American Exceptionalism: A German Perspective on 35 Years as an Entrepreneur in the United States

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CRCBR Corporate Associate Membership Directory Updated

Our Spring 2019 CRCBR Corporate Associate membership directory has been updated. Corporate Associate members are defined as business entities involved in the commercial real estate industry who do not hold real estate licenses yet provide products or services of interest to industry professionals.

If you are in need of any assistance with your commercial real estate endeavors, our Corporate Associate members are the ones to contact. The 2019 directory lists members by company name and by their company specialty.

  • To access the directory, follow this link (PDF).

If you have any questions about the 2018 Corporate Associate directory, please contact the CRCBR offices at or by phone at 704-377-8982.

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Members on the Move

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Did you know that the Members on the Move post is our most viewed and reaches over 1,000 CRCBR members in our Voice Highlights newsletter? We are always looking to recognize our members for their achievements. Please send any recent news or transaction information to

Congratulations to the following CRCBR members on their recent achievements:

Flagship Healthcare Properties – Reed Griffith and Greg McIntosh
Flagship announced that it has completed construction of two 9,000-square-foot medical office buildings in Berewick Town Center, a 1,200-acre master-planned community located eight miles southwest of uptown Charlotte. The buildings are located adjacent to Solis Berewick at the northwest corner of Dixie River Road and Gannon Drive. Flagship acquired 1.89 acres from Berewick’s master developer, Pappas Properties, in late 2017. Partner and Director of Leasing and Brokerage Reed Griffith and Associate Greg McIntosh lead Flagship’s leasing efforts for the property.

MPV Properties, Flagship Healthcare Properties and Heiliger Associates – Robbie (Branstrom) Adams, Clark Alcorn, Will Robertson and Ken Heiliger
MPV is pleased to announce the opening of several new businesses at Reafield, a new retail and office center located near the signalized intersection of Rea Road and Tom Short Road in Union County. Now open for business are Novant Health Psychiatry, Novant Health Primary Care Marvin Creek, Rockbox Fitness, Reafield Dental and America’s Mattress. Other businesses currently under construction are Ultra Nail Bar, Barre 3, Rosati’s Pizza and Andy’s Frozen Custard. MPV Properites’ Robbie (Branstrom) Adams represented the Landlord and Clark Alcorn represented Rosati’s. Will Robertson from Flagship Healthcare Properties represented Rockbox and Ken Heiliger from Heiliger Associates represented Reafield Dental and Barre3.

Romans Properties – Chris Orr
Chris Orr of Romans Properties represented Landmark Dividend (Nasdaq:LMRK) in their $25,450,000 purchase of 5301 NW 33rd Street in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from a private seller. The 64,000 SF building has a long term lease with Flextential Data Centers headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

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Welcome New CRCBR Members

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined CRCBR since February 6:

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As TOD Ordinance Advances, City Planners Turn Attention to Tree Ordinance Revisions

As Charlotte’s revised TOD Ordinance nears a March 18th public hearing and a possible late-Spring adoption, city planners are turning their attention to the next portion of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) initiative: updating the Charlotte Tree Ordinance.

“Specifically, we will be considering ways to update Tree Ordinance standards for urban sites to allow better integration of trees in these developments,” read an committee invitation from planning staff.

REBIC has long argued that the Tree Ordinance, originally adopted in 1978, is a poor fit for the type of urban development now prevalent in Charlotte. Commercial developers typically elect the ordinance’s Payment-in-Lieu option, as the ordinance makes it difficult to preserve trees on small infill sites.

The committee will hold its first meeting on March 14th, and meet weekly for at least the next month. REBIC members will be participating in the process, and will continue to advocate for effective tree regulations that allow for the construction of affordable housing and urban development.

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Mecklenburg County Implementing New Building Plan Review System in 2019

Builders and contractors working in Mecklenburg County will experience big changes in 2019, as Code Enforcement converts its electronic plan review system from POSSE to Accela — the same platform used by the City of Charlotte for zoning and development plan review.

In an announcement to customers, Code Enforcement says the replacement of its existing Electronic Plan Management (EPM) system will improve the customer experience for residential and commercial builders alike. REBIC has long been encouraging the County and City to adopt a common platform for plan review and permitting — a recommendation included in the 2015 Gartner Study that proposed a series of improvements to the building permitting process.

“Our focus is on providing our customers with a better customer service experience when conducting business with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement and Mecklenburg County Land Development services,” the announcement read.

Despite County Code Enforcement and City Land Development sharing the Accela platform, the two systems won’t initially be able to interface with one another. Instead, the plan review systems will communicate with one another through the use of a ‘bridge’. Officials at Mecklenburg County LUESA say full integration of the two systems is the ultimate goal, but believe it will be at least another year or two before the technology is in place to make this happen.

REBIC will continue to work closely with both Mecklenburg County LUESA and the City of Charlotte to improve the development and building permitting process. We’ll continue to update you on the County’s Accela conversion as it progresses.

Post originally posted by REBIC.

Posted in Legislative, Local

Charlotte Planners Release Revised TOD Ordinance, Set Public Hearing for March 18th

The Charlotte Planning Department late last week released a revised draft of its proposed Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance, ahead of a March 18th public hearing.

REBIC is in the process of reviewing the ordinance, which is available for download HERE. We strongly encourage any developers considering projects in the City’s transit corridors to look through the draft and provide us with any feedback you may have.

Some of the changes in the new draft include:

  • Additional Bonus Menu Options: More incentives for the inclusion of affordable housing units, including a horizontal density bonus through open space reductions and building length, and the addition of several environmental items.
  • Open Space Changes: Calculations regarding open space are revised and include an easier calculation of the amount required and revised standards to when public open space is required.
  • Public Realm Standards: Provides clarification on language regarding streetscape and future back of curb measurements, based on varying street types and a planned citywide street map.
  • Revised Townhome Language: Clarifies that townhomes are not subject to the ordinance’s aesthetic requirements, reduces open space requirement.

City Council will receive a briefing on the TOD at their regular meeting on February 25th. REBIC will continue to engage on this critical issue issue through meetings with staff and Council members in the coming weeks.

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