Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

North Tryon Street near the University City Walmart just got a colorful new look between dusk and dawn. At the request of University City Partners, Duke Energy recently added multicolored illumination to its large substation just south of Shopping Center Drive. “They look best the later and darker into the evening it gets!” said Catherine Grella, who represents public engagement for Duke Energy’s Transmission division. Color-changing LED lights are programmed to illuminate the North Tryon Street substation nightly from dusk to dawn. The lights currently go on about 5:30 p.m. The best spot for seeing the lights is on the sidewalk directly in front of the substation, Grella says. LYNX riders will also get a great view, especially as the north-bound trains crest the University City Boulevard bridge. Display can be customized The new light display should not get boring. Engineers can program the lights to create custom colors for specific events, such as green for Charlotte 49ers home games and pink for breast cancer awareness, Grella says. University City Partners is working with Duke Energy to create special lighting schemes to mark major holidays and events. Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said University City is fortunate to have Duke Energy as a major employer. “Thanks to Duke Energy for gifting us this illuminated art for our community to enjoy during the evening hours,” she...
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...
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...
See University City’s latest projects and plans in pictures

See University City’s latest projects and plans in pictures

So much change is sweeping across University City, it can be hard to keep up. All corners of University City’s 7.5-square-mile area are evolving , from the 2,000 acre University Research Park to light rail stations. Nearly 4 million square-feet of office space was announced in 2019 alone. That’s why University City Partners has prepared a heavily visual report, “University City, CLT,” showcasing private development and public infrastructure projects that are under way or starting soon. The report features many illustrations and links to news reports and websites related to the projects. We have organized our report by “pockets of activity” – places such as the three North Tryon Street light-rail stations, where intense redevelopment is under way. Among the many projects included here: The UNC Charlotte Conference Center and Hotel Waters Edge at University Place Verde at McCullough Station McCullough Drive extension and streetscape improvements The University City Police Station Top Golf and Entertainment District CLICK HERE to view the report. We hope you will share it with everyone you know who has an interest in University...
Urgent-care center opens at JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Urgent-care center opens at JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Atrium Health has opened a new urgent-care location to bring more access to care in University City: Atrium Health Urgent Care University City. The center is in a truly unique location: the JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck. Atrium Health also opened a new urgent care facility on Oct. 1 in south Charlotte, Atrium Health Urgent Care Rea Farms. Both facilities are open 8 am-8 pm seven days a week. “Patients are eager for more alternatives when they get sick,” said Michael Staples, assistant vice president of Atrium Health Medical Group. “The new urgent care locations further our commitment to provide access to lower-cost, high-quality care, in a way that is most convenient for them.”   An alternative to hospital emergency rooms People suffering from a potentially life-threatening illness, such as chest pain, should always go to the emergency department, says Atrium Health. A full emergency room is located nearby at Atrium Health University City, 8800 N. Tryon Street. Patients needing treatment for less serious non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries can get that care at urgent-care centers, including the new University City facility.   Services offered at urgent care facilities Atrium Health urgent-care facilities are staffed by physicians, physician assistants and nurses to treat conditions such as sore throats, earaches, bronchitis, colds, flu, minor cuts, burns, strains and sprains. “At Atrium Health urgent cares, patients can be seen by a provider whether they are headed home from work or become ill early in the morning or later in the evening,” said Chris Branner, MD, Atrium Health’s specialty medical director of urgent care. “Even better, scheduling an appointment is as simple as...
LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

Thinking of riding the LYNX? These changes and a reminder may smooth the trip: New riders: With UNC Charlotte back in session, be prepared for many more riders. New discount: LYFT has expanded its first-mile/last-mile discounts to include the University City Blvd. station area. Parking deck reminder: You can park for free in our two LYNX decks – unless you need to leave between 3 and 6 pm weekdays. Here are the details. More 49ers aboard! Don’t be surprised by the sudden surge in riders aboard the LYNX light-trail trains, even late at night. Nearly all of UNC Charlotte’s 30,000 students get a transit pass that lets them ride all light-rail trains and CATS buses. The cost is included in the students’ mandatory fees as a way to reduce the demand for campus parking. Faculty and staff can get a big break on LYNX and bus fares, as well.   Lyft expands first-mile/last-mile ride discounts to University City Blvd station area Light-rail riders needing to reach destinations near the University City Blvd LYNX station can now take advantage of a special first-mile/last-mile discount from Lyft, the on-demand transportation service. The service, already available at the JW Clay Blvd and Parkwood stations, provides a $4 discount on Lyft rides between the stations and nearby destinations. The goal of the program is to provide affordable and reliable transportation via LYFT to busy destinations near the stations but too far away to reasonably reach by walking. Click here to learn how to access the program.   Reminder: Parking in decks will cost – if you leave 3-6 pm weekdays While most LYNX...