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Few things are guaranteed in life, but there is one thing that you can count on for sure: as time goes on, your body is going to age. While most men in their late teens through their twenties might feel invincible, it's only a matter of time before age starts to play a role in everyday life. Injuries take longer to recover from, hangovers take longer to dissipate, aches and pains become a normal part of life, and intimate time with your partner can be compromised. If you have experienced any of the symptoms above, don't worry - it's completely normal to slow down as you get older.

The question is, what are you going to do about the aging process? For years, men were told to just "live with it," but in 2021, those days are over. The time to fight back is here, and there has never been a better opportunity to live your best life than now. Nobody understands the effects that aging can have on men but our team of professionals at Better Life do. That is why we invest all of our time developing innovative, effective men's health solutions: to give men a chance to change their future and live like they did while they were in their prime. If you're ready to take a stand against ED and live a more energetic, youthful life, know that you're not alone. At Better Life Carolinas, we are here to help by providing the most scientifically advanced treatments on the market today.

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GAINSWave® Treatment In Ballantyne, NC

When it comes to men's health, the topic of sex can still feel taboo, especially when there are performance issues involved. At Better Life Carolinas, we have heard just about every story you can imagine regarding erectile dysfunction or ED. So if you're embarrassed and angry about your performance in the bedroom, we understand how you're feeling. In the past, men had to take strange drugs or sign off on expensive surgeries to help correct their ED, adding to their feelings of shame and hopelessness.

The good news? If you're a man dealing with ED, you don't have to settle for antiquated treatments like those referenced above. There's a new product on the block: a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that is the first of it's kind. It's called GAINSWave®, and you can bet your bottom dollar that it isn't like anything else you have tried before.

Unlike most ED treatments, this unique approach does not require drugs or surgery. Instead, it relies on high-frequency acoustic waves to open the penis's existing blood vessels, encouraging the growth of new blood vessels while eliminating micro-plaque. To put it simply, GAINSWave® increases blood flow and gives you a chance to reclaim your libido and live life like a man in his prime.

GAINSWave® isn't a sketchy, quick-fix pill found behind the glass at a gas station. It is a comprehensive erectile dysfunction treatment with an incredible 76% success rate. With virtually no side effects, it's no wonder that men throughout the Carolinas and across the United States trust GAINSWave® to solve their ED and Peyronie's disease problems.

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How GAINSWave® Works

It might sound like GAINSWave® is too good to be true, but the fact is this kind of erectile dysfunction treatment in Ballantyne, NC uses scientifically-backed, time-tested technologies and applications to improve male sexual performance. Technically referred to as Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LI-ESWT), our GAINSWave® procedure goes right to the crux of the issue. Low-intensity sound waves break up plaque formation in your penis while stimulating new blood vessel growth. These new blood vessels help get more blood to your penis, ultimately improving your ability to perform. This incredible treatment not only increases blood flow - it also causes new nerve tissues to grow, making your penis more sensitive and easily stimulated.

It all happens through a process called neurogenesis, which increases penis sensitivity. What sets GAINSWave® apart from others is the use of low-intensity sound waves to achieve increased blood flow and sensitivity. Because this procedure is completely non-invasive, you won't ever have to worry about expensive insurance claims or unsightly scarring. All you have to worry about is enjoying life like you used to, without having to undergo surgery or putting harmful substances in your body.

Here are some quick facts about Better Life Carolinas GAINSWave® treatments:

  • For most men, you can expect to have between 6 and 12 GAINSWave® sessions
  • Sessions typically take 15 to 20 minutes.
  • GAINSWave® works by releasing growth factors in your penis tissue, which generates new blood vessels.
  • GAINSWave® promotes healthy blood flow by breaking up plaque formation, giving men harder, stronger erections for longer periods of time.
  • GAINSWave® also activates dormant stem cells, which leads to new cell growth in men.

Hidden Risks of Prescription Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

If you have ever wondered why GAINSWave® treatments are so popular with men, the answer is simple. Prescription drugs meant to help ED often come with side effects that can diminish your peace of mind and day-to-day life. While some men swear by the "little blue pill," many guys aren't aware of the hidden risks associated with drugs like Viagra. The following ailments can happen both in the short term and long term:

  • Back Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headaches
  • Vision Loss
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Hearing Loss
  • Dizziness
  • Upset Stomach
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Fever
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If you are having problems with erectile dysfunction, you should understand why it's happening. The primary cause of ED is associated with a lack of blood flow to the penis, making erections difficult to get and maintain. Rather than relying on a prescription pill for a quick fix, many men are using GAINSWave® treatment in Ballantyne, NC for a natural solution with no ill side effects. ED doesn't have to be your "new normal," and neither does suffering from strange side effects from popping too many "little blue pills."

