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08/25/2014Charlotte, N.C., Proposes Spending $33.5M on Arena Improvements

Aug. 25--The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years' worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance. The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority asked the city earlier this year for nearly $48 million in arena improvements, many of which the city and the team said are ...
08/24/2014Incentives Line Up to Lure Trader Joe's Distribution Center to Volusia County, Fla.

Aug. 24--A new Trader Joe's distribution center planned for Daytona Beach is expected to receive about $6.6 million in economic incentives from governments and private entities. Volusia County agreed to contribute $4.67 million of incentives for a warehouse that will service the specialty supermarket chain, which has a store in Winter Park and another planned for Sand Lake Road in Orlando. The ...
08/23/2014Developers Rename West Palm Beach's ISIS Condo Project

Aug. 23--What's in a name? A lot, if you're building ISIS Downtown, the first new condominium set for West Palm Beach since the real estate crash. Unfortunately for the condo's developers, the name ISIS emerged this summer as shorthand for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a group that's been murdering its way through parts of the Middle East. So a couple of weeks ago, ISIS Downtown's name ...
08/23/2014Catawba Indian Nation Pushes for $339M Casino in Western N.C.

Aug. 23--CHEROKEE -- To see why the Catawba Indian Nation is pressing hard for a $339 million casino in Cleveland County, look to the mountains. Two years ago this month, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians began offering live dice and card games and expanded slot machine offerings at what is now a mini-Las Vegas in Western North Carolina. It draws more than 3 million people a year to ...
08/23/2014Dutch Group Wants to Build Floating Homes in Miami

Aug. 23--Maule Lake has been many things over the years: industrial rock pit, aquatic racetrack, American Riviera. Now it is being pitched as something else entirely: a glitzy solution to South Florida's rising seas. In the land of boom and bust where no real estate proposition seems too outlandish -- Opa-locka's Ali Baba Boulevard connects to Aladdin Street in one of the more kitschy bids to ...
08/22/2014Clearwater, Fla., Aquarium Unveils New Plans for $68M Facility

Aug. 22--CLEARWATER -- When Clearwater Marine Aquarium officials said they would significantly cut costs for a new downtown facility originally estimated at $160 million, they really meant it. The price tag for final plans released Friday is down to $68 million for an attraction that will bring visitors behind the scenes of the aquarium's marine rehab program made famous in the family film ...
08/22/2014SCE&G Plans to Build Two S.C. Solar Farms

Aug. 22--South Carolina Electric & Gas next year will build a three- to four-megawatt solar farm adjacent to its Cayce headquarters, putting on hold plans for a solar farm near the Lake Murray dam. The utility also said Thursday it will build a smaller solar farm in North Charleston. The utility, chief subsidiary of SCANA Corp., said Thursday it is seeking requests for proposals from companies ...
08/22/2014Report: New Miami-Dade County Courthouse Would Cost $540M

Aug. 22--Building a new civil courthouse would cost Miami-Dade County about $540 million and require property owners to pay a higher annual tax rate to fund it, Mayor Carlos Gimenez's administration said Thursday. Voters would have to approve the financing, which would require the issuance of new government bond debt. That debt would push up the portion of property taxes that pays for ...
08/20/2014Ga. Regulators Approve Latest Plant Vogtle Spending Increase

Aug. 20--The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $389 million in expenditures for Georgia Power's two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle while at the same time declining a request to require new water conservation measures at the plant. The expenditure approval, which covered all of 2013, brings the total construction cost verified ...
08/20/2014Populous Picked to Design $35M Columbia, S.C., Stadium

Aug. 20--Columbia decided Tuesday to pay a Missouri-based architectural firm $2 million to design and oversee construction of the stadium in the Bull Street neighborhood. City Council voted to hire Populous Inc. of Kansas City for $2,025,000. Architects are to meet with city staffers as well as with master developer Bob Hughes and minor league team owner Jason Freier for them to review the ...
08/19/2014Indian River County, Fla., Rejects All Aboard Florida's Plan to Maintain Rail Crossings

Aug. 19--INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The County Commission Tuesday derailed a request from All Aboard Florida that would have left county taxpayers responsible for maintaining a second track and safety features the passenger rail project plans to add. "Not just no, but hell no," County Commissioner Bob Solari said in his motion. Commissioners voted 5-0 to reject All Aboard's request to come in as a ...
08/19/2014Three Developers Jointly Acquire Hollywood, Fla., Site

Aug. 19--THREE MIAMI DEVELOPERS -- the Related Group, 13th Floor Investments and Key International --formed a joint venture and acquired a 2.4-acre parcel through a foreclosure auction. The site at 4000 S. Ocean Drive along the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood is across A1A from Related Group's Apogee Beach and Hyde Resort & Residences. The developers paid $10 million to purchase the debt on ...
08/18/2014Historic St. Petersburg, Fla., Buildings Get Chance at New Life

