Charlotte city leaders want MetLife to move to Ballantyne, but WSOC found out they had concerns behind closed doors about parts of the deal.
They wanted to make sure the company hires locals instead of just bringing people from other cities. MetLife apparently gave them numbers but hasn't released those publicly.
"We just don't want to have hundreds of jobs coming in to the area from another place. We want to create those jobs," said Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon.
Other City Council members were worried what happens if Ballantyne really does break away from Charlotte.
They don't want Charlotte paying incentives to a company no longer in Charlotte.
"[We] shouldn't be still paying if for some reason something crazy happens in Raleigh," David Howard said.
The split is unlikely, but taxpayers are glad the city is putting a clause in MetLife's contract.
"Smart thinking," taxpayer Carlean Elliot said.
Then this issue came up: MetLife still has to turn 10 floors into office space.
Bisell, the company leasing the space to MetLife, gave WSOC an exclusive tour a few weeks ago.
The city expects that work to cost $26 million and Bissell has contractors in mind, so other businesses may not get a piece of the action.
"It's one we are blessed for, to bring 1,300 new jobs, but there's another great opportunity to employ some of our small businesses. Allow them to do the electrical work. Let them put up the dry wall," said council member James Mitchell Jr.
In the closed meeting, he said city leaders "cannot continue to do this. Because we have small business folks out there who get excited about these opportunities and there are none and it's just not right."