GAINSWave®, COVID-19, and ED

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the world. Over the last year, millions of Americans have had to change their lifestyles and alter daily routines to better protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus. While COVID-19 causes a litany of negative side effects, new research shows that men who contract the virus can triple their risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Because the human body is unfamiliar with this kind of virus, it responds by sending a large immune response. During this process, the body uses massive amounts of chemicals to eliminate the virus, causing horrible collateral damage in the form of cell destruction and inflammation.

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Contracting COVID-19 and suffering from ED at the same time might sound like a death sentence. However, if you are a man experiencing ED during or after contracting the COVID-19 virus, don't lose hope.

Clinical trials have shown that shockwave therapy, better known as GAINSWave®, has been shown to lower inflammation and boost vascularity by creating angiogenesis and improving endothelial function. Simply put, GAINSWave® treatments can help reverse symptoms of ED brought on by COVID-19. To learn more about how GAINSWave® can help you get back to a normal sex life after developing COVID-19, we recommend contacting our office today.

GAINSWave®: A Natural, Non-Invasive Treatment for Peyronie's Disease

Though Peyronie's Disease affects about 9% of men, it is a little-known disease that can cause physical and aesthetic issues. It is characterized by fibrous scar tissue, which forms underneath the surface of a man's penis. When this disease is left untreated or treated improperly, it can be very difficult for men to have a normal erection. This is because Peyronie's Disease can cause painful curvatures in the penis, making it nearly impossible for afflicted men to have sexual intercourse at all.

The cause of Peyronie's Disease is currently unknown. However, most cases stem from physical trauma like acute injuries after vigorous sex. Other causes include prostate surgery, autoimmune disorders, and family history. Unfortunately, traditional treatment options range from a "wait and see" approach to prescription drugs and even surgery.

Symptoms and signs of Peyronie's Disease include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction: Men with this disease may have problems achieving or maintaining erections.
  • Misshapen Penis: Some men with this disease suffer from a narrowing of the penis when erect, resembling an hourglass shape.
  • Notable Bend in Penis: One of the most common symptoms of Peyronie's Disease includes significant penis curvature, which is defined by a severe and unnatural bend.
  • Scar Tissue: A common symptom of this disease is bands of tissue or hard lumps underneath the skin of the penis.
  • Shortened Penis: Some men with this disease have reported a reduction in penis length.
  • Pain in Penis: Peyronie's has the potential to cause pain in a man's penis, regardless of whether he has an erection or not.
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Fortunately, for men who are looking for a non-invasive, natural erectile dysfunction treatment in Ballantyne, NC GAINSWave® is the answer. Using low-strength soundwaves or shockwaves, GAINSWave® treatment in Ballantyne breaks down scar tissue affecting your penis, helps create new blood vessels, and opens up existing ones. As a result, blood flow is increased, which minimizes penis curvature and fixes the problems associated with erectile dysfunction.

P-Shot® Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Ballantyne, NC

Most guys will tell you that their penis is the most important part of their body. While that is not totally true from a physiological perspective, we get where they're coming from - after all, a man's penis plays a big role in his personal life and overall wellbeing. When a man has problems achieving and maintaining an erection, his quality of life can suffer dramatically, resulting in lower self-esteem and even depression. If you are a man and suffering from ED or Peyronie's Disease, you can rest easy knowing help is only a phone call away.

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In addition to GAINSWave® treatments, Better Life Carolinas also offers the Priapus Shot or P-Shot® for short. Originally used to treat wounds and sports injuries, our P-Shot® is an all-natural treatment that fortifies your body through cellular repair and rejuvenation. P-Shot® treatments have shown very promising results for men who have suffered from prostate cancer, enlarged prostates, the side effects of surgery, drug side effects from prescription pain killers, and even diabetes.

You might be asking yourself, "How does the P-Shot® work?"

This ED solution works by using platelet-rich plasma or PRP from your own body. The proteins and growth factors released by the large number of platelets activate your stem cells, which begins cellular regeneration and repair wherever the PRP are used in your body. Tissue repair in your penis is further aided by the formation of new blood vessels and collagen production.

In many cases, men who use the P-Shot® to correct erectile dysfunction or the effects of Peyronie's Disease can resume sexual activity a few hours after the treatment is applied.

