STEELE CREEK NEWS
Creek Fire Department Plans Two New Stations to
22, 2022) The
Steele Creek Fire Department plans to build, equip, and
staff two new fire stations by late 2023. The new Station # 2 will be
located on Woody Point Road near Shopton Road West and service the
Sanctuary, Chapel Cove, and other neighborhoods north of McDowell
Nature Preserve along Shopton Road West. The new Station #3 will be on the southeast
corner of Youngblood Road and McKee Road and will service the
Palisades and nearby areas.
The Steele Creek
Fire Department was established in 1954. Originally named
the Steeleberry Volunteer Fire Department, it served rural
communities in Steele Creek and Berryhill Townships. Over time
Charlotte has annexed most of their service area, but most annexation stopped
in 2011 when the North Carolina annexation law was changed.
Charlotte Fire Stations # 37 and # 38 were located where they are in
anticipation of Charlotte annexing all of Steele Creek, but since
annexation is now rare, their locations are not ideal to serve areas
within the city limits.
The Steele Creek
District still covers about 28 square miles with a 2020 Census
population of a little over 17,000. The department responded to
1,620 calls in 2021 but expects to receive 1,750 calls in 2022.
Current Steele Creek Fire Station # 2 is now within the Charlotte corporate limits, and
response times to the growing areas of unincorporated Steele Creek
exceed the goal of a six minute average. The department needs new stations located
closer to the areas the department serves. The new locations will
improve the survival rate for medical emergencies and the ability to
fight fires before they get out of hand. A fire doubles in size
every 60 seconds.
New Station # 2
This station will be located
at 13227 Woody Point Road, about 650 feet
west of Shopton Road West. The design of this station is complete,
and construction will begin as soon as permitting is complete. It will have
5,580 square feet with three bays on one floor and accommodate five
firefighters. Construction should
be complete in May or June 2023. The department has
purchased a ladder truck for this station, and that will be the
primary truck for the station. It will be the only ladder truck in
Steele Creek. Construction cost is about $2
million. Response time to the Sanctuary, for example, will be
reduced from about 10 minutes to about 2 minutes! The department
plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony soon. Stay tuned for the
details. See images of
Station 2 Exterior,
Station 2 Interior. and
Station 2 Site.
are challenging the ability of the Fire Department to build a station on Woody Point Road. The
Zoning Board of Adjustment will
hold a hearing on the challenge on September 27.
New Station # 3
This station will be located at 16315 Youngblood Road, on the
southeast corner of Mckee Road. It will be built to the standards of the
Charlotte Fire Department in case the City of Charlotte ever takes
over service. It will have 12,500 square feet on two floors and
accommodate eight firefighters. It will
have three bays, each about 60 feet deep, so it could ultimately
house up to 6 vehicles. The bays will have doors on each end,
allowing trucks to drive through. The station will include a meeting
room suitable for community use. Construction should be complete
around September 2023. Construction cost is about $6
million. See images of
Station 3 Exterior,
Station 3 Interior First
Station 3 Interior Second Floor, and
Station 3 Site.
Current Station # 2
The current Station # 2 at 13225 S Tryon Street will remain open
until both of the new stations are complete and operational. Atrium
Health has purchased the land, but the Steele Creek Fire Department will be able
to continue to use the station until it is no longer needed.
Station # 1
Current Station # 1 at 8700 Steele Creek Road will continue to
provide fire and rescue service to the northern part of the
district. It recently had its sewer system upgraded, and there are
plans to add a bunk room on the right side. At some point, the city
is expected to annex the new River District development, which will
include areas in the northern part of the fire district.
When that occurs, the city
will provide fire service to that area.
Charlotte ETJ Fire Protection Service District
The Steele Creek Fire District is within the Charlotte ETJ Fire Protection
Service District, which covers unincorporated areas around Charlotte. Property owners within the district will pay 10.15 cents per $100 assessed valuation
in next year's taxes. (Up from 8 cents last year.) This is expected to generate $8,985,761 based on an
estimated assessed valuation in the Charlotte ETJ Fire Protection Service District of
$9,033,638,802. The revenue raised is divided among six departments and the Charlotte Fire
Department, which services unincorporated areas where volunteer departments have been disbanded. Steele
Creek Stations # 1 and # 2 previously had three paid fire fighters in each shift.
Increased funding in the county's 2023 budget will allow an increase to four
paid fire fighters per shift.
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