EB Arrow Seeks Rezoning for Waters Edge at University Place

EB Arrow Seeks Rezoning for Waters Edge at University Place

News Release – Commercial real estate development firm EB Arrow has filed a rezoning petition for 20.5 acres on the east side of J.W. Clay Boulevard in University City where the company is planning a mixed-use, walkable lakefront community called Waters Edge at University Place. Charlotte City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the zoning change for its June 17 monthly zoning meeting. The council could vote as soon as July 15 on whether to approve the request.   Office building, apartments and lakefront park in Phase I If approved, the rezoning would allow for the first-phase development of a five-story, 182,000-square-foot Class A office and civic building with ground-floor retail; NOVEL University Place, a 308-unit garden-style multifamily community developed by Crescent Communities; a 2.5-acre lakefront linear park featuring a children’s play area; and the refurbishment of a significant portion of the one-mile multiuse pedestrian trail encircling the lake at University Place. The plan is consistent with the University City Area Plan, which recommends mixed-use including residential for the site, and would meet many of the goals of University City Partners’ master plan for the J.W. Clay area, which emphasizes walkability from light rail, connectivity and civic space for people to gather near the lake. Acquired by EB Arrow late last year, Waters Edge is located less than half a mile from the J.W. Clay Boulevard Station on the Lynx Blue Line and less than one mile from the Barton Creek Greenway, providing connectivity and access to miles of existing greenway trail via the Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways as well as access to UNC Charlotte, Atrium Health...
Under Way: Hundreds of apartments and townhomes

Under Way: Hundreds of apartments and townhomes

The crane looming over the ATAPCO apartment building on North Tryon Street is the biggest sign by far of a building boom across University City – but hardly the only one. Here’s a rundown of nearly 1,400 apartments and for-sale townhomes under way in University City, including the first for-sale townhomes in University Research Park. More “Under Way” reports: Hospitality, dining, shopping and greenway University hotel-conference center, science building and more Office building renovations and major upfits Atapco Apartments – North Tryon Street at McCullough LYNX station. Five stories, with 260 apartments, interior structured parking and ground-floor retail. More V & Three apartments – North Tryon Street near the University City Blvd LYNX Station. Leasing has started on the nearly finished community with 338 apartments and many amenities. Among the features: 10-foot ceilings, granite countertops, a “train lobby” for waiting for the LYNX, electric-car charging stations, garages and rental townhouses. V & Three and Mosby University City are components of the 62-acre University City Gateway being developed across from the University City Blvd LYNX station by McKinney Holdings. V & Three website Mosby University City – North Tryon Street near the University City Blvd LYNX station. 309 apartments in four five-story buildings. The developer bought the 14-acre site in November 2018 for $5.5 million. More Bainbridge Apartments – Mallard Creek Road just west of Mallard Creek. 315 apartments in four-story buildings bordering Mallard Creek Greenway. More Mattamy Homes townhomes – Gov. Hunt Road near Mallard Creek Road – up to 167 townhomes for sale, up to three stories, on 38 acres. Extensive open space reserved. First for-sale homes in URP....
Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Atrium Health plans to open an urgent-care center this summer in the parking deck at the Clay Boulevard LYNX Station. The center will meet a growing need for convenient health care in the heart of University City’s light-rail business district, says Bill Leonard, president of Atrium Health University City. “The University City area is growing, and access to walk-in urgent-care service is underserved in our market,” Leonard said. Atrium Health operates more than 30 urgent-care facilities throughout the Charlotte region. The centers provide general medical care for minor injuries, illnesses and health exams. Most centers are open 8 am-8 pm seven days a week.   Medical services for residents, students and workers The new center at the Clay Station parking deck will offer typical urgent-care services of diagnosis, treatment and testing, including X-ray and basic lab services. “With the proximity to so many jobs, we will fully support occupational health efforts in the area,” Leonard said. People with more severe illnesses and injuries are directed to hospital emergency rooms. Atrium Health University City’s emergency room is the busiest in the Atrium Health system. Leonard said that Atrium Health expects to see a slight decline in those numbers once the urgent-care center opens nearby. Atrium Health recently signed a 10-year lease for 2,325 square feet of space in the Clay Station parking deck. The deck might seem like an unlikely place for a medical facility. However, along with its 800 parking spaces, the deck includes more than 15,000 square feet of space on the ground floor for offices, shops and restaurants.   Growing regional crossroads Most important, “The access is just...
Great changes in the works for 2019

