Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

The proposed UNC Charlotte conference center and hotel have drawn plenty of interest, especially from people following the surge of development taking place near the new LYNX light-rail stations on North Tryon Street. Thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, vivid renderings and many building details are now available for public view. You can find the latest site plan and other materials on the department website, among its list of 2018 rezoning petitions, under Petition 2018-047.   Site for facility will require zoning change The UNC Charlotte Foundation, which owns the site for the proposed development, is asking the Charlotte City Council to rezone 4.42 acres near the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station for a hotel with up to 230 rooms and a 15,000-square-foot conference center. All of the project’s required planning documents and city-staff reviews (as they are completed) are available online. As of June 15, the rezoning public hearing for this project is scheduled for the Charlotte City Council’s monthly zoning meeting on June 18. However, several petitions including possibly this one will be deferred to a later date. See below for more meeting details. Download the meeting agenda here.   What we know so far Tentatively called the UNC Charlotte Marriott, the hotel and conference center are proposed for about 4.4 acres bordered by North Tryon Street, JW Clay Boulevard, Robert D. Snyder Road and the PORTAL Building parking lot. The land is owned by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The current site plan shows a six-story hotel fronting North Tryon Street and the conference center fronting Robert D. Snyder Drive. A second building for parking would be built...
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...
Businesses get glimpse of urban future at networking event

Businesses get glimpse of urban future at networking event

On March 20, just a short walk from the brand-new University City Blvd LYNX light-rail station, small-business leaders networked, celebrated the long-awaited opening of LYNX service and discussed plans to use light rail as an engine for change. “University City is on a growth trajectory. We saw just crazy ridership this weekend, especially on Saturday, and we are thrilled,” University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater told the group as she welcomed them to the networking event. “It has been a long road for our businesses and our community, and we are glad that the construction barrels are gone.” University City Partners organized Tuesday’s networking event at the Camino Community Center to start an ongoing conversation among area businesses about ways to share information and lobby effectively for improvements needed to fulfill the vision of an urban center near UNC Charlotte. Tuesday’s event included an introduction of University City Police Division’s new commander, Captain Alan Rutledge; an invitation by fellow businessman Rob Rogers to join him in sharing business resources to improve nearby public schools; and a presentation by Heater and UCP Planning Director Tobe Holmes entitled, “University City, Tomorrow’s Urban Center.”   New police station in the works Rutledge said that CMPD has purchased land for a new police station on North Tryon Street to replace the current offices on McCullough Drive in University Executive Park. The city plans to build a 15,000-square-foot facility and hopes to have it open within two years, he said. Meanwhile, crime is down 8% over last year, year to date, he said, with violent crime down 25% and property crime down 7%....
Investors buy former Allstate offices, while developers propose entertainment district

Investors buy former Allstate offices, while developers propose entertainment district

A recent property sale and new rezoning request signal continued business interest in the coming LYNX light-rail line. Arkansas investors have bought a 1970s office building and 35 acres on McCullough Drive for $12.3 million. The three-story building, vacant since longtime tenant Allstate relocated to Innovation Park, offers one of the biggest contiguous vacant office spaces in Charlotte’s suburban market, reports CPExecutive.com. That large space, totaling more than 191,000 square feet, should be of great interest to companies relocating to Charlotte or undergoing major expansions, the business website said.  MORE   Entertainment district proposed near IKEA The Charlotte Observer reports that developer Cambridge Properties is planning to create a major entertainment district just west of University City Boulevard between I-85 and the University City Boulevard transit station. The company recently filed a rezoning for parts of three properties at the end of MacFarlane Boulevard near I-85. Cambridge Properties told the Observer that it envisions the district having a movie theater, brewery, other restaurants, hotel, outdoor golf venue and other draws....
5-story apartment building approved near McCullough LYNX station

5-story apartment building approved near McCullough LYNX station

The shift of University City’s North Tryon Street business corridor from car-centric suburbia to transit powered urban district took another step forward in January with City Council’s approval of a five-story apartment building near the McCullough Drive light-rail station. ATAPCO, owner of University Executive Park, sought the rezoning to replace two of its one-story 1980s office buildings fronting North Tryon Street. The new building can have up to 280 apartments in a five-story structure with internal structured parking, as well as at least 5,000 square feet of shops and other non-residential uses on the street level. The building footprint fills most of the 4.5-acre site. Unanimous votes of approval Both the Charlotte City Council and the Zoning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to the rezoning request, after the developer revised the design to make the building visually more open to visitors and less block-like.  Design elements required by the final approved plan include: Direct connections to the sidewalk from first-floor units, to emphasize the building’s residential character. Sconces, stoops and other features that identify ground-floor doorways as primary entrances and provide visual breaks. Minimum dimensions, visible from the street, for non-residential spaces. Maximum building height of five stories and 62 feet. Soon-to-open LYNX line driving higher-density development and renovations The LYNX light-rail line extension is nearing completion between the existing terminus at 7th Street in uptown Charlotte and the new final station near Cameron Boulevard on the UNC Charlotte campus. Service is projected to begin in late summer 2017. ATAPCO has already spent $4 million to upgrade University Executive Park office buildings and grounds near the future...
One University Place greets the future with major renovation

One University Place greets the future with major renovation

One of University City’s oldest and perhaps even historic office buildings – One University Place – just underwent a comprehensive update, thanks to new owner Origin Investments. The multi-million-dollar renovation includes major improvements to the lakeside office building’s large multi-story lobbies, monument staircase, common areas, landscaping and much more. Here’s the rest of the story, courtesy of Trinity Partners, the exclusive management and leasing representative for the building. Trinity Partners oversaw the renovation project.   Origin Investments completes major renovations at University Place Feb. 7, 2017 By Molly Carroll Origin Investments has completed a multi-million-dollar renovation program at One University Place, the four-story, 84,800-square-foot office building in Charlotte’s University market area. The completed renovation program brings a fresh look and a new, move-in ready spec office suite to One University Place. Origin Investments acquired One University Place, its third acquisition in Charlotte, in late 2015. The building is University Place’s only multi-story office building; it overlooks a lake and surrounded by numerous amenities at The Shoppes at University Place. “This building presented a fantastic opportunity for Origin,” said Marc Turner, Managing Director of Investment Management at Origin Investments. “It’s been a fixture in the submarket for years but, unfortunately, had become forgettable alongside the University area’s growth and development. This renovation program changes that.”   Improvements to lobbies, common areas, landscaping and more Building renovations included a comprehensive makeover of the two large multi-story lobbies, monument staircase, elevator lobbies on each level, common areas, elevator modernization, restrooms, exterior paint, signage, and landscaping. In addition to freshening up the building that was developed in 1986, Origin created more collaborative spaces, in the...