Here’s the latest on campus building boom

Here’s the latest on campus building boom

UNC Charlotte’s building boom continues to transform the campus of North Carolina’s fastest growing state university. Dozens of projects large and small include the long-awaited new science building (set to open in 2021), a $66 million recreation center and a much-improved campus entrance on North Tryon Street. Among the major projects, the science center, costing $101 million, will replace Burson Hall, built in the 1980s. That building, in turn, is undergoing a major renovation. The $66 million recreation center, located near the Popp Martin Student Union, will provide much needed space for health, wellness and fitness services. The center is set for opening next fall. An expansion of the nearby Union Deck was recently completed. The university’s North Tryon Street entrance is getting a makeover. When finished this spring, the entrance will aesthetically match the main campus entrance on University City Boulevard. A building rising along University City Boulevard will house the campus’s greatly expanded admissions and visitors center. The building will open this spring. Learn more Read the most recent campus construction report.See progress reports of all projects costing $500,000 or...
UCity dining hot bites

UCity dining hot bites

Getting hungry? Chew on this! Three UCity restaurants make the list of popular dining spots, says online reservation service nowait.com. The new wrap restaurant Wrapway gets great reviews on Nextdoor.com. Check out these new places near the URP: Bachi at Cochran Commons and Peno Mediterranean Grill at The Arbors. Nowait.com customers like these UCity restaurants Nowait.com makes its bread and butter helping hungry diners get reservations. Recently, local online news site CharlotteFive.com used nowait.com to compile a list of favorite places to eat among its customers. Three University City restaurants in and near University Place made the list: Next-door neighbors Famous Toastery and Boardwalk Billy’s, which overlook the lake at University Place; and Seafood Connection, which recently parked its longtime food truck to open up a permanent home overlooking Harris Boulevard near I-85. See the full report.   Wrapway getting top marks University City users of neighborhood news website Nextdoor.com have been posting positive mini-reviews of Wrapway, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant located near campus at 10221 University City Blvd. Wrapway opened a few months ago and offers authentic wraps plus raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Among the recent comments: I just tried them for the first time. Absolutely delicious. This place is yummy! The customer service is amazing! Keep seeing it pop up on Nextdoor so I finally went. Great taste. (They) let me sample the options before buying. Check them out. Wrapway is also earning praise on Yelp and Facebook. Visit wrapway.us and learn more.   Try these new restaurants in Mallard Creek near URP Looking for someplace new for lunch or dinner near University Research Park? Here...
You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

Do you have a passion for keeping Charlotte beautiful? The city of Charlotte invites you to share that passion as a member of its Keep Charlotte Beautiful board. The board has several openings. The KCB board works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowner groups, as well as with area businesses, schools, and local governments, to create a healthier environment. KCB programs enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by providing opportunities to maintain and improve the cleanliness and beauty of our city. KCB programs include the Adopt-A-Street program, The Great American Cleanup, and beautification grants.   How to apply To apply online, click here. Learn more about Keep Charlotte Beautiful, visit its website and Facebook page. Program manager Jonathan Hill also welcomes your inquiries at 704-432-4802 or...
Make and enjoy art for free at 2 UCity venues

Make and enjoy art for free at 2 UCity venues

From classes in pottery-making to live theater and jazz performances, the arts are coming alive at the Mallard Creek Rec Center and University City Regional Library. The Arts and Science Council will present more than two dozen free artistic programs through June. The Mallard Creek Recreation Center is at 2530 Johnston Oehler Road. University City Regional Library is at 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd. To see the full program itinerary, click here.   Hands-on Clay Join Clayworks for its Hands-on Clay workshop series, offered in at the Mallard Creek Rec center in monthly sessions for seniors, families and preschoolers. Learn to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating a different project at each workshop. Sessions start Thursday, Jan. 24, and run through June 27. Classes are free, but you must register by calling 980-314-1121.   Discover, Create, Celebrate The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will bring select pieces from its collection to University City Regional Library along with art-making workshops inspired by the artists’ work. Artwork will be on display from Jan. 25 to June 28. Programs include: Family Day for all ages, noon-4 pm Feb. 2. Culminating Event and Exhibition of Participant Artwork, noon-4 pm March 9. Art-making workshops for all ages, 2-3 pm April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16.   Odd Tales by Cartage Theatre Experience a unique form of theater that depends solely on dialogue, music and sound effects (but nothing visual!) to tell its story. Cartage Theatre will present this radio-based art form at 10:45 am Feb. 7 at the Mallard Creek Rec Center. Stories are written by local authors and...
Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

IT company Cognizant Technology Solutions will add 300 jobs to its University City location at The Grove office park, the company announced recently. “We’re pleased to again expand in North Carolina and in Charlotte, home to many of our large clients, and a region with a strong talent base,” said Francisco D’Souza, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant. The state’s Economic Investment Committee approved a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) of up to $2 million to support the company’s expansion in North Carolina.   About Cognizant Cognizant is one of the world’s leading professional services companies. Cognizant is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. The company currently employs more than 2,700 people in North Carolina. Cognizant currently employs more than 960 people in Mecklenburg County and said it will invest $5 million here over the next five years. Cognizant’s Charlotte operation is located in The Grove V office building at the corner of West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road. The company plans to continue growing at that location, a company spokeswoman said.   A history of supporting workforce learning Through the work of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, established in 2018 with an initial grant of $100 million from Cognizant, the company also promotes education and workforce initiatives to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in America’s current and future workforce. The Foundation made its inaugural grant, in the amount of $1.5 million, to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte in May, with funds directed toward increasing digital...