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...
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...
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...