old Squaw Rd. 28117 2/22/19 $368,000 D.R. Horton to Christopher & Sarah Santoro, 123 Sweet Leaf Ln. 28117 2/22/19 $545,000 Christopher & Kimberly Frew to Scott & Dina Klein, 123 Kapp Place Rd. 28117 2/22/19 $415,000 Adam & Hannah McMaster to Diana & Emil Keyser, 120 Paseo Dr. 28117 2/22/19 $385,000 JR Homes of North Carolina to Robert & Frances Shealey, 110 Shinnville Ridge Ln. 28115 2/22/19 $635,000 David & Leslie Swift

to Matthew & Xi Miano, 145 E. Callicutt Trl. 28117 2/22/19 $1,175,000 Amy & Scott DeLoach to Richard Ungar, 121 Chesterwood Ct. 28117 2/22/19 $438,000 Nest Homes to Richard & Tina Giorgi, 134 Country Lake Dr. 28115 2/25/19 $305,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Christy Tucker & Andrew Kostecki, 119 Tetcott St. 28115 2/25/19 $334,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Helen Annette Richardson-Davis, 115 Tetcott St. 28115 2/25/19 $442,000 Epcon Blume Brawley to Ronald & Nancy Mitcham, 107 Mercyview Ln. 28117 2/25/19 $545,000 Jacqueline & Ralph Hanna to Wesley McLemore, 139 Perrin Dr. 28117 2/25/19 $480,000 Roy & Gabriele Vander Haar to George & Kathryn Callahan, 171 Greenbay Rd. 28117 2/25/19 $330,000 D.R. Horton to Christopher & Kimberly Frew, 114 Atwater Landing Dr. 28117 2/25/19 $332,000 NVR to Rahul Mohan Kola Kandy, 128 Tetcott St. 28115 2/25/19 $270,000 Brannon G. Earnest to Bryan & Julah Head, 106 Webbed Foot Rd. 28117 2/26/19 $294,500 Lennar Carolinas to Melissa M. Krebs, 159 Eden Ave. 28115 2/26/19 $1,000,000 4G Design Build to Victor & Maurena Carosella, 169 Webbed Foot Rd. 28117 2/27/19 $615,000 Christopher & Michelle Leight to Robert & Lori Miggins, 129 Abbev-

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ille Ln. 28117 2/27/19 $315,000 Paul Windsor Bonham II to Daniel Michael Carver, 166 Sea Trail Dr. 28117 2/27/19 $282,000 John & Patricia Mennella to Kevin & Kara Doolittle, 121 Karlstad Ln. 28115 2/27/19 $396,000 Epcon Blume Brawley to William & Anne Flannery, 111 Mercyview Ln. 28117 2/27/19 $382,000 Donnie Coppley Mabry to Peter & Cynthia Dreyfuss, 160 Wickford Ln. 28117 2/27/19 $505,000 Nest Homes to Shaun & Joanna Wintheiser, 128 Slocumb Ln. 28117 2/27/19 $250,000 Lennar Carolina to Anthony & Kara Pozega, 141 Wrangell Dr. 28117 2/27/19 $369,000 Essex Homes Southeast to Stephen & Kristen Hartman, 115 Harvest Wind Ct. 28115 2/28/19 $ 387,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Gregory & Lindsay Alger, 117 Holsworthy Dr. 28115 2/28/19 $254,500 Lennar Carolinas to AMH NC Properties, 128 Eden Ave. 28115 2/28/19 $254,500 Lennar Carolinas to AMH NC Properties, 238 Kennerly Ave. 28115 2/28/19 $254,500 Lennar Carolinas to AMH NC Properties, 246 Kennerly Ave. 28115 2/28/19 $275,000 CalAtlantic Group to Katrina & Ilasani Lateef, 113 Avalon Reserve Dr. 28115

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continued from page 17 2/28/19 $282,500 Youssef & Mona Risheq to Opendoor Property, 113 Cranbrook Ln. 28117 2/28/19 $265,000 Daniel & Cynthia Tourtelot to Antonino & Phillip Muratore, 258 Almora Loop 28115

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FORECLOSURES Foreclosure actions have been started on the following properties. Items show the date foreclosure documents became public, owners, property address, lien holder, lien amount. After required notices are published, the property is sent to auction. The property then can be sold, not sold (examples: bankruptcy files or action dismissed without prejudice) or the sale postponed.

