Doing Business

Take your business to the next level.

Charlotte’s epicenter for education, innovation and growth, University City is the place to grow your business. Not only is University City strategically located near I-77, I-85, and I-485, UNC Charlotte is located in the district. Talent pool, easy access to interstates and two airports make this an ideal location for your growing business.

Why University City?

University City is Charlotte’s second largest employment center. A community rich in green and beautiful office parks, the area has ideal work spaces, superior road and transit infrastructure, direct access to UNC Charlotte’s talent pipeline and multidisciplinary research that contribute to a vibrant, global economy.

Development Opportunities

One of the fastest growing parts of Charlotte, University City is undergoing a transformation to support its urban core and green beltway. There are opportunities for investment along the transit corridor and throughout the area. Explore Vision Plan to learn more about the area’s growth and existing opportunities.

Transportation & Mobility

Nearby air, light rail, major highways and boulevards, and greenways make University City an ideal location for business. The area holds one of the lowest commute and travel time averages in the region.

Business Opportunities

A vibrant area with everything needed to move forward. University City is a great place for businesses and startups. From a rural neighborhood on the edge of Charlotte to an innovative business center and diverse residential community, University City has emerged as Charlotte’s leading city within the city.

News

Local Startup Incubator Receives Grant from Jordan Brand

  City Startup Labs The Charlotte accelerator and incubator for Black millennial founders, City Startup Labs (CSL), was one of 18 organizations in the US to receive $37K from Jordan Brand. Henry Rock, the founder of CSL has said the money will go towards their...

The Red Carpet Dining Experience

Paparazzi CLT Charlotte native, Monetz Watson is opening an all-in-one dining, bar, and nightlife experience in the University City. Paparazzi CLT, located on Pinnacle Drive, will include selfie walls, photo booths, fire pits, 54” TVs showing games, and daiquiri...

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve expansion touches 3 schools

Two public schools and the CPCC Cato Campus have gained important access to a great learning resource, thanks to Mecklenburg County’s recent purchase of 100 acres for the planned Reedy Creek Greenway. The new addition to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve adjoins Northeast...

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building....

Crescent Communities’ Escent Research Park completes construction

News release courtesy of Crescent Communities.  Charlotte, N.C. – (May 13, 2021) – Today, Crescent Communities, a nationally-recognized, market-leading real estate investor, developer, and operator of mixed-use communities, announces the completion of construction at...

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – April 2021

April 21, 2021 - University City CRE News Rezoning filed for next phase of University City Entertainment District • Cambridge Properties seeks to rezone 40 acres, Business Journal reports. • Petition calls for office building, hotel, apartments, commercial space and...

University City launches Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadow

By Azania Herron University City Partners, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens and North Carolina Native Plant Society have partnered to install Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadows, a community native plant project in University City. On April...

Beer garden, major industrial and hotel reuse among rezoning proposals

Proposals for a massive industrial development, sports-facility expansion and adaptive reuse of an existing hotel are among several rezoning proposals in University City being reviewed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department. Also being considered: Plans for...

City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

Updated Feb. 18, 2021 Charlotte City Council approved plans for six multifamily housing communities in University City at its January and February zoning meetings. Other approved developments include a single-family community at Hucks and Browne roads; a rental...