Some said it deepened their questions about the fairness of a construction process that has caused extensive disruption and closure of some businesses.
But others say they see it as a temporary upheaval that will be more than worth it when the 9.3-mile Lynx Blue Line extension brings streams of potential new customers their way.
CATS recently started major construction work on the extension, which officials hope to open by spring of 2017. The
City leaders have taken property from businesses along North Tryon to clear the way for the line.
"You wonder how some people stay and some people don't and how things are affected," she said. She added that it took time to rebuild the business, but the shop has become successful again at its new location near
She said businesses along the line will ultimately benefit from the new customers that light rail will bring.
"Five or six years from now, it'll be great," she said. "It's just a matter of getting through" today's inconveniences.
He said when he was told the city wished to put a light-rail station on his property, he pointed out a larger parcel of land for sale nearby that he felt would be a better fit.
"I knew they weren't going to help any," he said.
Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of honest services wire fraud, a charge commonly used in cases where a public official takes kickbacks or bribes.
It means Cannon used his mayoral and
According to court documents, Cannon solicited and accepted a series of bribes to help an unnamed "Businessman #1," owner of an adult entertainment club in the Blue Line extension's path.
The club, Twin Peeks, was owned by Charlotte strip club mogul
Twin Peeks sat next to the light-rail route and received a delay in its closing date before being demolished in
A CATS document summarizing a
The summary said Twin Peeks had also asked to stay longer but was being pursued by the state for back taxes and CATS officials weren't sure they could enter into an agreement with the club under those circumstances.
Costly changes for owner
He said he must move his front door, office, bathroom and storage room -- a project he estimates will cost more than
He added that when he asked for more time to deal with the situation, city officials said no.
"The city, the federal government, they're spending a lot of money fixing (North Tryon), but it's a killer for us," he said.
City officials have stressed that the condemnation process for the Blue Line must conform to strict federal guidelines that include detailed appraisals, which are also reviewed for accuracy and fairness.
In outlining the process last June, City Engineer
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