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02/22/19 Betty McNeil, 9089 Robinson Church Rd., Harrisburg, Bank of New York Mellon, $85,075 02/22/19 Tonja Okoye Estate, 213 Botany Dr., Concord, State Employees Credit Union, $97,000 02/26/19 Tonia McNair, 1298 Gambel Dr., Concord, Wells Fargo Bank, $176,522 02/26/19 Kristi Palco, 9627 Marquette St., Concord, Lakeview Loan Servicing, $86,487 02/27/19 Ashley Boyd, 311 Pulaski Dr., Concord, U.S. Bank Assoc., $220,924 02/27/19 Lawrence & Valerie Brang, 105 Easy St., Concord, Arvest Central Mortgage Co., $85,975 02/28/19 James & Dana Glenn, 8416 Quail Hollow Dr., Harrisburg, Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $146,500

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Mecklenburg County 2/18/19 Akcent Inc., John Richardson, 8545 Townley Rd. Apt. 4M, Huntersville 2/18/19 Arroyo Woods – Town Center LLC, Frank Sproviero, 19149 Celestine Ln., Cornelius 2/18/19 D9 Brewing Savoy LLC, District 9 Brewing Company, 11138 C Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 2/18/19 Hemply Good LLC, Sarah Kennedy, 11736 Blessington Rd., Huntersville 2/18/19 High Standards Farm LLC, Catherine Tucker, 10204 Hambright Rd., Huntersville 2/18/19 Kajarin Inc., Catharine Wells, 12826 Windy Lea Ln., Huntersville 2/18/19 Rodhouse Contracting LLC, Austin Rodhouse, 21051 Nautique Blvd. Unit 103, Cornelius 2/18/19 SprintSet LKN LLC, Jon N. Rodsater, 16419-C Northcross Dr., Huntersville 2/19/19 Bimini Builders LLC, Jacob Alan Terrell, 17221 Knoxwood Dr., Huntersville 2/19/19 Canvasworkx LLC, Robert M. LaBarba, 7744 Epping Forest Dr., Huntersville 2/19/19 Ella Does LLC, Emily Catherine Burke, 7708 Royal Park Ln., Huntersville 2/19/19 Espinoza Holdings Inc., John P. Espinoza, 20930 Torrence Chapel Rd. F2, Cornelius 2/19/19 Genio Design LLC, Jerome R. McSorley, 21624 Rio Oro Dr., Cornelius 2/19/19 Marie et Cie Interiors LLC, Melissa A. Boyes, 15305 East Rock Ct., Davidson 2/19/19 Mood Indigo Living LLC, Rea Wright, 107 N. Main St., Davidson 2/19/19 New Concept Media, Keith Shampine, 7012 Sweetfield Dr., Huntersville 2/20/19 America is Best LLC, Jacob J. Palillo, 18611 Starcreek Dr., Cornelius 2/20/19 Len Arcuri Coaching LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 148 Morrison Hill Rd., Davidson 2/20/19 Premier Roofing & Exteriors LLC, Sina Safaie, 7822 Knox Ridge Rd., Huntersville 2/20/19 Russell HF LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 17443 Glassfield Dr., Huntersville 2/21/19 Alexander Farms MU LLC, Evan Walton, 15141 Hugh McAuley Rd., Huntersville 2/21/19 Anything Graphics of the Carolinas, Liam Rafizadeh, 15722 Northstone Dr., Huntersville 2/21/19 CBD Source LLC, Matthew Taffi, 17105 Kenton Dr. 102C, Cornelius 2/21/19 IMG Claims Specialist LLC, David Gordon, 11515 Warfield Ave., Huntersville 2/21/19 Northern Cross LLC, Montserrat Garcia Fuentes, 10645 Castle Hill Dr., Huntersville 2/21/19 NS Precision Inc., Skylar Squillace, 21128 Crealock Pl., Cornelius 2/21/19 Rhino Lights LLC, Joshua Klein, 203 Hilcrest Dr., Huntersville

