Beer garden, major industrial and hotel reuse among rezoning proposals

Beer garden, major industrial and hotel reuse among rezoning proposals

Proposals for a massive industrial development, sports-facility expansion and adaptive reuse of an existing hotel are among several rezoning proposals in University City being reviewed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department. Also being considered: Plans for several hundred multifamily housing units and an amendment to a 2019 rezoning change for more than 400 multifamily units near the University City Blvd. LYNX Station. Hearing dates have not been set for most of the requests. The Charlotte City Council will likely consider these proposals at an upcoming monthly rezoning meeting, held the third Monday of each month. To learn more about the rezoning process, click here. Recent rezoning proposals for University City 325 multifamily units near I-485 in Prosperity Village Petitioner: Bainbridge Communities Acquisitions III, LLC  Petition: 2020-159 Hearing date: Feb. 22, 2021 Location: 14.8 acres on north side of Mallard Creek Road, NE side of Ridge Road and east side of Beard Road. Property is located just east of I-485 interchange. Details: Rezone property from R-3 single-family residential to R-22MF multifamily conditional, for up to 325 mulitifamily residential units. Five buildings and 545 parking spaces. Beer garden at Prosperity Athletic Club Petitioner: Premier Athletic Management, LLC  Petition: 2020-193 Location: 10.5 acres on the east side of Browne Road near Benfield Road Details: Rezone property from Institutional conditional to B1 business conditional to allow for renovation/expansion of existing Prosperity Athletic Club. Changes include addition of beer garden. Major Industrial and multifamily development near Concord Mills Mall Petitioner: Childress-Klein Properties  Petition: 2021-028 Location: 287.7 acres on the north side of I-85 just west of Concord Mills Mall Details: Rezone property from CC...
City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

Updated Feb. 18, 2021 Charlotte City Council approved plans for six multifamily housing communities in University City at its January and February zoning meetings. Other approved developments include a single-family community at Hucks and Browne roads; a rental facility on West WT Harris Blvd. and 145,000 square feet of commercial and retail as part of a major residential development near I-485. Here are details. Petitions approved by City Council on Jan. 19, 2021 712 multifamily and 26 townhomes near I-85 and University City Blvd. Petitioner: Geystar GP II, LLC. Petition: 2020-086 Location: 71.9 acres on south side of University City Blvd., west of Interstate I-85. Details: Rezoned from Research to R-12 MF (CD). Plan calls for dedicating all land in Doby Creek 100-year floodplain to county for future greenway. Development will include 12-foot shared-use path along University City Blvd. Commercial center and 432 apartments and townhomes near I-85 Petitioner: WSB Retail Partners, LLC. Petition: 2020-088 Location: 58 acres on the NE side of Prosperity Church Road and South side of Johnston Oehler Road Details: Rezoned from MX and R-3 residential to Comercial Center and UR-2 Urban Residential, conditional. Rezoning will allow up to 300 multifamily units, 132 townhomes and up to 145,000 SF of commercial and retail. Property is Prosperity Village development area near I-485. 157 duplex, triplex or single-family attached homes on IBM Drive Petitioner: J.S. & Associates, Inc. Petition: 2020-102 Location: 23.4 acres at IBM Drive and Neal Road. Details: Rezoned from R-8 MF conditional multifamily and R-4 single-family residential to R-8 MF conditional multifamily for up to 157 duplex, triplex or single-family attached homes. Plan calls...
Black-owned businesses helping build University City’s future

Black-owned businesses helping build University City’s future

Check out Black-owned restaurants, shops and services in University City Charlotte Five, an online publication of The Charlotte Observer, recently published a list of more than 100 Black-owned restaurants and other businesses across Charlotte. In honor of Black History Month, we have culled through the full list for those businesses located in University City. We hope you will find both lists helpful. As the Charlotte Five article notes, the pandemic has forced some businesses to close or change their hours and services, so call or visit their websites before visiting. But DO visit. Tomorrow’s vibrant University City is being built by our small businesses today!   Restaurants and bars Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe Jamaican and other Caribbean dishes 6434 W. Sugar Creek Road, Suite F. Map Open Wednesdays-Sundays; closed Tuesdays Dine in, takeout and delivery 704-598-6863 Website Facebook   Big Tank’s Soulfull Kitchen Soul food 2130 E. Arbors Drive, No. 125. Map Open 11 am-8 pm Fri, Sat, Sun (as of Feb. 1, 2021) Dine in, takeout and delivery. 980-355-0366. Website Facebook   Caribbean Hut Caribbean dishes 9609 N. Tryon St. and 3 other locations. Map Open daily. Dine in, takeout and delivery. 704-593-0030 Website Facebook   Island Cuisine Jamaican dishes 5332 Docia Crossing Road at Prosperity Park Drive. Map Open Mondays-Saturdays Dine in, takeout and delivery 980-237-2677 Website   Nick and Mike Bar and Grill Sports bar with American food 11525 N. Tryon St., Suite 7. Map Open daily 980-335-0405 Website Facebook   Quidley’s Restaurant Caribbean cuisine 10901 University City Blvd. No. 106. Map Takeout and delivery 704-910-1781 Facebook Yelp Instagram   STATS Restaurant and Bar American dishes 3425...
Update on University City Regional Library’s future home

