What’s next for Topgolf-anchored entertainment district in University City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A planned entertainment district that sits squarely between the Lynx Blue Line and Interstate 85 in University City will soon be moving into a second phase of development.

Charlotte developer Cambridge Properties filed a rezoning petition this week for its roughly 40-acre site at University City and Ikea boulevards, near Belgate Shopping Center. The petition calls for a 150,000-square-foot office building or 150-room hotel, 350 apartments, structured parking, 20,000 square feet of car dealership-related business, and an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

The first phase of the project includes a Topgolf facility — Charlotte’s second — at 7199 MacFarland Blvd. Topgolf, which will serve as anchor for the project, is expected to open this summer, said Jay Priester, executive vice president at Cambridge.

Timing for the project, including Topgolf, has been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Priester said. But he’s more bullish than ever on the vision for the site, given the momentum of the University area even through the past year.

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