A ‘Superstreet’ is planned for University City Blvd

A ‘Superstreet’ is planned for University City Blvd

ARTICLE UPDATED MARCH 19, 2019 The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on April 23 to share plans to transform 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard into a six-lane “Superstreet” and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm April 23 in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and a survey about the plans.   Project details The state plans to convert part of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to reduce current heavy congestion and help the highway absorb significantly more traffic in the future. Construction of the $41.8 million project could start as soon as summer 2022. Along with widening University City Boulevard, the state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor, as a way to improve safety along the rail line. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed. The state cites several reasons for the project and its design, including:   Improved traffic volume,...
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...
Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Atrium Health plans to open an urgent-care center this summer in the parking deck at the Clay Boulevard LYNX Station. The center will meet a growing need for convenient health care in the heart of University City’s light-rail business district, says Bill Leonard, president of Atrium Health University City. “The University City area is growing, and access to walk-in urgent-care service is underserved in our market,” Leonard said. Atrium Health operates more than 30 urgent-care facilities throughout the Charlotte region. The centers provide general medical care for minor injuries, illnesses and health exams. Most centers are open 8 am-8 pm seven days a week.   Medical services for residents, students and workers The new center at the Clay Station parking deck will offer typical urgent-care services of diagnosis, treatment and testing, including X-ray and basic lab services. “With the proximity to so many jobs, we will fully support occupational health efforts in the area,” Leonard said. People with more severe illnesses and injuries are directed to hospital emergency rooms. Atrium Health University City’s emergency room is the busiest in the Atrium Health system. Leonard said that Atrium Health expects to see a slight decline in those numbers once the urgent-care center opens nearby. Atrium Health recently signed a 10-year lease for 2,325 square feet of space in the Clay Station parking deck. The deck might seem like an unlikely place for a medical facility. However, along with its 800 parking spaces, the deck includes more than 15,000 square feet of space on the ground floor for offices, shops and restaurants.   Growing regional crossroads Most important, “The access is just...
Here’s the latest on campus building boom

Here’s the latest on campus building boom

UNC Charlotte’s building boom continues to transform the campus of North Carolina’s fastest growing state university. Dozens of projects large and small include the long-awaited new science building (set to open in 2021), a $66 million recreation center and a much-improved campus entrance on North Tryon Street. Among the major projects, the science center, costing $101 million, will replace Burson Hall, built in the 1980s. That building, in turn, is undergoing a major renovation. The $66 million recreation center, located near the Popp Martin Student Union, will provide much needed space for health, wellness and fitness services. The center is set for opening next fall. An expansion of the nearby Union Deck was recently completed. The university’s North Tryon Street entrance is getting a makeover. When finished this spring, the entrance will aesthetically match the main campus entrance on University City Boulevard. A building rising along University City Boulevard will house the campus’s greatly expanded admissions and visitors center. The building will open this spring. Learn more Read the most recent campus construction report.See progress reports of all projects costing $500,000 or...
UCity dining hot bites

UCity dining hot bites

Getting hungry? Chew on this! Three UCity restaurants make the list of popular dining spots, says online reservation service nowait.com. The new wrap restaurant Wrapway gets great reviews on Nextdoor.com. Check out these new places near the URP: Bachi at Cochran Commons and Peno Mediterranean Grill at The Arbors. Nowait.com customers like these UCity restaurants Nowait.com makes its bread and butter helping hungry diners get reservations. Recently, local online news site CharlotteFive.com used nowait.com to compile a list of favorite places to eat among its customers. Three University City restaurants in and near University Place made the list: Next-door neighbors Famous Toastery and Boardwalk Billy’s, which overlook the lake at University Place; and Seafood Connection, which recently parked its longtime food truck to open up a permanent home overlooking Harris Boulevard near I-85. See the full report.   Wrapway getting top marks University City users of neighborhood news website Nextdoor.com have been posting positive mini-reviews of Wrapway, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant located near campus at 10221 University City Blvd. Wrapway opened a few months ago and offers authentic wraps plus raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Among the recent comments: I just tried them for the first time. Absolutely delicious. This place is yummy! The customer service is amazing! Keep seeing it pop up on Nextdoor so I finally went. Great taste. (They) let me sample the options before buying. Check them out. Wrapway is also earning praise on Yelp and Facebook. Visit wrapway.us and learn more.   Try these new restaurants in Mallard Creek near URP Looking for someplace new for lunch or dinner near University Research Park? Here...
Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

IT company Cognizant Technology Solutions will add 300 jobs to its University City location at The Grove office park, the company announced recently. “We’re pleased to again expand in North Carolina and in Charlotte, home to many of our large clients, and a region with a strong talent base,” said Francisco D’Souza, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant. The state’s Economic Investment Committee approved a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) of up to $2 million to support the company’s expansion in North Carolina.   About Cognizant Cognizant is one of the world’s leading professional services companies. Cognizant is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. The company currently employs more than 2,700 people in North Carolina. Cognizant currently employs more than 960 people in Mecklenburg County and said it will invest $5 million here over the next five years. Cognizant’s Charlotte operation is located in The Grove V office building at the corner of West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road. The company plans to continue growing at that location, a company spokeswoman said.   A history of supporting workforce learning Through the work of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, established in 2018 with an initial grant of $100 million from Cognizant, the company also promotes education and workforce initiatives to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in America’s current and future workforce. The Foundation made its inaugural grant, in the amount of $1.5 million, to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte in May, with funds directed toward increasing digital...