STEELE CREEK NEWS
Charlotte to Annex
New Middle School Site on Steele Creek Road
At its November 10 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board
recommended approval of a voluntary annexation of a future middle
school site by the City of Charlotte. This annexation will be
approved at a future meeting of the Charlotte City Council.
vacant 30-acre parcel is located on the west side of Steele Creek
Road across from Hamilton Green Drive, between the Steele Creek
Landings and Falcon Ridge subdivisions. The site is approximately .4
miles from the South Carolina state line. Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools acquired 20 acres of the site in 2007 and the remaining 10
acres in April 2009.
The middle school is
one of three schools in CMS's long range plans for Lower Steele
Creek. An elementary school, a high school, and a neighborhood park
will be located on a 110-acre site on York Road across from McDowell
Nature Preserve. See
Plan for Neighborhood Park at the Palisades Released.
Funding for the
elementary school was approved in the 2007 school bond, but these
bonds have not yet been sold. The Mecklenburg County Commission may
approve the sale of school and park bonds later this year,
which would allow for construction of the elementary school and
neighborhood park in time for a 2011 opening.
Funding for the
middle and high schools will come from future bonds. Due to the
current economic situation, and the County Commission's reluctance
to sell bonds that have already been approved, funds likely will not
be available to build these new schools for quite some time.
Planning Department staff currently are studying areas in Steele
Creek to see if they qualify for involuntary annexation in 2011. The
qualifying areas will be announced in summer 2010. See
Charlotte Identifies 2011 Annexation Study Areas.
See a detailed map
and aerial photograph of the school site at
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