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...
Coming soon in University City

Coming soon in University City

New retail, dining, apartment homes and a police station are coming soon to University City. Here are the details.   City approves $9.5 million to build new University City police station The future home of the University City Police Division took a big step forward in August, when Charlotte City Council approved spending more than $9.5 million for its construction. The new building will be at 8452 N. Tryon Street at Ken Hoffman Drive, within a quarter mile of the McCullough Drive LYNX station and next to Charlotte Fire Station 27. The building will have 16,081 square feet of space. The University City Division currently has its headquarters nearby at University Executive Park. More   Grand opening on Oct. 3 of new Chick-fil-A University Place The seemingly always busy Chick-fil-A University Place is relocating to its new and much bigger home nearby, at 8700 University Executive Park Drive. at West W.T. Harris Blvd. The grand opening is set for Oct. 3. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The new restaurant building and grounds will be double the size of the current store on J.W. Clay Boulevard, including both a much bigger kitchen and a high-volume drive-through system with two lanes capable of holding up to 34 vehicles. The University Place location will close for good on Saturday, Sept. 28. Chick-fil-A worked with city and University City Partners planners on site design issues such as vehicle screening and sidewalks. Follow Chick-fil-A University Place’s Facebook page for details regarding the grand opening. Worship Night on Oct. 1 at the Chick-fil-A University Place The public is invited...
Primary election is Tuesday … or now!

Primary election is Tuesday … or now!

The 2019 primaries for Charlotte Mayor and City Council take place on Sept. 10. Democrats have many candidates on the primary ballot for mayor, at-large council seats and University City’s District 2 and 4 seats. Early voting continues through 7 pm Friday. The best place to get voter information is the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. You can get a sample ballot, voting location and other details at the Board of Elections website.   Vote early through Friday, Sept. 6 Early voting continues 10 am-7 pm daily through Friday, Sept. 6, at several locations around Charlotte including the former Pier 1 store at 8802 J W Clay Blvd. in University Place. Directions The Hal Marshall Center at 618 N. College St. in uptown is open 8 am-7 pm through Sept. 6. Here is the list of all early-voting locations.   General primary election information The 2019 Primary will take place 6:30 am-7:30 pm Sept. 10. A second primary may be held on Oct. 8, if necessary. The general election on Nov. 5 will also include the election of at-large members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and a countywide vote on whether to increase the Mecklenburg County sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent to help fund arts, parks and education.   Who’s running in the primaries? The Charlotte Observer has published several articles about the candidates for mayor and the Charlotte City Council. Here is some basic information and links to each article.   Charlotte mayor Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles seeks to become the first mayor to win a second term since Democrat Anthony Foxx in 2011....
City rezoning seeks to raise bar for transit-oriented development

City rezoning seeks to raise bar for transit-oriented development

Scores of properties along North Tryon Street near University City’s LYNX light-rail stations could soon have new zoning that will provide for more urban development near the stations, along with higher standards regarding issues such as walkability, public space and architecture. The City of Charlotte seeks to rezone these properties and thousands more near LYNX stations to ensure that city’s vision for transit-oriented development becomes reality. A rezoning petition was recently filed by the city for 2,640 parcels totaling 1,915 acres within short walks of the Blue Line transit stations. The petition asks the city to replace a wide range of office, commercial, residential and industrial zoning categories with four variations of the recently approved Transit Oriented Development zoning. What are Transit Oriented Development Districts? The TOD zoning classifications seeks to create walkable urban neighborhoods within a half mile of each LYNX station. According to a city planning website, “The purpose of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts is to encourage and enable the development of moderate to high-intensity, compact, mixed-use urban neighborhoods near transit stations where people can live, work, shop, dine, and pursue cultural and recreational opportunities while enjoying a range of mobility choices. “TOD development standards, combined with limits on auto-centric uses, are designed to create vibrant neighborhoods with a robust network of streets, sidewalks, and bicycle paths, providing safe and convenient access to transit stations. “The TOD zoning districts allow taller buildings and more building density while requiring higher standards regarding issues including walkability, public space and architecture.”   Light-rail expansion fueling a burst of redevelopment The opening of the LYNX Blue Line Extension in...
Why parks? Why now?

Why parks? Why now?

Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, addressed the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on April 15, 2019, about the urgent need for funding to buy park land. This is the text of that address. Dear County Commissions, County Manager and Parks Director, Thank you for allowing me time on the Monday evening public comments agenda to share the reasons that parks are important to building livable communities that attract and serve residents. I am sharing them in written format via this email. As I shared, land for parks is disappearing before our eyes–and especially so in high growth areas including University City. I am urging you to plan for our future that will include easy access to parks. We are at a tipping point, and parks make Charlotte livable, inclusive, healthy. And, they strengthen our community fabric.   Parks reflect a community’s quality of life Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks also ensure the health of families and youth and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region. Access to parks and natural amenities is the foundation of great places – they are what attract people … and investment. Most importantly, public parks can provide rich and equitable opportunities for all residents. Here’s why:   Parks create community People gather to share experiences, socialize and to build community bonds in common...