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08/29/2014Proposal to Build New Miami-Dade Courthouse Faces Criticism

Aug. 29--The politics involved in asking Miami-Dade County taxpayers for more money to build a new civil courthouse are so delicate that three county commissioners met Thursday in a judge's cramped chambers to try to work through their differences before a vote by the full commission next week. The public meeting revealed disagreement among the commissioners over what should be on a proposed ...
08/28/2014Inaugural Miami Construction Show Highlights Condos

Aug. 28--As a growing number of construction cranes stretch skyward in Miami, the first-ever trade show for new condominium construction kicks off Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Miami New Construction Show, running through Sunday, aims to be a sort of supermarket of new condo development for prospective buyers and their agents and a networking venue for the many sectors of ...
08/28/2014Georgia Power Sees "Challenges" in Keeping to Plant Vogtle Construction Schedule

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister ...
08/28/2014N.C. Paving Firm's CEO Pleads Guilty to Minority Contractor Fraud

Aug. 28--The president of a paving company accused of defrauding state and federal governments on $87 million in contracts for road projects pleaded guilty Thursday morning. Carl "Drew" Boggs, president and CEO of Boggs Paving Inc. of Monroe, entered his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer shortly after 10 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Boggs and four employees ...
08/28/2014Miami-Dade Commissioners to Consider FIU Expansion

Aug. 28--Miami-Dade County has already endorsed the expansion of Florida International University onto the Tamiami Park fairgrounds. Now it wants the political backing of a far more powerful group: county voters. Before continuing tricky discussions with the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, which doesn't want to relocate and would not be required to pay for a potential move, the county ...
08/26/2014All Aboard Florida Rail Project Nears Construction in Palm Beach County

Aug. 26--All Aboard Florida is prepping for construction on its express passenger train service to Orlando, assembling new steel track at a staging area in Boca Raton and finishing designs for railroad crossings that will allow for quiet zones. The new track is the first sign from the Coral Gables-based company that work is imminent on the initial phase of the $2.5 billion project, which ...
08/26/2014Luxury Apartments Set to Rise in Augusta, Ga.

Aug. 26--Clearing of wooded land along Walton Way Extension for a future apartment community is expected to begin in September. The 54-acre tract parallel to Interstate 20 is designated for a 300-unit luxury apartment complex under development by local commercial real estate group Blanchard and Calhoun. The gated complex will include a "resort-style" clubhouse, pool, at least one dog park and ...
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 ...

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