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...
University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

If you enjoy live music, you will LOVE the next few days in University City. We just learned that Thursday’s rain-postponed free performance of The Voltage Brothers at The Shoppes at University Place has been shifted to May 3. Meanwhile, UNC Charlotte’s musicians and singers will perform four concerts in six nights, starting tonight, April 27.   Special themes and great venues The Voltage Brothers will appear lakeside near the main bridge at the University Place lake. Is there a better place to enjoy music outdoors on a beautiful spring evening? All campus performances will take place in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. This an acoustic gem of a hall, with great seats throughout. The university’s Wind Ensemble perform a program entitled “Angels and Demons.” The Jazz Ensemble will offer works by Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and others. The Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert.   Tickets The Voltage Brothers will perform for free, courtesy of the many shops and restaurants at The Shoppes at University Place. For the UNC Charlotte performances buy tickets online or visit the Robinson Hall Box office 11 am-3 pm weekdays in the front lobby of Robinson Hall. You also can order tickets by calling the box office11 am-3 pm weekdays at 704-687-1849.   Performance details Chamber Orchestra – 7:30 pm April 27 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra, led by Jonathan Govias, celebrates the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert. More than half of the repertoire is by women composers, including the...
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...
It’s Earth Day all month at UNC Charlotte

It’s Earth Day all month at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is always green (school colors, right?), but even more so in April as the campus turns Earth Day into Earth Month! Among the many events: • Spring plant sale – April 13-14 • In the Company of Trees: Garden stroll and readings – April 17 and 22 • University Earth Day Festival – April 18 • Botanical Gardens and Verse – April 19 event with poetry, writing and readings • Gardening for our butterflies, songbirds and bees – April 19 class Here are details:   Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale 9 am-3 pm April 13-14 at the campus Botanical Gardens Shop from an exceptional array of plants at the Botanical Gardnens’ largest sale of the year. You’ll find the best selection of native plants in Charlotte, colorful annuals, wildflowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, plus harder-to-find exotics, carnivorous plants, tropicals, herbs and select veggies! This is a great opportunity to ask gardening questions, too! All proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse. For more information including parking, visit the gardens website.   In the Company of Trees: Tree Stories from Donald Peattie 1 pm April 17 and 2 pm April 22, starting at the Botanical Gardens greenhouse Join environmental educator Carla Vitez for a unique walk in the Van Landingham Glen. Get to know eight of the gardens’ most majestic native species through the words of naturalist Donald Peattie, as Carla‘s interpretation blends botany, history and the human connection to these forest icons. To register, email Christen Hoover at choove10@uncc.edu.   University Earth Day Festival 10 am-2 pm April 18 at the College of Health and...
Relive our historic day with this video and photo bonanza

Relive our historic day with this video and photo bonanza

The March 16 launch of the LYNX light-rail service to University City is big news not only for University City but also for Charlotte, the region and beyond. We even found news reports on websites such as railwayage.com and progressiverailroading.com. If you could not be at one of the three ribbon cuttings (UNC Charlotte’s Main Station, NoDa’s 36th Street Station and uptown’s 9th Street Station) or go for a LYNX ride on March 16, you can still feel the excitement via video clips and photos on numerous websites. Here are some of our favorites. 2018 Light Rail Grand Opening at UNC Charlotte – UNC Charlotte Welcome aboard: Riders pack Blue Line Extension rom uptown to UNCC – WSOC TV LYNX Blue Line Opening Ceremony (Ninth Street Station) – City of Charlotte After a decade of planning, Charlotte’s light-rail extension finally opens – The Charlotte Observer UNC Charlotte Greek Life Photo Competition – Photos submitted by UNC Charlotte students and others to Instagram and tagged...
National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

When then-college student Cam Newton needed a fresh start, he turned to Blinn College, a junior college with an NJCAA football program. Now the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) is coming to University City, to open a national office to help other talented athletes. NJCAA CEO Dr. Christopher Parker made the announcement on Feb. 26 to the Charlotte Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting February 26. “This expansion will allow us to kick off our Future Leaders Internship Program as well as have an outward facing presence in a thriving community to welcome NJCAA members from all across the country,” said Parker. “With direct access to several major interstates and direct flights from nearly anywhere in the U.S., the NJCAA will open its doors to visitors from all across the country.”   NCJAA to open office near campus Strategically located across from UNC Charlotte, NJCAA’s Charlotte office promises to offer invaluable opportunities for the organization’s Future Leaders Internship program as well as exceptional students. Officials anticipate the ability to host 20-30 prominent interns per year to build the NJCAA brand in multiple facets while creating at least 15 full time staff positions. “This is such an exciting addition to our University City community,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, which facilitated the NJCAA’s search for a new office near campus. “We look forward to helping the NJCAA immerse in the Charlotte community and supporting the development of their athlete internship program.” “This is a tremendous opportunity for our city to establish new jobs, while concurrently creating a framework for young, talented leaders to advance in their...