Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

University City is changing by the day. This Thursday, July 26, University City Partners invites you to share the changes you’d like to see – as well as the things you want to keep the same. From 6 to 8 pm at the Camino Community Center, urban planner, community activist and artist James Rojas will lead us through a planning process entitled “Place It!” that uses art to help us envision the future. Rojas has used this method to engage thousands of people at over 400 workshops. At our event on July 26, participants will learn about the role of planning and design in shaping how we live, and then translate their dreams and ideas into physical forms. From these results and their accompanying stories, University City Partners hopes to generate plans, drawings and policy recommendations to build a better University City. The workshop will take place 6-8 pm Thursday at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive near the University City Boulevard LYNX Station and Parking Deck. Turn onto the side street next to the Waffle House. The center is nearby on the left. Directions   RSVP and more information To RSVP or to get more information, contact University City Partners planning director Tobe Holmes at tholmes@universitycitypartners.org. To learn more about the Place It! planning process, visit...
Sunshine, fine wine, great time – Saturday’s Wine Fest!

Sunshine, fine wine, great time – Saturday’s Wine Fest!

The weather looks fantastic for our second annual University City Wine Fest on Saturday, April 14. We invite you to spend the afternoon with us sampling from 100 great wines, sipping cider and brews, nibbling on tasty samples from local restaurants and strolling the lake at University Place. Get your tickets or VIP table now at universitycitywinefest.org. Check out Charlottefive.com’s great article: 10 reasons to get tickets to the University City Wine Fest. The Wine Fest runs 2-6 pm April 14 along the lake near the main bridge at University Place. More than 100 wines from over 25 wineries will be available to sample while guests stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and interactive entertainment. A variety of old and new as well as exciting wines for 2017 from across the US and globe will be featured for tasting. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, wineries and winery representatives will welcome you as they share their knowledge along with samples of their art. Meet these experts, learn the story of their wines, and experience the harmony of delectable wines.   Three ways to enjoy the Wine Fest General-admission tickets, $35 each, provide 4 hours of unlimited wine tastings and a souvenir sampling glass. Buy online Come early! Why wait until 2 when you can start sipping an hour earlier for just $5 more. Buy an early-admission ticket online to start enjoying the fun at 1 pm! Cost is $40. Buy online Treat your friends to a VIP table! Your friends and business associates will love spending the afternoon as the VIPs they are – sitting...
Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Provided by Charlotte Area Transit System The following service adjustments will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018, following the opening of the LYNX Blue Line to UNCC on Friday, March 16, 2018. To learn more about these new schedules, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE. 12, 24, 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, & 60 – Trips adjusted for new train schedule at existing LYNX Blue Line stations. 97, 98, & 99 – Village Riders will be restructured to serve new bus-rail connection at Bryton Town Center. See also the Village Riders Guide for more information. 85X – Gastonia Express – New midday roundtrip added weekdays inbound from Gastonia at 11:09 am and outbound from CTC at Noon. 221 – E Harris / Idlewild – Will now operate 35 minutes weekdays, 30 minutes Saturdays, and hourly Sundays with trip times adjusted.   Bus-connection changes For more details on the below bus connections to the new LYNX Blue Line, pick up a booklet from area schedule racks. 3 – The Plaza – New crosstown replaces the 204 west of N Tryon and the 23 east of Tipperary to Albemarle Park & Ride. 4 – Belmont – Renamed route extended out Plaza to new Sugar Creek Station. Plaza Midwood loop discontinued. 9 – Central Ave – Times adjusted. Turnaround shortened at Albemarle Park and Ride. Service on Idlewild Rd N replaced with new 3. 11 – N Tryon – Follows 11K to Walmart with earlier, later, and weekend trips. 11U discontinued. Mallard Creek Church replaced with new 29. 13 – Nevin – New crosstown replaces the 201 out Capps Hill Mine Rd to...
Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

The race to become Amazon’s second headquarters city has passed us by. Our region must learn from that loss and respond – or risk missing out on future game-changing opportunities, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois wrote recently. His advice: We must aggressively grow our region’s “higher-education horsepower.” Chancellor Dubois’s essay ran recently in The Charlotte Observer as well as on the university’s website. Read the full article....
Get your Wine Fest tickets before they’re gone!

Get your Wine Fest tickets before they’re gone!

General-admission tickets just went on sale for one of the best events in town – the second annual University City Wine Fest (and beer garden!) on April 14 at University Place. Enjoy plentiful fine wines and beer, good times and tasty food while helping the literacy programs at University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. Most of the festival booths and activities will take place along the beautiful University Place lakefront! University City Partners and Tim Wallace of The Wine Vault created the University City Wine Fest to complement our community wine culture, promote the wine industry and raise funds for literacy programs at our University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. This year’s event will feature scores of fine wines, often poured by experts who can help you build appreciation with each sip. Nearby restaurants will have tasty samples. Several artisan vendors will also be on hand. New this year will be a local beer garden. This fun festival addition will feature local beers and ciders with beer-garden style seating and live music.   Learn more about the University City Wine Fest Watch the 2017 action on our post-event video Visit the 2018 Wine Fest website Like our Wine Fest Facebook page to get regular...
Builder proposing Research Park’s first for-sale townhomes

Builder proposing Research Park’s first for-sale townhomes

North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder could soon become University City’s leading townhome builder. Mattamy Homes plans to build three townhome communities within University Research Park and a fourth nearby, if Charlotte City Council approves. Rezoning hearings for two sites in the research park will be held on Nov. 20. Mattamy Homes has built more than 90,000 homes, mostly in Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Charlotte and Canada. The company is building in nine neighborhoods in the Charlotte market including Meridale near I-485 in University City. Products in the Charlotte area include townhomes starting in the upper $200s in Ayrshire (Fort Mill, SC), single-family homes from the mid-$200s at Meridale and higher-end single-family homes starting in the $500s in Lawson (Waxhaw).   General community plans If Charlotte City Council approves the rezoning requests, Mattamy will be the first builder to offer for-sale homes within University Research Park. All four townhome neighborhoods being proposed here by Mattamy would feature buildings of up to three stories. All homes would have garages – some with entrances from the front and some with entrances at the rear, via small alleys. All public and private streets would have planting strips and sidewalks on both sides of the street. University City Partners is working with Mattamy Homes and city staff on the overall design of the three communities located within University Research Park. These details could continue to evolve following the rezoning hearings.   Upcoming hearings Rezoning hearings are usually held the third Monday of each month, starting at 6 pm, in the main meeting room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St. The Charlotte...