Benefits of Better Life Carolinas' P-Shot® include:

  • Increased blood flow to the penis
  • Improved stamina during sexual activities
  • Improvement and possible resolution of penile curvature issues caused by Peyronie's Disease
  • Increased penis sensitivity
  • Improvements to penis girth and length

For more information about the Priapus Shot or to find out if this treatment is right for you, schedule your free consultation today.

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CRC and Brown Advisory Raise $146M Fund for Multifamily Investments

Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), in partnership with global investment firm Brown Advisory, has closed on the Core Multifamily Fund, LP, in which approximately $146 million in private equity funds were raised.The Baltimore-based partnership for the fund will target Class A, well-constructed properties built within the past four years, with a focus on stabilized or near-stabilized opportunities ...

Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), in partnership with global investment firm Brown Advisory, has closed on the Core Multifamily Fund, LP, in which approximately $146 million in private equity funds were raised.

The Baltimore-based partnership for the fund will target Class A, well-constructed properties built within the past four years, with a focus on stabilized or near-stabilized opportunities throughout Southeast suburban and urban submarkets.

“The Core Multifamily Fund provides our team ongoing capacity to acquire newly constructed Class A assets in these regions of the country where we have been investing since 1996,” JM Schapiro, CEO of CRC, told Commercial Observer. “Given our deep understanding of the markets and current market conditions, especially the job and population growth, our vertically integrated team believes this is the optimal time to invest in a core multifamily strategy for long-term holds.”

The company will look to acquire newly developed top-quality suburban and urban communities in locations with strong demographics and limited new supply, Schapiro added.

CRC will remain an active buyer of value-add investments throughout the mid-Atlantic, including The Crossing at White Marsh, Padonia Village and Courthouse Square, all in the Baltimore area.

Since 2017, CRC has acquired 13 multifamily properties totaling more than 3,200 units with a total capitalization of approximately $750 million throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast portions of the U.S. Those include Edison Lofts and St. Mary’s Square in Raleigh, N.C.; The Flats at Ballantyne and Park & Kingston in Charlotte, N.C.; and Central Island Square in Charleston, S.C.

Of those recent deals, 70 percent were sourced off-market based on the company’s deep relationships with key market participants throughout the regions, and it’s expected those relationships will continue to allow CRC to source off-market opportunities on behalf of the new fund, Schapiro said.

Overall, CRC owns and manages a diversified portfolio of more than 9,000 apartment homes, as well as retail centers and other commercial properties consisting of more than 6 million square feet of commercial space across 10 states, with a portfolio value exceeding $3.2 billion.

“We believe multifamily properties benefit from attractive long-term supply/demand dynamics, and current multifamily fundamentals are strong,” Ari Abramson, vice president of acquisitions for CRC, told CO. “Historically, real estate has outperformed public equities and fixed income during periods of rising inflation. Furthermore, multifamily investment provides for a hedge against inflation as multifamily leases renew each year, allowing for annual resets of rental rates.”

Keith Loria can be reached at Kloria@commercialobserver.com.

Fundamental Global(R) purchases additional shares of Ballantyne Strong Inc. (NYSE American:BTN)

Press Release The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.Fundamental Global(R) purchases additional shares of Ballantyne Strong Inc. (NYSE American:BTN)Jul 14, 2022 (PRNewswire via COMTEX) -- PR NewswireMOORESVILLE, N.C., July 14, 2022MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Fundamental Global(R), a private partnership focused on long-term strategic holdings, filed an amendment to its Schedule 13D today, to reflect the recent purchases of ...

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MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Fundamental Global(R), a private partnership focused on long-term strategic holdings, filed an amendment to its Schedule 13D today, to reflect the recent purchases of 80,000 shares of common stock of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. ("BTN"), which were previously reported in its Form 4 filings, and which can be viewed here. Following these transactions, Fundamental Global, its affiliates and certain related parties, including its Chairman Joseph H. Moglia, collectively hold approximately 30.8% of BTN's common stock.

In addition to the recent purchases of BTN, Fundamental Global highlighted several other events that change the way its ownership is reported, as follows:

Fundamental Global CEO and Ballantyne Strong Chairman, D. Kyle Cerminara, commented, "We are pleased with our recent purchases of Ballantyne Strong, and consider it to be one of Fundamental Global's strategic long-term holdings. Furthermore, we are working diligently to eliminate unnecessary distractions that not only help simplify our organizational structure, but that also allow us to focus on our best opportunities."

