NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

Last updated April 29, 2019 An information meeting to explain and get feedback on University City’s biggest upcoming road project drew more than 100 people to UNC Charlotte on April 23. The project, set to start construction in about 3 years, will widen NC 49 to six lanes near campus, launch a new highway to Independence Boulevard and close a busy railroad crossing. At least two critical decisions remain to be made. The path of the new highway once it crosses the NC Rail Corridor and nearby Hanberry Boulevard. One option would slice through woods and wetlands planned for a future park. How to lower University City Boulevard several feet while maintaining high traffic volume between I-485 and the university campus. One option would require removing several commercial buildings. The drop-in information meeting took place in the Cone University Center, where visitors could move through several information stations dealing with various aspects of the three projects.   State’s reason for six lanes A short video display explained why the NC Department of Transportation believes that University City Boulevard (NC 49) needs to be widened to six lanes between I-485 and John Kirk Road and redesigned to eliminate left turns from cross streets such as Mallard Creek Church Road. Watch the video. University City Boulevard carries more than 40,000 vehicles per day, with significant rush-hour congestion and numerous accidents, particularly at the Back Creek Church Road/Pavilion Boulevard intersection. Transportation planners estimate that the volume will double in 20 years. A state Transportation Department staff member said the new design will accommodate that greater volume and cut accidents while providing safe movement...
The time for parks is now!

The time for parks is now!

A message from Darlene Heater: Our campaign for more parks now in University City and Charlotte moves forward. In the past two weeks we have: Addressed our Mecklenburg County Commissioners, who fund our parks, about the crisis of an exploding population and disappearing land for new parks. Helped launch Voices4Parks.org, a website that explains why commissioners must take action now, as they shape the budget that begins July 1. Kept working with parks boosters countywide to light the fire under elected officials.   If you share our passion for parks, join us, now! Visit Voices4Parks.org to learn why there is little time left to act for parks. Read our April 15 call to action to the Mecklenburg County Board. Send your own message for parks to the County Commission. Get contact info here. There is still time. Our commissioners do listen. Let’s make a difference, now!   Thanks. Darlene Heater, Executive Director University City...
Why parks? Why now?

Why parks? Why now?

Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, addressed the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on April 15, 2019, about the urgent need for funding to buy park land. This is the text of that address. Dear County Commissions, County Manager and Parks Director, Thank you for allowing me time on the Monday evening public comments agenda to share the reasons that parks are important to building livable communities that attract and serve residents. I am sharing them in written format via this email. As I shared, land for parks is disappearing before our eyes–and especially so in high growth areas including University City. I am urging you to plan for our future that will include easy access to parks. We are at a tipping point, and parks make Charlotte livable, inclusive, healthy. And, they strengthen our community fabric.   Parks reflect a community’s quality of life Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks also ensure the health of families and youth and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region. Access to parks and natural amenities is the foundation of great places – they are what attract people … and investment. Most importantly, public parks can provide rich and equitable opportunities for all residents. Here’s why:   Parks create community People gather to share experiences, socialize and to build community bonds in common...
TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

Get details this afternoon at UNC Charlotte about NC plans to transform part of University City Boulevard into a six-lane ”Superstreet”, launch a new roadway to south Charlotte and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm today, April 23, in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and to take a survey about the plans.   Superstreet details The state plans to convert 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. Construction could start in 2022. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to cut congestion and accidents while increasing capacity.   Other major project components The state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed.   Why? The state says the project and its design will: Improve traffic volume, speed and safety on University City Boulevard. Start the long-planned major highway from University City to Independence Blvd. Details Close a dangerous crossing as part of massive upgrades to the NC...
33 wineries featured at Wine Fest

33 wineries featured at Wine Fest

You don’t need to know much about wines to enjoy the University City Wine Fest on April 13. However, if you already recognize a particular winery or want to learn more, this list might help The following wineries will be represented at Wine Fest. With more than 100 wines available to try, you should be able to sample multiple wines from a particular winery.   Learn more By the way, Tim Wallace of the Wine Vault chose these wineries. Visit the Wine Vault anytime to sample many of the wines featured at Wine Fest. The Wine Vault 9009 JM Keynes Drive, Suite 1, Shoppes at University Place Facebook page.   Wine Fest 2019 Featured Wineries Annalissa Black Ridge Cambria Carro Catena Centorri Drumheller Elbo Evolution Filus Fiore J Christopher J Lohr Kiona Limestone Milou Moss Roxx New Age One Hope Paris Pertico Raimat Rockbrook Septima Sileni St Christopher Steeple Jack Tacho the Path Tiamo Verso Villa M Zestos Wine Fest featured breweries Pilot Brewing Great Lakes Brewing Mother Earth Brewing   Wine Fest featured ciderworks Red Clay Good...
Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High will host information meetings about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools budget and curriculum options. If you can’t make the meeting there, you can attend sessions at other schools on different dates. Here are the details.   Learn about the budget and share ideas Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is holding community-engagement meetings to discuss development of the 2019-2020 operating budget. Employees, parents and community members are invited to attend, learn more about the current budget climate and give input on budget priorities to support academic success for all students. The meetings will be held: April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte. April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crown Point Elementary, 3335 Sam Newell Road, Matthews.   Learn about curriculum options Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will adopt a guaranteed viable curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents, employees and community members are invited to attend sessions to help choose tools and resources for English language arts for grades K-8, math for grades 6-8 and NC Math 1, 2 and 3. The sessions will be held: April 8, Independence High, 1967 Patriot Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 9, South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road, 6-8 p.m. April 10, West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 11, Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, 6-8 p.m.April 12, Spaugh Administrative Center, 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, 10 a.m. to 2...