Where Will They Play?

Where Will They Play?

We need more parks now – YOU CAN HELP A crisis caused by Charlotte’s explosive growth and government inaction threatens one of the most important assets of every truly livable city – public parks.   A recent nationwide study revealed that Charlotte has the least parkland per person of any comparable city in America! Mecklenburg County has added nearly 200,000 residents in 10 years yet provides virtually no more parkland for 1.1 million people than it did a decade ago for 900,000. Now, land prices are soaring while sites suitable for new parks are being lost to development. A University City without parks Nowhere is the situation more dire than within walking distance of University City’s growing community.  University City Partners and the Parks Department staff jointly funded a parks master plan five years ago—anticipating this growth. Nothing in the plan has been done. That radical change can happen – with your help, now! The time is now for all of us to tell commissioners that we demand more and better parks. Our commissioners will respond when enough citizens call for change. Email each of the commissioners. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Together, let’s make that happen. Darlene Heater Executive Director University City Partners Email addresses of decision makers and email copy for easy action. lee.jones@mecklenburgcountync.gov Dena.Diorio@mecklenburgcountync.gov Vilma.Leake@mecklenburgcountync.gov george.dunlap@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov ella.scarborough@mecklenburgcountync.gov pat.cotham@mecklenburgcountync.gov trevor.fuller@mecklenburgcountync.gov elaine.powell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Mark.Jerrell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Susan.Harden@mecklenburgcountync.gov susan.rodriguez-mcdowell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Want a shortcut to writing your emails? Feel free to use any or all of the content below: RE:  More Parks Now for University City Please fund parks so our Future University City will have vibrant, active and safe park spaces...

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New fuel pumps on Mallard Creek Church Road will put University City on the map – literally. The soon-to-open refueling facility at Cochran Commons will give fast, free recharges to Tesla electric cars. Tesla owners nationwide are eagerly watching the online map of supercharger stations for the day soon when our station opens for service. Some Tesla owners are eager to see stations in Charlotte.“Not sure if this is covered elsewhere, but now that Charlotte is on the short list (for a Supercharger station), do we have any rumors or actual recon on where and when this one will go up?” posted Chas F on the Tesla Motors Club Southeast forum last...

EPRI in University City wins the Jerry Award!

Congratulations to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for being one of two winners of the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s annual Jerry Awards for their contribution to the regional economy! From the Jerry awards: “The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) plays a strategic role in strengthening Charlotte USA as the New Energy Capital. The independent, nonprofit, research and development organization addresses challenges in electricity generation, delivery and end-use. Among other areas, EPRI focuses on the environment, reliability, efficiency, affordability, health and safety. Because it uses a collaborative model in conducting R&D, EPRI brings more than 2,000 industry leaders, scientists and engineers from around the world to its Charlotte campus each year. This makes these offices and laboratories a global center for innovation and problem-solving in the electricity sector. With its 2012 expansion, the Charlotte operation employs more than 200 people on its 45-acre campus in University Research Park. EPRI is a scientific and strategic asset for Charlotte USA’s burgeoning energy hub that our competitors can’t match.” We are so very happy you are in University City! Learn more about the Jerry Award, some of their history in University City, or watch a video about EPRI’s Charlotte Research Lab....

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions Brings More Jobs to University City!

We are thrilled to welcome Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions to University City!  Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions is a managed care organization (MCO) with a network of over 900 providers covering 1.4 million North Carolinians. The new 25,865-square-foot service center will be located at 10150 Mallard Creek Road, Suite 400, and will create approximately 80 new jobs in Charlotte over the next three to five years! To learn more, visit the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce press release or Cardinal Innovations Healthcare...

Have your say on transit-­oriented development in University City

Share your ideas at Dec. 10 meeting on land uses near our 3 light­rail stations The LYNX Blue Line extension to University City is likely to bring new development to our community once it opens in 2017. What kind of development do we want? City and transit planners invite you to help decide, beginning with a public meeting 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Oasis Shriners Center in University Place. MEETING TO FOCUS ON 3 STATIONS IN UNIVERSITY CITY The meeting will focus on current and future land-use plans around the North Tryon Street transit stations near University City Boulevard, McCullough Drive and JW Clay Boulevard. City staff will also share information about the supporting infrastructure program for the Blue Line Extension. Comments shared by participants at the Dec. 10 meeting could help shape new recommendations for the future land use of properties within the transit station planning areas. For instance, should University City have mid-rise or taller buildings near its stations? How much multifamily development do we want? The meeting may also influence revisions to the overall University City Area Plan, a land-use guide approved in 2007 for the broader business district. NOT ABLE TO ATTEND? People wishing to have a say but not able to attend the Dec. 10 meeting can take part in the process online at www.charlotteplanning.org. You can get additional information by calling 704-336-7433 or emailing bluelineextension@charlottenc.gov. DEC. 5 INFORMATIONAL MEETING The Charlotte Area Transit System staff will give a construction update on the Blue Line Extension at a separate information session, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 101 W....