Commercial Real Estate Roundup – August 2020

August 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene buys additional 51.8 acres in University Research Park Electrolux has sold Centene 51.8 acres fronting Claude Freeman Drive and David Taylor Drive Centene now owns 132 acres in research park for future East Coast headquarters First phase to include 770,000 SF office building near Gov. Hunt Road MORE   Three developers seeking rezonings for 149 acres owned by IBM 700-plus apartments, townhomes near University City Blvd and I-85. MORE 157 townhomes along IBM Drive, Neal Road. MORE 300 apartments on IBM Drive at West WT Harris Blvd. MORE   Purchase makes Centene the No. 4 biggest landowner in Research Park No. 1 is IBM, with 319 acres of undeveloped land, mostly near I-85 Other top landowners: Accesso Partners, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, TIAA Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools owns 197 acres in 4-school Governors Village   Advance grading work starts soon for future I-85 North Bridge Bridge will link Research Park and University Place near Clay Blvd LYNX station Advance grading work will take place first along David Taylor Drive Construction set to start in 2021; final right-of-way and utility work are next steps MORE   Informal survey finds interest in farmers market and small businesses UCP asked residents this spring to suggest improvements they want here Farmers market, support for small businesses and greenways ranked high About 200 people – most between ages 35 and 64 – took the survey MORE   Topgolf plans to open University City facility in late 2020 Popular venue recently reopened its first CLT site with new health measures Topgolf building its 2nd...
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – July 2020

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – July 2020

July 2020 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene to break ground on URP campus in August First buildings will be 770,000 SF main building and parking garage, Charlotte Observer reports Centene completed purchase on July 10 of 80.1 acres along Gov Hunt Road for $10 million Read full July 1 news release about Centene’s East Coast HQ plans MORE Innovation Park owners unveil plan to take massive complex to the next level Accesso Partners seeks rezoning for mixed-use development around existing facility Proposal would add multifamily, retail, hotel and offices, says Business Journal Rezoning will be “dense,” with modern, higher-end product, says Accesso Partners’ CIO MORE Shorenstein seeks OK for offices, parking near its 6800 Solectron Dr building Rezoning would allow 50,000 sf of new development and parking, Business Journal reports Shorenstein bought 6800 Solectron flex building in 2019, announced plans for offices Rezoning is for 12.4 acres between Mallard Creek Road and 6800 Solectron property MORE UCP to co-host interactive discussion about small-business grants on July 22 Online event takes place 3 pm July 22 on University City Partners Facebook Page Qualifying businesses will receive grants of either $10,000 or $25,000 Key speaker will be Holly Eskridge, city’s asst. economic development director MORE Podcast features Darlene Heater discussing “Driving Business in University City” Heater talks with Jeffrey Jones of Belk College of Business on Charlotte Business Buzz Topics include University City’s rapid growth, the challenges of the pandemic and what lies ahead MORE University City leads Charlotte’s multifamily housing boom, says CoStar Recent report says over 2,000 units are under construction CoStar says...
Help replenish 5 food pantries on June 13

Help replenish 5 food pantries on June 13

Many University City residents are struggling to afford food. You can help. A community food drive to replenish five food banks in the UCITY Family Zone will take place 10 am-noon June 13. Drop off canned vegetables, soups, pasta, pasta sauce and other non-perishable food items at StoneBridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church Road. The community drive will benefit the following food pantries: Jamil Niner Food Pantry – UNC Charlotte campus.  Operates Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Website Hope Street Food Pantry – Hope Church. 4100 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. Their pantry night is Thursdays. Website Faith CME Food Pantry. 457 Wellingford St., Charlotte, NC 28213 Their pantry night is Wednesdays. Website Care To Share Outreach Center. 5232 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28215. Operates Mondays-Thursdays. Website Camino Community Pantry – Camino Community Center.  201 Stetson Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 Operates Tuesdays and Fridays. Website CLICK HERE for more details including a list of needed items. More questions? Email info@stonebridge.org.   Every-Tuesday food drive StoneBridge Church Community also collects food for area distribution each Tuesday morning. Bring donations to the church at 3700 Prosperity Church...
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...
UNC Charlotte in the news

UNC Charlotte in the news

UNC Charlotte starts the 2019-2020 school year with impressive numbers, a new leader for Big Data work, and several construction projects including the $101 million Science Building. Campus construction report The Recreation Center and and Science Building go up; Moore Hall comes down. And that’s not all. MORE Winning numbers UNC Charlotte released this report on student enrollment, achievement and other numbers (and the numbers look good!). MORE Helping harness big data Meet Doug Hague, the new leader who help steer the university’s public-private big-data initiatives....
Hiring fair Sept. 24-25 for 100s of positions

Hiring fair Sept. 24-25 for 100s of positions

Chime Solutions, a rapidly expanding support center/call center company with offices in University City, will have a hiring fair Sept. 24-25. Chime is looking to hire 400 people for their first training cohort that will begin in early October. Over time, Chime plans on hiring 1,000 employees for its Charlotte operation.   About the hiring fair and positions available Charlotte’s Economic Development Department is working with Chime Solutions to find new employees. Chime Solutions says it seeks “energetic, customer care-focused individuals interested in joining our Business Process Outsourcing Teams. Customer service experience preferred.” Chime is looking to hire 400 people for their first training cohort that will begin in early October. Over time, they plan on hiring 1,000 employees. Chime is recruiting for the following positions: Operations Manager; Service Delivery Consultant; Service Delivery Manager; Real Time Analyst; Facilities Manager; Helpdesk Support. The base pay for these jobs is $14, and employees are hired for a 40-hour week. The company also offers benefits and is looking to integrate additional supportive services to their employees. Chime Solutions says it will hire candidates with previous offenses as long as they are not felonies, or crimes of integrity (theft, fraud, etc).   Hiring fair times and locations Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1-4 pm – NC Works Career Center, 5601 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28212. Directions Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 am-2 pm – Urban League of Central Carolinas, 740 W. Fifth St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Directions   The application process The hiring fair will entail a company overview, computer assessment, and individual interviews. Chime says it plans to offer conditional hiring pending a background and drug test.   Chime Solutions...