Research & Plans

Research is creating new knowledge.

There are two area plans that provide the framework for future development in University City. The University City Transit Station Area Plan and the University Research Park plans were adopted in 2015 and 2010 respectively. University City Partners funded and orchestrated the first area plan for the Municipal Service District (MSD) in 2007. The University City Transit Station Area Plan was updated by the City in May 2015.

The University Research Park Area Plan was also funded and orchestrated by University City Partners and adopted by the City in 2010. University City Partners also supports the implementation of the UNC Charlotte Master Plan and J.W. Clay Station Area Master Plan. These plans support the development of a walkable, mixed-use downtown in the heart of University City anchored by UNC Charlotte and University Research Park.

Active projects and petitions

University City has ongoing development projects and rezoning petitions. The tool below shows the transportation infrastructure investments as well as private land developments recently completed, under construction, or in permitting and planning.

Brochures, Flyers, Reports

The University City Key Projects and Vision Summary Brochure is a short recap of key development projects and the vision for University City.

Our Annual Report (2021) is released as an end of year review of the budget, program of work, accomplishments and our priorities for the next fiscal year.

Major Employers
Quality of Life
Tomorrow’s Urban Center
University City Area Plan
University City Demographics
University Research Park Plan
University City Annual Report
JW Clay Station Plan


UNC Charlotte’s New Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial Unveiled 

UNC Charlotte Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11, UNC Charlotte held a ceremony to reveal their new memorial honoring the indigenous people and the history of the land the campus is on.  This comes a year after Charlotte formally...

Calling All Niners!

  Calling All Niners!   This year’s Niner Nation Week takes place from October 31 through November 7! It is a mixture of the traditional Homecoming and Family Weekend events, combined with new events to bring the Charlotte community together. Not only can...

Local Startup Incubator Receives Grant from Jordan Brand

  City Startup Labs The Charlotte accelerator and incubator for Black millennial founders, City Startup Labs (CSL), was one of 18 organizations in the US to receive $37K from Jordan Brand. Henry Rock, the founder of CSL has said the money will go towards their...

The Red Carpet Dining Experience

Paparazzi CLT Charlotte native, Monetz Watson is opening an all-in-one dining, bar, and nightlife experience in the University City. Paparazzi CLT, located on Pinnacle Drive, will include selfie walls, photo booths, fire pits, 54” TVs showing games, and daiquiri...

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve expansion touches 3 schools

Two public schools and the CPCC Cato Campus have gained important access to a great learning resource, thanks to Mecklenburg County’s recent purchase of 100 acres for the planned Reedy Creek Greenway. The new addition to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve adjoins Northeast...

Concerts, races, football and fans returning to University City’s big outdoor venues

Big crowds and fast cars and trucks all roared at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the statewide lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor events. If public health stays good, expect many more big shows and crowds this year at...

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building....

Crescent Communities’ Escent Research Park completes construction

News release courtesy of Crescent Communities.  Charlotte, N.C. – (May 13, 2021) – Today, Crescent Communities, a nationally-recognized, market-leading real estate investor, developer, and operator of mixed-use communities, announces the completion of construction at...

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – April 2021

April 21, 2021 - University City CRE News Rezoning filed for next phase of University City Entertainment District • Cambridge Properties seeks to rezone 40 acres, Business Journal reports. • Petition calls for office building, hotel, apartments, commercial space and...