University City


Giving Guide

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, go to and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide gives information about human-service nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 10.

University City

City bond referendum: Organizers of the Vote Yes for City Bonds campaign are offering speakers to groups to explain the bonds and their benefits.

According to University City Partners, University City would benefit directly from four transportation projects and one community-improvement project that would receive funding if voters approve city bonds in November and three subsequent bond packages.

The bond packages are mostly for road improvements: two bridges over Interstate 85 to connect University Research Park to the future light-rail corridor on North Tryon Street; extensive side-street, pedestrian and bike improvements along the transit corridor; and a cross-county bike and pedestrian path that starts at existing greenways and runs through downtown Charlotte to Pineville and beyond. University City’s emerging Prosperity Village community also would receive improvements such as bikeways and sidewalks.

Details: http:// To request a speaker, contact campaign coordinator Elizabeth Barnhardt at or 704-649-7008.

New breast center: Charlotte Radiology has opened its 14th breast center at Prosperity Crossing Medical Plaza to provide access to life-saving mammography screening throughout the region. The center, at 5735 Prosperity Crossing Drive, Suite 100, will offer digital mammography, including tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) and bone-density scans.

An all-female team of technologists staffs the center, and sub-specialized radiologists will read mammograms. Appointments: 704-367-2232.

Give blood: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have a blood drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Carolinas Medical Center–University, 8800 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte.

Another opportunity will be 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16 at BECO South LLC, 8505 IBM Drive at Innovation Park in Charlotte.

Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. Details or appointments: 704-972-4700 or

New tenants in former Walmart: The long-vacant former Walmart building at University Place appears to have new tenants on the way, according to University City Partners.

Property owner Tricor International Corp. is showing a 44,945-square-foot space occupied by Conn’s Inc., a Texas-based specialty retailer of home appliances, furniture, mattresses and consumer electronics; and a 60,419-square-foot space occupied by Titan Fitness, which operates several gyms in Charlotte under the name Fitness Connection, including one at 8404 N. Tryon St.