Tasty Tuesdays: Moon River Thai Bistro

Tasty Tuesdays: Moon River Thai Bistro

By Luis Martinez Moon River Thai Bistro is a delicious new Thai restaurant located near campus at 9211-1 North Tryon Street in the Mallard Pointe shopping center. The prices are amazing, the food delicious, and the service remarkable. The family that owns Moon River moved from Thailand to America – starting at Burlington, NC. They opened a Moon River Thai Bistro in Danville, Va., and recently moved to Charlotte and opened their second Moon River here to be close to two children attending UNC Charlotte. Go 49ers!   Personal service During my lunchtime visit to the restaurant, the owner explained to me the different levels of spice available in the dishes, and the differences between the dishes they offer. Once seated, I was given an egg roll with duck sauce dip that was so delicious I wished I could have another! After looking through the menu and trying to decide on which lunch dish to pick from the many styles and types of dishes offered, I decided on the Chicken Pad Thai.   Lunch was fast and delicious I didn’t wait long for lunch, as the food was prepared quickly, which I was thankful for because of how hungry I was! The aroma of the restaurant was amazing. All you could smell were different delicious dishes being cooked in the kitchen. After receiving the Chicken Pad Thai, I quickly realized it was the best Pad Thai I’ve had to date! If you’re in University City and are looking for some amazing Thai food, check out Moon River Thai Bistro. You’ll be glad you did!   Want to visit? The...
Tour CIT’s One University Place HQ on Aug. 23

Tour CIT’s One University Place HQ on Aug. 23

Corporate Information Technologies (CIT), a leading technology and information security management company, invites the public to the open house for its new corporate headquarters at One University Place. The open house will take place 4-6 pm Aug. 23, at 8801 J M Keynes Drive, Suite 250. CIT relocated to One University Place after 20 years in NoDa. CIT’s new corporate headquarters provides facilities for its 24×7 network and security operations centers, sales engineering, and executive offices. CIT’s professional technologists provide services to small- to midmarket clients in the United States and five countries internationally.   The search for a new HQ CIT engaged the services of Cherry & Associates for its headquarters search and relocation. “From the beginning of this project, it was made clear that access to walkable amenities and the Blue Line would be critical to maintain and grow the culture of the company,” says Joe Cherry of Cherry and Associates. “With the new Blue Line Extension right outside their front door, there’s no doubt that our friends at CIT will be enjoying the connectivity that this provides.”   CIT drawn by “an incredible array of benefits” CIT’s President, Lawrence Cruciana, commented, “We started with a blank slate in considering our relocation. The University City area and specifically the team at Origin Properties and Trinity Properties met truly all of our needs. “The area offers such an incredible array of benefits including excellent housing options, amazing restaurants, and a world class University with nationally recognized computer science and engineering programs. “We’re excited to deepen our relationships with resources in the area which will benefit all involved.” Origin...
See the plans for proposed police station

See the plans for proposed police station

Plans for University City’s next police station are now available online. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department hopes to replace the division’s leased station at University Executive Park with a two-story city-owned structure on North Tryon Street near the McCullough LYNX Station. Special requirements for parking, security and other issues will require the City Council’s approval of a zoning change for the proposed site.   Six new stations under development The Police Department plans to replace the University City Division facility and three others currently occupying temporary leased buildings: Westover, Hickory Grove and Independence. The CMPD also plans to build stations for the newly established South and Northwest Divisions. CMPD held its first information meeting for the University City Division station on Aug. 16.   Details of University City Division station Details in the site plan and a building rendering show the building’s main entrance at the corner of North Tryon Street and Ken Hoffman Drive, with two stories of windows clustered near the main entrance. The building exterior features manufactured stone and brick facades, “police globe” wall sconces, and a large Hornets Nest CMPD logo. Drawings on the site plan show the main police station building, accessory structures and 8-foot-tall fencing running the length of both North Tryon Street and Ken Hoffman Drive. The fencing would screen about 130 surface parking spaces.   Why a rezoning is needed The opening of the LYNX Blue Line Extension on North Tryon Street has led the city to encourage transit-oriented development within a quarter mile of each light-rail station. The police station would be within a quarter mile of the McCullough Station. A...
Our good news is making headlines