Business Today 2/22/19 Automotive Parts Solutions LLC, Michael Lawing, 10308 Bailey Rd. Unit 409, Cornelius 2/22/19 Chen Rivergate I LLC, Ron L. Turner Jr., 568 Jetton St. Ste. 200, Davidson 2/22/19 D9 Brewing NODA LLC, D9 Brewing NODA, 11138 C Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 2/22/19 Hammack, Lane & Company, James W. Hammack, 16419 Northcross Dr. Ste. F, Huntersville 2/22/19 Leaf Properties LLC, Douglas J. Letendre, 16814 Lakeshore Dr., Cornelius 2/22/19 Mindset Redesign LLC, Alyssa Soderlund, 9114 McDowell Creek Ct. #203, Cornelius 2/22/19 NuLife LLC, Steven W. Liffers, 298 Walking Horse Trl., Davidson 2/22/19 Taylor Family Management, Shelby Jean Taylor Wallace, 14842 Eastfield Rd., Huntersville 2/22/19 Von Myhrer Properties LLC, Bounthani Vongxay, 11127 Warfield Ave., Huntersville 2/25/19 Boomerang Water LLC, Michael K. Elliott, 13420 Reese Blvd. W, Huntersville 2/25/19 Dowler Mint Hill LLC, Glenn Dowler, 19706 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius 2/25/19 Folk Medicine Kitchen LLC, Heather J. Emerson, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr. #782, Cornelius 2/25/19 Frontier Cannabis Co. LLC, Jameson Govoni, 8702 Shadetree St., Huntersville 2/25/19 Metrolina OTT LLC, Ben J. Cassarino, 445 S. Main St. Ste. 400, Davidson 2/26/19 Appalachian Premium Provisions Inc., Ricky K. Burke, 20024 Beard St., Cornelius 2/26/19 Azalea Retreat LLC, C. Todd Senff, 19453 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. D, Cornelius 2/26/19 Backyard Endeavors LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 428 S. Main St. Ste. B-200, Davidson 2/26/19 Belleterre Community Association Inc., Jason M. Earnhardt, 13815 Cinnabar Pl., Huntersville 2/26/19 GCR Heritage LLC, Douglas W. Richardson, 18524 Peninsula Club Dr., Cornelius 2/26/19 Gunnis Investments LLC, Michael S. Leliever, 6119 Latta Springs Cir., Huntersville 2/26/19 Madison Simmons Townhomes Phase 3 at Westport Homeowners Association, C. Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 205, Cornelius 2/26/19 Prestige Site Works LLC, Brian Mahoney, 21000 Torrence Chapel Rd. Ste. 100, Cornelius 2/26/19 Vogue Salons Fort Mill, Shane C. Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 205, Cornelius 2/27/19 Astaeus Inc., James Best, 14528 Westgreen Dr., Huntersville 2/27/19 Babies First Fitness LLC, Scott Wattenberg, 18030 Shearer Rd., Davidson 2/27/19 JWS Operating LLC, Susan Surane, 18825 W. Catawba Ave. #150, Cornelius 2/27/19 L&G Erosion Control & Landscaping LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 11901 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 2/27/19 Soft Wash Lake Norman LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 3316 Brackhill St., Davidson 2/27/19 The Ap Gamer Fund Inc., Edward

