Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building. The XCLT, a joint effort of Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte, will connect several county greenways including Toby Creek Greenway to provide a single paved trail for cycling and hiking between Pineville and University City via NoDa and uptown Charlotte. Several connecting links are open, and the city expects to have the trail complete between Mallard Creek Greenway and Pineville in about 5 years. Plans call for funding the last two segments, between Kirk Farm Field (the current terminus of Mallard Creek Greenway) and the Cabarrus County Line by the later part of this decade. The new Starbucks – the first directly beside the trail – will provide a welcome place to rest and refresh just before the trail enters the UNC Charlotte campus. Building details Building plans show up to four spaces in the 7,600 square-foot building. Starbucks will occupy 2,200 square feet and have a  drive-through window. Marketing materials for the project say that the building should be finished this summer. The building site is at a signalized intersection that includes an entrance ramp to WT Harris Boulevard and a safe pedestrian crossing onto the UNC Charlotte campus via the greenway. Student enrollment now exceeds more than 30,000. Several on-campus and off-campus residential communities along University are within a mile of the new building. The Shopping Center Group is handling leasing. To...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

January 2021 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene East Coast HQ leads 2020 business news, says Charlotte Ledger “That’s the huge one,” Ledger Executive Editor Tony Mecia tells WFAE. Total jobs could top 6,000 – biggest jobs announcement in NC history, Mecia says. Centene news also helps NC earn “2020 State of the Year” title from Business Facilities. MORE NOVEL Research Park sells for $69.5 million Charlotte Observer says price is among highest ever for University City apartments. The year-old community, now named Pointe at Research Park, has 280 units on 19.3 acres. Site adjoins property purchased by Centene Corp. for East Coast headquarters. Other recent sales in University City include RUSH student housing for $95.25 million. MORE Work under way or starting soon on 2 apartment communities Spectrum JV is building 325-unit development near University City Blvd LYNX station. MORE ContraVest to start work soon on Addison One15 at W. Harris Blvd and Old Statesville Road. Addison One15 will offer attached garages, cybercafe, private office spaces. MORE I-85 North Bridge update: work starting on utilities relocation in Research Park Work will start soon along David Taylor Drive and Research Drive near Louis Rose Place. Project will begin with tree removal. Utilities will relocate both underground and overhead lines. City will work to maintain safety for workers, surrounding businesses and commuters. Bridge and new roadway will link Research Park to University Place, LYNX, university. Questions: Leslie Bing, project manager, at 704-577-8609 or lbing@charlottenc.gov. MORE Recent building permits in University City Building permits issued from Sept. 7 to Dec. 8 2020 include: Centene East Coast...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – November 2020

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – November 2020

November 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene Corp. moving quickly on East Coast HQ at University Research Park Work has begun on 770,000 SF building on Gov. Hunt Drive. See slide show Centene leasing additional space at Camp North End. MORE Centene’s thousands of future IT jobs help lift Charlotte’s Tech Town ranking. MORE Centene is hiring. See current Charlotte job listings. See the progress on Escent Research Park office building and campus Short video compares current construction images and finished renderings. Video also offers highlights of University Research Park’s newest office building. Crescent Communities expects to deliver finished building in Q1 of 2021. MORE Apartment market stays hot, with 6 more sales in University City RUSH student housing near campus sells for $95.25 million, Business Journal reports. BJ reports sales of 5 other University City communities. Prices run 150% or more of appraised values: Barrington Place, 2410 Allerton Way, $63 million. Grantee: Greystar. The Commons at University Square, 9201 Glenwater Drive, $37.26 million. Grantee: Affiliate of Cedar Grove Capital. The Maxwell at Highland Creek, 5410 Prosperity Ridge Road, $62 million. Grantee: Knightvest Residential. Wexford Apartment Homes, 1811 Wexford Meadows Lane, $16.5 million. Grantee: Morgan Properties. Crossroads Station Apartments, 6940 Hidden Forest Drive, $12.52 million. Grantee: Peak Capital Partners. Rezonings OK’d on Oct. 19 for Novant Health medical center, new housing Novant Health plans 144,000 SF facility at N. Tryon, Mallard Creek Church Road. Five approved rezonings will allow up to 1,020 townhomes and apartments. City held hearings on 50,000 SF of offices, 130 for-sale townhomes near Mallard Creek Road. MORE 5 more...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – October 2020