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Luxury St. Mary's apartments in Raleigh sell for whopping $561K per unit

A Maryland real estate investment and management company with three Raleigh multifamily communities has purchased a fourth for $36.5 million.Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) of Baltimore has acquired the 65-unit 800 St. Mary’s Apartments from Selwyn Property Group of Charlotte in an off-market transaction. The deal is equal to $561,500 per unit, a huge number relative to other recent ...

A Maryland real estate investment and management company with three Raleigh multifamily communities has purchased a fourth for $36.5 million.

Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) of Baltimore has acquired the 65-unit 800 St. Mary’s Apartments from Selwyn Property Group of Charlotte in an off-market transaction. The deal is equal to $561,500 per unit, a huge number relative to other recent multifamily transactions in the Triangle.

Selwyn, which purchased the land in 2015 for just over $2 million, developed the property along with Southeast Apartment Investors. Built in 2020, 800 St. Mary’s Apartments sits on nearly an acre at the northern edge of the Glenwood South neighborhood, next to the 22-acre Fred Fletcher Park.

CRC is familiar with the neighborhood as the 62-year-old company acquired St. Mary’s Square at 600 St. Mary’s St. in 2018 for $29.25 million. The 134-unit St. Mary’s Square, just 500 yards away from 800 St. Mary’s Apartments, underwent a $1.2 million renovation last year.

“As multifamily real estate performance strongly correlates with population and job growth, the fundamentals of Raleigh are exceptional,” said JM Schapiro, CRC’s chief executive officer.

Other properties owned by CRC in North Carolina are The Edison Lofts in Raleigh, The Village Apartments in Raleigh, The Flats at Ballantyne in Charlotte, Park & Kingston in Charlotte and The Reserve at Mayfaire in Wilmington. The company’s seven properties in North Carolina total 1,300 apartment units.

The 4-story 800 St. Mary’s Apartments complex, which includes townhomes with attached garages, was 95 percent leased at the time of the acquisition. There are 19 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units that range in size from 889 square feet to 1,798 square feet. CRC indicates that the average size of the one-bedroom units (963 square feet) is 25 percent larger than comparable units in the market while the average size of the two-bedroom units (1,283 square feet) is 10 percent larger.

“800 St. Mary's Apartments is an institutional-quality asset and we were drawn by its irreplaceable location, expansive floor plans and best-in-class finishes and amenity package,” said Ari Abramson, CRC’s vice president of acquisitions. “CRC is the natural buyer for this asset, given our existing three multifamily communities in the Raleigh market, including St. Mary’s Square.”

Abramson added that CRC’s team will look at opportunities to expand amenities between the properties, which would include providing 800 St. Mary’s residents with access to St. Mary’s Square’s rooftop pool.

The 800 St. Mary’s Apartments, which in the past have been promoted as “refined luxury,” range in monthly rent from $2,067 to $4,782, according to Apartments.com.

Apartment amenities include 10-foot ceilings, large walk-in closets, a stainless-steel appliance package, quartz countertops, soft-close kitchen cabinetry, walnut plank flooring, and balconies or patios. Community amenities include an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, a fitness center, a clubhouse, wine lockers, a complimentary coffee bar, a business lounge with a private conference center, elevators, high-speed internet, and a controlled-access parking garage.

Dean Smith of Newmark represented Selwyn Property Group in the transaction. Adam Randall and John Westby-Gibson of Newmark procured the financing through a loan with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).

This was the first asset purchased on behalf of the Core Multifamily Fund LP, CRC’s private equity fund, in partnership with Brown Advisory, a global investment and strategic advisory firm.

Through its various funds, CRC has acquired approximately $1.2 billion worth of retail and multifamily assets in the last 10 years. The company, which focuses on the Southeastern United States, owns and manages about $3.2 billion in real estate.

ART BUZZ: “LIGHT + COLOR” EXHIBIT ILLUMINATES JESSICA HAGEN GALLERY

Mark your calendars! Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design invites you to view LIGHT + COLOR with paintings by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams and Tom Vieth from August 3-28th with a special opening on Saturday, August 6, 5-7PM. “Though these two artists paint in completely different styles, their shared appreciation of illumination shines through their work. Pun intende...

Mark your calendars! Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design invites you to view LIGHT + COLOR with paintings by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams and Tom Vieth from August 3-28th with a special opening on Saturday, August 6, 5-7PM. “Though these two artists paint in completely different styles, their shared appreciation of illumination shines through their work. Pun intended,” says Hagen of these accomplished exhibiting artists.