Aug. 18--ST. PETERSBURG -- A land boom in the early part of the last century brought this stately brick schoolhouse out of the ground just north of downtown. A new development boom sweeping across St. Petersburg is bringing the abandoned Euclid School back to life along with other aging buildings that will bank on historic charm in their second life as apartments and small businesses. At Third ...
08/17/2014Upgrades Planned at 200-Plus Florida Railroad Crossings

Aug. 17--Safety improvements are coming to more than 200 railroad crossings in many of the coastal downtowns from Miami to West Palm Beach -- so don't be surprised if you this fall start seeing construction work altering your commute. New lights, gates, raised medians or other features will allow trains to pass through crossings without sounding their ear-splitting horns. The upgrades are ...
08/16/2014The Big Billion-Dollar Stink Over Sewers in Florida's Keys

Aug. 16--From the era of Ernest Hemingway to the days of Jimmy Buffett, the island city of Key West got rid of its raw sewage the old-fashioned way, by dumping it into the sea. But, in 1979, the adage "the solution to pollution is dilution" no longer was acceptable for the environmentally sensitive waters near the world's third-largest barrier coral reef. The state demanded that Key West clean ...
08/16/2014Calatrava Building at Florida Polytechnic University Opens

Aug. 16--Florida Polytechnic University launched with a bang on Saturday, a pyrotechnics display highlighting the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology Building as dignitaries and the general public enjoyed the grand opening of the state's 12th public university. Poly leadership was joined by Gov. Rick Scott; renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the IST building; former ...
08/16/2014Delays for South Carolina Nuclear Plant Project Pressure Industry

ATLANTA (AP) — Expensive delays are piling up for the companies building new nuclear power plants, raising fresh questions about whether they can control the construction costs that crippled the industry years ago. The latest announcement came this week from executives at SCANA Corp., which has been warned by its builders the startup of the first of two new reactors in South Carolina could be ...
08/16/2014Push Begins for New Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Aug. 16--The architectural grande dame of downtown Miami -- the pillared tower at 73 West Flagler St., that for nearly 90 years has served as the city's civic heart -- has a roof that leaks, a facade that peels and a basement that floods so often that bottom shelves are left empty so legal files stay dry. Its top floor, the one with a view of the turkey vultures that perch outside in the ...
08/15/2014Federal Transportation Officials Praise NC Railroad Work

Aug. 15--Railroad construction between Charlotte and Raleigh is a model example of how federal funding can be used for rail projects, transportation officials said Thursday. In his visit to a Harrisburg construction site, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo praised North Carolina's railroad development and advocated for more consistent federal railway financing. The Harrisburg project ...
08/14/2014Fla. Gov Speeds Up Spending on I-295 in Jacksonville, Other Road Projects

Aug. 14--Florida transportation officials are speeding up spending to widen Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and five other highways around the state as part of an $806 million construction push Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. "These projects will enhance our infrastructure to support commerce, decrease commute times and make our roads safer for families," Scott said in a written statement. ...
08/14/2014N.C. Gov. McCrory Misstated Duke Energy Holdings; Admits Selling Stock After Ash Spill

Aug. 14--Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose his ownership of Duke Energy stock this year in two state ethics filings and sold the stock after a torrent of bad publicity about the company's coal-ash spill, the governor's office acknowledged Wednesday. McCrory filed a new ethics and economic disclosure that now makes clear he owned at least $10,000 of Duke Energy stock on the last day of 2013, ...
08/13/2014All Aboard Florida to Invest $60M for Quiet Zones

Aug. 13--All Aboard Florida said Wednesday that a continuous quiet zone from West Palm Beach to the city of Hallandale Beach in Broward County will be in place before its express passenger trains begin operating in 2016. The company said it will invest $60 million in a series of safety improvements at crossings on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks from Miami to West Palm Beach. ...
08/13/2014North Carolina Tells Duke Energy to Submit Ash Removal Plans

Aug. 13--North Carolina's environmental agency told Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants. The letters follow on Gov. Pat McCrory's executive order on ash after state legislators left Raleigh two weeks ago without completing an ash-disposal bill. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources wants Duke to submit plans by ...
08/13/2014Surf Club Four Seasons Project Gets $290M Construction Loan

Aug. 13--Blackstone Group's Debt Strategies Fund agreed to provide a $290-million construction loan for the Surf Club project. SC Property Acquisitions LLC, which is an entity controlled by Miami-based Fort Capital Management, is developing a 151-unit condominum, The Surf Club Four Seasons Private Residences, and a 77-room Four Seasons Hotel on the historic social club site at 9011 Collins ...
08/13/2014South Carolina Nuclear Plant Projects Facing More Delays, Cost Overruns

Aug. 13--Two nuclear reactors under construction in Fairfield County are facing another significant delay, utility provider S.C. Electric & Gas confirmed. The delay will put the $10 billion project at V.C. Summer Nuclear Power plant outside the 18-month contingency allowed by state regulators and likely will drive up the costs, but utility officials said they would not know how much until ...

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