STEELE CREEK NEWS
Dirt is Moving at
Steele Creek's New Outlet Mall Site
2013) Grading has begun at the site of the new Charlotte Premium
Outlets, a joint venture of
Outlets of Greensboro,
Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, and Steele Creek
Limited Partnership (1997). Its opening is still anticipated in
2014. (Click on any image to open a PDF file with larger versions of
the images in a new browser window.)
When completed, the center will be
home to more than 90 upscale brand name and designer outlet stores.
Much of the merchandise will be last-year's styles or specially made
for outlet stores so that it can be sold at reduced prices.
The mall will have a
racetrack style layout, with an interior loop similar to Concord
Mills, but it will be about one fourth the size of Concord Mills.
The design will be compatible with Berewick and will provide a
unique, pedestrian-friendly open air experience with urban plazas.
The mall is expected to draw shoppers from a large area around
Charlotte to Steele Creek.
As the site
plan below shows, the mall will be located on high ground south of
Shopton Road overlooking I-485. The sections highlighted in yellow
will not be built initially and will be used for future expansion.
Spaces are reserved along the new
Dixie River Road for five
nationally-known sit-down restaurants. The parking
lot will sit between the restaurants and the mall. The mall will not
likely have a food court but should have a few small food
The site plan
includes a large storm water retention pond. This is expected to be
landscaped and accessible to pedestrians, unlike most similar ponds
that are surrounded by chain link fences and weeds. Past development
in the area has resulted in excessive sedimentation in Brown's Cove
on Lake Wylie. Developers have agreed to include extensive erosion
controls to help with runoff from the site.
The south end
of the development will have a hotel, offices, and other retail.
Area residents have
been concerned about traffic, but the project includes about $7.7
million in road improvements. The developers will pay the total cost
but receive up to $5.1 million in property tax rebates from
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County over ten years. The North
Carolina Department of Transportation also will contribute to the
cost of some improvements.
Road work will
- Additional lanes on Steele Creek Road
- Traffic signals at both entrance ramps from I-485 at Steele
- Completion of Dixie River Road as a 4-lane median divided
- Intersection capacity improvements at Brown-Grier Road and
Steele Creek Road
- Intersection capacity improvements at Shopton Road and
Steele Creek Road
- Improvements to I-485 ramps, including additional turn
- Creation of a new Trojan Drive as a public street through
- Extension of Berewick Commons Parkway to Dixie River Road
- Traffic signals and roundabouts at mall entrances along
Dixie River Road
The site was annexed
by the City of Charlotte at the June 24 City Council meeting.
Developers desired to have the property within the city limits to
receive services by the Charlotte Fire Department and other city
Construction was able
to proceed after the Charlotte City Council approved rezoning of the
site in April. Developers also received approval for rezoning of a
site along I-485 north of Arrowood Road that will allow construction
of two billboards to announce to northbound I-485 motorists to take
the next exit to go to the outlet mall.
To comment on this
story, please visit the
Steele Creek Forum.
to share this story to your Facebook page,
or click below to visit the Steele Creek Residents Association