STEELE CREEK NEWS
$34M for Capital
Projects in Steele Creek is on Hold
2010) Mecklenburg County voters approved bonds in 2007 and 2008 for
six projects in Steele Creek that are still on hold. Two of these
are school projects that were approved in 2007 and four are park
projects that were approved in 2008. Because of revenue shortfalls,
the Mecklenburg County Commissioners have chosen not to sell bonds
that would fund the projects.
The total cost for
the six projects is almost $34 million. Over half of this is
for a new elementary school in the Palisades area across from
McDowell Nature Preserve.
Thomas McAlister Winget District Park - $ 2,716,000
- The third and final phase of the park. Amenities yet to be built
per the approved site master plan include three softball fields,
amphitheatre, picnic sites, indoor shelter, restroom, athletic
field lighting, and walking trails
Walker Branch Greenway Trail Extension - $
1,176,000 - An extension of the current Walker Branch Greenway
Trail south to Smith Road,
including a bridge across Walker Branch to provide access the
Steele Creek Athletic Association fields. The current .4 mile
trail was built by the developers of RiverGate Shopping Center.
Mecklenburg County has yet to fund construction of any greenways
in Steele Creek.
Palisades Neighborhood Park
- $ 311,581 - A neighborhood park to be built in conjunction
with the new Palisades-area elementary school. It will include a
playground, picnic area, and trails along with the joint use of ball
fields, parking, and other facilities at the elementary school.
Sugar Creek Greenway Trail - $ 6,000,000 - A
partnership with the developers of City Park, the mixed use
development at the site of the old coliseum, the trail will
continue past Tyvola Road to S Tryon Street and provide a
connection to Waddell High School. Not to be confused with the
more well known Little Sugar Creek, Sugar Creek forms the
northeastern boundary of the Steele Creek community.
Olympic High School Stadium - Bond Approved: $
6,847,500 - Overall Budget:
$ 8,573,640 - Construction of a new, 4,000 seat stadium with a
new track, new concession stands and restrooms, and artificial
turf. Also repairs to the school's roofing.
School - Bond approved: $ 16,896,000 - Overall Budget: $
17,067,962 - 39 classroom elementary school to be located on York
Road across from McDowell Nature Preserve. This also is the site
of the Palisades Neighborhood Park and a future high school.
Projects that were
funded from 2007 and 2008 bonds include the Berewick and River Gate
Elementary Schools and the Berewick Recreation Center.
An interactive map of
the projects is available at
Postponed Capital Projects, 2010 - Charlote Observer - July 29,