Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building. The XCLT, a joint effort of Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte, will connect several county greenways including Toby Creek Greenway to provide a single paved trail for cycling and hiking between Pineville and University City via NoDa and uptown Charlotte. Several connecting links are open, and the city expects to have the trail complete between Mallard Creek Greenway and Pineville in about 5 years. Plans call for funding the last two segments, between Kirk Farm Field (the current terminus of Mallard Creek Greenway) and the Cabarrus County Line by the later part of this decade. The new Starbucks – the first directly beside the trail – will provide a welcome place to rest and refresh just before the trail enters the UNC Charlotte campus. Building details Building plans show up to four spaces in the 7,600 square-foot building. Starbucks will occupy 2,200 square feet and have a  drive-through window. Marketing materials for the project say that the building should be finished this summer. The building site is at a signalized intersection that includes an entrance ramp to WT Harris Boulevard and a safe pedestrian crossing onto the UNC Charlotte campus via the greenway. Student enrollment now exceeds more than 30,000. Several on-campus and off-campus residential communities along University are within a mile of the new building. The Shopping Center Group is handling leasing. To...
City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

Updated Feb. 18, 2021 Charlotte City Council approved plans for six multifamily housing communities in University City at its January and February zoning meetings. Other approved developments include a single-family community at Hucks and Browne roads; a rental facility on West WT Harris Blvd. and 145,000 square feet of commercial and retail as part of a major residential development near I-485. Here are details. Petitions approved by City Council on Jan. 19, 2021 712 multifamily and 26 townhomes near I-85 and University City Blvd. Petitioner: Geystar GP II, LLC. Petition: 2020-086 Location: 71.9 acres on south side of University City Blvd., west of Interstate I-85. Details: Rezoned from Research to R-12 MF (CD). Plan calls for dedicating all land in Doby Creek 100-year floodplain to county for future greenway. Development will include 12-foot shared-use path along University City Blvd. Commercial center and 432 apartments and townhomes near I-85 Petitioner: WSB Retail Partners, LLC. Petition: 2020-088 Location: 58 acres on the NE side of Prosperity Church Road and South side of Johnston Oehler Road Details: Rezoned from MX and R-3 residential to Comercial Center and UR-2 Urban Residential, conditional. Rezoning will allow up to 300 multifamily units, 132 townhomes and up to 145,000 SF of commercial and retail. Property is Prosperity Village development area near I-485. 157 duplex, triplex or single-family attached homes on IBM Drive Petitioner: J.S. & Associates, Inc. Petition: 2020-102 Location: 23.4 acres at IBM Drive and Neal Road. Details: Rezoned from R-8 MF conditional multifamily and R-4 single-family residential to R-8 MF conditional multifamily for up to 157 duplex, triplex or single-family attached homes. Plan calls...
Recent building permits point to more than $125 million in new construction

Recent building permits point to more than $125 million in new construction

The construction crane swinging over Vue on University, a new apartment community rising near campus, is a clear sign that University City continues to grow even through the pandemic. In fact, Mecklenburg County has issued building permits for more than $125 million in new construction and renovations in University City’s central business district between June 1 and mid-September. Here’s a glimpse at the largest projects. Please note that the dollar figures shown here don’t necessarily capture the full cost, since large projects may get multiple permits over several months. Residential projects Tapestry University City, University City Apartments, LLC, 8235 Dave McKinney Ave. $46.5 million 2. Vue on University, Vue on University Phase 1 LLC, 9905 University City Blvd. $40.5 million 3. LIV North Tryon Station, PR 111/LIC UNCC Apartments, LP, 6820 N. Tryon St. $15.4 million   Retail/Office 4. Lidl grocery store, 615 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, new building, $9.43 million. 5-6. The Pointe at University Place buildings E and B, CS Shoppes at University Place, LLC Building E, 8956 J M Keynes Drive; office, bank, medical offices; $333,600. Building B, 9832 J M Keynes Drive; stores, restaurant etc.; $615,400.   Office/Research 7. TIAA, Andrew Carnegie Blvd; multiple permits for interior renovations; $8.15 million. 8. EPRi, 1200-1300 W. WT Harris Blvd, renovations, $826,000. 9. Proximity Park, 401 McCullough Drive, interior improvements, $471,000. 10. Lowe’s, 1100 Chancellor Park Drive, upfits, additions and/or repairs, $627,000.   Institutional 11. Mallard Creek Wastewater Reclamation Facility RUVI, City of Charlotte, 12400 N. Tryon St. $1.16...
Medical center among 9 new developments proposed in University City

