STEELE CREEK NEWS
Frustration with Highway 160 at Annual Meeting
(March 5, 2013) A record crowd of 200 to 250 people attended the 2013 meeting of the
Steele Creek Residents Association at Winget Park Elementary School
on February 28.
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) Secretary,
discussed the process for updating their Long Range Transportation
Plan, which currently goes through 2035. State Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) is ranked far
enough down on the list of prospective projects that its widening
would not occur for decades.
However, MUMPO is in
the process of updating its ranking criteria in preparation for
updating its Long Range Transportation Plan. Highway 160 could
potentially move up in the rankings. The new 2040 Long Range
Transportation Plan should be updated by March 2014.
Based on the comments
from the audience, the widening of Highway 160 cannot come too soon.
Traffic and congestion have increased as new residential and
commercial development has occurred in the area. The opening of
I-485 has tended to direct traffic down Highway 160 to employment
centers in the Westinghouse Boulevard corridor. New retail
development, such as the RiverGate expansion and the Charlotte
Premium Outlets will further increase traffic. Highway 160 not only
has become more congested, but it has become more hazardous to
But as Mecklenburg
County Commissioner Dumont Clarke, who represents Mecklenburg County
on MUMPO, stated, MUMPO is responsible for transportation planning
but not funding.
Charles Jeter, who
represents District 92 and thus most of Steele Creek in the North
Carolina House of Representatives, said that there was "no bigger
priority on my itinerary than 160."
residents are hopeful that Highway 160 will be a priority for
planners as well as legislators as the new 2040 Long Range
Transportation Plan is developed.
President of the Steele Creek Residents Association, proposed the
The citizens of Steele Creek
respectfully request that MUMPO raise the priority of widening
Highway 160 from I-485 to the South Carolina state line for the
safety of our residents due to increased traffic from new retail and
residential developments and from South Carolina.
The resolution passed
Scott Cole with the
North Carolina Department of Transportation talked about some of the
other planned road improvements in the area.
Residents also heard
about three new commercial developments in Steele Creek. The biggest
is the new Charlotte Premium Outlets at I-485 and Steele Creek Road.
Tanger Outlets and Simon Property Group are partnering to build a
350,000 square foot mall that will have over 90 stores and employ
more than 900 people. It is scheduled for opening in 2014.
soon begin on the Berewick Town Center, which will be anchored by a
Harris-Teeter grocery. The Town Center is designed to provide
neighborhood services to the local residents and should complement
the outlet mall being built nearby. Peter Pappas, Berewick
Developer, said that the stone work at Berewick Manor House has
inspired the center's design.
center also is expanding into a 22 acre site where apartments
originally were planned. Chris Thomas of Childress Klein, the
developer of RiverGate, said that they are still working on written
agreements with potential tenants, but expect to see nationally
known stores that will complement those already at the center.
heard two big announcements.
Jim Hovis, Chair of
Steele Creek YMCA Board of Managers,
announced that a fundraising drive will soon begin to build a family
YMCA in Steele Creek. They have already received a pledge equivalent
to 30% of the total cost. The final site has
not yet been determined but is expected to be near the intersection
of S Tryon Street and Steele Creek Road. Mr. Hovis said to expect to
see the new family YMCA open in 3 to 4 years.
President of the
Arrowood Business Association, announced the formation of
the Olympic Foundation. Its mission will be to make a direct impact
towards change at the Olympic Community of Schools.
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.
(Right: Emily Wilson with Carolinas Medical Center Community Relations, discusses
services of CMC-Steele Creek with Steele Creek residents.)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
Morningstar United Methodist Church
Creek Athletic Association
Steele Creek Library
Division - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Steele Creek YMCA
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