| Sep 13, 2013
| 11:50 AM
A hotly contested Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market had its soft opening Friday in Chinatown, where it was met by some of the protesters who have fought its arrival for more than a year.
The store, located on the ground floor of the Grand Plaza building at...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Wilmette officials are concerned about the number of residents completing home improvement projects without proper permits, some of which could contribute to flooding and other issues.
If they seek variances after the fact, trustees are put in the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Mortgage titan Fannie Mae depends on Douglas G. Duncan, its chief economist, to keep a close eye on the nation’s housing market. Duncan met with Times editors and reporters in Los Angeles this week to share his views on where the market is headed....
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to pump $13 million more into city coffers next year by raising amusement taxes on cable TV services and boosting zoning permit fees for large construction projects, City Hall officials say.
The increases are part of a series of...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:48 PM
Four people were injured in a mobile home fire in Aurora about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.
The first responding firefighters found the mobile home, in the 40 block of Margarets Lane, fully engulfed.
Four people escaped with injuries, according to the Aurora...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 11:53 AM
Work is underway on Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments, a $19.5-million housing community near several transit stops, including the light rail Metro Blue Line.
The project is being developed by Meta Housing Corp. of Los Angeles, which specializes in...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:05 AM
More Tri-Cities residents invested in construction projects for their homes in 2013 than in 2012, according to local officials.
"We definitely did see an upswing in the number of building permits but that did not necessarily (translate into) a lot of...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Outside Mike Renner's two-story home in Azle, Texas, a sleek white turbine whirs in the wind.
The 10,000-watt wind turbine sits atop a 100-foot tower Renner built himself. Solar panels cover his roof, producing 8,000 watts of power.
In the sticky months...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Home builder confidence slipped in January, in part on lower expectations for future sales, according to a trade group.
The reading on the National Assn. of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell one point from December to 56 this month....
| Nov 24, 2013
With many once-stalled construction projects coming online now in South Florida, industry managers are wary of a growing shortage of skilled workers.
"We're starting to feel it now and it's slowly going to get worse," said Jon Tori, senior vice...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Park Ridge aldermen on Monday narrowly approved revised plans for a 115-unit apartment building on the eastern edge of downtown, but Mayor David Schmidt signaled a possible veto.
"Watch the agenda for two weeks from now," he told representatives of...