Business Today Lee Parrish Jr., 7618 Mariner Cove Dr., Cornelius 2/28/19 Colin’s Hardscapes LLC, Jose G. Flores Colin, 19501 Center St., Cornelius 2/28/19 Diamond Turner Overdrive LLC, Matthew D. Diamond, 14105 Promenade Dr., Huntersville 2/28/19 Halls of Knowledge LLC, Peter Kullman, 7814 Horseshoe Creek Dr., Huntersville 2/28/19 International Office Seating LLC, Lora Chisholm, 19240 Wildcat Trl., Davidson 2/28/19 JH Transport LLC, James Hudson, 9911 Rose Commons Dr. Ste. E725, Huntersville 2/28/19 Mangiapane Investments LLC, Rachel Mangiapane, 820 Martingale Ln., Davidson 2/28/19 Taste of Italy LKN LLC, Laura Bresciani, 12111 Ulsten Ln., Huntersville 3/1/19 Eastchester Gas LLC, Evan Walton, 15141 Hugh McAuley Rd., Huntersville 3/1/19 Fayette South Properties LLC, Drew A. Richards, 215 S. Main St. Ste. 301, Davidson 3/1/19 Hill Properties II LLC, Betty Long Hill, 17101 Green Dolphin Ln., Cornelius 3/1/19 Legion Title Insurance LLC, Charles Christopher Adkins, 9620 Sherrill Estates Rd., Huntersville 3/1/19 Official Fitness LLC, Thomas Diggs III, 9911 Rose Commons Dr. #E 145, Huntersville 3/1/19 Supra International Travel LLC, Lucy Cantellano Gallina, 12914 Heath Grove Dr., Huntersville 3/1/19 Tori Button Events LLC, Astri K. Kollme, 291 Pat Stough Ln., Davidson 3/1/19 Tuffman Group, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St. Ste. 203, Davidson 3/4/19 Bold Enterprises LLC, Rana K. Mahmood, 21316 Sandy Cove Rd., Cornelius 3/4/19 Capitalists Conversations Inc., Emilio Guevara, 12658 Windyedge Rd., Huntersville 3/4/19 Helper Hank Handyman Services LLC, Hank William Brower, 8613 Fox Tail Ln., Huntersville 3/4/19 Marnik Properties LLC, Joseph A. Marko, 549 Jetton St., Davidson 3/4/19 Ortega-Jose LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St. Ste. 203, Davidson 3/5/19 Carolina Leaf Ladies, Paige Carter,

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Cabarrus County 2/19/19 ALI Transport Solutions, Ricardo A. Pinedo-Becerra, 2809 Grouse Dr., Concord 2/19/19 Home Service Experts LLC, Scott Howard Lashua, 78 Church St. NE, Concord 2/19/19 Mi Casa es Su Casa Properties LLC, Abel Salazar, 2275 Twilight Dr., Concord 2/19/19 RDJ Services LLC, Robbie Jones, 8755 Hayden Way, Concord 2/19/19 Unlocked Films & Marketing LLC, Jennings Burchfield, 15 Deal St. SE, Concord 2/19/19 Vitality Grind LLC, Steve Pinkerton, 8230 Poplar Tent Rd. Ste. 100, Concord 2/20/19 85 Buffalo LLC, Audrey Sprinkle, 49 Franklin Ave. NW, Concord

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ON THE RECORD 2/20/19 Graceful Companion LLC, Katalin Sekeres, 3050 Clover Rd. NW, Concord 2/20/19 Mint Brand Collections LLC, Payton Peninger, 831 Devonshire NW Apt. 24, Concord 2/20/19 Second Chance Trucklines LLC, Sheven Podell Beaufort, 2923 Rockingham Ct. SW, Concord 2/20/19 Wandering Souls Logistics Corp., Patricia Buontempo, 2599 Saddlewood Cir. SW, Concord 2/21/19 704 Construction & Roofing LLC, Marc Olear, 670 Rama Wood Dr., Concord 2/22/19 CarrYur LLC, Xinguo Wang, 4621 Triumph Dr. SW, Concord 2/22/19 J. Yearwood Marketing LLC, Jody V. Yearwood, 1555 Fitzgerald St. NW, Concord 2/22/19 Positive Energy Group LLC, Chad Joyner, 1027 Burrage Rd. NE, Concord 2/22/19 Sanford Cove LLC, James A. Cook, 4001 Glen Eagles Ln., Concord 2/25/19 Big Glen Groceries, Juan Gabriel Reyes Padilla, 260 Brookwood Ave. NE Apt. 8D, Concord 2/25/19 Chandeleur Consulting LLC, Gregory M. Lafferty, 1500 New Gate Ct. NW, Concord 2/25/19 Country Road Estates LLC, Stephanie L. Cooper, 5620 Concord Pkwy. S Ste. 103, Concord