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams is an oil painter who received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Furthermore, Bloodgood-Abrams was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in 2002.

Of her influences, Bloodgood-Abrams says, “I am continually inspired by the beauty of the land and sky, as well as the artistic heritage of landscape painting, in particular, the Hudson River School, Luminist and Tonalist painters. My works are my response to those particular moments of deep connection to spirit experienced in nature. Through painting the landscape, I seek to connect with something beyond everyday life. Painting becomes my tool for conveying the essence, mystery and transient quality found in nature.”

Tom Vieth’s paintings, which are in watercolor or oil, are in collections throughout the US, France and England. Vieth’s vision is to connect with people through shared experiences. The way he uses light and color evokes the emotional core of the places and things he paints. This allows the viewer to be reminded of a similar place he or she has seen or experienced. The details of the places Vieth paints are left out so that the place, or objects, or time of day can become more universal. This is the key to making connections through shared experiences.

Tom describes the differences between working in watercolor and oil paints by comparing tennis and chess: “All of my watercolors are done on location—right in the middle of the village or market, out in a field, or looking at a vase of flowers. Making watercolors is like playing a very challenging tennis match. I am ready for the challenge because of all the work accomplished through hundreds of previous watercolors. A tennis player responds more than thinks in the heat of the match. Likewise, when I am making the watercolor, thinking gets in the way of the constant challenge involved in responding to what is in front of me and with the changes each brush stroke makes in the watercolor.

“Oil painting is like a very long chess game. I work on the painting until I am stuck. Then I set it aside, think about it, work on other paintings, and think about it some more. When I return to the first painting, I can always discover what I should do next. I have to follow where the painting leads me. I don’t feel like I make oil paintings so much as I find them.”

Tom’s largest corporate project involved creating forty watercolors and seventeen oil paintings for the lobby spaces in the prestigious Ballantyne Resort Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Pineville brewery wins national award for a beer that gives back

The "Hops on One Leg" IPA benefits the Move for Jenn Foundation, which gifts activewear prosthetics to people that have lost limbs.PINEVILLE, N.C. — Middle James Brewing Company in Pineville recently won a national award for one of its IPAs called "Hops on One Leg." While the beer was recognized for its taste, the reason behind its creation is what's catching people's attention.Co-owner an...

The "Hops on One Leg" IPA benefits the Move for Jenn Foundation, which gifts activewear prosthetics to people that have lost limbs.

PINEVILLE, N.C. — Middle James Brewing Company in Pineville recently won a national award for one of its IPAs called "Hops on One Leg." While the beer was recognized for its taste, the reason behind its creation is what's catching people's attention.

Co-owner and brewer Andrew Viapiano said Middle James Brewing has won three awards this year, but the win for "Hops on One Leg" tastes sweeter.

"It's been awesome," Viapiano said.

That’s because the IPA was made for the Move for Jenn Foundation, a Charlotte nonprofit that gifts activewear prosthetics to people that have lost limbs.

"We feel like everyone should have the right to run, the right to move, the right to be active,” explained co-founder Jenn Andrews.

Andrews lost her right leg to sarcoma in 2018 but that didn’t stop her from living an active lifestyle. Now, she’s dedicated to helping others do the same.

"I quickly learned that activewear prosthetics were not covered by insurance," Andrews said. "That was devastating to me to think about all the people who weren’t being active because of the financial burden.”

The foundation has gifted 28 prosthetics across the world so far.

A Pineville brewery just won a national award for this beer but there’s much more to it than its flavor. Proceeds from the “Hops on One Leg” IPA benefit the Charlotte-based @MoveForJenn Foundation, which donates athletic prosthetics to people around the country. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/AkpYEPjUqi

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In December, Andrews and her husband poured themselves into creating “Hops on One Leg” with Middle James. Proceeds of beer sales go toward buying the expensive prosthetics.

Andrews said from money raised in the beer's first quarter, they funded prosthetics for two people to start running again.

Viapiano said the IPA is popular at the brewery. Plus, they’ve sold over 10,000 cans in over 30 different locations across Charlotte with more batches on the way. They hope this award from the U.S. Open Beer Championship will help them sell more brews, so they can change more lives.

The Move for Jenn Foundation is hosting a golf tournament on Aug. 22 and its annual 5K in Ballantyne is on Oct. 29. More details can be found on the foundation's website.

