Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

North Tryon Street near the University City Walmart just got a colorful new look between dusk and dawn. At the request of University City Partners, Duke Energy recently added multicolored illumination to its large substation just south of Shopping Center Drive. “They look best the later and darker into the evening it gets!” said Catherine Grella, who represents public engagement for Duke Energy’s Transmission division. Color-changing LED lights are programmed to illuminate the North Tryon Street substation nightly from dusk to dawn. The lights currently go on about 5:30 p.m. The best spot for seeing the lights is on the sidewalk directly in front of the substation, Grella says. LYNX riders will also get a great view, especially as the north-bound trains crest the University City Boulevard bridge. Display can be customized The new light display should not get boring. Engineers can program the lights to create custom colors for specific events, such as green for Charlotte 49ers home games and pink for breast cancer awareness, Grella says. University City Partners is working with Duke Energy to create special lighting schemes to mark major holidays and events. Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said University City is fortunate to have Duke Energy as a major employer. “Thanks to Duke Energy for gifting us this illuminated art for our community to enjoy during the evening hours,” she...

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....