University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Partners is excited to announce the addition of Centene Corporation to its market. Earlier today (July 1, 2020), Centene announced that it will establish an East Coast headquarters in University City, Charlotte, after completing a comprehensive evaluation process. The company will begin construction in August on its new campus along Governor Hunt Road in University Research Park and plans to create 6,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in the Charlotte community over time. “Charlotte has great talent, excellent infrastructure and a real commitment to sustainable development,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the city of Charlotte, the county of Mecklenburg, and the state of North Carolina. We look forward to many years of collective growth and innovation.” The company’s $1 billion investment will provide over 1 million square feet of office and meeting space, a corporate boardroom, a childcare and early education center, a variety of dining venues, auditorium, fitness center, and a stand-alone building housing a corporate learning and development center named Centene Tech University. The campus buildings will be designed to preserve and take advantage of the campus’ environment with an emphasis on providing open spaces, natural light, and embracing the site’s natural features. The second largest employment center in Charlotte, University City accommodates and attracts a variety of businesses including major financial, healthcare and insurance companies including Wells Fargo, TIAA, Allstate and now Centene Corporation. The edge city is anchored by UNC Charlotte with nearly 30,000 students, and a community hospital, Atrium Health University City, which is the highest ranked hospital...
Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Many youngsters and teens in University City often go hungry, and the problem has gotten worse with the closing of public school lunch programs since March. To fill the gap this summer, Atrium Health University City, UNC Charlotte and their partners provide free nutritious lunches each day plus breakfast for the following day to ALL KIDS ages 18 and younger. Here are the details for receiving meals via curbside pickup 11 am-1 pm Mondays-Fridays at Atrium Health University City Go to Atrium Health University City (8800 N. Tryon St. at W.T. Harris Boulevard). MAP Look for signs and follow the signs near the hospital’s vehicle entrance for curbside meal pickup. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. You will then be directed to the hospital exit. 11 am-1 pm Saturdays and Sundays at UNC Charlotte’s Student Union Go to the POPP Martin Student Union, located on Craver Road on the UNC Charlotte campus. MAP Look for signs directing you to the curbside meal pickup at the student-union loading dock. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. NOTE: No meals will be provided on Saturday, July 4, due to the holiday For more information about the program, contact Elaine Jones at elaine.jones@atriumhealth.org or 704-863-6547. Weekend volunteers needed! Volunteers are needed on weekends at UNC Charlotte to help distribute meals to cars in the curbside service. Two volunteers will help 10:30 am-1 pm each Saturday and Sunday from...
$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

A $45,000 grant to the UCITY Family Zone organization is helping several groups provide food, job training and crucial communication skills to thousands of University City residents.  This grant is from United Way and the Foundation for the Carolinas COVID-19 Emergency Response Awards. Many needs and many volunteers Mark DeHaven, co-founding director of the UCITY Family Zone, says that the grant can have a significant impact because it leverages the extensive volunteer efforts of many groups. “We have many organizations, and we are covering a lot of needs. But we can do a lot with a little,” DeHaven says. “Everyone is volunteering, so this grant supports what everyone is doing.” Where the money goes DeHaven says that the grant allows the UCITY Family Zone to continue its work in three areas. The Community Ambassadors Program helps community leaders develop skills to be liaisons between area residents and service providers. Wendy Mateo-Pascual of Crossways Consulting is working with this group. Workforce development helps residents improve skills needed by area businesses. Gary Crump with Men of Destiny is working with this area. Food insecurity efforts help several grass-roots groups provide food to people in need. These groups include Zolingo’s Spice for Life, which is developing a network of community gardens; Leadership in the Clouds, which has created a way to deliver supplies to homebound people; Community Hub 1245, which is providing several thousand meals a week to families in north and northeast Charlotte; and three food pantries. About UCITY Family Zone The UCity Family Zone is a place-based partnership for improving the social determinants of health and quality of life in several...
Developers seek rezonings for 9 University City properties

Developers seek rezonings for 9 University City properties

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has posted rezoning requests for 9 properties across University City. One request, for up to 200 multifamily units on Shopping Center Drive near Home Depot, is scheduled to be heard on June 15.  DETAILS Two requests are for a combined 600 apartments and townhomes along IBM Drive. Rezoning hearing scheduled for June 15 Union at Tryon – 7.5 acres on Shopping Center Drive, from business  to MUDD-O for multifamily; Petition 2020-026. June 15 hearing. Other rezoning requests in University City Edgewood Preserve – 20.7 acres on Eastfield Road and Browne Road north of I-485, up to 38 single-family lots and 48 multifamily lots; Petition 2020-012. CCP University – 49 acres at IBM Drive near Neal Road for up to 300 apartments and townhouses; Petition 2020-035. Flournoy Development – 24.6 acres on John Adams Road east of I-85, from business and office to MUDD-O for 366 apartments, 56 townhomes, possibly office and commercial on first florr of building facing Mallard Creek Church Road; Petition 2020-048. Aberdeen Townhomes – 21.9 acres on Ridge Road north of I-485, from R-3 to R-8MF (CD) for up to 98 single-family attached homes; Petition 2020-051. Rangewater IBM Drive – 28 acres on IBM Drive just west of Harris Blvd, 300 apartments; Petition 2020-055. Accent Berkeley Place – 11.7 acres in Berkeley Place development on Mallard Creek Church Road, from CC commercial center to R-17MF (CD) for up to 198 apartments; Petition 2020-060. Cameron Commons – Site-plan amendment by K Sade Ventures Inc. for 90 acres on Cabarrus county line and NC 49, Mixed residential community with 250 single family homes, 288 multifamily units...
Even this spring, new buildings rising in University City

Even this spring, new buildings rising in University City

While many activities stopped or slowed dramatically this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction has continued on major projects across University City. Here’a a quick look at several of those projects: Aria at the Park for-sale townhomes in University Research Park Escent Research Park office building in University Research Park Lumeo Apartments near University City Blvd LYNX station Mallard Pointe Apartments near Mallard Creek Church Road Mosby University City Apartments near the University City Blvd LYNX Station Top Golf North Charlotte in Entertainment District University Division Police Station on North Tryon Street UNC Charlotte Hotel and Conference Center at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station UNC Charlotte Science Building The Vue on University student housing at University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek Church Road Woodspring Suites extended-stay hotel near the University City Blvd LYNX...