STEELE CREEK NEWS
Planned at Arrowood and Sandy Porter Roads
(May 8, 2008)
The corporate tenants at Whitehall Corporate Center are looking for
certain amenities, and the owner is happy to oblige. They asked for
a hotel, and American Asset Corporation made plans to bring in
Suites, part of the Choice Hotels International group.
In order to build the
hotel, however, they need approval of an amendment to their
previously approved plan for the site at the corner of Sandy Porter
Road and Arrowood Road. See
The proposed revised
plan for Centre Green at Whitehall is below. Here is a description
of the numbered buildings on the map:
1. A 3-story
conference center for the hotel.
2. A 4-story hotel
containing a maximum of 135 rooms and having a maximum height of 60
3. A small commercial
building, which could be a bank or restaurant. According to
restrictions on the current site plan, which are not being changed,
this cannot be a restaurant with a drive through window, a gas
station, or a car wash.
4. A day care, which
has a tenant under contract.
5. A building for
offices, shops, or restaurants. This building is complete but has
not tenants yet.
6. A building of
shops and restaurants. This building has been complete for over two
years and houses a Quiznos, Siam Garden Thai restaurant, the
Whitehall Fitness Center (an amenity for corporate tenants), and
7. A 1-story office
building. Similar to buildings 5 and 6, this is expected to have
offices for doctors, dentists, insurance agents, or similar tenants.
Because it is back from the main roads, it likely would not have
shops or restaurants.
8 and 9. Two 5-story
office buildings currently under construction.
buildings except the hotel are allowed under the current zoning and
site plan. The amendment is necessary to build the hotel. The public
hearing is scheduled for June 16, and approval by the Charlotte City
Council could happen the next month on July 21. If approval goes as
the developer hopes, construction on the hotel could begin by fall.
Changes also are
planned for roads.
The intersection of
Arrowood Road and Whitehall Park Road will get a traffic signal, but
likely not for a year or so. Left turns from Whitehall Park Road
onto Arrowood Road will be blocked, but two turn lanes will allow
westbound traffic on Arrowood Road to turn in to Whitehall Park
Drive. The opposite will be true fort commercial center under
construction across Arrowood Road. Motorists on eastbound Arrowood
Road will be able to turn into this center, but they won't be able
to turn left coming out.
Traffic wanting to go
west towards Brown-Grier Road will have to take the driveway
adjacent to the hotel to Sandy Porter Road. However, this
intersection is too close to Arrowood Road to allow a full
intersection. It will be right in/right out only. Traffic on
Whitehall Park Drive will not be able to get to southbound Sandy
A buffer of trees
will remain along the west edge of the property. Sandy Porter Road
will have a sidewalk and an 8-foot planting strip.
Big changes are
happening in Steele Creek. This development continues a trend of
employment growth to go along with the phenomenal residential