Tru by Hilton coming to University City near IKEA

Tru by Hilton coming to University City near IKEA

The Charlotte Observer reports that a Tru by Hilton hotel is planned for University Pointe Boulevard at I-85, based on permits filed recently with the city. The location is beside the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 6020 University Pointe Blvd. Both properties are part of the Belgate Shopping Center. IKEA’s Charlotte store is located nearby.   About Tru by Hilton Tru by Hilton targets younger travelers with rooms under $100 per night plus amenities such as digital check-in; a large lobby with areas to work, play games, eat and lounge; and the 24/7 Eat. & Sip. Market, where guests can buy gourmet snacks, drinks, wine and beer. The hotel fitness center features “the latest fitness trends including barre, resistance bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear, plus workout ideas offered on fitness center tablets,” says the Tru by Hilton website. Charlotte’s first Tru by Hilton is in the Arsley mixed-use community near I-485 and South Tryon Street. Hilton opened its 100th Tru in November and has 30 more opening soon, including one near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.   University City’s growing hotel hub Tru by Hilton will soon join several  hotels that are under construction or have opened recently in University City near I-85 and on North Tryon Street. Read the Observer article about Tru by Hilton. Read about University City’s growing hotel hub. Visit the Tru by Hilton...
Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Retail space at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck has its second tenant. Sabor Latin Street Grill opened in December on the JW Clay Boulevard side of the building. Atrium Health Urgent Care University City opened in October. Sabor is a locally owned fast-food chain featuring foods from several Latin American countries, plus beer, wine and cocktails. The University store at 9325 JW Clay Blvd. is Sabor’s 14th location and its first at a light-rail stop. The restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm daily. The parking decks at the JW Clay Blvd and University City Blvd transit stops are the first parking facilities along the LYNX line to offer commercial space for lease. Visit...
Novant proposes N. Tryon medical offices

Novant proposes N. Tryon medical offices

Novant Health has applied for a rezoning to allow a hospital or medical offices at North Tryon Street and Mallard Creek Church Road, the Charlotte Observer reports. The plan calls for up to 144,000 square feet of surgery centers, clinic space, emergency rooms and/or other health uses on the 23.6-acre site, which is near UNC Charlotte and borders Mallard Creek Greenway and the Thornberry Apartments.   Rezoning details The site plan filed with the rezoning says buildings will be no more than four stories (65 feet). The facility will have entrances on both North Tryon Street and Mallard Creek Church Road. A new public street will start at the Mallard Creek Church Road entrance and eventually extend into an undeveloped property at the northwest corner of the site. The plan also calls for an urban open space at the Tryon-Mallard Creek Church Road intersection. The open space will include landscaping, walking paths, seating and other elements. Novant, Atrium Health seeking state OK for more facilities Novant Health and Atrium Health recently filed competing plans for more operating rooms and acute-care beds in the Charlotte area, The Observer reports. Atrium Health University City hospital and Urgent Care are located nearby. OrthoCarolina has offices and a surgical center across North Tryon Street from the proposed facility. Several Novant Health medical practices have offices in University City, including locations on University Executive Park Drive, on Mallard Creek Road, and on Medical Plaza Drive. Read the Charlotte Observer...
I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

Charlotte’s engineering department reports that construction should begin in early 2021 on the future I-85 North Bridge connecting University Place and University Research Park. The bridge and associated new and upgraded roadways should open in early 2024. Funded by Charlotte and the state, the I-85 North Bridge and its partner, the already completed I-85 South Bridge, will provide much improved linkage between University Research Park employment hub and two major LYNX light-rail stations along North Tryon Street. Current work on the I-85 North bridge project includes real-estate acquisition and development of the final design. The project team and the NC Department of Transportation staff also are working to get various approvals needed before the design is completed.   Learn more about the I-85 North Bridge project Project website Street cross-sections Bridge aesthetics Final road...
Help Mecklenburg plan for our collective future

Help Mecklenburg plan for our collective future

Do you care about improving our parks, schools and social services? Be sure to add completing the Mecklenburg County Budget Survey to your December to-do list. Your responses could influence next year’s county budget priorities. Here are details about the survey as well as other ways you can learn about the county budget, the budgeting process, and how you can take part in shaping the final budget for Fiscal Year 2021.   Resident Budget Priority Survey (available through Dec. 31) Share your budget priorities for the budget year starting July 2020 (Fiscal Year 2021) by ranking services by level of importance. Learn how the county allocates and manages the current $1.9 billion operating budget, which funds: most parks and park programs throughout the county; a sizable part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools budget; and numerous social services. The survey must be submitted by Dec. 31 and is limited to Mecklenburg County residents. The county says that most people complete the survey in 10-15 minutes. Online survey – To complete the survey online, click here. Paper survey – To complete a paper copy of the survey, click here for a list of 20 public libraries including University City Regional Library where paper surveys are available. You may download a Spanish version of the survey at the same link.   Balancing Act Budget Simulator The county offers an online Balancing Act Budget Simulator to help the public better understand the complex process of making choices on what to fund with limited resources. Using the simulator, you can learn details about Mecklenburg County revenue sources and expense categories in the current budget...
Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

What will our future workforce look like? And how can Charlotte prepare our workers for the skills they’ll need? To help provide answers, UNC Charlotte’s Research and Economic Development and University City Partners recently hosted a talk by Dr. Jennifer Gresham, founder of Work for Humanity, on “Rising Tides: Rethinking Education in an Age of Uncertainty.” In her keynote presentation on Dec. 5 at the university’s PORTAL Building, Gresham discussed future workforces as a combination of specialists and “agilists,” a term she uses to identify individuals who have a breadth of experience, enjoy complexity and prefer working across disciplines. She noted that in order to create more agilists, there must be a designed shift in educational programming and workforce preparedness. Additionally, Gresham believes that employers will need to rethink hiring practices and performance criteria for agilists. University City Partners co-presented Gresham’s talk in conjunction with the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Lee College of Engineering and the Graduate School. The talk was part of an annual celebration of UNC Charlotte’s Research and Community Partners. Hilton Charlotte University Place, Turner, Atrium Health, Foundation for the Carolinas, GOM, and the city of Charlotte co-sponsored the celebration. More about Dr. Jennifer Gresham Gresham is the founder of Work for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals develop the self-confidence, independence and technical skill to teach themselves nearly anything and demonstrate their capacity for more valuable and meaningful work. A research scientist for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Gresham previously served 16 years in the United States Air...