Novant proposes N. Tryon medical offices

Novant proposes N. Tryon medical offices

Novant Health has applied for a rezoning to allow a hospital or medical offices at North Tryon Street and Mallard Creek Church Road, the Charlotte Observer reports. The plan calls for up to 144,000 square feet of surgery centers, clinic space, emergency rooms and/or other health uses on the 23.6-acre site, which is near UNC Charlotte and borders Mallard Creek Greenway and the Thornberry Apartments.   Rezoning details The site plan filed with the rezoning says buildings will be no more than four stories (65 feet). The facility will have entrances on both North Tryon Street and Mallard Creek Church Road. A new public street will start at the Mallard Creek Church Road entrance and eventually extend into an undeveloped property at the northwest corner of the site. The plan also calls for an urban open space at the Tryon-Mallard Creek Church Road intersection. The open space will include landscaping, walking paths, seating and other elements. Novant, Atrium Health seeking state OK for more facilities Novant Health and Atrium Health recently filed competing plans for more operating rooms and acute-care beds in the Charlotte area, The Observer reports. Atrium Health University City hospital and Urgent Care are located nearby. OrthoCarolina has offices and a surgical center across North Tryon Street from the proposed facility. Several Novant Health medical practices have offices in University City, including locations on University Executive Park Drive, on Mallard Creek Road, and on Medical Plaza Drive. Read the Charlotte Observer...
I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

Charlotte’s engineering department reports that construction should begin in early 2021 on the future I-85 North Bridge connecting University Place and University Research Park. The bridge and associated new and upgraded roadways should open in early 2024. Funded by Charlotte and the state, the I-85 North Bridge and its partner, the already completed I-85 South Bridge, will provide much improved linkage between University Research Park employment hub and two major LYNX light-rail stations along North Tryon Street. Current work on the I-85 North bridge project includes real-estate acquisition and development of the final design. The project team and the NC Department of Transportation staff also are working to get various approvals needed before the design is completed.   Learn more about the I-85 North Bridge project Project website Street cross-sections Bridge aesthetics Final road...
Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

January can seem especially dull after the calendar-packed days of December – but you never have to be bored in University City! Here’s a quick look at a few of the opportunities that await you, including several that are free!   FEATURED: Enjoy 3 Faculty and Friends concerts! The Faculty and Friends concert series showcases the musical talent of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music faculty. Upcoming concerts (all starting at 7:30 pm at Rowe Recital Hall) include: Asst. Professor of Oboe Elizabeth Sullivan, Jan. 27. MORE Asst. Professor of Voice Sequina DuBose, Feb. 3. MORE Asst. Professor of Trombone Jeremy Marks,Feb. 10. MORE   Student Spotlight Concert 7:30 pm Jan. 31 in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater. UNC Charlotte’s Music Department offers an evening of solo and small-ensemble performances by students. MORE   Storytime, chocolate and orchids at the Botanical Gardens! The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens offer unique programs nearly every week. Here’s a sampling. See the full calendar for many more events. Stories in the Woods – 12:30-1:30 pm Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 15. Enjoy picture books and literacy activities in a beautiful forest setting. Free. MORE Ganache in the Gardens: A Chocolate Celebration – 11 am-4 pm Feb. 8. Romantic music, a movie and free samples are just the start. Free. MORE Annual orchid sale – Feb. 8-14 during normal greenhouse operating hours. Other plants also for sale. MORE   Winter Craft Crawl at Armored Cow Brewing Co. 5-9 pm Jan. 31, 8821 JW Clay Blvd. at University Place. Featuring the year’s first event of 2020 by the Starving Artist Market. Numerous vendors offering local, handmade...
3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

Both 3,800 students and UNC Charlotte administrators have reasons to celebrate on Dec. 13-14. The students will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during Fall Commencement. The university’s good news: winning recognition as a national leader in increasing timely degree completion for enrolled students. The Fall Commencement will involve three ceremonies in Halton Arena. Commencement ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, when the University will confer degrees upon undergraduates and graduates from the College of Arts + Architecture, College of Health and Human Services and Belk College of Business. During a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14, the University will award degrees to undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Computing and Informatics, Cato College of Education and the William States Lee College of Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will receive their degrees in the afternoon at 3 p.m.   National Award Recognizes UNC Charlotte for Degree Completion Gains The good news about on-time graduation improvements came last month from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The group named UNC Charlotte the winner of its 2019 Degree Completion Award. Through a student-centered approach, UNC Charlotte has improved its four-year graduation rate by 17 percentage points and consequently has seen a 5 percent decline in student debt upon graduation. “We recognize the importance of a college degree to the jobs of the future and want every student to finish what they start. As a public university committed to access and equity, we also want to do our part to lessen the student debt burden by ensuring our...
Help Mecklenburg plan for our collective future

Help Mecklenburg plan for our collective future

Do you care about improving our parks, schools and social services? Be sure to add completing the Mecklenburg County Budget Survey to your December to-do list. Your responses could influence next year’s county budget priorities. Here are details about the survey as well as other ways you can learn about the county budget, the budgeting process, and how you can take part in shaping the final budget for Fiscal Year 2021.   Resident Budget Priority Survey (available through Dec. 31) Share your budget priorities for the budget year starting July 2020 (Fiscal Year 2021) by ranking services by level of importance. Learn how the county allocates and manages the current $1.9 billion operating budget, which funds: most parks and park programs throughout the county; a sizable part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools budget; and numerous social services. The survey must be submitted by Dec. 31 and is limited to Mecklenburg County residents. The county says that most people complete the survey in 10-15 minutes. Online survey – To complete the survey online, click here. Paper survey – To complete a paper copy of the survey, click here for a list of 20 public libraries including University City Regional Library where paper surveys are available. You may download a Spanish version of the survey at the same link.   Balancing Act Budget Simulator The county offers an online Balancing Act Budget Simulator to help the public better understand the complex process of making choices on what to fund with limited resources. Using the simulator, you can learn details about Mecklenburg County revenue sources and expense categories in the current budget...