Proximity Park project turns back the clock

Proximity Park project turns back the clock

By next fall, one of University City’s oldest office buildings will look like its newest. With a redesign by global architectural firm Gensler, the former office of Allstate Insurance, at 401 McCullough Drive, will have completed its transformation to Proximity Park – the single biggest available suburban office building on the 19-mile LYNX light rail line. Work will start in the next few weeks on major improvements to the building and 32-acre campus, including a visually striking new entrance and two-story glass atrium, new energy efficient windows, extensive new landscaping and an outdoor meeting area. The building already underwent several months of interior demolition, which included removal of the old mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems. The redesigned building will have all new energy-efficient systems. When the remodeling is finished next August, Proximity Park will offer nearly 200,000 square feet of space for lease in like-new condition – with room for expansion – within a 10-minute walk to light rail and a 1-mile drive to I-85.   Potential corporate campus Colliers International, which is handling the building transformation and its marketing, hopes to find a single tenant for the building. The building also can be subdivided for up to three tenants. “Given the unique design of it and the large campus setting, we feel like Proximity Park will provide a unique opportunity for a company wanting its own branded building with easy expansion potential,” said Brad Grow, a partner in Colliers’ Charlotte office. The site can accommodate an additional 100,000 square feet of office space, plus structured parking for the additional employees. That building will have great curb appeal, Grow...
Progress report on NE Corridor Infrastructure projects

Progress report on NE Corridor Infrastructure projects

The city of Charlotte on Oct. 23 released this update on seven projects underway along the Blue Line Extension to improve connectivity between stations and nearby communities, whether traveling on foot, on bike or in a motor vehicle. The projects and several others comprise the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Improvement Program. Total cost of the projects will exceed $106 million when completed in the next few years.   J.W. Clay Boulevard streetscape Design is 90 percent complete, and real estate acquisition is expected to start in late 2018. During the real estate phase, the City acquires the property rights needed to build and maintain the improvements that were identified during the design phase. City real estate agents will reach out to affected property owners with information on the City’s real estate acquisition process. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Project website   Rocky River Road West streetscape Real estate acquisition is almost complete and the site is being prepared for utility relocation. This will involve moving fences and clearing trees for utilities to make way for new poles, guy wires and overhead lines. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019. Project website   25th Street connection This project is now in the utility relocation phase, during which utility infrastructure such as underground gas, water and sewer lines, as well as overhead power, telephone and television lines are moved as needed to make way for construction. By the end of the year, the City will invite contractors to submit bids to construct the project. Construction is expected to start by mid-2019. Project website   Parkwood...
Our good news is making headlines

Our good news is making headlines

Local media recently have published reports about University City’s economic vitality and international flavor. Enjoy the good news, and share with your friends!   University City is Reaching Higher Heights – Light Rail is a Game Changer!   Charlotte Regional Partnership newsletter, Aug. 7 When University City took off in the early 1980s, one of the first groups to invest in its future was Charlotte’s medical community, drawn by the opportunity to serve future residents and businesses in the emerging University Research Park. Skeptics wondered about the wisdom of launching Charlotte’s first suburban hospital in a sparsely populated region with seemingly more cows than people. No one questions that decision now. MORE   University City has Charlotte’s best options for Jamaican food QCityMetro newsletter, Aug. 5 Growing up in a Haitian household, the things I remember most were the language (Creole), the music (Kompa), and of course, the food. Having friends from different parts of the West Indies allows me to appreciate and embrace the variety within Caribbean culture. So “big ups” to my Jamaican bredren celebrating the country’s 56th Independence Day this week. With that being said, let’s discuss why University City is the best neighborhood in Charlotte for Jamaican food … it’s not up for debate. I’m serious. MORE   Growing Indian population brings new businesses to University City   Plancharlotte.org, June 19 It’s a Wednesday evening, and shoppers at the new Patel Brothers grocery store in Charlotte’s University City area stroll through aisles loaded with hundreds of Indian ingredients, snacks and condiments, among them 20-pound bags of various types of rice and flour as well as...
Hundreds of new homes near our LYNX stations