Our good news is making headlines

Local media recently have published reports about University City’s economic vitality and international flavor. Enjoy the good news, and share with your friends!   University City is Reaching Higher Heights – Light Rail is a Game Changer!   Charlotte Regional Partnership newsletter, Aug. 7 When University City took off in the early 1980s, one of the first groups to invest in its future was Charlotte’s medical community, drawn by the opportunity to serve future residents and businesses in the emerging University Research Park. Skeptics wondered about the wisdom of launching Charlotte’s first suburban hospital in a sparsely populated region with seemingly more cows than people. No one questions that decision now. MORE   University City has Charlotte’s best options for Jamaican food QCityMetro newsletter, Aug. 5 Growing up in a Haitian household, the things I remember most were the language (Creole), the music (Kompa), and of course, the food. Having friends from different parts of the West Indies allows me to appreciate and embrace the variety within Caribbean culture. So “big ups” to my Jamaican bredren celebrating the country’s 56th Independence Day this week. With that being said, let’s discuss why University City is the best neighborhood in Charlotte for Jamaican food … it’s not up for debate. I’m serious. MORE   Growing Indian population brings new businesses to University City   Plancharlotte.org, June 19 It’s a Wednesday evening, and shoppers at the new Patel Brothers grocery store in Charlotte’s University City area stroll through aisles loaded with hundreds of Indian ingredients, snacks and condiments, among them 20-pound bags of various types of rice and flour as well as...
Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

The proposed UNC Charlotte conference center and hotel have drawn plenty of interest, especially from people following the surge of development taking place near the new LYNX light-rail stations on North Tryon Street. Thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, vivid renderings and many building details are now available for public view. You can find the latest site plan and other materials on the department website, among its list of 2018 rezoning petitions, under Petition 2018-047.   Site for facility will require zoning change The UNC Charlotte Foundation, which owns the site for the proposed development, is asking the Charlotte City Council to rezone 4.42 acres near the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station for a hotel with up to 230 rooms and a 15,000-square-foot conference center. All of the project’s required planning documents and city-staff reviews (as they are completed) are available online. As of June 15, the rezoning public hearing for this project is scheduled for the Charlotte City Council’s monthly zoning meeting on June 18. However, several petitions including possibly this one will be deferred to a later date. See below for more meeting details. Download the meeting agenda here.   What we know so far Tentatively called the UNC Charlotte Marriott, the hotel and conference center are proposed for about 4.4 acres bordered by North Tryon Street, JW Clay Boulevard, Robert D. Snyder Road and the PORTAL Building parking lot. The land is owned by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The current site plan shows a six-story hotel fronting North Tryon Street and the conference center fronting Robert D. Snyder Drive. A second building for parking would be built...
New online map puts UC growth at our fingertips

New online map puts UC growth at our fingertips

Ever wonder who’s building in that newly cleared site or what’s being planned next to the brand-new rezoning sign? A new map created by University City Partners and available to the public has that information and more, including links to rezoning documents, public hearing dates and locations of street improvements. Click here to view the map. UCP Planning and Development Director Tobe Holmes and UCP intern Luis Martinez spent about 10 hours building the database-driven Google map. Holmes plans to update it monthly. “We aimed to expand the tools through which people can be informed about changes in University City and potentially share their opinions with regard to active rezoning petitions,” Holmes explained. Specific map subjects include: Current land development projects under construction, planning or permitting. Pipeline projects (in the works). Current rezoning petitions (such as the university’s conference center and Armored Cow Brewing at University Place). Public projects (I-85 North Bridge, retail space at JW Clay Station Parking Deck, etc.). Under construction. The boundary of the University City Municipal Service District. Have a question, correction or suggestion? To comment on the map, email University City Partners at...