Darlene Heater receives ULI Charlotte leadership award

Darlene Heater receives ULI Charlotte leadership award

University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater is among 11 women who were honored on Dec. 9 as ULI Charlotte Champions in Real Estate by the group’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. The new award recognizes the most influential women in the real estate community and land-use sector. “I am honored to be recognized by the Urban Land Institute as a leader in real estate,” Heater said. “ULI Charlotte has been an invaluable resource for University City Partners as a development expert and research source, convener of commercial real estate professionals and industry thought leader.”   The 2019 Champions in Real Estate The 11 2019 award winners include leaders throughout the Charlotte region’s real estate community. “Recognized for their contributions to real estate development, land use, and city-building, the Champions reflect the strength of the region’s real estate development industry through the responsible use of land to create thriving communities worldwide,” the Women’s Leadership Initiative said in announcing the 2019 recipients. Along with Heater, they include: Laura Belcher, Habitat for Humanity Charlotte Debra Campbell, City of Asheville Rachel Russell Krenz, Ram Realty Advisors Mary Beth Kuzmanovich, Lillibridge Healthcare Services Elizabeth McMillan, Crescent Communities Dionne Nelson, Laurel Street Partners Alysia Osborne, City of Charlotte Julie Porter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. Ellen Rogers, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Pam Wideman, City of Charlotte   About Urban Land Institute and Women’s Leadership Initiative The Urban Land Institute seeks to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative seeks to promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the...
Help plan the future of our parks and rec

Help plan the future of our parks and rec

Mecklenburg County is crafting a new 10-year master plan for our parks and recreation programs and seeks our help. Your ideas will help our county board set goals and provide money  for new and improved parks, facilities and programs. County parks planners have created a program entitled the Meck Playbook to gather community ideas and craft the master plan. You can get involved, starting now!   How you can help: Attend one of the Adventure Fest planning events on Nov. 21 (free food and games for all ages as everyone explores the park and rec system together). Details below. Take a brief online survey on how you use our parks and what you want in the future – Click here to start. Learn much more about the 18-month planning process at meckplaybook.com. Sign up for email updates throughout the planning process.   Help kick off the Meck Playbook at these Adventure Fests Join parks staff for an entertaining time of exploring our park and recreation system via games for all ages, plus free food! Your ideas will help shape our future master plan. Locations and times: Revolution Park Sports Academy Time: Nov. 21 from noon to 1:30 pm Address: 1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208 Directions   Hornet’s Nest Park Williamson Pavilion Time: Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Address: 6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216 Directions   About the Meck Playbook Caring for our park system and planning for the future takes all of us. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is writing a new Master Plan, and we need your help developing a roadmap for the...
YMCA hosts community dinner on Dec. 5

YMCA hosts community dinner on Dec. 5

The Keith Family YMCA will host its free Community Fellowship Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 pm. The community dinner is open to all, especially to our neighbors who could greatly benefit from a hot meal, resources and fellowship. The dinner will take place at the Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Church Road. Directions Last year about 600 people came to the dinner. Event details RSVP is not mandatory but greatly appreciated: 704-716-6720 or rsvp@ymcacharlotte.org.   A free dinner and much more Community dinner guests will receive a free hot meal and a bag of non-perishable food for the next week. Guests also will have the opportunity to learn about long-term benefits from free community resources thanks to the following partners: Hope Street Food Pantry, Urban League of Central Carolinas, Inc., PACE of the Southern Piedmont, NC Works, SharonView Credit Union, Atrium Health and many more. The YMCA will also share information about opportunities for affordable access to YMCA programs and services.   How the community can help The Keith Family YMCA is collecting perishable food for this event and welcomes food donations from area businesses and groups, as well. The YMCA also welcomes financial donations to make its programs affordable or free for community members who might not otherwise be able to take part.   Learn more Learn more about the Keith Family YMCA and its many programs for the University City Community at the YMCA website. For details on making donations, contact Meneika Helms at Meneika.Helms@YMCACharlotte.org or...
NOVEL Research Park holds grand opening

