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...
Makeover of JW Clay Blvd. to start in 2021

Makeover of JW Clay Blvd. to start in 2021

Construction of a major improvements to JW Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021.  The city-funded 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 planting strips with shade trees, and constructing one segment of a 12-foot cycle path between the JW Clay Blvd. LYNX Station and University Research Park. For JW Clay Boulevard Streetscape details and updates, visit the project website.   New I-85 North Bridge and greenway also in the works For the cycle path to reach University Research Park, it will need a bridge over I-85. The I-85 North Bridge, as it is called, will link Doug Mayes Place in University Place to David Taylor Drive in the Research Park. Construction on the bridge 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.   Waters Edge construction starting in spring 2020 The city and county projects coincide with a major private transformation of 20 acres of 1990s shops along the lake at University Place. Developer EB Arrow expects to begin work this spring on the first phase of Waters Edge, which will include a 182,000-square foot office building near the main bridge; a 2.5-acre linear waterfront park; and...
I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

I-85 North Bridge project moves forward

Charlotte’s engineering department reports that construction should begin in early 2021 on the future I-85 North Bridge connecting University Place and University Research Park. The bridge and associated new and upgraded roadways should open in early 2024. Funded by Charlotte and the state, the I-85 North Bridge and its partner, the already completed I-85 South Bridge, will provide much improved linkage between University Research Park employment hub and two major LYNX light-rail stations along North Tryon Street. Current work on the I-85 North bridge project includes real-estate acquisition and development of the final design. The project team and the NC Department of Transportation staff also are working to get various approvals needed before the design is completed.   Learn more about the I-85 North Bridge project Project website Street cross-sections Bridge aesthetics Final road...
LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

Thinking of riding the LYNX? These changes and a reminder may smooth the trip: New riders: With UNC Charlotte back in session, be prepared for many more riders. New discount: LYFT has expanded its first-mile/last-mile discounts to include the University City Blvd. station area. Parking deck reminder: You can park for free in our two LYNX decks – unless you need to leave between 3 and 6 pm weekdays. Here are the details. More 49ers aboard! Don’t be surprised by the sudden surge in riders aboard the LYNX light-trail trains, even late at night. Nearly all of UNC Charlotte’s 30,000 students get a transit pass that lets them ride all light-rail trains and CATS buses. The cost is included in the students’ mandatory fees as a way to reduce the demand for campus parking. Faculty and staff can get a big break on LYNX and bus fares, as well.   Lyft expands first-mile/last-mile ride discounts to University City Blvd station area Light-rail riders needing to reach destinations near the University City Blvd LYNX station can now take advantage of a special first-mile/last-mile discount from Lyft, the on-demand transportation service. The service, already available at the JW Clay Blvd and Parkwood stations, provides a $4 discount on Lyft rides between the stations and nearby destinations. The goal of the program is to provide affordable and reliable transportation via LYFT to busy destinations near the stations but too far away to reasonably reach by walking. Click here to learn how to access the program.   Reminder: Parking in decks will cost – if you leave 3-6 pm weekdays While most LYNX...
NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

Last updated April 29, 2019 An information meeting to explain and get feedback on University City’s biggest upcoming road project drew more than 100 people to UNC Charlotte on April 23. The project, set to start construction in about 3 years, will widen NC 49 to six lanes near campus, launch a new highway to Independence Boulevard and close a busy railroad crossing. At least two critical decisions remain to be made. The path of the new highway once it crosses the NC Rail Corridor and nearby Hanberry Boulevard. One option would slice through woods and wetlands planned for a future park. How to lower University City Boulevard several feet while maintaining high traffic volume between I-485 and the university campus. One option would require removing several commercial buildings. The drop-in information meeting took place in the Cone University Center, where visitors could move through several information stations dealing with various aspects of the three projects.   State’s reason for six lanes A short video display explained why the NC Department of Transportation believes that University City Boulevard (NC 49) needs to be widened to six lanes between I-485 and John Kirk Road and redesigned to eliminate left turns from cross streets such as Mallard Creek Church Road. Watch the video. University City Boulevard carries more than 40,000 vehicles per day, with significant rush-hour congestion and numerous accidents, particularly at the Back Creek Church Road/Pavilion Boulevard intersection. Transportation planners estimate that the volume will double in 20 years. A state Transportation Department staff member said the new design will accommodate that greater volume and cut accidents while providing safe movement...
TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

Get details this afternoon at UNC Charlotte about NC plans to transform part of University City Boulevard into a six-lane ”Superstreet”, launch a new roadway to south Charlotte and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm today, April 23, in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and to take a survey about the plans.   Superstreet details The state plans to convert 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. Construction could start in 2022. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to cut congestion and accidents while increasing capacity.   Other major project components The state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed.   Why? The state says the project and its design will: Improve traffic volume, speed and safety on University City Boulevard. Start the long-planned major highway from University City to Independence Blvd. Details Close a dangerous crossing as part of massive upgrades to the NC...