CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There s a ton of construction going on in uptown, Dilworth and SouthEnd, but did you ever wonder why some projects take a lot longer than others?

Timing usually has to do with what s being torn down, more than what s going up.

It sure doesn t look like much now just some vine covered old gas pumps and a beat up old garage. But a 130 room hotel is planned at the intersection of Worthington and Cleveland avenues on primetime Dilworth real estate.

First though, the developer has to get rid of the chemicals left in the ground.

It s a problem developers face across Dilworth and SouthEnd.

Chris Grenier is developing what will be a new Publix Grocery store on South Boulevard.

You definitely need to do your homework and proper due diligence in this area in particular. Every property has some level of contamination its just to what extent, he said.

The Publix site was Carolina Metal Products, an old mill that left its mark on the property.

Grenier told us, There were metals, chemicals, a lot of the manufacturing that took place here - a lot of that just went into floor drains - sometimes those leak and get into the soils.

It s one of 85 Brownfield Properties in Charlotte, where chemicals left behind from what used to be there have to be cleaned up before the land can be used again and turned into something else.

The Atherton Mill, a former Brownfield site, is considered a big success. Originally built in 1919 and redone just a few years ago, now it's one of the most popular shopping areas on this side of town.

The state works with developers offering tax incentives and guidance because the projects can take a little more time and money.

We got comfortable enough with what we were going to have to undertake construction wise to close on the property and move forward, Grenier said.

The construction on the Publix shopping center is expected to be finished in February 2015.

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