‘We want them to stay:’ Ballantyne Elementary School parents share concerns over proposed boundaries for new relief school

The new relief school will open during the 2023-2024 school yearNearly 1,000 elementary students could be impacted by this move.BALLANTYNE, N.C. (WBTV) - Nearly 1,000 elementary students could be moving schools in the Ballantyne area.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is finalizing a new school assignment plan that would take effect in the fall of 2023 when a new elementary school opens. CMS says 715 to 970 students could be affected depending on the final boundary vote.The new relief school will help with overcrowdi...

The new relief school will open during the 2023-2024 school year

Nearly 1,000 elementary students could be impacted by this move.

BALLANTYNE, N.C. (WBTV) - Nearly 1,000 elementary students could be moving schools in the Ballantyne area.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is finalizing a new school assignment plan that would take effect in the fall of 2023 when a new elementary school opens. CMS says 715 to 970 students could be affected depending on the final boundary vote.

The new relief school will help with overcrowding at Elon Park, Ballantyne, and Hawk Ridge Elementary Schools.

Polo Ridge Elementary School’s attendance zones will stay the same.

The new relief school will have 45 classrooms. That’s 11 more than Hawk Ridge and six more than Ballantyne and Elon Park, all of which have several mobile units.

“The relief school is great and needed in our area, all of our schools are overcrowded,” said Dawn Baynham who has one child at Ballantyne Elementary School.

Baynham moved to the Kingsley neighborhood in 2018 and says she’s always looked forward to her son and youngest children attending Ballantyne.

Chioma Onyemachi moved to Kingsley in 2020 specifically for Ballantyne and its feeder middle and high school - Community House Middle School and Ardrey Kell High School.

“When I move into an environment I always look out for the school rating,” Onyemachi said.

In a January presentation, Ballantyne was not included and Polo Ridge was included in the map proposals but switched during a February Presentation.

Recordings of the community engagement in February were published online in April and the recordings of the April 6 and May 11 meetings were added at the end of May.

Neal Saunders is the Home Owners Association President of the Kingsley neighborhood. He says families deserve more transparency and understanding of how the school district decided on boundaries and timelines for uploading information.

“How did Kingsley and Oakbrooke become the ones that needed to move,” Saunders questions. “You’re really looking at a lack of transparency.”

To view the full list of meeting materials, recordings, and maps for this and other relief school plans, click here.

Two out of the four proposed maps include moving residents in Kingsley and Oakbrooke into the Elon Park Boundary.

Baynham and Onyemahci along with several other parents walk their children to and from school in a matter of 5-10 minutes. If they are relocated to Elon Park they won’t be able to walk anymore which increases the time of their day, another reason parents want them to stay in the Ballantyne zone.

“To zone a school that’s within walking distance for a school that would take us longer to drive there is the issue that we have currently,” Baynham said.

“I’m just concerned because why would we want to increase the cost of transportation by moving our kids to Elon Park,” Onyemachi said.

All four maps include moving some students from Elon Park and Hawk Ridge to the new school. Polo Ridge students will not be moved in any of the four scenarios.

Two of the maps would keep some of the neighborhoods closest to Ballantyne Elementary in place.

Parents are contacting school leaders and even invited members of the planning services department to walk their route from the school to the neighborhood.

“We’re loud and clear telling her we want to stay at Ballantyne and that message is being received,” Baynham said.

There’s also a feedback form where parents can share suggestions and vote on their preferred map boundaries.

“We can choose the scenarios out of the four scenarios we can choose which best suits us and provide feedback as well,” Onyemahci said.

Prior to the afternoon of June 7, CMS was scheduled to have a public hearing on the boundary proposals during the June 14 meeting and the superintendent was slated to make his recommendation to the board for a vote on June 28.

“We are a little bit anxious to figure out what the logic was around some of these decisions and why people think this was the best option,” Saunders said.

Both events were rescheduled to August 9 and August 23, respectively.

Parents are hoping this extra time will help them ask more questions and get more information about the proposed boundaries.

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Charlotte’s oldest craft brewer to anchor Ballantyne’s new entertainment district

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is expanding with another location set to open in south Charlotte next year.Northwood Investors acquired the 535-acre property in Ballantyne in Feb. 2017 which will house a dining, retail, and entertainment district known as “The Bowl at Ballantyne”.Charlotte’s oldest craft brewer, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, will be the anchor tenant.“From my perspective, I have small...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is expanding with another location set to open in south Charlotte next year.