Medical center among 9 new developments proposed in University City

A major Novant Health medical center was among 9 proposed developments in University City reviewed or approved by Charlotte City Council at its Sept. 21 rezoning meeting. Altogether, the nine proposals would add nearly 2,000 housing units, 30,000 square feet of retail and offices, and Novant Health’s planned 144,000 square-foot medical center near UNC Charlotte. Rezoning petitions approved on Sept. 21 The council unanimously approved all four of these petitions. Click here to watch a video of the entire 4-hour-long City Council meeting. 1. Mixed-use residential community on NC 49 Location: University City Boulevard, north side, just west of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus County line. Zoning change approved: 93.9 acres from MX-1 mixed residential to MX-2 mixed residential. This will allow more than half of the dwelling units to be multifamily. Petitioner: K Sade Ventures, LLC. Petition 2020-092 details Proposed uses: 250 single-family detached homes and 288 multifamily units. Other details: 8-ft planting strip and 12-ft multi-use path along University City Blvd frontage. 2. Retail center on NC 49 Location: University City Boulevard, north side, just west of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus County line. Zoning change approved: 4.56 acres from neighborhood business to general business, conditional. Petitioner: K Sade Ventures, LLC. Petition 2020-021 details Proposed uses: Up to 20,000 square feet of general business uses. Other details. Adjoins 92 acres also being rezoned for residential uses. 3. Mixed-use development on Mallard Creek Church Road near I-85 Location: East side of John Adams Road, north of Mallard Creek Church Road and east of I-85 Zoning change approved: 24.6 acres from neighborhood business and office to Mixed-Use Development (optional) Petitioner: Flournoy Development Group. Petition 2020-048...
New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

University City Partners announces the opening of University City Farmers Market on Oct. 3 around the lake at The Shoppes at University Place. Shoppers will find fresh local produce, food preparation programs and live entertainment. Open every Saturday in October The Market will open every Saturday in October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will include some of Charlotte’s best local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. “We are delighted to offer a first-class farmers market for our community of more than 175,000 residents,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “We asked them what they’d like to see more of in University City and a community market, as well as more programs, were top priorities. “Having the Market at the lake, the town center, makes it highly accessible and set against a gorgeous backdrop. It’s going to be something special.” Local and healthy University City Farmers Market will support local farmers and entrepreneurs. The farmers selected use organic practices to help steward the earth, while producing and sourcing some of the freshest and most nutritious food available in North Carolina. Visitors will find seasonal vegetables and fruits, pasture-raised egg and meats, as well as artisanal food and natural beauty-care products. Click here to learn about the two dozen vendors offering food, arts and crafts at the University City Farmers Market. Cooking demonstrations and entertainment, too University City Farmers Market also will feature live music, DJs and chef demonstrations. The food demos will focus on quick, healthy family-friendly dishes. Chef Lisa Brooks and Erique Berry will show how to prepare tasty treats from items you...
These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

Locally based restaurants offering Indian street food, Latin American street food, Southern fare and American comfort food and have opened recently in University City. Here are the details.   Chatpatay Casual Indian Kitchen Chatpatay opened its second Charlotte location last fall at 9211 N. Tryon St. close to the JW Clay Blvd Lynx Station. “We are a casual Indian restaurant where we bring the street food straight from Mumbai Chaupaati to Charlotte,” says the restaurant website, which describes Chaupaati as “one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai where food enthusiasts enjoy a vast selection of street food from the “Thelas” or food carts.” The website has much more detail about the inspirations for its dishes, the people who will prepare your meal and the ambiance you’ll experience while dining. Most of the 78 reviews so far on Yelp for the University City location are enthusiastic. “An unassuming gem, tucked into a strip mall, this place is BURSTING with flavor,” reviewer Elise posted on Jan. 28. “As far as the food goes, it was AMAZING!!! Very tasty and different from the traditional Indian food,” Rick from California wrote after his visit on Jan. 2. The original Chatpatay is at 9101 Pineville Matthews Road in Pineville. Chatpatay at a glance 9211 N. Tryon St. (the former Kohl’s shopping center across from UNC Charlotte). Directions 980-875-7775 Open 11 am-3 pm and 5-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 11 am-3 pm and 4-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays; Closed Tuesdays. Services: Order online. Catering. Delivery Website Yelp page   Cuzzo’s Cuisine University A food truck proclaiming “World Famous Lobster Mac-n-Cheese” has...