Tell Charlotte how to improve transportation and our urban forest

Tell Charlotte how to improve transportation and our urban forest

Charlotte is seeking our ideas regarding two major initiatives: Protecting and expanding the city’s tree canopy, and deciding the future of transportation and mobility in Charlotte. In each case, the city invites us to complete an online survey. Here are details: Charlotte Tree Canopy Action Plan Learn about city policies to preserve trees on public and private property and share your ideas for improving those policies. The survey includes three short videos. University City Partners is part of a working stakeholder group that is helping develop the Charlotte Tree Canopy Action Plan. TAKE THE SURVEY Charlotte MOVES Mobility Plan The city is preparing the Charlotte MOVES Strategic Mobility Plan to guide the future of transportation and mobility in Charlotte. The survey seeks to learn how people currently drive, walk, bike and ride around Charlotte and get our ideas for making those choices better for all travelers. TAKE THE...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – September 2020

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – September 2020

September 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Crescent Communities redefining creative office space at Escent Research Park Four-story, 159,000 SF Class A creative office community to open in 2021 near I-85 Two large courtyards include indoor and outdoor spaces for collaboration, respite, meetings Light-filled lobby and amenity center offer alternative workspaces for creativity, collaboration Efficient +/- 45,000 SF floor plans with virtually column-free layouts provide flexible interior design Connectivity is key. Crescent is seeking Wired Certification of Escent’s digital infrastructure Building’s topping-out milestone was celebrated Aug. 24, 3 months after first panel was set LEARN MORE ABOUT ESCENT RESEARCH PARK Take a virtual tour Download the brochure Visit the website For leasing information, contact Joe Franco or Stephanie Spivey at CBRE University City Wine Fest returns Sept. 16-20 Five days of wine-flavored events include the main festival on Sept. 19 Redefined Wine Fest will take place at Armored Cow Brewing Co. at University Place. MAP Sign up now for group tables offer seating for 10 and special services WEBSITE AND RESERVATIONS Panorama Holdings gets $44.5 million construction loan for Lumeo Apartments Broadshore Capital Partners of LA providing the senior construction loan 314-unit community is under construction near University City Blvd LYNX station Panorama also developed $70 million Blu at Northline Apartments nearby MORE 2 apartment communities near Harris Blvd & Davis Lake Pkwy have new owners Addison Park, with 426 units, bought by The Dermot Co. for $75.5 million. Map The Hamptons, with 180 units, bought by Covenant Capital Group for $31.5 million. MAP Last owner of Addison Park bought it for $51.9 million...
Crescent Communities redefining creative office space at Escent Research Park

Crescent Communities redefining creative office space at Escent Research Park

Crescent Communities recently celebrated the topping-out of its transformative new office building, Escent Research Park. The four-story, 158,000 square-foot Class A creative office community is set to open in 2021 in University Research Park. Escent Research Park is designed to provide a modern workspace that can help companies inspire, retain and motivate top talent. Among the features that will shape that workspace are: Two large courtyards that include indoor and outdoor spaces for collaboration, respite, meetings. A light-filled double-height lobby and amenity center with alternative workspaces for creativity and collaboration. Efficient +/- 45,000 SF floor plans with virtually column-free layouts for flexible interior design. Ultimate connectivity throughout the Escent Research Park building and campus. Crescent Communities is seeking Wired Certification of Escent’s digital infrastructure. Escent Research Park’s campus is located on 21 acres between Mallard Creek Church Road and David Taylor Drive. The site will allow quick access to I-85 and I-485, and is close to the LYNX light-rail line and to 13 miles of connected greenways through University Research Park, UNC Charlotte and several nearby neighborhoods. Learn more about Escent Research Park Take a virtual tour Download the building brochure Visit the website For leasing information, contact Joe Franco or Stephanie Spivey at CBRE....
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – July 2020

