Tell Charlotte how to improve transportation and our urban forest

Tell Charlotte how to improve transportation and our urban forest

Charlotte is seeking our ideas regarding two major initiatives: Protecting and expanding the city’s tree canopy, and deciding the future of transportation and mobility in Charlotte. In each case, the city invites us to complete an online survey. Here are details: Charlotte Tree Canopy Action Plan Learn about city policies to preserve trees on public and private property and share your ideas for improving those policies. The survey includes three short videos. University City Partners is part of a working stakeholder group that is helping develop the Charlotte Tree Canopy Action Plan. TAKE THE SURVEY Charlotte MOVES Mobility Plan The city is preparing the Charlotte MOVES Strategic Mobility Plan to guide the future of transportation and mobility in Charlotte. The survey seeks to learn how people currently drive, walk, bike and ride around Charlotte and get our ideas for making those choices better for all travelers. TAKE THE...

Informal community survey finds strong interest in farmers market, local businesses, greenways

In April and May, we invited University City residents and workers to complete an informal survey about programs and improvements they’d like to see in our community. More than 200 people took part. Here’s what they shared. How well do their responses match what you would say? About the people who responded Of the 209 people who took part, four-fifths say they live in University City, while the remainder say they work here. About half of the residents live in the 28269 ZIP Code, with the remainder split between 28262 and 28213. Three-fourths of the responders put their ages at between 35 and 64. Topics of interest during the pandemic The pandemic was already in full swing when we began the survey. We asked responders to rate the types of information they most wanted to receive regarding the pandemic’s impact. Their answers by level of interest, from high to low: Ways to support local businesses. Community impact stories. Physical safety and mental health tips. Food access programs and locations. Community programs We asked everyone to tell us which types of activities they would most appreciate adding in University City. Nearly 90% said they’d like a farmers market. More than half asked for movies or music, while one in five mentioned outdoor playgrounds. Greenways About two-thirds of people completing the survey say they visit greenways at least every couple of months; 25% say they walk or bike on one of the greenways at least weekly. What could make greenways better? Half of the survey-takers say the greenways need more natural beautification, and nearly as many want more places to sit....
Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

University City Partners was created to support the economic development and vitality of our community. As we move forward during and following the COVID-19-pandemic, we particularly need to know from you how we are doing, and what improvements you would like to see. Please help by completing our brief survey. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete; your answers will be anonymous. Click here to complete the survey. Thanks for helping build a better University City. We encourage you to share this survey link with other University City residents. Darlene Heater Executive Director, University City...
These four projects will launch University Place transformation

These four projects will launch University Place transformation

The 2018 opening of the Blue Line Extension between UNC Charlotte and Center City launched a massive reshaping of the North Tryon Street corridor in University City. Look for these four public and private projects to focus that transformation on University Place over the next three to four years.   J.W. Clay Boulevard streetscape Construction of a major pedestrian- and bike-friendly overhaul of J.W. Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021. The $12.9 million streetscape project will significantly improve this key artery for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle and transit. Main improvements will include completing and widening sidewalks, redoing roadways and medians to accommodate bike lanes, adding a planting strip and street trees, and constructing a two-way separated cycle path between the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station and Doug Mayes Place. For more streetscape details and updates, visit the project website. Watch a 2016 video showing the planned roadway transformation (some details have changed, but the video is still fascinating).   I-85 North Bridge and Barton Creek Greenway The cycle path, providing a bike lane in each direction, will continue across I-85 and into University Research Park via a related road project, the I-85 North Bridge. Construction on that project is expected to start in spring 2021. Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County is nearing completion on the long-awaited Barton Creek Greenway from JW Clay Boulevard to the Mallard Creek Greenway. Once the new greenway opens, University Place will have direct access to 9-plus miles of greenways through UNC Charlotte, University Research Park and several neighborhoods. Read our report on the I-85...
Makeover of JW Clay Blvd. to start in 2021

Makeover of JW Clay Blvd. to start in 2021

Construction of a major improvements to JW Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021.  The city-funded streetscape project will significantly improve this key artery for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle and transit. Main improvements will include completing and widening sidewalks, redoing roadways and medians to accommodate bike lanes, adding planting strips with shade trees, and constructing one segment of a 12-foot cycle path between the JW Clay Blvd. LYNX Station and University Research Park. For JW Clay Boulevard Streetscape details and updates, visit the project website.   New I-85 North Bridge and greenway also in the works For the cycle path to reach University Research Park, it will need a bridge over I-85. The I-85 North Bridge, as it is called, will link Doug Mayes Place in University Place to David Taylor Drive in the Research Park. Construction on the bridge is expected to start in spring 2021. Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County is nearing completion on the long-awaited Barton Creek Greenway from JW Clay Boulevard to the Mallard Creek Greenway. Once the new greenway opens, University Place will have direct access to 9-plus miles of greenways through UNC Charlotte, University Research Park and several neighborhoods.   Waters Edge construction starting in spring 2020 The city and county projects coincide with a major private transformation of 20 acres of 1990s shops along the lake at University Place. Developer EB Arrow expects to begin work this spring on the first phase of Waters Edge, which will include a 182,000-square foot office building near the main bridge; a 2.5-acre linear waterfront park; and...
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...