Even this spring, new buildings rising in University City

Even this spring, new buildings rising in University City

While many activities stopped or slowed dramatically this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction has continued on major projects across University City. Here’a a quick look at several of those projects: Aria at the Park for-sale townhomes in University Research Park Escent Research Park office building in University Research Park Lumeo Apartments near University City Blvd LYNX station Mallard Pointe Apartments near Mallard Creek Church Road Mosby University City Apartments near the University City Blvd LYNX Station Top Golf North Charlotte in Entertainment District University Division Police Station on North Tryon Street UNC Charlotte Hotel and Conference Center at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station UNC Charlotte Science Building The Vue on University student housing at University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek Church Road Woodspring Suites extended-stay hotel near the University City Blvd LYNX...
A fast ride for Giant University City bike shop

A fast ride for Giant University City bike shop

Shane Hockensmith sits at a table in front of his store on Memorial Day and points out the cars with bike racks slowly rolling past. “They’re checking to see if we’re open,” he says. Giant University City, our community’s only bike shop, is closed to customers this day, but inside, the store’s four employees are assembling recently sold new bikes and repairing others. In 22 years, the bike shop near UNC Charlotte has never been so busy. “The last six to eight weeks have been a blur,” Hockensmith says. To keep up, he puts in 65-70 hours a week, much of it at the store with his staff of four, who also work long hours. He hasn’t had time to work out or ride his mountain bike. And he hasn’t cut his hair since Feb. 1. “My wife says I now look like a bike-store owner,” Hockensmith says, grinning. The turning point for Giant University City That time blur for Hockensmith and his staff at Giant University City began in late March as America came face to face with the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses big and small struggled to grasp the new rules of operation. “The first question was, would we be called an essential business? If not, could we stay open? And how would we pay employees?” Hockensmith says. North Carolina, like many other states, eventually decided that people do need bikes – even during a pandemic shut-down – for transportation, fitness and recreation while they sheltered at home. Creating a new way to do business Answering that first huge question immediately led to many more operational issues that needed...
Resources for businesses, communities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

Resources for businesses, communities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

The NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center has prepared several resources to help businesses and communities respond to the massive challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Click on each of the four images and text links below to access downloadable resources. Tips for Small Businesses Tips for Downtown Programs and Community Leaders Tips for Small Businesses needing Customers   Chart of community...
These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

Locally based restaurants offering Indian street food, Latin American street food, Southern fare and American comfort food and have opened recently in University City. Here are the details.   Chatpatay Casual Indian Kitchen Chatpatay opened its second Charlotte location last fall at 9211 N. Tryon St. close to the JW Clay Blvd Lynx Station. “We are a casual Indian restaurant where we bring the street food straight from Mumbai Chaupaati to Charlotte,” says the restaurant website, which describes Chaupaati as “one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai where food enthusiasts enjoy a vast selection of street food from the “Thelas” or food carts.” The website has much more detail about the inspirations for its dishes, the people who will prepare your meal and the ambiance you’ll experience while dining. Most of the 78 reviews so far on Yelp for the University City location are enthusiastic. “An unassuming gem, tucked into a strip mall, this place is BURSTING with flavor,” reviewer Elise posted on Jan. 28. “As far as the food goes, it was AMAZING!!! Very tasty and different from the traditional Indian food,” Rick from California wrote after his visit on Jan. 2. The original Chatpatay is at 9101 Pineville Matthews Road in Pineville. Chatpatay at a glance 9211 N. Tryon St. (the former Kohl’s shopping center across from UNC Charlotte). Directions 980-875-7775 Open 11 am-3 pm and 5-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 11 am-3 pm and 4-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays; Closed Tuesdays. Services: Order online. Catering. Delivery Website Yelp page   Cuzzo’s Cuisine University A food truck proclaiming “World Famous Lobster Mac-n-Cheese” has...
Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

One of University City’s first office buildings has officially been reborn with the announcement on Jan. 14 that Principal Financial Group will occupy more than half of Proximity Park, at 401 McCullough Drive. Built in 1973 and renovated over the past year by new owner Tempus Realty Partners, the three-story office building holds about 205,000 square feet of space. Principal Financial Group, a major investment management and insurance company, will occupy the full third floor and part of the second floor, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. The company plans to begin moving in next summer. Based on industry averages, the 106,000 square feet of office space leased by Principal could accommodate roughly 600 people. Principal acquired Wells Fargo’s Institutional retirement and trust business last summer, including an employment center in Charlotte, The Business Journal reports. Read the full article   About Proximity Park Proximity Park is situated on a 32-acre campus beside I-85. Allstate had its Charlotte offices there until relocating to Innovation Park, the former IBM facility that now houses several major Charlotte employers. Tempus Realty Partners bought the property in 2017 and has spent more than $8 million on renovations. Colliers International is handling leasing. A big selling point is the property’s easy access to Uptown Charlotte via both I-85 and the LYNX light-rail line. Marketing materials say that the McCullough Drive LYNX Station on North Tryon Street is just a 7-minute, half-mile walk away. The property also has abundant parking and room for a second building. Jamie Boast, Chris Schaaf and Olivia Matthews with JLL represented Principal in leasing Proximity Park, and Brad Grow, Chandler Knox...
Tech firms are reshaping University City

Tech firms are reshaping University City

Charlotte has become a hot location for technology-based businesses, and many of these new, emerging or expanding companies are helping transform University City, as well. Check out these recent news stories: “Charlotte’s growing tech sector contributing to surge in office rental rates” The Charlotte Business Journal reports that rental rates are surging in Charlotte and nationwide, with growth in tech industries a major reason. CBRE, a national company that manages and leases commercial real estate, has designated Charlotte’s northeast submarket, which includes University City and University Research Park, as a prolific technology submarket here. Innovation Park, the former IBM manufacturing plant turned office park, is among several University City office buildings that have been sold, leased out, or announced for construction in the last few months.  MORE “Data analytics firm launched at UNC Charlotte (plans) to expand, add 200 jobs” UNC Charlotte reports that Stratifyd, a tech startup founded at UNC Charlotte, will expand its operations and add at least 200 jobs. The firm, launched in 2015 by former UNC Charlotte professor Derek Wang and two students, Li Yu and Thomas Kraft, grew out of research on the ways augmented intelligence could ingest, analyze and visualize structured and unstructured data. MORE “When the kitchen table just won’t do: 18 coworking spaces in the Charlotte area” CharlotteFive recently offered a look at this rapidly growing segment of the office market, where small businesses can find flexible space and, often, like-minded entrepreneurs. Making the list is Office Evolution Charlotte, located in the Two Resource Square building at University Research Park....