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03/31/2015New Developer Revives Raleigh High-Rise Hotel-Condo Project

March 31--RALEIGH -- The owner of the Soleil Center property in Raleigh's Crabtree Valley has refiled plans to build a hotel and condominiums on the site. Rialto Capital Management, which acquired the 5-acre site for $4.2 million in 2011, resubmitted the plans earlier this month. The original plans, approved in 2005, call for as many as 290 hotel units and 54 condos. The Soleil Center property ...
03/31/2015Hunt Construction to Build $135M Baseball Complex in West Palm Beach

March 31--The company that built Marlins Park in Miami and the new Chicago Cubs Cactus League stadium in Arizona will be in charge of building the spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals south of 45th Street. Hunt Construction was named construction manager of the $135 million baseball project Monday, beating out four other companies after a day of interviews with a ...
03/30/2015All Aboard Florida Closer to Getting $1.75B in Tax-Exempt Bonds

March 30--All Aboard Florida is closer to getting the money it needs to finish its Miami to Orlando passenger rail after Friday appointments made to a board charged with deciding whether it will receive $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds. The Florida Development Finance Corp. board, whose members are chosen by Gov. Rick Scott, has been paralyzed for months after its chairman resigned as of Jan. ...
03/30/2015Developer Proposes Apartments for Whole Foods Shopping Center in Raleigh

March 30--RALEIGH -- A proposed development would replace part of the Ridgewood Shopping Center on Wade Avenue with an apartment building and new retail space, according to plans on file at city hall. The construction would not alter business spaces in the main part of the strip mall, which includes Quail Ridge Books and Music and a Whole Foods grocery store. It would, however, replace the ...
03/30/2015New Breed of Senior Housing Planned for Broward, Palm Beach Counties

March 30--The old nursing home is getting a bistro and a salon. A new style of senior housing is coming to South Florida, combining modern amenities like Wi-Fi and fitness centers with advanced care for aging baby boomers. Communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties are adding Wi-Fi, fitness centers, bistros and salons. At the same time, the facilities provide continuing care to those with ...
03/29/2015Duke Energy May Build Landfill in Eden, N.C., for Coal Ash Waste

March 29--Duke Energy and Eden city officials are discussing the possibility of keeping some of the coal ash generated at the nearby Dan River Steam Station forever close to home. They're talking about opening a new Duke-owned landfill on the edge of town for some of the ash now stored in ponds and so-called dry "stacks" at the retired plant, which had a huge spill last year that attracted ...
03/28/2015Florida Jury Awards Worker $64M for Construction-Site Accident

March 28--TAMPA -- A Hillsborough County jury late Friday awarded $64 million in damages to a man his lawyers say was "nearly cut in half" almost five years ago when a building collapsed on him. Robert Matthews, then 25, slid under a pre-manufactured building in September 2010 to install it on a prepared site near the entrance of a Polk County mine owned by Mosaic Fertilizer, the lawsuit says. ...
03/28/2015Cemex Has Option to Resubmit Denied Sand-Mine Plans

March 28--TAVARES -- Even after Lake commissioners voted to deny an application this week for a 600-acre sand mine in the Four Corners area, David Hill is still worried the fight isn't over. Cemex Construction Materials' proposal for a sand pit on a 1,200-acre site about a mile south of U.S. Highway 27 near Schofield Road would harm Hill's nearby 40-acre blueberry farm, the second-generation ...
03/27/2015Miami Commission Keeps Tri-Rail's Downtown Dreams Alive

March 27--Keeping alive Tri-Rail's dream of taking passengers all the way to downtown Miami, city commissioners on Thursday unanimously agreed to negotiate a $69 million, multi-agency funding package to connect the commuter line to a transit hub under construction near Government Center. They also committed at least $5.5 million in transportation taxes toward the cause, which they said is ...
03/26/2015Low Rate on TIFIA Loan To Speed Construction of Orlando's Wekiva Parkway

March 26--Metro Orlando's road-building agency is speeding work on the Wekiva Parkway because it bagged what appears to be an historically low, long-term interest rate of 1.23 percent on a $194 million loan from the federal government. "The Wekiva Parkway has been a priority for our region for a long time. This extremely low interest loan will save our customers over $250 million in interest ...
03/24/2015Victims of Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Worked for Three Different Companies

March 24--RALEIGH -- Authorities have identified the employers of the men killed and injured in a scaffolding collapse on Monday at a construction site in downtown Raleigh. Two of the men who died worked for Juba Aluminum Products Co., and one worked for KEA Contracting Inc. of Raleigh, according to N.C. Department of Labor spokesman Neal O'Briant, citing "preliminary information." The ...
03/24/2015Duke Energy to Fight $25.1M Coal-Ash Fine

March 24--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will "vigorously contest" a state-record $25.1 million fine for contamination of groundwater at its Sutton power plant in Wilmington. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources fined Duke on March 10. DENR has said it expects to levy more fines as the department investigates coal ash contamination at other plants. "This is a difficult step, but we ...
03/24/2015YMCA Plans $20M Renovation of Flagship Charlotte Facility

