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Planned Unified Development East of Berewick Could Include a Community Hospital

(September 20, 2021) The owners of an 185 acre tract of land east of Berewick have submitted a rezoning application to allow development of the site with a mixed-use community of residential, office, and retail uses anchored by a community based hospital facility serving the Steele Creek Area. See Petition 2021-093.

The development would consist of five Development Areas as shown on the map above:

  • Development Areas A-1 and A-2 - Rezone to O-2(CD) - Up to 320,000 square feet of offices, medical offices, and banks/financial institutions and a community hospital with up to 150 beds, estimated at 340,000 square feet.
  • Development Area B - Rezone to MUDD-O - Up to 104,200 square feet of office and retail, possibly including eating establishments and convenience/gasoline sales.
  • Development Areas C-1 and C-2 - Rezone to UR-2(CD) - Up to 275 residential dwelling units of all types and/or a senior living facility.
  • Development Areas D-1 and D-2 - Rezone to O-2(CD) - Up to 910,000 square feet of offices, medical offices, and banks/financial institutions.
  • Development Areas E-1 and E-2 - Rezone to UR-2(CD) - Up to 50 single family attached residential dwelling units.

Although the rezoning site plan specifies a 150-bed hospital, earlier this year the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation conditionally approved a new hospital named Novant Health Steele Creek Medical Center with no more than 32 acute care beds and no more than 2 operating rooms. Estimated construction costs are $178 Million, and expected opening is October 2025.

Most of the property is currently zoned R-3, but a small 8.39 acre parcel in the northwest corner was rezoned in 2019 for offices. That rezoning will be superseded by the new petition. See 2018-155.

The area south of I-485 near the Steele Creek Road interchange has been experiencing rapid development:

  • The Berewick Town Center is mostly developed with retail, restaurants, and hotels. There is one large tract in the center remaining to be developed.
  • Land for the new Steele Creek Landing has been cleared and graded. Plans include a Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden Restaurant, Hilton Garden Inn, and other retail. (See Steele Creek Landing. Click on the Read More link for details.)
  • The Shoppes at Madison Place currently are under construction. Plans for the retail center include an Outback Steakhouse. Also under construction here are up to 230 apartments. See 2017-023.
  • Property owners in the Clearview Acres subdivision plan to sell their properties as a unit. This area likely will become commercial. No rezoning has been submitted for these properties, but The Shopping Center Group is offering space in an Entertainment & Retail center at this location. A parcel east of Clearview Acres is part of the Shopping Center Group offer, is undeveloped, and has an outstanding rezoning petition for apartments, but this is over four years old.
  • Pringle Square apartments and Pringle Towns townhomes are under construction to the south. Streets in these residential areas will provide connectivity from the new development to Brown-Grier Road. This is the former location of the Grier Family dairy farm. The Grier Family still owns the northeast corner of the intersection of Steele Creek Road and Brown-Grier Road, as well as other property south of Brown Grier Road.

On the east side of the new development, a new street will connect to Williams Glenn Road, and Dixie River Road could potentially be extended eastward, south of Steele Creek Elementary School, to connect to Sandy Porter Road.

The property is owned by Steele Creek Limited Partnership (1997), which was owned by the late Sarah Belk Gambrell, Through Steele Creek Limited Partnership (1997), Ms. Gambrell was responsible for many of the largest developments in Steele Creek, including RiverGate, Huntington Forest, Charlotte Premium Outlets, the mixed use development under construction across Arrowood Road from Top Golf, the future residential area south of Sledge Road, and many others.

In 2017 the Charlotte Department of Planning, Design, and Development prepared a Steele Creek Development Study for this area. It calls for high intensity development in the northwest, low intensity development in the southeast, and moderate, transitioning development in the northeast and southwest. See Steele Creek Development Study Summary Report.

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