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Rezoning Could Bring Major New Retail Center to 49/160 Corner

(April 20, 2004) Childress Klein Properties has applied for rezoning of an 86-acre site on the southeast corner of York Road (Hwy 49) and Steele Creek Road (Hwy 160). The petition and site plan are available on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission's web site. (See Link to Rezoning Petition 2004-064.) Current zoning varies for different portions of the property. The petitioner is requesting a change for the entire property to CC and CC(SPA) (Commercial Center, Conditional and Commercial Center, Conditional, Site Plan Amendment).

The site plan sets aside about 11 acres of floodplain greenway plus other open areas, leaving about 70 acres available for development. Retail area will be distributed among 20 or more separate buildings totaling about 600,000 square feet, about the same as at the Arboretum center at Providence Road and Highway 51. The center is expected to have two major anchor stores and possibly a cinema complex. In the middle will be a pedestrian-friendly promenade surrounded by specialty shops.  Possible tenants in various buildings include a pharmacy, an office supply store, a bank, several restaurants, a book store, and a convenience store.

The developers plan to use architectural and landscaping designs that will result in an attractive asset for the Lower Steele Creek Town Center intersection.  The first stores could open around spring 2006.

Childress Klein will hold a public meeting in about a month to give interested persons an opportunity to view plans and ask questions. A public hearing is scheduled for June 21, 2004 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Meeting Chamber. Citizens will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the petition to the Charlotte City Council and Planning Commission.

Direct questions to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission at 704-336-2205.

Lake Wylie Pilot says...

Steele Creek could be the next Ballantyne! Read their story about the proposed Childress Klein retail center: Steele Creek could see big retail center