STEELE CREEK NEWS
Details Announced for Gill Family YMCA
14, 2019) The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has announced plans to build
the initial 14,000-square-foot phase of a master-planned facility in
the Steele Creek area. Made possible through a generous $3 million
gift from Ken Gill, founder and CEO of CPI Security, and his wife,
Malinda, Gill Family YMCA will sit on 30 acres of land along Highway
160, south of Sledge Road.
The new, state-of-the-art
facility will include a welcome center, group exercise studio(s),
cycling studio, wellness center, Y Kids drop-in childcare facility,
family fitness lawn, sports fields, locker rooms, and an outdoor
aquatic center, which will feature a lap pool, splash park, and wade
“As a resident and business owner who is committed to
the positive development of the Steele Creek area, Malinda and I are
proud to impact the future of this community in such a meaningful
way,” said Ken Gill. “Gill Family YMCA will be a hub of activity,
fellowship and healthy living for Steele Creek families and
Steele Creek YMCA has operated out of
a leased storefront space in the Ayrsley Town Center and leverages a
variety of sites – including churches and schools - throughout the
Steele Creek community for youth programming.
“We have been
a fixture in Steele Creek for the past 15 years,” said Todd Tibbits,
president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “We are deeply
grateful for Ken and Malinda Gill’s generous commitment that allows
the Y to serve more residents and families, extend programming
opportunities and deepen our impact.”
The Y will continue to
serve the community at the Steele Creek Y storefront facility at
Ayrsley Town Center through the duration of construction of the Gill
Family YMCA. Plans for the future of the Y’s current location will
be determined at a later date.
“Gill Family YMCA will create
a centralized location for our Y to expand our reach throughout the
Steele Creek community,” said Andi Kennington, executive director of
the Steele Creek YMCA. “Their gift helps us launch a new chapter of
community partnership and impact.”
Before the YMCA of Greater
Charlotte breaks ground on the project, 100 percent of the
approximately $9 million fundraising goal needs to be pledged. To
date, over $3.5 million has been raised, including the $3 million
gift from Ken and Malinda Gill. Malinda’s involvement with the
Steele Creek YMCA includes serving as a board member.
Pulte Group submitted a rezoning petition in August for
a 271.6-acre property along
Sledge Road that includes the new YMCA site. The new YMCA will be comparable to the 14,000 square foot
facility at Ballantyne. The 30-acre YMCA site is
comparable in size to that of the Harris YMCA on Quail Hollow Road at Sharon
Road. It includes room for future expansion and plenty of open
The new YMCA is part of a larger development
planned along the
south side of Sledge Road between Steele Creek Road and Shopton Road
West. The petitioner plans to build a residential community with up
to 697 dwelling units, which is only 6 units more than would be allowed by right under current R-3 zoning.
The single family for-sale units will have a mixture of lot sizes.
Detached housing is planned but the site plan allows up to 200 townhomes. The
requested UR-2(CD) zoning will allow for flexibility in lot sizes.
The development will include up to 120 units in a Continuing Care
Retirement Community (a nursing home made up of both independent and
dependent living facilities) on a five-acre site on Sledge Road.
The petitioner is requesting MX-3 zoning for the
residential area and YMCA and UR-2(CD) zoning for the continuing care units.
Steele Creek YMCA sponsors STEM programs at Olympic High School and provides a STEM Learning Center, After
School Programs, Summer Camp,
Y Without Walls, and other programs at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, Christ the King Church, and other locations throughout Steele Creek.
They plan to continue these programs after the new YMCA is built.
The petitioner had planned to create an entrance on Steele Creek
Road across from Hunting Meadow Lane and install a traffic signal,
but this is inconsistent with North Carolina Department of
Transportation plans for widening Steele Creek Road and will be
U-5766 Steele Creek Road Improvements.
developers are working with the Steele Creek Residents Association
and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to ensure
that property along a creek that connects to the future Walker Branch
Greenway is reserved for a future greenway, possibly extending to
the McDowell Nature Preserve,
|About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one
of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities
through youth development, healthy living and social
responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of
19 membership locations and two overnight camps, engages
approximately 300,000 men, women and children – regardless
of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of
children and teens, improve the nation’s health and
well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and
support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for more
than 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the
long-standing relationships and physical presence not just
to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social
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