Together we build a better Ucity

Together we build a better Ucity

University City benefits when we all pull together toward a common goal.   Back2School Fair is a community success! Hundreds of children received backpacks, school supplies and health physicals on July 28 as the Camino Community Center hosted its 14th annual Back2School Fair. Thanks to the many University City businesses and individuals who donated supplies. The center, located near the Ucity Blvd Transit Station, provides a health clinic, fitness programs, thrift store and other services. Learn more about the center and ways you can help, too.   Botanical Gardens need your green thumb UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens need volunteers to help in the extensive outdoor gardens and greenhouse and to work with visitors as weekend hosts. This is a great way to share your time with others who enjoy gardening, says director Jeff Gillman. Volunteers also spread the joy of nature and nurture to the broader community. To learn more about volunteering, email Jeff at jgillman@uncc.edu. To learn more about the gardens and upcoming programs, visit gardens.uncc.edu.   Help shape our transit-oriented future on Aug. 14 Charlotte is improving its guidelines for development near our light-rail stations. These changes could have a profound impact on University City’s North Tryon Street development over the next decade. Learn about the proposed changes and how you can help shape them at an informational meeting at 6 pm Aug. 14. The meeting location, Powerhouse Studio at 1507 Camden Road, is near the East-West light rail station. Learn more at charlotteudo.org or contact Alan Goodwin at...
CMPD’s Lip Sync Challenge has Ucity twist

CMPD’s Lip Sync Challenge has Ucity twist

The Lip Sync Challenge sweeping US police departments has turned CMPD into YouTube stars, with 2.4 million views of officers, staff and Police Chief Kerr Putney dancing to Justin Timberlake’s infectious “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” University City police, locations and even Chick-Fil-A’s Rob Rogers figure prominently in several scenes – and that’s not a coincidence: Two of the University Division’s community coordinators, Chad Webster and Jason Peetz, helped lead the effort and oversee the filming. Chief Putney gets the opening shot, but right after that you’ll spot Webster and Peetz at one of their favorite hangouts, the University Place Chick-fil-A; motorcycle patrol officers dancing in front of the University City Station at University Executive Park; and Webster crooning, “Nowhere to hide when I’m getting you close,” as he pulls an imaginary lasso that leads him Rogers in a feigned traffic stop. Of course, lots of other Charlotte locales and even Lake Norman also get into the act.   Plenty of media coverage Local media have given the Lip Sync video plenty of coverage, including Interviews of Webster, Peetz and officer Darrion Eichelberger by WBTV. Though the people in the video appear to be dancing and “sync’ing” with gusto, Peetz told WBTV, it took a lot for most officers to do. “I think everybody understood the bigger picture – that humanizing the badge is a big thing,” Peetz said.   70,000 views in just one day! The video hit a home run, getting 70,000 views its first day and more than 5,200 comments in the three weeks since its release. Almost all are like this sample: “Fantastic production folks! Y’all...
Our good news is making headlines

Our good news is making headlines

Local media recently have published reports about University City’s economic vitality and international flavor. Enjoy the good news, and share with your friends!   University City is Reaching Higher Heights – Light Rail is a Game Changer!   Charlotte Regional Partnership newsletter, Aug. 7 When University City took off in the early 1980s, one of the first groups to invest in its future was Charlotte’s medical community, drawn by the opportunity to serve future residents and businesses in the emerging University Research Park. Skeptics wondered about the wisdom of launching Charlotte’s first suburban hospital in a sparsely populated region with seemingly more cows than people. No one questions that decision now. MORE   University City has Charlotte’s best options for Jamaican food QCityMetro newsletter, Aug. 5 Growing up in a Haitian household, the things I remember most were the language (Creole), the music (Kompa), and of course, the food. Having friends from different parts of the West Indies allows me to appreciate and embrace the variety within Caribbean culture. So “big ups” to my Jamaican bredren celebrating the country’s 56th Independence Day this week. With that being said, let’s discuss why University City is the best neighborhood in Charlotte for Jamaican food … it’s not up for debate. I’m serious. MORE   Growing Indian population brings new businesses to University City   Plancharlotte.org, June 19 It’s a Wednesday evening, and shoppers at the new Patel Brothers grocery store in Charlotte’s University City area stroll through aisles loaded with hundreds of Indian ingredients, snacks and condiments, among them 20-pound bags of various types of rice and flour as well as...
Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

University City is changing by the day. This Thursday, July 26, University City Partners invites you to share the changes you’d like to see – as well as the things you want to keep the same. From 6 to 8 pm at the Camino Community Center, urban planner, community activist and artist James Rojas will lead us through a planning process entitled “Place It!” that uses art to help us envision the future. Rojas has used this method to engage thousands of people at over 400 workshops. At our event on July 26, participants will learn about the role of planning and design in shaping how we live, and then translate their dreams and ideas into physical forms. From these results and their accompanying stories, University City Partners hopes to generate plans, drawings and policy recommendations to build a better University City. The workshop will take place 6-8 pm Thursday at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive near the University City Boulevard LYNX Station and Parking Deck. Turn onto the side street next to the Waffle House. The center is nearby on the left. Directions   RSVP and more information To RSVP or to get more information, contact University City Partners planning director Tobe Holmes at tholmes@universitycitypartners.org. To learn more about the Place It! planning process, visit...
Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

The proposed UNC Charlotte conference center and hotel have drawn plenty of interest, especially from people following the surge of development taking place near the new LYNX light-rail stations on North Tryon Street. Thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, vivid renderings and many building details are now available for public view. You can find the latest site plan and other materials on the department website, among its list of 2018 rezoning petitions, under Petition 2018-047.   Site for facility will require zoning change The UNC Charlotte Foundation, which owns the site for the proposed development, is asking the Charlotte City Council to rezone 4.42 acres near the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station for a hotel with up to 230 rooms and a 15,000-square-foot conference center. All of the project’s required planning documents and city-staff reviews (as they are completed) are available online. As of June 15, the rezoning public hearing for this project is scheduled for the Charlotte City Council’s monthly zoning meeting on June 18. However, several petitions including possibly this one will be deferred to a later date. See below for more meeting details. Download the meeting agenda here.   What we know so far Tentatively called the UNC Charlotte Marriott, the hotel and conference center are proposed for about 4.4 acres bordered by North Tryon Street, JW Clay Boulevard, Robert D. Snyder Road and the PORTAL Building parking lot. The land is owned by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The current site plan shows a six-story hotel fronting North Tryon Street and the conference center fronting Robert D. Snyder Drive. A second building for parking would be built...