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...
Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

UCity Biz Net invites you to join us for our monthly business networking breakfast, 7:30-9 am June 13 at Hilton Charlotte University Place. This meeting’s lineup includes some of the new kids on the block in University City: Mike Hill, UNC Charlotte’s new Athletic Director; Top Golf; University City’s first brewery; and The National Junior College Athletic Association. The free event will take place in the Lakeview room at Hilton Charlotte University Place. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. The Hilton Charlotte University Place is at 8629 J M Keynes Drive in University Place. The hotel has plenty of free parking and is also a short walk from the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station. The Lakeview Room is on the lake level of the hotel, accessible from the lakeside entrance. If you enter through the main lobby, take the escalator down one floor. The Lakeview room entrance is on the left. Directions to the Hilton UCity Biz Net is a collaboration of University City community members, entrepreneurs and business operators with a like-minded vision for the economic growth of University City – Charlotte. Please let us know you’re coming The networking event is free and open to the public. To help us plan for the breakfast, please RSVP to University City Partners. Email us at info@universitycitypartners.org with your name and business...
Former Solectron – Flextronics facility may become offices

Former Solectron – Flextronics facility may become offices

The former Solectron / Flextronics manufacturing facility near IBM Drive could become a multi-tenant office building with up to 455,000 square feet of space, a rezoning petition for adjacent property reveals. The Charlotte City Council held a hearing on the rezoning request by Westcore Properties at the City Council’s May 30 meeting. The petition filed by Westcore Properties asks that 6.2 acres on Penninger Circle, currently zoned for institutional uses, be rezoned to allow a surface parking lot. The lot would provide additional parking for Westcore’s building and 51 acres of land on Solectron Drive.   Parking lot needed for office expansion In a community meeting for the rezoning, held in March, Nick Markos of Westcore Properties said that the former manufacturing facility has 150,000 square feet of office space and about 300,000 square feet of manufacturing and research space. Markos said at the March meeting that his company plans to rehab the building and convert some or all of the manufacturing and research space to office use, depending on the needs of the new tenants. To successfully lease the additional office space, he said, the building must have additional parking. Westcore plans to add even more parking on land it already owns beside the building, Markos said.   Long history as manufacturing facility comes to an end Global electronics manufacturer Solectron build the facility in 1982, about the time that IBM opened its plant nearby. One of Solectron’s competitors, Flextronics, acquired the building when it bought Solectron in 2007. Flextronics sold the building and land to Westcore the following year, then leased space in the building. Flextronics closed...
Hundreds of new homes near our LYNX stations

Hundreds of new homes near our LYNX stations

Two residential communities near our North Tryon Street LYNX stations took big steps in the last week. Demolition began on two office buildings beside North Tryon Street to make way for ATAPCO’s five-story apartment building near the McCullough Station. Blu at Northline held a tour of its newly completed community the University City Blvd Station.   ATAPCO begins apartments at McCullough Station ATAPCO helped launch University City’s development boom three decades with the opening of our first office development, University Executive Park. Now the company is replacing two of its office buildings along North Tryon Street near the McCullough LYNX Station with a five-story apartment building that will internal parking, apartments and room for 5,000 square feet of street-level shops and other uses. University City Partners worked closely with ATAPCO on the project, to ensure that it sets the tone for high-quality transit-oriented redevelopment of North Tryon Street near the McCullough Station. Click here for details of ATAPCO’s new apartment building.   Our photo tour of Blu University City Partners Executive Director toured Blu at Northline on May 1 and took these photos of the 376-home apartment community at 6919 N. Tryon St., just south of the I-85 connector. “Connected Living Starts Here,” declares the community’s website. Residents can choose from studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes ranging in rent from $975 to $1,800 per month. Apartments come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community amenities include a pool and sun deck, “bark park” for pets, cyber cafe and fitness center. Click here to learn more about Blu at...
Learn more about university hotel-conference center at May 7 community meeting

Learn more about university hotel-conference center at May 7 community meeting

What do the Metropolitan at Midtown, Aloft at the EpiCentre and Ritz-Carlton in Chicago have to do with University City? Three companies that helped create or operate each are working with UNC Charlotte to build its hotel and conference center at the JW Clay Boulevard LYNX Station. Learn more at 6:30 pm May 7, at a community meeting on the project at the university’s PORTAL building.   Facility near JW Clay Blvd Station could open in 2020 The university and its foundation are moving forward on design work for the hotel and conference center, to be located on 11.4 acres at the corner of North Tryon Street and JW Clay Boulevard. Niles Sorensen, president of the UNC Charlotte Foundation, said that the university hopes to see construction start in early 2019, with completion in late summer 2020. “Once completed, the full-service UNC Charlotte-branded Marriott hotel will provide 226 rooms and a 15,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art conference center,” Chancellor Phil Dubois wrote in his monthly Fast Five Update on April 2. The Foundation recently submitted a request to rezone 4.4 acres at North Tryon Street and JW Clay Boulevard for the project. The community meeting on May 7 is a required step in the rezoning process. “We are excited the University is investing in bringing another anchor to Charlotte and University City. Their design will fully embrace our efforts to make the JW Clay a walkable urban center,” said Tobe Holmes, planning and development director for University City Partners. Enticing new details A report given to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees in February and the site plan filed recently with the...