Northwood Investors acquired the 535-acre property in Ballantyne in Feb. 2017 which will house a dining, retail, and entertainment district known as “The Bowl at Ballantyne”.

Charlotte’s oldest craft brewer, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, will be the anchor tenant.

“From my perspective, I have small kids, and I started going to Olde Meck when they first opened,” said Northwood Retail’s Jonathan Stewart.

According to Northwood Investors LLC, the new location will be the largest brewery concept in south Charlotte, with almost 14,000 square feet of indoor space, a 7,000-square-foot patio dining area and a second-level mezzanine balcony.

“It’s really about just bringing that offering closer to the residents of South Charlotte, you know, obviously into South Carolina down 521,” said Stewart.

Olde Meck’s new location is part of the larger Ballantyne Reimagined Project, which will be situated behind the Ballantyne Hotel.

Stewart says what was once a golf course will now be The Bowl at Ballantyne.

“There’s great offerings in South Charlotte. As the population continues to grow, we just hope to be able to provide additional options. "

The Bowl will be Ballantyne’s new living room, kitchen and concert hall, “filling the gap between work and home with opportunities for culinary exploration, shopping, entertainment and healthy living,” a news release stated.

The area is known for being a suburban area.

The new development challenges that with its 24-hour, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood.

“You could have a nice walk, let your kids play,” said Stewart. “You now can stay in your backyard.”

There isn’t an exact address yet, but the Bowl will be located behind the Ballantyne Hotel on Ballantyne Commons Parkway and is slated to open in fall or winter of 2023.

The project also includes a 6-acre park with activity zones and programming, and an amphitheater with a capacity of 3,500 that will host ticketed and free events, including concerts, food festivals, and markets.

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Charlotte City Council approves Ballantyne rezoning petitions near Ardrey Kell High School

The approval will bring an elementary school and new housing to Ardrey Kell Road. Some are concerned since they believe it will cause more congestion to the road.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve plans to build a new elementary school across from Ardrey Kell High School. City council also voted to approve a multi-family development in the same area, with one no vote from ...

The approval will bring an elementary school and new housing to Ardrey Kell Road. Some are concerned since they believe it will cause more congestion to the road.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve plans to build a new elementary school across from Ardrey Kell High School. City council also voted to approve a multi-family development in the same area, with one no vote from Councilman Ed Driggs -- who represents that area.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Woodfield Development plan to build a new elementary school and multi-family units across from Ardrey Kell High School, but some residents in south Charlotte are against it.

“I just thought you can’t be serious, if you’ve got those two schools and a lot of traffic already why would you want to put all those apartments right there and create a situation that’s worse for the schools and could be dangerous for the kids and create a huge inconvenience for the neighbors," District 7 Charlotte City Councilman Ed Driggs previously said.

The rezoning petition comes as Charlotte continues to grow and student enrollment increases.

“Our schools are overcrowded, we need the schools and that’s a little why we are between a rock and a hard place," Driggs said.

Driggs, like many others who live in Ballantyne, have long been concerned about the traffic and density the project would bring. He encouraged more housing along transit corridors instead.

“We know there’s going to be growth and the only way to keep housing costs down is by creating more housing, but it’s not unlimited," he said. "The houses need to be in appropriate places, on transit corridors and where people can walk to work."

Ardrey Kell Road is not expected to be widened until at least 2030, according to state plans.

A spokesperson for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission said the proposal was much needed because of overcrowding at schools and the housing crisis.

“We're in a housing crisis and however you want to phrase that, there’s housing you get throughout the city and I do not believe Ballantyne should be the exception to that," Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission Chairperson Keba Samuel explained.

Due to concerns about traffic, the developer of the project has proposed transportation improvements like adding a traffic signal.

“The volume of traffic that this area will generate, it will generate primarily by the school, not the actual apartment development," Samuel said. “We have to really rethink how we build in Charlotte."

At Monday night's rezoning meeting, Charlotte city councilmembers voted to approve the new housing plan.

The developers made some last-minute changes that helped sway some leaders to support it. The number of affordable units went from 10% to 15% of the development, the number of units decreased to 349, the apartment buildings will be three-stories tall instead of four, they'll add a recreation center, and will provide more green space and wider sidewalks.

"It just checks the boxes," councilmember Renee Johnson said.

The changes were praised by council, but concerns remain in a city that can't seem to keep up with the number of families moving here.

"These problems are only going to grow with the population growth of our city," Mayor Vi Lyles said.

