Lunch Break (12/15/15): McCrory gives area leaders one last chance to vote on I-77 toll lanes



Yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory sent a letter the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, a committee made up of elected officials from the greater Charlotte area, asking for a final vote to reaffirm or reverse a 10-year roads plan the controversial I-77 toll lane project. Charlotte City Council will review the plan and discuss it at a meeting on January 4, then vote on how council member Vi Lyles should vote as the council's CRTPO representative on January 20. Lyles' vote counts as 31 votes and carries more weight than any other representatives in CRTPO. She originally voted to approve the plan four months ago. (Jenna Deery, WSOC) 

Charlotte City Council accepted a grant at its meeting last night that will provide more than $600,000 for cameras, overtime pay and prevention programs – all targeting area gang activity. The $612,922 anti-gang grant will fund 26 street-level cameras to monitor crime hot-spots, overtime pay for gang detectives and the continuation of a gang prevention program at First Baptist Church-West. That program will now be able to offer summer sessions to 40 at-risk youth. The grant will be provided by the U.S Department of Justice. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Representatives of Cousins Properties presented sketches of the planned office building to go into the 2.3-acre site that is currently home to Common Market and Black Sheep skate shop, among other businesses. The site, which will be home to Dimensional Fund Advisors and a number of different retail spaces, is located at a triangle at a northern part of Historic South End between Camden Road, South Tryon Street and Park Avenue. The proposed office building will have three tiers, similar to a wedding cake, with the highest tower reaching 156 feet. That's more than 80 feet higher than restrictions say a building can be at that location, which raised some concern from council member Patsy Kinsey, but it seems as if council is willing to overlook the issue in favor of economic development. No action was taken at last night's meeting. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Police are investigating a shooting at University House apartment complex near the UNC Charlotte campus on Sunday morning, the second shooting at the complex and the fourth shooting in the area within a month. Several bullets were found in the walls of the apartment complex after someone reportedly shot at the buildings at around 2 a.m. on Sunday. No injuries were reported and no suspects have been arrested in connection with this case at this time. (WCNC Staff) 

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