STEELE CREEK NEWS
Updates on Hwy 160 & New Retail at Annual Meeting
(March 5, 2014) A crowd of more than 200 people attended the 2014 meeting of the
Steele Creek Residents Association at Christ the King Church on February 27.
Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) Secretary,
gave an update on the development of their
Plan, which outlines area transportation goals and
objectives over a minimum 20 year period. In the previous plan, which goes through 2035.
the widening of NC Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) was ranked so far
down on the list of prospective projects that its widening
would not occur for decades. In the current update draft, however,
Highway 160 has moved up to become a "notable project" for Horizon
Years 2016 to 2025, which means that construction is proposed for
completion between 2016 and 2025.
The next step is for
the North Carolina Department of Transportation to assess projects
and assign priority scores, which is currently happening and will
help determine which projects NCDOT will plan to fund over the next
seven years. The initial scores should be available toward the end
of March. CRTPO then will apply local priority points to individual
projects. There will be a public comment period on the rankings this
summer, with CRTPO's final proposed ranking due to the state by August 1.
The top ranked
projects will qualify for funding in the updated
Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. NCDOT should
release the Draft TIP in December.
There are still many
steps and processes that projects must go through before they are
funded and constructed, but the widening of Highway 160 is making great progress.
CRTPO PowerPoint Presentation. See also
Highway 160 Widening Anticipated by 2025.
Kathy Dennis, planner
Charlotte-Douglas Airport, gave a presentation on new
roadways, new parking decks,
terminal expansion, and other changes occurring or planed on the
north side of the airport that will affect travelers. Unfortunately, she
was not prepared to discuss changes that affect the Steele Creek
community on the south side of the airport as expected.
She said that
consultants currently are developing an Airfield Capacity
Enhancement Plan, which will help determine if construction of a new
runway for larger airplanes is needed. This study should be
completed by the end of the year.
Charlotte-Douglas Airport PowerPoint Presentation.
Chris Thomas of
Childress Klein Properties gave and update on the Charlotte Premium
Outlets and RiverGate expansion.
He said that the
outlet mall on Dixie River Road next to I-485 has proved to be
popular with retailers and Tanger Outlets has told him that they
are close to being 100% leased. They have not announced any stores except
for Saks OFF 5TH so far. Construction is progressing rapidly, as the
aerial photograph below shows. They plan to open around August 1.
Properties is developing businesses around the perimeter of the mall
and has signed a national hotel, two sit-down restaurants, and a
petroleum operation so far.
Developers also are
making almost $8 million worth of road improvements in the vicinity
of the mall, including widening Dixie River Road (which currently is
closed to traffic) and improvements to seven or eight intersections,
including Brown-Grier Road at Steele Creek Road. Traffic signals
were recently installed at the ramps from I-485 to Steele Creek
Road. Developers will receive up to $5.1 million in property tax
rebates from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County over ten years to help
pay for the improvements. See
Dirt is Moving at Steele Creek's New Outlet Mall Site and
Charlotte Premium Outlets Held Groundbreaking Today.
Mr. Thomas said that
they have implemented significant erosion controls and installed
monitoring equipment in the creek that drains the site. He said that
there has been no event of erosion from the site.
said that RiverGate is the most successful center in the Childress
Klein portfolio and gave an update on the new Shops at RiverGate
South shopping center that is under construction.
addition will have Ulta Beauty, Pier 1 Imports, Versona Jewelry,
Michaels, and HomeGoods. He said a new retailer for Charlotte had
signed for the largest store site (labeled Future Development on the
diagram above) but he was not at liberty to
announce its name yet. However, yesterday Gander Mountain outdoor
supply stores announced that they would be building a 45,000 square
foot store at RiverGate.
Stores in the new $20
million center will be opening later this fall.
Mr. Thomas also
talked about the new Cabela's Outfitters store that will replace
Plaza Fiesta and several fireworks stores across the state line at
Charlotte Premium Outlets - The Shops at Rivergate - Cabela's
Representatives of community organizations and local government
agencies and facilities set up tables with displays and information.
This provided a great opportunity for attendees to interact with
each other and learn more about their community.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
Olympic High School -
Renaissance High Schools)
Steele Creek Library
Division - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Steele Creek YMCA
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