Great changes in the works for 2019

University City enters 2019 on the wings of perhaps our most transformative year in two decades. The Charlotte Observer and WSOC-TV recently reported that 2019 will bring even more advances. New housing, retail services, an entertainment district and a UNC Charlotte-focused hotel and conference center are all in the works, say the media outlets. Much of that growth will take place near the LYNX light-rail line between uptown and UNC Charlotte that began operation last spring. Among the projects likely to move forward this year, say The Observer and WSOC-TV reports: UNC Charlotte Conference Center – Work is expected to start soon on the $87 million project to build 226-room Marriott Hotel and conference center on North Tryon Street at the JW Clay Boulevard Station Entertainment District and Topgolf – Topgolf, a 14.2-acre golf-focused facility, is expected to anchor a large entertainment district near the University City Boulevard Transit Station. Live-Work-Play at University Place – The new owner of a key part of University Place has plans to transform aging shops and parking on the west side of the University Place lake into 300,000 square feet of new commercial space, 600 residential units and a public library Armored Cow Brewery – University City’s first brewery is under development along JW Clay Boulevard at University Place. New Barton Creek Greenway – Mecklenburg County has started work on Barton Creek Greenway. The short greenway will link University Place to the extensive Mallard Creek – Clark’s Creek – Toby Creek greenway network. Get the details Charlotte Observer report WSOC TV...
Business Journal honors University City ‘Heavy Hitters’

Business Journal honors University City ‘Heavy Hitters’

Two University City development projects and a pioneering architect for University Place have received the Charlotte Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters Commercial Real Estate Awards: Blu at Northline apartments, Corvian Community School’s high school and architect David Furman. The awards were announced on Nov. 1 at the business publication’s fifth annual event honoring commercial real-estate projects completed in the past year in the Charlotte region.   Blu at Northline Blu at Northline, the apartment community on North Tryon Street beside the I-85 entrance, won in the apartment development category for leading a development boom in this part of University City. The 377-unit apartment community was the first transit-oriented development along the 9.3-mile Blue Line Extension between uptown and UNC Charlotte, the Business Journal noted. MORE   Corvian Community School – High School Corvian Community School won in the Public/Civic/Community category for creating a building “for the next generation.” The 70,000-square-foot high school has many notable features besides classrooms, the Business Journal noted. These include innovation labs for robotics, a yoga and dance studio, a black-box theater and other learning and collaborative spaces. MORE   David Furman Architect David Furman received the Pillar Award for three decades of working helping to transform the landscape of center city Charlotte. At the start of his career, Furman designed three components of University Place: Lakeshore Village condominiums, Walden Court apartments and the original Countryside Montessori School. The Business Journal honored Furman for being “a pioneer and leader in creative, cool and funky real estate projects — primarily in the residential space but more recently in commercial and mixed-use deals in South End and uptown...
Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

University City is in the midst of incredible change. Guiding that change for maximum benefit to our community will require bold vision, thoughtful planning, and creative design. Urban-design expert David Dixon will share ideas for navigating the sea change on Dec. 6 at University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City. The free public event, presented by University City Partners and Charlotte Research Institute, will take place 5-7 pm Dec. 6 at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Innovation Hub.   About David Dixon Dixon leads the Urban Design team at Stantec, a multi-faceted company providing community planning, architectural design, engineering and related services worldwide. In Charlotte, the Urban Design team is helping master-plan and develop the $700 million Brooklyn Village mixed-use neighborhood in Second Ward. Stantec also helped create Charlotte’s South End Vision Plan. Dixon also is co-editor of “Suburban Remix: Creating the next generation of Urban Places,” and co-author of “Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People.”   About University City 2.0 University City 2.0 is a Charlotte Research Institute and University City Partners signature reception and guest speaker event for area businesses and business partners, civic and economic development leaders, and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff. The Dec. 6 event will begin with the Charlotte Research Institute winter reception from 5-6 pm. The guest-speaker program will start at 6 with remarks by Dixon. After his remarks, Mr. Dixon will be joined by City of Charlotte Director of Planning, Design and Development Taiwo Jaiyeoba and Assistant City Manager for Economic Development Tracy Dodson for a panel discussion and open Q&A exchange.   Want to attend? The...