Update on University City Regional Library’s future home

Darlene Heater, Executive Director, University City Partners. I am so proud of your advocacy and support for our library.  The people who will determine the future home of University City Regional Library have heard our community’s concerns. Leaders of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County have communicated they are working through the process of choosing a new location for Mecklenburg County’s second busiest branch that is in the best interest of our community, and that your voices matter in making that choice. The right location Currently, the Library and county staffs are negotiating with developers to find an appropriate site in University City. Easy access by public transit is a consideration; cost is, as well. We continue to hope that, in the end, our Library and county leaders will go with the location that three separate land-use plans since 2007 have recommended for the new Library home – at University Place. Library and county leaders have told us, as well, that a site in University Place near the JW Clay Blvd light-rail station is a leading option from among 20-plus proposed locations they are evaluating. Advantages of a Library on the lake at University Place Developer EB Arrow has offered to provide a stand-alone two-story library building overlooking the lake and a waterfront active area in their new University Place development called Waters Edge. A Library on the lake and boardwalk at University Place would be a highly accessible and visible location to support literacy and social and economic opportunities for residents in and near University City. The proposed location anchors the Library in a new town center where...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

January 2021 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene East Coast HQ leads 2020 business news, says Charlotte Ledger “That’s the huge one,” Ledger Executive Editor Tony Mecia tells WFAE. Total jobs could top 6,000 – biggest jobs announcement in NC history, Mecia says. Centene news also helps NC earn “2020 State of the Year” title from Business Facilities. MORE NOVEL Research Park sells for $69.5 million Charlotte Observer says price is among highest ever for University City apartments. The year-old community, now named Pointe at Research Park, has 280 units on 19.3 acres. Site adjoins property purchased by Centene Corp. for East Coast headquarters. Other recent sales in University City include RUSH student housing for $95.25 million. MORE Work under way or starting soon on 2 apartment communities Spectrum JV is building 325-unit development near University City Blvd LYNX station. MORE ContraVest to start work soon on Addison One15 at W. Harris Blvd and Old Statesville Road. Addison One15 will offer attached garages, cybercafe, private office spaces. MORE I-85 North Bridge update: work starting on utilities relocation in Research Park Work will start soon along David Taylor Drive and Research Drive near Louis Rose Place. Project will begin with tree removal. Utilities will relocate both underground and overhead lines. City will work to maintain safety for workers, surrounding businesses and commuters. Bridge and new roadway will link Research Park to University Place, LYNX, university. Questions: Leslie Bing, project manager, at 704-577-8609 or lbing@charlottenc.gov. MORE Recent building permits in University City Building permits issued from Sept. 7 to Dec. 8 2020 include: Centene East Coast...
Help us secure the right home for University City’s library

Help us secure the right home for University City’s library

Money is short, and time is running out. We need your help – NOW – to speak up for our library. (Updated Jan. 6, 2021) Major decisions over the next month will likely decide the location and scale of University City’s next library. The current facility at 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. must soon relocate because the library’s lease is expiring. The two groups that will decide the library’s future – the leadership of Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries and the Mecklenburg County Board – need to hear loud and clear from our community that we want the future University City Regional Library to have the building it needs at the best location to serve University City and all of Charlotte. SEE BELOW FOR HOW TO CONTACT OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS An exciting opportunity for University City’s future Developer EB Arrow’s announcement in July 2019 that it would help transform University Place by including a 40,000-square-foot library building in its Waters Edge project seemed like the perfect solution. This new home (just to the left of the main office building in this image) could follow in the footsteps of the South County Regional Library, now being renovated and expanded to 39,000 square feet. Leveraging the $1.1 billion LYNX investment University City Partners believes that having a library facility that’s nearly twice the size of the current one, equipping it with the latest technology and programming, and locating it in a dynamic urban center within a short walk of the LYNX light-rail line, will meet the library system’s stated goal of establishing libraries as the 21st Century “public commons” for their communities. A...