Driver-license office opens in Research Park

Driver-license office opens in Research Park

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles recently opened a driver-license office in University Research Park. DMV now has four offices in Charlotte and one in Huntersville. A part-time mobile unit visits Pineville each Wednesday. The new office is located in an office building at 9711 David Taylor Drive, near Senator Royall Place. “We are excited to open a fourth full-time driver-license office in Charlotte,” said DMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup. “This new office will increase the capacity for service delivery in the growing Charlotte metro area.” The new North Charlotte office has 15 examiner work stations. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.Directions Customers may contact the DMV Call Center at 919-715-7000 to confirm appointments and operating hours. Get help online, too DMV offers several online services, including driver license and REAL ID renewals. Learn more at...
Great changes in the works for 2019

Great changes in the works for 2019

University City enters 2019 on the wings of perhaps our most transformative year in two decades. The Charlotte Observer and WSOC-TV recently reported that 2019 will bring even more advances. New housing, retail services, an entertainment district and a UNC Charlotte-focused hotel and conference center are all in the works, say the media outlets. Much of that growth will take place near the LYNX light-rail line between uptown and UNC Charlotte that began operation last spring. Among the projects likely to move forward this year, say The Observer and WSOC-TV reports: UNC Charlotte Conference Center – Work is expected to start soon on the $87 million project to build 226-room Marriott Hotel and conference center on North Tryon Street at the JW Clay Boulevard Station Entertainment District and Topgolf – Topgolf, a 14.2-acre golf-focused facility, is expected to anchor a large entertainment district near the University City Boulevard Transit Station. Live-Work-Play at University Place – The new owner of a key part of University Place has plans to transform aging shops and parking on the west side of the University Place lake into 300,000 square feet of new commercial space, 600 residential units and a public library Armored Cow Brewery – University City’s first brewery is under development along JW Clay Boulevard at University Place. New Barton Creek Greenway – Mecklenburg County has started work on Barton Creek Greenway. The short greenway will link University Place to the extensive Mallard Creek – Clark’s Creek – Toby Creek greenway network. Get the details Charlotte Observer report WSOC TV...
Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics is marking its 35th anniversary in enviable style – with the installation of new technology at its Innovation Park headquarters and the recent addition of new space nearby. The company will have its anniversary celebration and open house on April 20 at the company’s facility at 8335 IBM Drive.   A leader in visual communications Founded in 1983 by David Pitts and Bill Gardner, Classic Graphics has grown to be a nationally recognized, award-winning visual communications company, ranked in the top 1% of the industry. The company moved into its current facility at Innovation Park in 2011 after acquiring another longtime Charlotte graphics company, Belk Printing Technologies. Now a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Imagine! Print Solutions, Classic Graphics serves both national and international corporations.   Expansion announced in August 2017 Last August, Classic Graphics announced plans to expand press, finishing, and fulfillment capabilities at its University Research Park facility. The expansion includes press and finishing equipment additions, enhanced design services, and increased fulfillment capacity, offering a complete, in-market solution, production, and distribution footprint for the Southeast region. To make room for new equipment here, the company relocated its fulfillment department to a new facility in Concord.   More about Classic Graphics Classic Graphics provides an integration of technology, print and multiple distribution channels that enables a cohesive execution of marketing strategies. With ISO certifications in quality and security, Classic offers improved agility in the marketplace, increased productivity in the client environment and enhanced brand equity. Classic Graphics is a single-source solution for the nation’s top brands in delivering the right message to the right environment at precisely the...
National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

When then-college student Cam Newton needed a fresh start, he turned to Blinn College, a junior college with an NJCAA football program. Now the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) is coming to University City, to open a national office to help other talented athletes. NJCAA CEO Dr. Christopher Parker made the announcement on Feb. 26 to the Charlotte Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting February 26. “This expansion will allow us to kick off our Future Leaders Internship Program as well as have an outward facing presence in a thriving community to welcome NJCAA members from all across the country,” said Parker. “With direct access to several major interstates and direct flights from nearly anywhere in the U.S., the NJCAA will open its doors to visitors from all across the country.”   NCJAA to open office near campus Strategically located across from UNC Charlotte, NJCAA’s Charlotte office promises to offer invaluable opportunities for the organization’s Future Leaders Internship program as well as exceptional students. Officials anticipate the ability to host 20-30 prominent interns per year to build the NJCAA brand in multiple facets while creating at least 15 full time staff positions. “This is such an exciting addition to our University City community,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, which facilitated the NJCAA’s search for a new office near campus. “We look forward to helping the NJCAA immerse in the Charlotte community and supporting the development of their athlete internship program.” “This is a tremendous opportunity for our city to establish new jobs, while concurrently creating a framework for young, talented leaders to advance in their...
Outback Steakhouse opening Oct. 16 near IKEA

Outback Steakhouse opening Oct. 16 near IKEA

A new Outback Steakhouse is bloomin’ in University City’s Belgate Shopping Center at 8405 IKEA Blvd. The new Outback will officially open to guests on Monday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. The new Outback Steakhouse replaces a previous location at 1015 Chancellor Park Dr. Guests at the new restaurant will be able to enjoy signature grilled steaks, chicken and seafood entrees, and the Bloomin’ Onion in a restaurant boasting the chain’s new “Modern Australia” design, with décor that mirrors the indigenous flora and fauna, adventure, geography and leisure of modern day Australia. The dining area can seat about 245 guests, including 85 in the bar.  The new restaurant will also feature delivery to homes within a 10-minute radius of the restaurant!   Opening Day events Ribbon Cutting – You’re invited to take part in the official ribbon cutting, 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Help fight Alzheimer’s on Oct. 16 – Guests to the Belgate Shopping Center Outback on Oct. 16 are invited to join Outback in helping the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter. Present this flyer (outbackgivebackposter) on Oct. 16, and Outback will donate half of your total check to the chapter.  Details: 704-598-7727   Learn more For more information about Outback Steakhouse, please visit outback.com  or Outback’s Facebook Page . Call the Belgate Outback at...
Allstate to expand CLT operations with 2,250 more jobs  – 1,200-plus employees already at Innovation Park

Allstate to expand CLT operations with 2,250 more jobs – 1,200-plus employees already at Innovation Park

NC Commerce Department news release: Allstate Insurance Company will add 2,250 jobs over three years in North Carolina as it expands its operations in Mecklenburg County, Governor Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Allstate already employs more than 1,400 people in the area, including more than 1,200 at Innovation Park in University City. As part of the expansion, the company plans to invest more than $22 million in the Charlotte area. “Charlotte’s role as a leader in the financial services sector makes our state an excellent fit for Allstate,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolina has so much to offer growing companies, including our celebrated universities and community colleges, highly skilled workforce, competitive business climate and outstanding quality of life.” “Allstate has prospered in Charlotte and they’ve made the right decision to continue their expansion here,” said state Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “We congratulate the company on this exciting time of growth and diversification.” The Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s expansion. Allstate’s expansion in Mecklenburg County will be facilitated in part by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today.   Types of jobs and $3.9 billion economic impact Allstate will add a variety of job functions through the Charlotte expansion, delivering a yearly payroll impact of more than $105.3 million, once all positions are filled. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $3.9 billion. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax...