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...
What’s new: Latest development, jobs growth, campus transformation, Topgolf

What’s new: Latest development, jobs growth, campus transformation, Topgolf

University City’s growth keeps making headlines. Here are some of the latest reports.   See the details on University City’s latest construction A new online report by University City Partners provides details on development and infrastructure projects “in the pipeline” as of February 2020, including nearly 4 million square feet of office space announced in 2019. The report is organized by development near our three LYNX stations; Innovation Park; and University Research Park. SEE THE REPORT   News report: University City’s primed to add jobs A news report by the Charlotte Ledger concludes that University City’s boom in office construction and renovations signals a parallel surge in employees. “We put a light rail line up there, we already have a lot of jobs up there, and we have the university up there, assistant city manager Tracy Dodson told The Ledger. “That area is ripe.” READ THE ARTICLE University report chronicles “era of unprecedented growth” under Chancellor Phil Dubois The crane towering over the future UNC Charlotte Hotel and Conference Center is the latest sign of the university’s transformation under Chancellor Phil Dubois, who’ll retire on June 30. A new online report highlights significant milestones during Dubois’s 15 years as chancellor, including more than $1 billion in construction and renovations. SEE THE REPORT   Topgolf to open next fall in Entertainment District Topgolf, the popular golf-oriented entertainment venue, has announced that it will open a new facility next fall near I-85 and University City Boulevard. The 60,000-square-foot venue will be a key piece in the University City Entertainment District being developed near the University City Blvd LYNX light-rail station by...
These four projects will launch University Place transformation

These four projects will launch University Place transformation

The 2018 opening of the Blue Line Extension between UNC Charlotte and Center City launched a massive reshaping of the North Tryon Street corridor in University City. Look for these four public and private projects to focus that transformation on University Place over the next three to four years.   J.W. Clay Boulevard streetscape Construction of a major pedestrian- and bike-friendly overhaul of J.W. Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021. The $12.9 million streetscape project will significantly improve this key artery for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle and transit. Main improvements will include completing and widening sidewalks, redoing roadways and medians to accommodate bike lanes, adding a planting strip and street trees, and constructing a two-way separated cycle path between the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station and Doug Mayes Place. For more streetscape details and updates, visit the project website. Watch a 2016 video showing the planned roadway transformation (some details have changed, but the video is still fascinating).   I-85 North Bridge and Barton Creek Greenway The cycle path, providing a bike lane in each direction, will continue across I-85 and into University Research Park via a related road project, the I-85 North Bridge. Construction on that project is expected to start in spring 2021. Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County is nearing completion on the long-awaited Barton Creek Greenway from JW Clay Boulevard to the Mallard Creek Greenway. Once the new greenway opens, University Place will have direct access to 9-plus miles of greenways through UNC Charlotte, University Research Park and several neighborhoods. Read our report on the I-85...
Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Retail space at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck has its second tenant. Sabor Latin Street Grill opened in December on the JW Clay Boulevard side of the building. Atrium Health Urgent Care University City opened in October. Sabor is a locally owned fast-food chain featuring foods from several Latin American countries, plus beer, wine and cocktails. The University store at 9325 JW Clay Blvd. is Sabor’s 14th location and its first at a light-rail stop. The restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm daily. The parking decks at the JW Clay Blvd and University City Blvd transit stops are the first parking facilities along the LYNX line to offer commercial space for lease. Visit...
Early voting has begun for sales-tax increase, local races

Early voting has begun for sales-tax increase, local races

Early voting has begun for the Nov. 5 election, including races for Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg County School Board as well as a referendum on a quarter-cent countywide sales-tax increase. If voters approve the tax increase, the county board says it will use the estimated $50 million in new annual revenue for parks, schools, and the arts. The county operates 17 early-voting locations including the former Pier 1 store at 8802 JW Clay Blvd. in University Place (directions) and the Hal Marshall Center at 618 N. Tryon St. in uptown. All early-voting locations are open daily through Nov. 1. Click here for the full list of locations and times. For more details on the election including a sample ballot and polling place, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.   Information on proposed sales-tax increase The county board is asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on goods and services purchased in Mecklenburg County. The current sales tax rate in Mecklenburg County is 7.25%, including a 4.75% state sales tax, a 2% countywide sales tax and a 0.5% transit tax. “If passed, the quarter-cent sales tax (increase) would generate approximately $50 million per year and help fund an array of arts and culture programs, parks and greenways, education programs and other services for residents,” the county says on its sales-tax webpage. If the measure passes, the county website states, funding percentages are expected to be: Arts and Culture – 45% County Parks and Greenways – 34% Education (teacher supplement) – 16% Arts and Culture/Parks for the Towns – 5% The Charlotte Observer recently reported...
City rezoning seeks to raise bar for transit-oriented development

City rezoning seeks to raise bar for transit-oriented development

Scores of properties along North Tryon Street near University City’s LYNX light-rail stations could soon have new zoning that will provide for more urban development near the stations, along with higher standards regarding issues such as walkability, public space and architecture. The City of Charlotte seeks to rezone these properties and thousands more near LYNX stations to ensure that city’s vision for transit-oriented development becomes reality. A rezoning petition was recently filed by the city for 2,640 parcels totaling 1,915 acres within short walks of the Blue Line transit stations. The petition asks the city to replace a wide range of office, commercial, residential and industrial zoning categories with four variations of the recently approved Transit Oriented Development zoning. What are Transit Oriented Development Districts? The TOD zoning classifications seeks to create walkable urban neighborhoods within a half mile of each LYNX station. According to a city planning website, “The purpose of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts is to encourage and enable the development of moderate to high-intensity, compact, mixed-use urban neighborhoods near transit stations where people can live, work, shop, dine, and pursue cultural and recreational opportunities while enjoying a range of mobility choices. “TOD development standards, combined with limits on auto-centric uses, are designed to create vibrant neighborhoods with a robust network of streets, sidewalks, and bicycle paths, providing safe and convenient access to transit stations. “The TOD zoning districts allow taller buildings and more building density while requiring higher standards regarding issues including walkability, public space and architecture.”   Light-rail expansion fueling a burst of redevelopment The opening of the LYNX Blue Line Extension in...