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Iredell County 2/18/19 CL Properties Group LLC, Spiro N. Leris, 124 Lucent Ln. 28117 2/18/19 M&S Automotive LLC, Spencer Schiable, 361 E. Plaza Dr. 28115 2/18/19 M. Andrew Gray & Associates LLC, Michael Andrew Gray, 113 Brockway Dr. 28117 2/18/19 Morris Masonry of NC Inc., Jamie H. Morris, 555 Deal Rd. 28115 2/18/19 Once Upon a Garden LLC, Stacy Johns, 260 Wood Duck Loop 28117 2/19/19 G & R Snacks Inc., Gary Adams, 135 Alexandria Dr. 28115 2/19/19 Patriot Properties LLC, Kristin Thompson, 189 Mayfair Rd. 28117 2/19/19 Purple Buffalo Fabrics, Whitney Kay, 124 Glastonbury Dr. 28115 2/19/19 Sandee’s Scrapbooks LLC, Sandra Marie Grant, 442 Almora Loop 28115 2/19/19 W3 Commercial Properties LLC, Jason J. Ward, 108 Cottage Place Ln. 28117 2/20/19 Gametime Leads LLC, Nathan Schmidt, 151 Capital Ave. 1301 28117 2/20/19 Master Auto Credit LLC, Wladimir A. Alvarez, 113 Azalea Rd. 28115 2/20/19 Pinstripe Graphics Inc., Andy Collins, 125 Trade Ct. F 28117 2/20/19 VL Aero LLC, Kenny Habul, 192 Raceway Dr. 28117 2/21/19 Kenter LLC, Kenneth D. Church, 196 Templeton Bay Dr. 28117 2/21/19 Magnitude Performance LLC, Jason Bradford Youd, 135 Mooreland Rd. 28117

2/21/19 On Point Residential Services LLC, Douglas W. Johnson, 111 English Ivy Ln. 28117 2/21/19 Sterling Vapes H&G LLC, William C. Wright, 106 Beachview Dr. 28117 2/21/19 T.A. Webber Leadership & Lean Consulting LLC, Todd A. Webber, 159 Portola Valley Dr. Unit D 28117 2/21/19 Two Chicks by the Sea LLC, Karen L. Banker, 158 Big Indian Loop 28117 2/22/19 Dugan Construction LLC, Marshall Dugan, 168 Autry Ave. 28117 2/25/19 Mount Panorama, Kenny Habul, 192 Raceway Dr. 28117 2/25/19 Naturally Clean Soaps LLC, Patrick Young, 164 Johnson Manor St. 28115 2/25/19 Shera Properties LLC, Clifton W. Homesley, 330 South Main St. 28115 2/25/19 The Flooring Store Inc., Melvin Madrid, 615 Cabarrus Ave. 28115 2/26/19 2411 Integrated Communication LLC, Ibrahim Pena, 136 Wickford Ln. 28117 2/26/19 Churchill Brothers Brewing LLC, Nicholas Churchill, 140 Capital Ave. Apt. 204 28117 2/26/19 JB-Tech LLC, James Edward Brickley, 211 Wood Duck Loop 28117 2/27/19 JJP LLC, James L. Johnson, 164 Teakwood Ln. 28117 2/27/19 Operation Front & Center LLC, David Hemphill, 150 Alder Springs Ln. 28117 2/27/19 VJR LLC, Jay Narenda Ray, 115 Sequoia St. 28117 2/28/19 Accounting Made Simple, Patricia Mukhtar, 143 Coronilla Rd. 28117

