Together we build a better Ucity

Together we build a better Ucity

University City benefits when we all pull together toward a common goal.   Back2School Fair is a community success! Hundreds of children received backpacks, school supplies and health physicals on July 28 as the Camino Community Center hosted its 14th annual Back2School Fair. Thanks to the many University City businesses and individuals who donated supplies. The center, located near the Ucity Blvd Transit Station, provides a health clinic, fitness programs, thrift store and other services. Learn more about the center and ways you can help, too.   Botanical Gardens need your green thumb UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens need volunteers to help in the extensive outdoor gardens and greenhouse and to work with visitors as weekend hosts. This is a great way to share your time with others who enjoy gardening, says director Jeff Gillman. Volunteers also spread the joy of nature and nurture to the broader community. To learn more about volunteering, email Jeff at jgillman@uncc.edu. To learn more about the gardens and upcoming programs, visit gardens.uncc.edu.   Help shape our transit-oriented future on Aug. 14 Charlotte is improving its guidelines for development near our light-rail stations. These changes could have a profound impact on University City’s North Tryon Street development over the next decade. Learn about the proposed changes and how you can help shape them at an informational meeting at 6 pm Aug. 14. The meeting location, Powerhouse Studio at 1507 Camden Road, is near the East-West light rail station. Learn more at charlotteudo.org or contact Alan Goodwin at...
CMPD’s Lip Sync Challenge has Ucity twist

CMPD’s Lip Sync Challenge has Ucity twist

The Lip Sync Challenge sweeping US police departments has turned CMPD into YouTube stars, with 2.4 million views of officers, staff and Police Chief Kerr Putney dancing to Justin Timberlake’s infectious “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” University City police, locations and even Chick-Fil-A’s Rob Rogers figure prominently in several scenes – and that’s not a coincidence: Two of the University Division’s community coordinators, Chad Webster and Jason Peetz, helped lead the effort and oversee the filming. Chief Putney gets the opening shot, but right after that you’ll spot Webster and Peetz at one of their favorite hangouts, the University Place Chick-fil-A; motorcycle patrol officers dancing in front of the University City Station at University Executive Park; and Webster crooning, “Nowhere to hide when I’m getting you close,” as he pulls an imaginary lasso that leads him Rogers in a feigned traffic stop. Of course, lots of other Charlotte locales and even Lake Norman also get into the act.   Plenty of media coverage Local media have given the Lip Sync video plenty of coverage, including Interviews of Webster, Peetz and officer Darrion Eichelberger by WBTV. Though the people in the video appear to be dancing and “sync’ing” with gusto, Peetz told WBTV, it took a lot for most officers to do. “I think everybody understood the bigger picture – that humanizing the badge is a big thing,” Peetz said.   70,000 views in just one day! The video hit a home run, getting 70,000 views its first day and more than 5,200 comments in the three weeks since its release. Almost all are like this sample: “Fantastic production folks! Y’all...
Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

University City is changing by the day. This Thursday, July 26, University City Partners invites you to share the changes you’d like to see – as well as the things you want to keep the same. From 6 to 8 pm at the Camino Community Center, urban planner, community activist and artist James Rojas will lead us through a planning process entitled “Place It!” that uses art to help us envision the future. Rojas has used this method to engage thousands of people at over 400 workshops. At our event on July 26, participants will learn about the role of planning and design in shaping how we live, and then translate their dreams and ideas into physical forms. From these results and their accompanying stories, University City Partners hopes to generate plans, drawings and policy recommendations to build a better University City. The workshop will take place 6-8 pm Thursday at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive near the University City Boulevard LYNX Station and Parking Deck. Turn onto the side street next to the Waffle House. The center is nearby on the left. Directions   RSVP and more information To RSVP or to get more information, contact University City Partners planning director Tobe Holmes at tholmes@universitycitypartners.org. To learn more about the Place It! planning process, visit...
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...
Remembering one of University City’s pioneers

Remembering one of University City’s pioneers

University City lost one of its true pioneers recently. Seddon “Rusty” Goode Jr. died on May 14 at the age of 86. Goode helped launch University Research Park and complete I-485, and much more. “Rusty Goode was a visionary for what has become University City and University Research Park,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners. “He held tight to the vision he and other civic leaders created for Charlotte’s University campus and business community. Although his legacy encompasses so much more than University City and University Research Park, our community is blessed beyond measure to have captured his passion and commitment to this place for several decades.” Goode served as president and director of University Research Park for two decades, starting with the arrival of IBM in the early 1980s and the explosive growth of the park that followed. As a member the powerful state transportation board, Goode championed the construction of Charlotte’s I-485 Outer Belt Road. He served on numerous other boards, including the UNC Charlotte Foundation and the Davidson College board of Trustees. In 2013, the Jane and Rusty Goode Endowment for Educators was established at UNC Charlotte to support the College of Education’s efforts to develop innovative programs in partnership with schools. Goode was honored for his contributions to building the state’s transportation system in 1997, when a new stretch of I-485 between I-77 and NC 49 was designated The Seddon “Rusty” Goode Jr. Freeway.   Discover much more about Rusty Goode and his legacy “Rusty Goode, who brought jobs and freeways to Charlotte, dead at 86” – The Charlotte Observer “Well-known Charlotte...
Firenza Pizza opens June 5 at Belgate

Firenza Pizza opens June 5 at Belgate

University City’s newest restaurant, Firenza Pizza, opens June 5 near IKEA in the Belgate shopping center. The Virginia-based chain offers dough made in-house daily, nearly 40 toppings, and a 5-minute bake time in an open-flame stone-hearth oven. The new Firenza is located at 6925 University City Blvd., Suite 420, midway between I-85 and IKEA Boulevard.   Grand Opening specials During the restaurant’s grand opening June 5-10, guests who donate $2 to either EmpowHERment or Safe Alliance Charlotte-based non-profits will receive their choice of a free “signature” 10-inch pizza or a free four-topping 10-inch pizza. In addition, the first 10 people in line on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at the new Firenza location will get a free pizza for a year, says the restaurant’s grand-opening promotional materials on its Facebook page!   On the menu Firenza offers 10- and 14-inch pizzas including several signature pies such as the Firenza, made with classic tomato sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, pepperoni, Italian sausage crumbles, artichoke hearts, red onion, a pepper medley and fresh garlic. Customers also can craft their own from their choice of nearly 40 toppings and  nine “finishes,” such as fresh basil or a buttermilk ranch drizzle. Gluten-free pizza dough is available. The restaurant also offers dinner salads, sides sand desserts.   Firenza is growing This is Firenza Pizza’s second Charlotte area location. The first opened in 2017 in the Northcrest Shopping Center near Northlake Mall. Franchise owner Emily Wagner plans to open a total of five Firenza Pizza restaurants in the Charlotte area. Firenza Pizza is in a new retail area of the Belgate Shopping Center,...