NOVEL Research Park holds grand opening

Crescent Communities held a grand opening on Nov. 5 for its latest apartment community, NOVEL Research Park. Located on the edge of University Research Park at West Mallard Creek Church Road and Senator Royall Place, the luxury apartment community features extensive outdoor amenities, modern farmhouse architectural design, and a convenient location near major employment centers and retail. NOVEL Research Park offers 280 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes nestled in a wooded natural setting. The first residents moved into the apartment community in February. NOVEL Research Park is now about 60 percent leased. “We are excited to return to the dynamic University City area of Charlotte. I was pleased to be on the team that developed Crescent Alexander Village a few years ago, and the area has become one of the most sought-after locations to live in Charlotte,” said Michael Tubridy, Managing Director with Crescent Communities. “The design, location, and rich amenities of NOVEL Research Park have proven to be well-received by members of the community who live and work in the area already, and who appreciate a relaxed lifestyle and sense of community just minutes from employment centers and lifestyle retail options.”   Extensive amenities Amenities at NOVEL Research Park work well with Crescent’s theme for the community: Where life unwinds. Residents can enjoy a heated resort-style saltwater pool, multiple outdoor grilling areas and fire pits, outdoor game yard, hammock garden, bike-share system, and a fitness center complete with a yoga/fitness studio and separate child play area. Crescent Communities says that it designed NOVEL Research Park to link the convenience and maintenance-free experience of a multifamily community with...
Nine nights in November: music and dance concerts at UNC Charlotte

Nine nights in November: music and dance concerts at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte’s Belk Theater and Rowe Recital Hall will host nine student performances in November, including the four-night Fall Dance Concert. Among the dance pieces choreographed by faculty members and performed by students is “Queen City Rhapsody,” a tribute to legendary vocalist Freddie Mercury. The concert, performed Nov. 14-17 at Belk Theater in Robinson Hall, also includes a reflection on the shooting that occurred on campus last spring, and a tribute to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, plus other pieces. The program opens with Queen City Rhapsody, choreographed by Associate Professor E.E. Balcos and set to three Queen hits: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Who Wants to Live Forever?” and the David Bowie collaboration, “Under Pressure.” Click here to see the full Dance Concert program and get tickets.   Other concerts in November Percussion Ensemble 7:30 pm Nov. 18 – Details and tickets Symphonic Band, 7:30 pm Nov. 19 – Details and tickets Philharmonia string orchestra, 7:30 pm Nov. 20 – Details and tickets Orchestra, 7:30 pm Nov. 21 – Details and tickets Wind Ensemble, 7:30 pm Nov. 25 – Details and tickets See the full Arts and Architecture calendar The College of Arts and Architecture puts on scores of performances, exhibitions and lectures. Click here to see the full...
Early voting has begun for sales-tax increase, local races

Early voting has begun for sales-tax increase, local races

Early voting has begun for the Nov. 5 election, including races for Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg County School Board as well as a referendum on a quarter-cent countywide sales-tax increase. If voters approve the tax increase, the county board says it will use the estimated $50 million in new annual revenue for parks, schools, and the arts. The county operates 17 early-voting locations including the former Pier 1 store at 8802 JW Clay Blvd. in University Place (directions) and the Hal Marshall Center at 618 N. Tryon St. in uptown. All early-voting locations are open daily through Nov. 1. Click here for the full list of locations and times. For more details on the election including a sample ballot and polling place, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.   Information on proposed sales-tax increase The county board is asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on goods and services purchased in Mecklenburg County. The current sales tax rate in Mecklenburg County is 7.25%, including a 4.75% state sales tax, a 2% countywide sales tax and a 0.5% transit tax. “If passed, the quarter-cent sales tax (increase) would generate approximately $50 million per year and help fund an array of arts and culture programs, parks and greenways, education programs and other services for residents,” the county says on its sales-tax webpage. If the measure passes, the county website states, funding percentages are expected to be: Arts and Culture – 45% County Parks and Greenways – 34% Education (teacher supplement) – 16% Arts and Culture/Parks for the Towns – 5% The Charlotte Observer recently reported...