Maps to our future
University City has so much going on, you will often wish you had a roadmap to our future. In fact, we do have those maps – several of them. The following list provides downloadable map files and/or links to websites where you can get the maps and much more information.
University City – Our community covers several square miles and includes portions of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties as well as Charlotte, Concord and Harrisburg. UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute compiled this map for the strategic plan that advocated formation of University City Partners. The map has been updated several times since. While some people on the outer edges of our boundary may not identify themselves as University City residents, the Urban Institute says that the map reflects our trade area.
University City Municipal Service District – University City’s central business area benefits from having an official municipal service district. Property owners within the district pay a small additional property tax to fund crucial services such as planning and marketing. University City Partners, which oversees the district, has pushed for light rail and the outer belt, developed plans for our business district and research park, and worked hard to secure new businesses ranging from IKEA to Electrolux.
University Research Park Map – The business heart of University City contains 10 million square feet of office space – home to about 200 businesses and 25,000 employees. Amazingly, URP also is our biggest resource for both future employment and natural beauty. Over 600 acres remain available for development, even as a new master plan to secure those businesses also shows how the park can preserve hundreds of forested acres for our wildlife and for public enjoyment.
UNC Charlotte – More than 25,000 students now attend North Carolina’s only state university within 90 miles of Charlotte. The campus also houses the growing Charlotte Research Institute. With all of the new construction that has taken place, you will definitely need a map to get around. The website has several other maps, including a map to guide people with disabilities.
Website: UNC Charlotte Campus Maps
Mallard-Clark’s-Toby Creek greenways – University City has nearly 12 miles of connected greenway paths. The heavily shaded paths link University Place, the campus, University Research Park, two schools, athletic fields and several neighborhoods and apartment communities north of the research park. This detailed map shows the many points where people can access the greenway and park their cars, if necessary.
Website: Park and Rec
Future I-485 Outer Belt northeast section – The state hopes to start work soon on the last unfinished leg of the Charlotte Outer Belt. The final segment will cross University City and will take about three years to build.
Website: Charlotte Outer Loop
Future LYNX Blue Line light-rail corridor – Charlotte plans to extend its existing light-rail line from center city to just north of UNC Charlotte, hopefully within the next decade. This map shows the planned route and stations.