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Denver/Catawba 2/19/19 Second Estate Property Management Inc., Shawn P. Finley, 1336 Verdict Ridge Dr., Denver 2/20/19 Blue House Media LLC, James C. Roller, 1972 Yacht Club Dr., Denver 2/25/19 FRDC LLC, Jeff M. Pariano, 3140 N. Hwy. 16 Ste. 106, Denver 2/28/19 Innovative Interiors LLC, Crystal Weinrebe, 6905 Aspen Ct., Denver 2/26/19 Chirpy Bird Inc., Robin Roberts, 2474 Green Point Ln., Denver 3/4/19 Charlotte Approved F&I Solutions LLC, Cecil Ward, 3593 Denver Dr. #501, Denver 3/5/19 Charles Jean Properties LLC, Deborah S. Benson, 826 Lemond Ln., Denver 3/6/19 Chastain Trucking Inc., Jasper Accounting Group Inc., 3535 N. Hwy. 16, Denver 3/6/19 MKM Consulting Inc., Michael K. Mahoney, 1377 Winged Foot Dr., Denver 3/7/19 Nexus Insurance Services, Eric William Lester, 7248 Albemarle Dr., Denver 3/12/19 Mida RSS Corporation, Rolandas Simkus, 531 Brentwood Rd. Apt. 509, Denver

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for top dollar.” The difference among the generations is not so much in product as in budget. Older homeowners, with accumulated equity, can install more elaborate hardscapes, water features, and Cioppa other amenities than their younger counterparts who are paying out-of-pocket. Hip garages don’t just store car, they’re clubhouses for car owners to mingle and talk shop amidst climate control, a hydraulic lift and a giant TV (or two). According to, the average homeowner, regardless of age, spends between $1,784 and $3,168 on each landscaping project, and the potential returns vary widely. Costs for full-scale installation of an outdoor living area can be anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000 and more. Garages fit for a Packard convertible can run well into the six figures, above and beyond the cost of the floor and walls. There are many improvements that can add value to any home. Low-maintenance landscaping, including xeriscaping, pays off in curb appeal and water costs. Trees, too, can be a good long-term investment. What costs $100 at the plant nursery can add soon add several thousand dollars of valStone ue to a home. Those planning to move within three to five years should invest in more mature, and thus more expensive, trees. With any landscaping plan, it’s important to choose plants that will display color at varying times of the year to

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sion because they may not translate to the next buyer,” Cioppa said. “When you’re on the lake, the expectation is to have [a pool] because people expect to be outside more.” “I believe the most valuable outdoor improvements for Lake Norman properties are: a custom pool and spa that include water features or extra ‘wow’ factors, such as an infinity edge or gas lantern accents, and outdoor kitchens/

Swank patios are part of the suburban patois their cars, so typical home amenities like baths and kitchens are sharing space with the Corvette. For Baby Boomers looking to downsize, renovating before selling is a must. Homes on Lake Norman can be 25 or more years old, built at a time when homeowners gave little thought to swank features. Here the conventional wisdom about pools—that they are not a good investment—may not hold water. “Pools are generally a lifestyle deci-

living areas,” said Christina Stone, a Realtor with Allen Tate Realtors in Cornelius. “When timeless finishes are applied, these items are always sought after and desirable by almost all buyers, regardless of age,” Stone said. “Designated outdoor living areas transcend generations and seem to have no age limit to their desirability.” Whether it’s a trophy garage or a trophy patio, the wow factor helps sell.

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Luminous was to include a sixacre park; a 100-room boutique hotel and restaurant; 28,000 square feet of walkable retail; 21 townhomes and 11 single-family homes; 132 condos; a plaza area; a learning center; and other amenities. The project would have been completed in 2022 and provided “ c o n v e n i e n t Knox services to the nearby Ingersoll Rand headquarters.” Projected benefits included a potential $5.25 million added to Davidson’s affordable-housing inventory, as well as $500,000 toward intersection improvements. The development plan included such financial benefits as a hotel-room tax and additional tax value. Activist citizens protested strenuously. Denise Beall formed the “Save Davidson” group to educate people and advocate for various causes. Citizens assertively voiced concern, but town commissioners voted 3-2 in July 2017 to negotiate a contract with Davidson Development Partners. Then the town issued a press release in September 2017 stating Davidson and the developer could not come to an agreement. Former five-term mayor John Woods was in office at the time and had been in favor of the development. He said the Beaty Street land might be considered for some other project in the future and that it had already been zoned for mixed-use or commercial development. Park advocates, who later became the Beaty Street Task Force, dug up old town-meeting minutes to demonstrate Mrs. Clontz wished for the land to be a park and accepted a three-yearold offer price of $6,000 per acre. During the contentious Beaty effort, opponents of denser development campaigned successfully to have voters replace Woods and four out of five commissioners, including pro-development voices Brian Jenest, a landscape architect, and Rodney Graham, a builder. Graham had said Davidson will one day run out of developable space and be at full buildout, which is the maximum number of residents feasibly sustainable within the town’s boundaries. He said the pedestrian-friendly development would reduce vehicle traffic in the long run, which many wanted to do. At the time, Graham said he’d en-

