Henderson Building wins Best of the Lake award

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Homebuilders Association gave Henderson Building Group the Best of the Lake 2013 for Existing Home Renovation award at the 10th annual Best of the Lake Design Competition on Nov. 1 at Northstone Country Club.

Henderson Building Group was awarded first place in the $76,000-$175,000 category for a home renovation project in Huntersville.

Henderson Building Group is a general contractor specializing in custom homebuilding and remodeling.

Owner Brooks Henderson has been in the custom home building and home improvement business for 16 years.  He established Henderson Building Group LLC in 2008.


Law firm makes U.S. News and World Report rankings

CORNELIUS – U.S. News and World Report named Church Watson Law a Tier 2 firm in Charlotte for family law in its “Best Law Firms” report for 2014.

The list recognizes law firms for professional excellence and impressive ratings from clients and peers.

To be eligible for the designation, a law firm must have an attorney named to The Best Lawyers in America list, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the country. Kary Church Watson has been chosen for the past two years in the specialty of family law.
Rush Watson and Kary Church Watson founded the firm. Its four attorneys offer services in the areas of family, appellate, criminal and traffic law.

Complete rankings can be seen by visiting www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.


Realtors group: More houses selling faster, at higher prices

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association reported a 10 percent increase in October sales of homes over October 2012, with 2,831 closed sales, up 257 sales from last year.

Sales prices increased for a 23rd consecutive month. Median sale prices were $169,900, up 8.2 percent from $157,000 a year ago. The average price was $210,278, up 2.9 percent from $204,284.

Average list price also increased 9.2 percent to $252,415 from $231,150. Preliminary pending sales in October totaled 2,989, up 22 percent from 2,449 in October 2012. The number of new residential listings increased 17 percent to 4,160.

The average number of days on the market declined 16 days to 133 days. Foreclosures and short sales continued to decline across the region, accounting for 8.1 percent of new listings and 8.8 percent of all closed sales in October.

The CarolinaMLS region saw a 7.7 percent decline in inventory in October, leaving the region with a 5.3-month’s supply of homes for sale.

The slowing pace is typical for this time of year, said Eric Locher, the 2013 association/CarolinasMLS president, although the local housing recovery continues. 


Lime Energy sells off energy project

HUNTERSVILLE – Lime Energy has announced that Green Gas Americas has acquired Lime Energy’s 2.8 megawatt landfill-gas-to-energy project in Charlotte County, Fla.

GES-Port Charlotte LLC, a subsidiary of Lime Energy, owns the project. Green Gas acquired the project by acquiring GES-Port Charlotte.

Lime has applied the net proceeds from the sale to pay off the PNC Bank term loan used to fund the construction of the building.

The project, located on the Charlotte County landfill, sells power to Orlando Utilities Commission through a long-term power purchase agreement.


Urtecho earns safety certificate

HUNTERSVILLE – Patricia Urtecho, of Doggett Concrete Construction, recently earned a certificate through the Construction Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Program.

N.C. State University, the Safety and Health Council of NC, and the N.C. Department of Labor sponsor the program.

It’s designed to increase the professionalism of environmental, safety and health managers at governmental, commercial, and manufacturing sites in North Carolina through rigorous continuing education.


Company launches Soaring Eagle Tours

CORNELIUS – Charlotte Special Events Group has launched a new subsidiary group, Soaring Eagle Tours, to offer tour packages of Charlotte and surrounding areas for traveling Boy Scouts.

SET is run by President Peter Cuocolo, bringing 27 years of hospitality, event planning and touring experience together with the Boy Scouts of America’s Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, in Mt. Hope, W.Va.

SET offers tour packages of Charlotte and the surrounding areas for scouts who are attending the summit and participating in adventure courses starting summer 2014.

SET plans every detail, including transportation, lodging, meals, team-building programs and touring experiences.

“SET’s ultimate vision is to exceed the expectation of all participants to deliver unparalleled service and seamless program execution,” Cuocolo said.

The SET website launched Oct. 9 and plans on hosting 500 tours in summer 2014.

Details: www.soaringeagletours.com.


PNC donates to library system

CHARLOTTE – The PNC Foundation announced it has awarded the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation $200,000 to teach young children basic financial concepts of saving, spending and sharing.

Starting this month, the library will provide more than 250 financial educational activities.

In support of the local program, PNC will provide the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library with at least 4,000 financial education kits. PNC employees will assist with many of the activities made possible through the grant.

At least 30,000 Mecklenburg children and parents will benefit from the activities.

PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its $350 million, multi-year, bilingual program in early childhood education that began in 2004. PNC entered the Charlotte market in 2012.