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – July 2020

July 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene to break ground on URP campus in August First buildings will be 770,000 SF main building and parking garage, Charlotte Observer reports Centene completed purchase on July 10 of 80.1 acres along Gov Hunt Road for $10 million Read full July 1 news release about Centene’s East Coast HQ plans MORE Innovation Park owners unveil plan to take massive complex to the next level Accesso Partners seeks rezoning for mixed-use development around existing facility Proposal would add multifamily, retail, hotel and offices, says Business Journal Rezoning will be “dense,” with modern, higher-end product, says Accesso Partners’ CIO MORE Shorenstein seeks OK for offices, parking near its 6800 Solectron Dr building Rezoning would allow 50,000 sf of new development and parking, Business Journal reports Shorenstein bought 6800 Solectron flex building in 2019, announced plans for offices Rezoning is for 12.4 acres between Mallard Creek Road and 6800 Solectron property MORE UCP to co-host interactive discussion about small-business grants on July 22 Online event takes place 3 pm July 22 on University City Partners Facebook Page Qualifying businesses will receive grants of either $10,000 or $25,000 Key speaker will be Holly Eskridge, city’s asst. economic development director MORE Podcast features Darlene Heater discussing “Driving Business in University City” Heater talks with Jeffrey Jones of Belk College of Business on Charlotte Business Buzz Topics include University City’s rapid growth, the challenges of the pandemic and what lies ahead MORE University City leads Charlotte’s multifamily housing boom, says CoStar Recent report says over 2,000 units are under construction CoStar says...
University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Partners is excited to announce the addition of Centene Corporation to its market. Earlier today (July 1, 2020), Centene announced that it will establish an East Coast headquarters in University City, Charlotte, after completing a comprehensive evaluation process. The company will begin construction in August on its new campus along Governor Hunt Road in University Research Park and plans to create 6,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in the Charlotte community over time. “Charlotte has great talent, excellent infrastructure and a real commitment to sustainable development,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the city of Charlotte, the county of Mecklenburg, and the state of North Carolina. We look forward to many years of collective growth and innovation.” The company’s $1 billion investment will provide over 1 million square feet of office and meeting space, a corporate boardroom, a childcare and early education center, a variety of dining venues, auditorium, fitness center, and a stand-alone building housing a corporate learning and development center named Centene Tech University. The campus buildings will be designed to preserve and take advantage of the campus’ environment with an emphasis on providing open spaces, natural light, and embracing the site’s natural features. The second largest employment center in Charlotte, University City accommodates and attracts a variety of businesses including major financial, healthcare and insurance companies including Wells Fargo, TIAA, Allstate and now Centene Corporation. The edge city is anchored by UNC Charlotte with nearly 30,000 students, and a community hospital, Atrium Health University City, which is the highest ranked hospital...
Developers seek rezonings for 9 University City properties

Developers seek rezonings for 9 University City properties

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has posted rezoning requests for 9 properties across University City. One request, for up to 200 multifamily units on Shopping Center Drive near Home Depot, is scheduled to be heard on June 15.  DETAILS Two requests are for a combined 600 apartments and townhomes along IBM Drive. Rezoning hearing scheduled for June 15 Union at Tryon – 7.5 acres on Shopping Center Drive, from business  to MUDD-O for multifamily; Petition 2020-026. June 15 hearing. Other rezoning requests in University City Edgewood Preserve – 20.7 acres on Eastfield Road and Browne Road north of I-485, up to 38 single-family lots and 48 multifamily lots; Petition 2020-012. CCP University – 49 acres at IBM Drive near Neal Road for up to 300 apartments and townhouses; Petition 2020-035. Flournoy Development – 24.6 acres on John Adams Road east of I-85, from business and office to MUDD-O for 366 apartments, 56 townhomes, possibly office and commercial on first florr of building facing Mallard Creek Church Road; Petition 2020-048. Aberdeen Townhomes – 21.9 acres on Ridge Road north of I-485, from R-3 to R-8MF (CD) for up to 98 single-family attached homes; Petition 2020-051. Rangewater IBM Drive – 28 acres on IBM Drive just west of Harris Blvd, 300 apartments; Petition 2020-055. Accent Berkeley Place – 11.7 acres in Berkeley Place development on Mallard Creek Church Road, from CC commercial center to R-17MF (CD) for up to 198 apartments; Petition 2020-060. Cameron Commons – Site-plan amendment by K Sade Ventures Inc. for 90 acres on Cabarrus county line and NC 49, Mixed residential community with 250 single family homes, 288 multifamily units...