$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

A $45,000 grant to the UCITY Family Zone organization is helping several groups provide food, job training and crucial communication skills to thousands of University City residents.  This grant is from United Way and the Foundation for the Carolinas COVID-19 Emergency Response Awards. Many needs and many volunteers Mark DeHaven, co-founding director of the UCITY Family Zone, says that the grant can have a significant impact because it leverages the extensive volunteer efforts of many groups. “We have many organizations, and we are covering a lot of needs. But we can do a lot with a little,” DeHaven says. “Everyone is volunteering, so this grant supports what everyone is doing.” Where the money goes DeHaven says that the grant allows the UCITY Family Zone to continue its work in three areas. The Community Ambassadors Program helps community leaders develop skills to be liaisons between area residents and service providers. Wendy Mateo-Pascual of Crossways Consulting is working with this group. Workforce development helps residents improve skills needed by area businesses. Gary Crump with Men of Destiny is working with this area. Food insecurity efforts help several grass-roots groups provide food to people in need. These groups include Zolingo’s Spice for Life, which is developing a network of community gardens; Leadership in the Clouds, which has created a way to deliver supplies to homebound people; Community Hub 1245, which is providing several thousand meals a week to families in north and northeast Charlotte; and three food pantries. About UCITY Family Zone The UCity Family Zone is a place-based partnership for improving the social determinants of health and quality of life in several...

University City Partners is committed to justness and opportunity for all

To the University City community: University City Partners stands against racism and social injustice in every form. We work to help build a community that is inclusive and equitable. I know that many of our residents, business owners and area employees are experiencing pain and trauma from recent killings that have been shared across TV screens and online. Though I personally do not know the pain felt by the Black community, I extend my compassion. We at University City Partners stand with our Black-owned businesses, community members and partners. We will continue to work with our community leaders, business partners, and City and County government leaders to identify ways that we can support those who have been treated unjustly in the past and even today. We will continue our work with the UCITY Family Zone that was created in partnership with UNC Charlotte leaders, the community and civic and faith partners following the killing of Keith Lamont-Scott by a police officer four years ago in University City. We will also continue to listen to local residents who experience racial injustice first-hand, supporting them in the best ways that we can. We are committed to ensuring that we nurture a University City that provides equitable employment, living and leisure experiences for everyone in our diverse and inclusive community. Changes this big only happen when everyone gets involved. If you need help getting started, visit the the UCITY Family Zone website and fill out its contact form. If you want to learn about COVID-19 support efforts needing your help right now, visit the UCITY Family Zone’s COVID-19 support web page. Thank...
University City sees surge in home sales, new housing

University City sees surge in home sales, new housing

University City is making headlines with its strong residential scene, as recent news reports underscore. Major neighborhoods are leading home sales in the Charlotte region. Several new communities along the LYNX line and both near and within University Research Park come with rich amenity packages. Here are the details: Highland Creek and adjacent Skybrook ranked in the top 6 neighborhoods in the whole Charlotte region for single-family closings in 2018, says the Business Journal. MORE The LYNX light-rail line along North Tryon Street keeps generating new housing announcements, most recently Lumeo Apartments near the University City Blvd Station and NOVEL University Place near the JW Clay Blvd Station. University Research Park is attracting new residents who want to live close to work, dining and the outdoors. Check out Mallard Pointe, NOVEL Research Park, Bainbridge Research Park and Aria at the Park, a for-sale townhome community by Mattamy Homes on Governor Hunt...
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...