Hundreds of new homes near our LYNX stations

Two residential communities near our North Tryon Street LYNX stations took big steps in the last week. Demolition began on two office buildings beside North Tryon Street to make way for ATAPCO’s five-story apartment building near the McCullough Station. Blu at Northline held a tour of its newly completed community the University City Blvd Station.   ATAPCO begins apartments at McCullough Station ATAPCO helped launch University City’s development boom three decades with the opening of our first office development, University Executive Park. Now the company is replacing two of its office buildings along North Tryon Street near the McCullough LYNX Station with a five-story apartment building that will internal parking, apartments and room for 5,000 square feet of street-level shops and other uses. University City Partners worked closely with ATAPCO on the project, to ensure that it sets the tone for high-quality transit-oriented redevelopment of North Tryon Street near the McCullough Station. Click here for details of ATAPCO’s new apartment building.   Our photo tour of Blu University City Partners Executive Director toured Blu at Northline on May 1 and took these photos of the 376-home apartment community at 6919 N. Tryon St., just south of the I-85 connector. “Connected Living Starts Here,” declares the community’s website. Residents can choose from studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes ranging in rent from $975 to $1,800 per month. Apartments come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community amenities include a pool and sun deck, “bark park” for pets, cyber cafe and fitness center. Click here to learn more about Blu at...
Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Marriott is partner; hotel could open summer 2020 Just three weeks after the launch of light-rail service to University City, UNC Charlotte is moving forward on plans for a hotel and conference center beside the J.W. Clay Boulevard station. “Once completed, this full-service UNC Charlotte-branded Marriott hotel will provide 226 rooms and a 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art conference center,” wrote Chancellor Phil Dubois in his April “Fast Five” update to the campus community. The hotel could open by summer of 2020, The Charlotte Observer reports.   A dream dating back three decades Proposals for a university-focused conference center date back more than 30 years, to the original plans for nearby University Place. UNC Charlotte’s current Master Plan envisions a hotel and conference center near the Clay Boulevard campus entrance. The university recently submitted a request for Charlotte City Council to rezone a wooded property on North Tryon Street for the new hotel and center. The 11.4-acre site is directly across from the Clay Boulevard station and parking deck. An overhead walkway, paid for by the university and Carolinas HealthCare System University, already connects the property to the station.   Hotel could open in 2 years The Charlotte Observer reports that if the rezoning is approved, university officials hope to have construction begin in 2019, with the hotel opening in 2020. The 11.4-acre property is owned by the Foundation of UNC Charlotte, which works to support the university’s mission. Foundation President Niles Sorenson told The Observer that the launch of light-rail service to uptown Charlotte and the university’s Center City campus was key to the conference center and hotel project...
Lyft and LYNX launch “last-mile” discount in UCity

Lyft and LYNX launch “last-mile” discount in UCity

Do you want to commute by LYNX but have no station near your University City business or residence? A new partnership between CATS and Lyft may provide the answer. Charlotte Area Transit System and Lyft, the on-demand transportation service, have partnered in a pilot project to connect riders to the first and last miles of their University City trips. CATS will provide a $4 contribution toward the Lyft trip fee to and from the JW Clay Boulevard Station for trips taken within a defined area that includes University Research Park and the North Tryon Street business and education district.   Lyft ride could cost less than $2 per person If you share the Lyft ride with three others, the cost for Lyft’s service should be well under $2 per person one way to Innovation Park (2 miles), TIAA (2.5 miles) and other URP destinations. A ride-cost estimator is available on the Lyft.com website. This fee is in addition to the cost of the LYNX pass. This discounted Lyft ride service will benefit both people riding LYNX to University City and residents within the service district wanting to ride LYNX to other destinations. A similar program is available between the Parkwood station and the North End/Innovation Corridor district near uptown Charlotte.   Lyft program requires LYNX passes LYNX riders using a monthly pass purchased via the CATSPass mobile app can get up to 40 discounted Lyft trips per month. The monthly unlimited-ride LYNX pass costs $88 ($44 for seniors +62 and ADA-disabled passengers). LYNX riders with other current valid CATS/LYNX passes can get 2 Lyft trip discounts per month, while...