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...
New online map puts UC growth at our fingertips

New online map puts UC growth at our fingertips

Ever wonder who’s building in that newly cleared site or what’s being planned next to the brand-new rezoning sign? A new map created by University City Partners and available to the public has that information and more, including links to rezoning documents, public hearing dates and locations of street improvements. Click here to view the map. UCP Planning and Development Director Tobe Holmes and UCP intern Luis Martinez spent about 10 hours building the database-driven Google map. Holmes plans to update it monthly. “We aimed to expand the tools through which people can be informed about changes in University City and potentially share their opinions with regard to active rezoning petitions,” Holmes explained. Specific map subjects include: Current land development projects under construction, planning or permitting. Pipeline projects (in the works). Current rezoning petitions (such as the university’s conference center and Armored Cow Brewing at University Place). Public projects (I-85 North Bridge, retail space at JW Clay Station Parking Deck, etc.). Under construction. The boundary of the University City Municipal Service District. Have a question, correction or suggestion? To comment on the map, email University City Partners at...
Renovations giving Delish owner rare time to reflect

Renovations giving Delish owner rare time to reflect

The popular Delish Cakery at University Place closed recently for renovations and to finish repairs from a water leak last winter. Aryn Keogh, who launched Delish nine years ago, sees the temporary closing as a rare opportunity “to step back and think about what we are doing,” and perhaps to invent new flavors, she said with a laugh. Keogh, who turns 30 later this summer, began Delish Cakery out of her kitchen in 2009 by selling cupcakes, French macarons, cookies and other treats in the Innovation Park office park. She opened her bakery in the Lakefront Shoppes at University Place three years ago. These days, Keogh’s custom wedding cakes and party cakes are the big draw at Delish, along with her French macarons.   Delish has fans around the world You can see photos of Keogh’s tasty creations – 490 photos so far, plus many customers’ compliments – on Delish’s Instagram page. Keogh usually posts two to four new images a day. The Instagram page has more than 1,500 followers. “I’m really popular in Charlotte,” she said, “and the second biggest group is in Jakarta (Indonesia). It’s weird, but a lot of ladies over there like me!” With time off from daily bakery demands, Keogh is working on a fresh interior design for Delish and “more modern and chic designs” for her custom cakes. Keogh said she is not sure how long the renovations and repairs will take. “I will let everyone know when we are back open and running,” she said.   Stay in touch with Delish Delish Cakery is at 9009-6 JM Keynes Drive in the Lakefront...
Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

UCity Biz Net invites you to join us for our monthly business networking breakfast, 7:30-9 am June 13 at Hilton Charlotte University Place. This meeting’s lineup includes some of the new kids on the block in University City: Mike Hill, UNC Charlotte’s new Athletic Director; Top Golf; University City’s first brewery; and The National Junior College Athletic Association. The free event will take place in the Lakeview room at Hilton Charlotte University Place. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. The Hilton Charlotte University Place is at 8629 J M Keynes Drive in University Place. The hotel has plenty of free parking and is also a short walk from the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station. The Lakeview Room is on the lake level of the hotel, accessible from the lakeside entrance. If you enter through the main lobby, take the escalator down one floor. The Lakeview room entrance is on the left. Directions to the Hilton UCity Biz Net is a collaboration of University City community members, entrepreneurs and business operators with a like-minded vision for the economic growth of University City – Charlotte. Please let us know you’re coming The networking event is free and open to the public. To help us plan for the breakfast, please RSVP to University City Partners. Email us at info@universitycitypartners.org with your name and business...
Former Solectron – Flextronics facility may become offices

Former Solectron – Flextronics facility may become offices

The former Solectron / Flextronics manufacturing facility near IBM Drive could become a multi-tenant office building with up to 455,000 square feet of space, a rezoning petition for adjacent property reveals. The Charlotte City Council held a hearing on the rezoning request by Westcore Properties at the City Council’s May 30 meeting. The petition filed by Westcore Properties asks that 6.2 acres on Penninger Circle, currently zoned for institutional uses, be rezoned to allow a surface parking lot. The lot would provide additional parking for Westcore’s building and 51 acres of land on Solectron Drive.   Parking lot needed for office expansion In a community meeting for the rezoning, held in March, Nick Markos of Westcore Properties said that the former manufacturing facility has 150,000 square feet of office space and about 300,000 square feet of manufacturing and research space. Markos said at the March meeting that his company plans to rehab the building and convert some or all of the manufacturing and research space to office use, depending on the needs of the new tenants. To successfully lease the additional office space, he said, the building must have additional parking. Westcore plans to add even more parking on land it already owns beside the building, Markos said.   Long history as manufacturing facility comes to an end Global electronics manufacturer Solectron build the facility in 1982, about the time that IBM opened its plant nearby. One of Solectron’s competitors, Flextronics, acquired the building when it bought Solectron in 2007. Flextronics sold the building and land to Westcore the following year, then leased space in the building. Flextronics closed...