Restaurant Grades: Repeat offenders in Ballantyne and Dilworth

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Queen City News is breaking down the best and worst scores at area restaurants with our Restaurant Grades series. Did your favorite restaurant make the grade?Let’s take a look at the worst and best grades for Mecklenburg County so far for the month of April.WORST GRADESDAKSHIN INDIAN GRILL (16640 Hawfield Way Drive, Unit 103, Charlotte, NC 28227)It’s an 84 for Dakshin Indian Grill on Hawfield Way Drive in the Ballantyne a...

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Queen City News is breaking down the best and worst scores at area restaurants with our Restaurant Grades series. Did your favorite restaurant make the grade?

Let’s take a look at the worst and best grades for Mecklenburg County so far for the month of April.

WORST GRADES

DAKSHIN INDIAN GRILL (16640 Hawfield Way Drive, Unit 103, Charlotte, NC 28227)

It’s an 84 for Dakshin Indian Grill on Hawfield Way Drive in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte.

Inspectors noticed most of the food items in the walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and the low boy without lids or food wrap coverings (repeat violation), unwashed mushrooms and bell peppers being stored above ready-made sauces being stored without lids (repeat violation), and fried vegetables, potatoes, and shredded cheese being stored at improper temperatures (repeat violation).

Inspectors also noted that food items such as vegetable sauces, yogurt sauce, fried cauliflower, chicken, goat, and chickpeas, were being stored in the coolers without date labels. The manager in charge told the inspector that the items are prepared on Mondays, the store isn’t open on Tuesdays, and that they place dates on all the items on Wednesdays. This was also a repeat violation.

Inspectors also found several bags of flour, a box of ginger, dry storage items, and a large container of rice soaking in water on the floor at a dry storage area, back prep area, and the handwashing area. Health codes state that food must be stored in a clean, dry location, not exposed to contamination, and be kept six inches above the floor. This, too, was a repeat violation.

There were reportedly several knives with dried food debris stored clean in the knife rack. Trash was blocking access to the handwashing sink near the prep coolers. Containers and boxes blocked access to the back handwashing sink. Inspectors observed the employees prepping and handling food without proper head and beard coverings.

During the inspection, no manager was present until the end of the inspection.

JUST SALAD (1021 Morehead Medical Drive, Ste. 30000, Charlotte, NC 28204)

It’s an 85 for Just Salad on Morehead Medical Drive in the Dilworth area of Charlotte.

All the violations were noted as critical during this visit, with several repeat violations. Salad dressings were being stored at improper temperatures. Cabbage and salad dressings were noted as expired, and the procedures for storing hot and cold foods were not being followed. In addition, chicken thighs were being served undercooked.

Inspectors noted that an employee was found eating from a bowl at a prep station. Employees were reportedly re-contaminating their hands on handwashing sink faucets after washing their hands.

There were no paper towels at the handwashing sink in the kitchen. An employee told inspectors that she did not know how to replace the towels in the dispenser.

No employee or manager was reportedly certified in being a food protection manager, and the manager on duty was unaware and had no knowledge of food safety and health codes and was not monitoring final cooking temperatures, holding temperatures and procedures, and health code procedures.

GONG CHA (7808 Rea Road, Ste. E, Charlotte, NC 28227)

It’s an 87 for Gong Cha on Rea Road in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. During the inspection, inspectors found an employee drink stored on a shelf above bags of powders (repeat violation), ice in the employee handwashing sink, no soap at the handwashing sink (repeat violation) and no rolls of paper towels at the handwashing sink (repeat violation).

Other repeat violations include improper storage of raw animal foods with ready-to-eat foods, and improper cleaning of pitchers and shakers.

Inspectors also noted improper food temperatures and improper mixing of cleaning solution. Jelly was reportedly condensing on ice on the floor of the kitchen.

Inspectors also noted that an employee was not wearing gloves and was wearing artificial nails while preparing food. None of the employees were reportedly wearing head coverings while preparing food. In addition, employees’ personal items were found on a shelf with dry food ingredients.

There was reportedly no manager present at the time of inspection and none of the employees present were familiar with food safety and handling knowledge. In addition, no employee present was aware that the health department should be notified in the event of an employee being ill.

BEST GRADES

Several Mecklenburg County restaurants were noted for having good grades, however, none of the restaurants inspected had perfect scores of 100. All of the following had A scores above 95:

All inspections in this report were conducted in a 15-day period between April 1, 2022 and April 15, 2022.

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