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...
See University City’s latest projects and plans in pictures

See University City’s latest projects and plans in pictures

So much change is sweeping across University City, it can be hard to keep up. All corners of University City’s 7.5-square-mile area are evolving , from the 2,000 acre University Research Park to light rail stations. Nearly 4 million square-feet of office space was announced in 2019 alone. That’s why University City Partners has prepared a heavily visual report, “University City, CLT,” showcasing private development and public infrastructure projects that are under way or starting soon. The report features many illustrations and links to news reports and websites related to the projects. We have organized our report by “pockets of activity” – places such as the three North Tryon Street light-rail stations, where intense redevelopment is under way. Among the many projects included here: The UNC Charlotte Conference Center and Hotel Waters Edge at University Place Verde at McCullough Station McCullough Drive extension and streetscape improvements The University City Police Station Top Golf and Entertainment District CLICK HERE to view the report. We hope you will share it with everyone you know who has an interest in University...
What’s new: Latest development, jobs growth, campus transformation, Topgolf

What’s new: Latest development, jobs growth, campus transformation, Topgolf

University City’s growth keeps making headlines. Here are some of the latest reports.   See the details on University City’s latest construction A new online report by University City Partners provides details on development and infrastructure projects “in the pipeline” as of February 2020, including nearly 4 million square feet of office space announced in 2019. The report is organized by development near our three LYNX stations; Innovation Park; and University Research Park. SEE THE REPORT   News report: University City’s primed to add jobs A news report by the Charlotte Ledger concludes that University City’s boom in office construction and renovations signals a parallel surge in employees. “We put a light rail line up there, we already have a lot of jobs up there, and we have the university up there, assistant city manager Tracy Dodson told The Ledger. “That area is ripe.” READ THE ARTICLE University report chronicles “era of unprecedented growth” under Chancellor Phil Dubois The crane towering over the future UNC Charlotte Hotel and Conference Center is the latest sign of the university’s transformation under Chancellor Phil Dubois, who’ll retire on June 30. A new online report highlights significant milestones during Dubois’s 15 years as chancellor, including more than $1 billion in construction and renovations. SEE THE REPORT   Topgolf to open next fall in Entertainment District Topgolf, the popular golf-oriented entertainment venue, has announced that it will open a new facility next fall near I-85 and University City Boulevard. The 60,000-square-foot venue will be a key piece in the University City Entertainment District being developed near the University City Blvd LYNX light-rail station by...
These buildings are reshaping UNC Charlotte

These buildings are reshaping UNC Charlotte

Construction projects totaling more than $300 million are reshaping our growing UNC Charlotte campus. Here’s a quick look:   UREC health and wellness center The ribbon cutting for the university’s 160,000 square-foot recreation center drew an exuberant crowd on Jan. 8. Located at 8827 Craver Road beside the Popp Martin Student Center, the newly named UREC features an indoor and outdoor pool, 4 multi-purpose courts, 5 multi-purpose studios, 80 group fitness classes a week and outdoor basketball, pickleball and volleyball court. Student fees will pay for the $66 million building. See a time-lapse video of the two-year construction project Get an inside look of the new facility courtesy of the Niner Times Take a one-minute video tour Visit the UREC website   Marriott Hotel and Conference Center The crane now towering over the future campus hotel and conference center’s construction site can be seen from miles around. The first two stories of the conference center and hotel are taking shape at the corner of North Tryon Street and J.W. Clay Boulevard – adjacent to the J.W. Clay Blvd LYNX light-rail station. The estimated completion date is spring 2021. See the latest construction update and photos Get an overview of the project and its significance   New Science Building Campus leaders see the $101 million future science building as transformational and vital to UNC Charlotte’s academic advancement. “This one-stop-shop for our chemistry, biology and physics programs is an indisputable necessity,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. The building will replace the current Burson science building, built in 1985. The new science building will bring together instructional and research laboratories, faculty offices,...
These four projects will launch University Place transformation

These four projects will launch University Place transformation

The 2018 opening of the Blue Line Extension between UNC Charlotte and Center City launched a massive reshaping of the North Tryon Street corridor in University City. Look for these four public and private projects to focus that transformation on University Place over the next three to four years.   J.W. Clay Boulevard streetscape Construction of a major pedestrian- and bike-friendly overhaul of J.W. Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021. The $12.9 million streetscape project will significantly improve this key artery for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle and transit. Main improvements will include completing and widening sidewalks, redoing roadways and medians to accommodate bike lanes, adding a planting strip and street trees, and constructing a two-way separated cycle path between the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station and Doug Mayes Place. For more streetscape details and updates, visit the project website. Watch a 2016 video showing the planned roadway transformation (some details have changed, but the video is still fascinating).   I-85 North Bridge and Barton Creek Greenway The cycle path, providing a bike lane in each direction, will continue across I-85 and into University Research Park via a related road project, the I-85 North Bridge. Construction on that project is expected to start in spring 2021. Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County is nearing completion on the long-awaited Barton Creek Greenway from JW Clay Boulevard to the Mallard Creek Greenway. Once the new greenway opens, University Place will have direct access to 9-plus miles of greenways through UNC Charlotte, University Research Park and several neighborhoods. Read our report on the I-85...
Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

One of University City’s first office buildings has officially been reborn with the announcement on Jan. 14 that Principal Financial Group will occupy more than half of Proximity Park, at 401 McCullough Drive. Built in 1973 and renovated over the past year by new owner Tempus Realty Partners, the three-story office building holds about 205,000 square feet of space. Principal Financial Group, a major investment management and insurance company, will occupy the full third floor and part of the second floor, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. The company plans to begin moving in next summer. Based on industry averages, the 106,000 square feet of office space leased by Principal could accommodate roughly 600 people. Principal acquired Wells Fargo’s Institutional retirement and trust business last summer, including an employment center in Charlotte, The Business Journal reports. Read the full article   About Proximity Park Proximity Park is situated on a 32-acre campus beside I-85. Allstate had its Charlotte offices there until relocating to Innovation Park, the former IBM facility that now houses several major Charlotte employers. Tempus Realty Partners bought the property in 2017 and has spent more than $8 million on renovations. Colliers International is handling leasing. A big selling point is the property’s easy access to Uptown Charlotte via both I-85 and the LYNX light-rail line. Marketing materials say that the McCullough Drive LYNX Station on North Tryon Street is just a 7-minute, half-mile walk away. The property also has abundant parking and room for a second building. Jamie Boast, Chris Schaaf and Olivia Matthews with JLL represented Principal in leasing Proximity Park, and Brad Grow, Chandler Knox...