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – October 2020

October 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Novant Health medical center among 9 developments proposed for University City City Council heard or approved 10 University City rezoning petitions at Sept. 22 meeting Novant Health plans 144,000 SF medical facility at N. Tryon and Mallard Creek Church Rd 8 other petitions would add nearly 2,000 housing units, 30,000 SF office/retail The owners of the closed Gray’s Bookstore near campus are requesting broader retail uses MORE Recent building permits point to $125+ million in new construction Permits issued since June include three residential projects near LYNX, campus Lidl has started work on store on W. Mallard Creek Church Road Casto gets permits for two retail/office buildings at The Pointe at University Place MORE Apartment sales in CLT and University City strong, Business Journal reports Journal credits better-than-expected rent collections, rebound in debt markets Increasing migration to Charlotte also buoying sales activity University City sales in 2020 include: Addison Park Apartments – $75.5 million; 426 units; 6225 Hackberry Creek Trail; Aug. 17 The Hamptons – $31.7 million; 180 units; 8415 University Station Circle; Aug. 17 Magnolia Terrace – $40.7 million; 264 units; 8301 Paces Oaks Blvd. Sept. 1 Greenway at Mallard Creek – $49.55 milion; 266 units; 8230 Greenway Village Drive; Sept. 16 MORE Insurance and financial-services companies helping University City prosper Centene Corp’s East Coast HQ is the latest coup for University Research Park Business Journal says sector has grown this year while most others have shrunk TIAA and four other insurance, financial-services firms have major offices in park MORE University City Partners events helping draw...
Medical center among 9 new developments proposed in University City

Medical center among 9 new developments proposed in University City

A major Novant Health medical center was among 9 proposed developments in University City reviewed or approved by Charlotte City Council at its Sept. 21 rezoning meeting. Altogether, the nine proposals would add nearly 2,000 housing units, 30,000 square feet of retail and offices, and Novant Health’s planned 144,000 square-foot medical center near UNC Charlotte. Rezoning petitions approved on Sept. 21 The council unanimously approved all four of these petitions. Click here to watch a video of the entire 4-hour-long City Council meeting. 1. Mixed-use residential community on NC 49 Location: University City Boulevard, north side, just west of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus County line. Zoning change approved: 93.9 acres from MX-1 mixed residential to MX-2 mixed residential. This will allow more than half of the dwelling units to be multifamily. Petitioner: K Sade Ventures, LLC. Petition 2020-092 details Proposed uses: 250 single-family detached homes and 288 multifamily units. Other details: 8-ft planting strip and 12-ft multi-use path along University City Blvd frontage. 2. Retail center on NC 49 Location: University City Boulevard, north side, just west of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus County line. Zoning change approved: 4.56 acres from neighborhood business to general business, conditional. Petitioner: K Sade Ventures, LLC. Petition 2020-021 details Proposed uses: Up to 20,000 square feet of general business uses. Other details. Adjoins 92 acres also being rezoned for residential uses. 3. Mixed-use development on Mallard Creek Church Road near I-85 Location: East side of John Adams Road, north of Mallard Creek Church Road and east of I-85 Zoning change approved: 24.6 acres from neighborhood business and office to Mixed-Use Development (optional) Petitioner: Flournoy Development Group. Petition 2020-048...
University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Partners is excited to announce the addition of Centene Corporation to its market. Earlier today (July 1, 2020), Centene announced that it will establish an East Coast headquarters in University City, Charlotte, after completing a comprehensive evaluation process. The company will begin construction in August on its new campus along Governor Hunt Road in University Research Park and plans to create 6,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in the Charlotte community over time. “Charlotte has great talent, excellent infrastructure and a real commitment to sustainable development,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the city of Charlotte, the county of Mecklenburg, and the state of North Carolina. We look forward to many years of collective growth and innovation.” The company’s $1 billion investment will provide over 1 million square feet of office and meeting space, a corporate boardroom, a childcare and early education center, a variety of dining venues, auditorium, fitness center, and a stand-alone building housing a corporate learning and development center named Centene Tech University. The campus buildings will be designed to preserve and take advantage of the campus’ environment with an emphasis on providing open spaces, natural light, and embracing the site’s natural features. The second largest employment center in Charlotte, University City accommodates and attracts a variety of businesses including major financial, healthcare and insurance companies including Wells Fargo, TIAA, Allstate and now Centene Corporation. The edge city is anchored by UNC Charlotte with nearly 30,000 students, and a community hospital, Atrium Health University City, which is the highest ranked hospital...