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Real estate firm to sue Eastland Mall

A Charlotte real estate company filed a lawsuit against Eastland Mall on Thursday, saying the mall owes the company money for bringing a new store to the center.

Southern Real Estate Company of Charlotte Inc. wants the court to collect any tenant rental fees the mall receives until the alleged $38,863.20 debt is satisfied.

The lawsuit, filed in the Mecklenburg County Superior Court, said the real estate firm was responsible for bringing the Surplus Warehouse store to the mall in early August.

The company alleges that, in return for attracting Surplus Warehouse to the center, it should have received a commission by Aug. 8.

Officials with mall owner Glimcher Realty Trust could not be reached Friday afternoon. Eastland general manager Marvin Snyder said he was not involved with the Southern Real Estate contract and therefore was unable to comment.

Nichole Monroe Bell

Charlotte

A rally is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Frazier Park to raise awareness of missing people.

The Kristen Foundation for Missing Adults, of Charlotte, and CUE Center for Missing Persons, of Wilmington, are sponsoring the event. The rally's purpose is to bring attention to missing person cases.

Staff Reports

Charlotte

Add a Fourth Ward project to the number of stalled condo tower projects in uptown Charlotte.

Months after JLT Partners planned to raze the Fourth Ward Square apartment complex near Eighth and Graham streets, the apartments still stand, with tenants living in some. Manager Brian Michaels said leases extend until February 2009 at the latest.

Meanwhile, plans for the Citadin, a 550-unit midrise once set to replace the Fourth Ward Square, also remain unknown.

Marcia Merrill of Red Rover Communications said only that the developers are examining financing options for the project.

Dan Tierney

Charlotte

Kal Penn, an actor on the TV show “House,” will be in Charlotte on Monday to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Penn will speak to students at Queens University of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte about the importance of North Carolina in this year's election. He will also meet that evening with area young professionals at an event downtown Monday night.

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Huntersville

The town of Huntersville owes Mecklenburg County almost $500,000, but the town board says it isn't sure it needs to pay the bill.

The debate is over the final bill from the costs of creating the MI-Connection cable consortium, which started after the bankruptcy of the Adelphia cable franchise. Huntersville backed out of the consortium, which now includes subscribers in Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville, so commissioners say they shouldn't have to pay the remaining balance from the new company.

“The question is, do we really owe the money?” commissioner Ron Julian said. “What were the services they did for us. Did we get what we paid for? It's just like asking someone to mow your lawn. Did you get what you needed?”

Mecklenburg County has already settled the debts with consultants who helped create MI-Connection, and now the county wants Huntersville to pay the county to clear up its share. If the town refuses to pay, Mecklenburg County could then try to get the money from MI-Connection. Julian said he doesn't recommend pursuing litigation but hoped the town could work something out with the county if it determines that it doesn't owe all or part of the bill.

Kevin Cary

Catawba County | Hickory

Hickory's library system should maximize existing space rather than major expansions, a consultant's report says.

A five-year library plan adopted in 2004 called for expansions at the two libraries in 2008 or 2009.

But the consultant's recommendations focus instead on better using existing space at Patrick Beaver library. The report does call for a 2,000-square-foot addition at Ridgeview to ease crowding and make space for more materials.

“Everything is kind of on top of itself,” said City Manager Mick Berry, referring to the Ridgeview branch. “The meeting room ends up being used a lot for storage. There's no ability to expand the collection.”

Suggestions for Patrick Beaver include condensing the magazine reading corner to open up more space for public computer terminals, one of the main library's most popular services and one for which people sometimes have to wait.

Hannah Mitchell

Cabarrus County | Kannapolis

Kannapolis is several months behind in issuing $95 million in self-financing bonds connected to the North Carolina Research Campus.

And it will take approximately two months before the city can issue the bonds, which will help pay for infrastructure improvements around the $1.5billion campus. City Manager Mike Legg updated City Council about the bonds and other campus issues at a meeting last week.

The total bond package is $168.4million. Kannapolis plans to issue the rest of the bonds about 18 months after the first set, Legg said.

He said the delay was caused by the need to wait on financial data from campus developer Castle and Cooke, the company owned by billionaire David Murdock. Those figures should arrive shortly, and will be used to complete the bond offering.

Adam Bell
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