March 24--When the Dowd YMCA opened 55 years ago on Morehead Street, it served only men, uptown's current boom was decades away, and no one had ever heard the term "Crossfit." Now, shifting demographics, an aging building and new fitness trends are pushing YMCA of Greater Charlotte to renovate its flagship location. The organization plans to spend $20 million to remake the building, ...
03/24/2015Probe Into Fatal Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Could Take Months

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's workplace safety agency is leading an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers. The State Department of Labor is receiving help from Raleigh's police and fire departments as it interviews dozens of workers at the Charter Square building under ...
03/23/2015Scaffolding Collapse at Raleigh Construction Site Kills Three Workers

March 23--RALEIGH -- Three construction workers were killed and another seriously injured late Monday morning when an exterior lift system tore from the side of an office building under construction in downtown Raleigh. A witness, LeRoy Kelley, said workers were dismantling a "mast climber" on the 11-story Charter Square building on Fayetteville Street when the elevator-like system collapsed, ...
03/23/2015Three Workers Dead in Scaffolding Collapse at Downtown Raleigh Jobsite

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital. Jeffrey Hammerstein, community outreach chief for Wake County EMS, said three men died and a fourth was seriously injured in the accident at the glass and steel building called Charter Square ...
03/20/2015St. Pete Committee Fails to Choose Finalist for New Pier Design

March 20--ST. PETERSBURG -- After 12 hours of discussion and public hearing to rank the seven proposals to replace the city's landmark Pier on Friday, a selection committee chose none. Instead, the six-member Pier Selection Committee voted to delay its decision to allow members to submit more questions to the competing firms, and will meet again at a time to be determined. The day-long effort ...
03/19/2015Orlando Cancels Demolition Contract on Round Building After Contractor Defaults

March 19--The Colosseum still stands in the heart of Rome, the survivor of multiple earthquakes through the centuries. The Parthenon also survives, despite being nearly blown to smithereens by the Venetians during a siege of Athens in 1687. And like those gems of world architecture, Orlando's Round Building is proving surprisingly difficult to destroy. The formerly seven-story structure, which ...
03/18/2015Martin County, Fla., Prepares for Legal Fight Against All Aboard Florida Project

March 18--Martin County is building its case against All Aboard Florida. Commissioners -- who have pledged a total of $1.4 million to fight the private railroad company -- on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $161,000 gathering potential evidence for legal action. The county earlier this month committed $80,000 for outside legal counsel to help challenge the $3 billion Miami-to-Orlando ...
03/18/2015Miami Commission Headed for Tri-Rail Showdown With Mayor

March 18--A push to use millions in public funds to bring commuter trains from Palm Beach and Broward counties to downtown Miami may lead to a showdown next week between the Miami Commission and Mayor Tomás Regalado, who says he will veto any attempt to pay for the project with city money. Documents published Wednesday by the city clerk's office show commissioners are scheduled to vote March ...
03/17/2015Early Work on $135M West Palm Beach Spring-Training Complex Set to Start

March 17--It's not quite the construction equivalent of "play ball,'' but the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals plan to start preliminary work on their proposed $135 million spring training complex later this week, possibly as early as today. The first players on the 160-acre site south of 45th Street will be engineers, land-planners and appraisers who will start conducting initial ...
03/17/2015Massive Miami Mall Project Wins Approval for Land Deal

March 17--Miami-Dade commissioners gave resounding approval Tuesday to a land deal designed to bring the nation's largest mall to the northwestern part of the county near Miami Lakes and Hialeah. The four-million-square-foot American Dream Miami complex, a shopping and entertainment theme park big enough to have both a ski slope and submarine tours, is now cleared to spend $12 million on state ...
03/17/2015Proposed North Carolina Toll Project Suffers Another Setback

March 17--A federal judge has sided with environmentalists who sued the N.C. Department of Transportation over the Garden Parkway, dealing the controversial toll project another setback. The parkway was already on life support before Friday's ruling. It did not score high enough in Gov. Pat McCrory's new ranking system to be included on a 10-year transportation plan, but supporters of the toll ...
03/17/2015French Ambassador Impressed With MOX Project

March 17--Gerard Araud, France's Ambassador to the United States, said he and South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson share the same concern: Preserving jobs at the Savannah River Site's MOX facility and across the rest of the Palmetto State. Araud stepped into his role in September and landed in South Carolina on Monday. After touring Lexington County's two Michelin Tire plants, Araud made the ...
03/16/2015Residents Abandon Condo Complex as Orange County, Fal., Warns of Collapse Danger

March 16--Scores of residents have left the condemned Blossom Park condo complex in recent weeks, following an intensive effort by Orange County to highlight how dangerous it has become. The county has been offering financial assistance for residents to find alternate housing -- one month's rent at an extended stay motel, or first month's rent plus deposit at an apartment complex. The complex ...

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