countered as many people in favor of development as against it. Jenest had said he thought Luminous was the right decision because it meets Davidson’s agreed-upon development guidelines. Former Mayor Randy Kincaid and retired Davidson College President John Kuykendall had spoken up in a pre-election letter for the financial benefits of the development. Some describe the struggle as classic growing pains. A small town gets bigger fast but tries not to lose the characteristics that make it desirable.

Growth equation Charming, walkable streets lead to a downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as unique businesses and prestigious Davidson College. Ingersoll Rand’s corporate campus is located in Davidson and MSC Industrial’s coheadquarters is near, but closer to I-77. Clearly, Davidson’s downtown formula appeals to many big and small businesses. The 2010 Census period showed a growth rate of 53 percent in Davidson and 32 percent in Mecklenburg County. In 1990, the town population was 4,046 people, whereas estimates today place it around 13,000. The Town of Davidson ordered an appraisal of the Beaty Street property in 2017. The appraisers concluded that the “highest and best use of the subject site was determined by all appraisers as mixed-use development to include multifamily residential and commercial uses.” An independent appraisal produced an estimated value around $4.6 million, but the town’s contractors disagreed and said the methodology used was not approved by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). The town-contracted appraisers placed the Beaty Street land value at a range of $1.8 million to $1.9 million. A price of $1.65 million had been offered, redlined and replaced with “tbd.” Leah Chester-Davis led the Beaty Street Task Force’s public input committee and outlined the thorough nature of task force outreach. Input led to a collaborative approach that showed people want natural spaces.

Post-decision reaction Asked if the decision felt like a victory, Beall said she did: Citizens own the land and ought to have a say in its use. Chester-Davis said it’s crucial to set aside land for a park in a region where open land is quickly disappearing, “I know current generations will enjoy it and I couldn’t help but think about

future generations as our task force worked the past 10 months.” Mayor Rusty Knox commented it’s nice to see people united around the park concept, “This was a divisive thing in our town that really put people at odds (in the past).” Nobody at the recent meeting raised any objections, but over time there have been plenty who felt the Save Davidson group had “silenced other viewpoints and conversations.” For example, a commenter in 2017 posted, “Another lose for Davidson by a small minority. Holding onto the past will make us irrelevant in the future!”

Jenest’s point of view Former Commissioner Brian Jenest, the chairman of one of the Southeast’s leading engineering and landscape design firms, Charlotte-based Cole Jenest & Stone, said it’s not necessarily a bad thing for towns to have their “own thing” and work to that vision. However, politicizing planning efforts degrades their effectiveness. Excessive rezoning, conditional uses and more regulations can scare off developers. “It’s not getting easier, it’s getting harder,” Jenest said. Land values have risen so much that a much greater proportion of developers’ dollars must be invested in the dirt rather than predevelopment and highquality design amentities. Jenest said when land was less expensive, a developer might have planned to do a brick walkway instead of a concrete sidewalk. The expense of land ulimately affects quality. Jenest said there should be balance between a town growing on its own terms and having prohibitive rules. He thinks it’s helped David- Fuller son to have a strong design-review board because design control is important along with zoning. “The best decision makers are the planners,” he said. “We need to tell them what we want and then let them implement.” Jenest acknowledges the phenomenon repeated throughout American communities, which hardly anyone can deny—not in my back yard—happens when humans find and get into a good place then want to slam the door shut so it can stay just the way it is. “Davidson has done so good,” Jenest said, “but we can’t expect developers to do anything more than what’s expected of them.”

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