EB Arrow Seeks Rezoning for Waters Edge at University Place

EB Arrow Seeks Rezoning for Waters Edge at University Place

News Release – Commercial real estate development firm EB Arrow has filed a rezoning petition for 20.5 acres on the east side of J.W. Clay Boulevard in University City where the company is planning a mixed-use, walkable lakefront community called Waters Edge at University Place. Charlotte City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the zoning change for its June 17 monthly zoning meeting. The council could vote as soon as July 15 on whether to approve the request.   Office building, apartments and lakefront park in Phase I If approved, the rezoning would allow for the first-phase development of a five-story, 182,000-square-foot Class A office and civic building with ground-floor retail; NOVEL University Place, a 308-unit garden-style multifamily community developed by Crescent Communities; a 2.5-acre lakefront linear park featuring a children’s play area; and the refurbishment of a significant portion of the one-mile multiuse pedestrian trail encircling the lake at University Place. The plan is consistent with the University City Area Plan, which recommends mixed-use including residential for the site, and would meet many of the goals of University City Partners’ master plan for the J.W. Clay area, which emphasizes walkability from light rail, connectivity and civic space for people to gather near the lake. Acquired by EB Arrow late last year, Waters Edge is located less than half a mile from the J.W. Clay Boulevard Station on the Lynx Blue Line and less than one mile from the Barton Creek Greenway, providing connectivity and access to miles of existing greenway trail via the Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways as well as access to UNC Charlotte, Atrium Health...
Under Way: Office building renovations and major upfits

Under Way: Office building renovations and major upfits

The crane looming over the ATAPCO apartment building on North Tryon Street is the biggest sign by far of a building boom across University City – but hardly the only one. Here’s a rundown of office building renovations and major office upfits in University City. More “Under Way” reports: Hospitality, dining, shopping and greenway Campus hotel-conference center, science building and more Apartments and townhomes Proximity Park – 401 McCullough Drive. The longtime former home of Allstate Insurance is undergoing major redesigns inside and out to go with its new status as the single biggest available suburban office building on the 19-mile LYNX light-rail line. Collier International is handling the building transformation and marketing. More about Proximity Park. The Grove – Mallard Creek Road at West W.T. Harris Boulevard. A building permit was issued recently for office renovations in building 8615 for Armstrong Transport Group, a leading national logistics company founded by UNC Charlotte grad Christopher Cobb. Additional building permits have been issued to upgrade parking lots. The Grove is owned and leased by Stream Realty Partners. More about The Grove. More about Armstrong Transport.   Four Resource Square – 10735 David Taylor Drive in University Research Park. A building permit was issued recently for office renovations for Acuity Healthcare. Acuity Healthcare operates long-term acute-care hospitals. The company headquarters currently are at 10200 Mallard Creek Road. More about Four Resource Square. More about Acuity...
Under Way: Hospitality, retail, dining and greenway

Under Way: Hospitality, retail, dining and greenway

The crane looming over the ATAPCO apartment building on North Tryon Street is the biggest sign by far of a building boom across University City – but hardly the only one. Here’s a rundown of hotels, restaurants, retail and a greenway under way in University City. More “Under Way” reports: University hotel-conference center, science building and more Office building renovations and major upfits Apartments and townhomes Fairfield Inn and Suites – 535 Collins Aikman Drive. 105-room hotel located behind the Homes2Suites by Hilton on McCullough Drive. Construction bids were recently requested for a seven-story Hyatt Place hotel near the Fairfield Inn. More Armored Cow Brewing Co. – 8821 J W Clay Blvd. in University Place. New brew pub just opened. Specialty is gluten-free beer, along with other standards. Serving brunch, plus food-truck offerings. More. Facebook page Rack Room Shoes – IKEA Blvd at University City Blvd. New store joining Burlington, T.J. Maxx and Outback Steakhouse in cluster at Belgate Shopping Center. This store will replace existing store at University Place that will close soon for major property redevelopment. More about Belgate Chick-fil-A – University Executive Park Drive at W.T. Harris Blvd. Chick-fil-A at University Place will relocate to new building with twice the capacity and 34-vehicle drive-through lanes. Site has been cleared. Construction starting soon. Barton Creek Greenway – The new greenway will connect J W Clay Boulevard in University Place to the Mallard and Clarks Creek greenways via a 0.7-mile paved path down a steep, rocky stream that winds between several residential communities. The trail may open late this year but more likely in spring 2020....
Driver-license office opens in Research Park

Driver-license office opens in Research Park

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles recently opened a driver-license office in University Research Park. DMV now has four offices in Charlotte and one in Huntersville. A part-time mobile unit visits Pineville each Wednesday. The new office is located in an office building at 9711 David Taylor Drive, near Senator Royall Place. “We are excited to open a fourth full-time driver-license office in Charlotte,” said DMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup. “This new office will increase the capacity for service delivery in the growing Charlotte metro area.” The new North Charlotte office has 15 examiner work stations. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.Directions Customers may contact the DMV Call Center at 919-715-7000 to confirm appointments and operating hours. Get help online, too DMV offers several online services, including driver license and REAL ID renewals. Learn more at...
Pre-leasing starts at Novel Research Park apartments

Pre-leasing starts at Novel Research Park apartments

Pre-leasing has begun at Novel Research Park, a new apartment community under construction in University Research Park at West Mallard Creek Church Road and Senator Royall Place. The Business Journal reports that rates start at $1,055 for a single-bedroom unit and start at $1,895 for a three-bedroom unit with 1,402 square feet. “Novel Research Park is your everyday retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life,” says the community’s marketing website. Extensive community features will include a resort-style saltwater pool, community “hammock garden”, clubhouse with fitness center and yoga/fitness class studio, grilling plaza and covered outdoor “living room” with fireplace. Crescent Communities is building the 280-unit garden-style apartment community. Crescent previously developed the neighboring Crescent Alexander Village in 2013.   Learn more Website Facebook Phone: 704- 476-1598...
Cleaner streets ahead for UCity

Cleaner streets ahead for UCity

University City’s highways will soon receive extra TLC. Starting this spring, University City Partners will pay a contractor to clean up litter along North Tryon Street, W.T. Harris Boulevard and parts of other major roadways within University City’s Municipal Service District. The contractor will also work with property owners to keep grass mowed near the curb. Work crews will focus on North Tryon Street between the I-85 connector and Mallard Creek Church Road; on W.T. Harris Boulevard between University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road; and on stretches of other major arterials throughout University City’s Municipal Service District, said Tobe Holmes, with UCP. “We’ve got a group under contract, and I expect to see quick advances on our issue within a month,” Holmes said.   More litter than state can handle Holmes said that the state of North Carolina picks up litter and mows rights-of-way two-three times each year along state-maintained roadways, including North Tryon Street and Harris Boulevard. “Due to the massive amount of land under their management, their efforts can’t keep up” with the volume of litter along North Tryon and Harris, Holmes said. “Our supplemental efforts aim to ensure that University City remains beautiful throughout the year.” Mowing will be done on an as-needed basis and aimed mostly at publicly owned areas and the edges of sidewalks. The contractor will also work with property owners to keep their land mowed and free from litter. Holmes said that some owners do not realize that they are responsible for the strips of land between the street and nearby sidewalks and parking lots. The contractor will notify private property...