We’re winning the war on litter!

We’re winning the war on litter!

First impressions matter, right? That’s why University City Partners recently began paying for weekly litter patrols along our highways. “There’s a huge difference, and I notice it everywhere,” says Tobe Holmes with UCP.   Other groups also are tackling litter, too! The Mallard Creek Initiative hopes you will join them this Saturday, April 27, for a Cleanup Day. The following weekend, Scout Troop 13 will be scouring Clark’s Creek Greenway and nearby trails in University Research Park for old tires, litter and other cast-offs.   About the UCP’s litter cleanup University City Partners began paying a contractor in March to clean up litter along North Tryon Street, W.T. Harris Boulevard parts of other major roadways within University City’s Municipal Service District. The state of North Carolina is responsible for the litter cleanup, but the state cleanup schedule has not kept up with the volume of trash. The contractor, Phoenix Landscape Management, is also working with property owners along these highways to keep their properties clean and mowed.   Mallard Creek Initiative Cleanup Day on April 27 This community group is concerned about the amount of trash on the roads, says one of its leaders, University City resident and Realtor Robin Faison. “We want to see a change in behavior from the citizens,” she says, and the group invites us to help them pick up trash this Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 am to noon. The group will gather at 9:30 in front of Nona’s Sweets, in the Worthington shopping center at W.T. Harris Boulevard and Technology Drive. Directions For more details, contact Faison at robin.faison@gmail.com.   Troop 13 Clark’s...
Where Will They Play?

Where Will They Play?

We need more parks now – YOU CAN HELP A crisis caused by Charlotte’s explosive growth and government inaction threatens one of the most important assets of every truly livable city – public parks.   A recent nationwide study revealed that Charlotte has the least parkland per person of any comparable city in America! Mecklenburg County has added nearly 200,000 residents in 10 years yet provides virtually no more parkland for 1.1 million people than it did a decade ago for 900,000. Now, land prices are soaring while sites suitable for new parks are being lost to development. A University City without parks Nowhere is the situation more dire than within walking distance of University City’s growing community.  University City Partners and the Parks Department staff jointly funded a parks master plan five years ago—anticipating this growth. Nothing in the plan has been done. That radical change can happen – with your help, now! The time is now for all of us to tell commissioners that we demand more and better parks. Our commissioners will respond when enough citizens call for change. Email each of the commissioners. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Together, let’s make that happen. Darlene Heater Executive Director University City Partners Email addresses of decision makers and email copy for easy action. lee.jones@mecklenburgcountync.gov Dena.Diorio@mecklenburgcountync.gov Vilma.Leake@mecklenburgcountync.gov george.dunlap@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov ella.scarborough@mecklenburgcountync.gov pat.cotham@mecklenburgcountync.gov trevor.fuller@mecklenburgcountync.gov elaine.powell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Mark.Jerrell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Susan.Harden@mecklenburgcountync.gov susan.rodriguez-mcdowell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Want a shortcut to writing your emails? Feel free to use any or all of the content below: RE:  More Parks Now for University City Please fund parks so our Future University City will have vibrant, active and safe park spaces...
Pre-leasing starts at Novel Research Park apartments

Pre-leasing starts at Novel Research Park apartments

Pre-leasing has begun at Novel Research Park, a new apartment community under construction in University Research Park at West Mallard Creek Church Road and Senator Royall Place. The Business Journal reports that rates start at $1,055 for a single-bedroom unit and start at $1,895 for a three-bedroom unit with 1,402 square feet. “Novel Research Park is your everyday retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life,” says the community’s marketing website. Extensive community features will include a resort-style saltwater pool, community “hammock garden”, clubhouse with fitness center and yoga/fitness class studio, grilling plaza and covered outdoor “living room” with fireplace. Crescent Communities is building the 280-unit garden-style apartment community. Crescent previously developed the neighboring Crescent Alexander Village in 2013.   Learn more Website Facebook Phone: 704- 476-1598...
You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

Do you have a passion for keeping Charlotte beautiful? The city of Charlotte invites you to share that passion as a member of its Keep Charlotte Beautiful board. The board has several openings. The KCB board works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowner groups, as well as with area businesses, schools, and local governments, to create a healthier environment. KCB programs enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by providing opportunities to maintain and improve the cleanliness and beauty of our city. KCB programs include the Adopt-A-Street program, The Great American Cleanup, and beautification grants.   How to apply To apply online, click here. Learn more about Keep Charlotte Beautiful, visit its website and Facebook page. Program manager Jonathan Hill also welcomes your inquiries at 704-432-4802 or...
Mallard Creek makes ‘hottest affordable’ neighborhoods list

Mallard Creek makes ‘hottest affordable’ neighborhoods list

University City’s Mallard Creek area just made a national list of “Hottest Affordable Neighborhoods.” While every city has in-demand areas with high prices to match, says national real-estate brokerage Redfin, Mallard Creek and other neighborhoods on this list offer that rare mix of attractive homes costing less than $294,000. How Redfin compiled this report The report includes the top 10 hottest affordable neighborhoods in cities served by Redfin nationwide, plus the top three neighborhoods in each of those markets. This report tracks year-over-year growth in listing views and favorites and incorporates Redfin agent insights to see which neighborhoods are growing in popularity, but with a price cap of $294,000, the median home price across all markets Redfin serves.  The median home price in the Charlotte market is $240,000, Redfin says. Charlotte’s top 3 hot affordable neighborhoods The Mallard Creek area, as defined by Redfin, is located north and east of University Research Park. Data for the area include: Median sales price: $255,000 Average sale-to-list ratio: 99.1% Percentage of homes that sold above list price: 24.1% Median days on the market: 45 Other Charlotte neighborhoods making the list for Charlotte’s top three hottest affordable neighborhoods are Sunset Road (off of Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte) and Madison Park (between South Boulevard and Park Road in south Charlotte). See the full Redfin...