Informal community survey finds strong interest in farmers market, local businesses, greenways

In April and May, we invited University City residents and workers to complete an informal survey about programs and improvements they’d like to see in our community. More than 200 people took part. Here’s what they shared. How well do their responses match what you would say? About the people who responded Of the 209 people who took part, four-fifths say they live in University City, while the remainder say they work here. About half of the residents live in the 28269 ZIP Code, with the remainder split between 28262 and 28213. Three-fourths of the responders put their ages at between 35 and 64. Topics of interest during the pandemic The pandemic was already in full swing when we began the survey. We asked responders to rate the types of information they most wanted to receive regarding the pandemic’s impact. Their answers by level of interest, from high to low: Ways to support local businesses. Community impact stories. Physical safety and mental health tips. Food access programs and locations. Community programs We asked everyone to tell us which types of activities they would most appreciate adding in University City. Nearly 90% said they’d like a farmers market. More than half asked for movies or music, while one in five mentioned outdoor playgrounds. Greenways About two-thirds of people completing the survey say they visit greenways at least every couple of months; 25% say they walk or bike on one of the greenways at least weekly. What could make greenways better? Half of the survey-takers say the greenways need more natural beautification, and nearly as many want more places to sit....
Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join University City Partners and Holly Eskridge, Assistant Economic Development Director for the City of Charlotte, on July 22 for an interactive discussion about the Access to Capital grants available for small businesses. How to take part The event will take place 3-3:30 pm July 22 using Facebook Live. Access the event via the University City Partners Facebook page. About the grants Through the small business recovery program, the City of Charlotte is distributing $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses headquartered within the Charlotte city limits. The program is a part of the City’s Open for Business Initiative. Qualifying businesses will receive grants of either $10,000 or $25,000, depending on number of employees. Foundation for the Carolinas serves as the city’s grantmaking partner for this effort. The July 22 online program is being hosted by University City Partners and Foundation for the Carolinas. Questions? If you have questions about the July 22 program, contact Darlene Heater at dheater@universitycitypartners.org. Visit the Open For Business website to learn more about the grant program and how to apply. Please share! Please share this email with any local small-business owners you know....
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...
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...
Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

University City Partners was created to support the economic development and vitality of our community. As we move forward during and following the COVID-19-pandemic, we particularly need to know from you how we are doing, and what improvements you would like to see. Please help by completing our brief survey. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete; your answers will be anonymous. Click here to complete the survey. Thanks for helping build a better University City. We encourage you to share this survey link with other University City residents. Darlene Heater Executive Director, University City...