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2004 Steele Creek Residents Association Meeting is February 25

(February 10 , 2004) The Steele Creek Residents Association will hold its 2004 annual meeting on Wednesday February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Southwest Middle School. Anyone interested in the Steele Creek Community is encouraged to attend and learn about initiatives that are spurring as well as reacting to changes in the area.

Coach Joe White, Chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, will be the featured speaker. Coach White has close ties to the Steele Creek Community, having coached at Olympic High School for many years. He was elected to the School Board in 2003 after having served two terms on the Charlotte City Council. He has over 35 years experience working with and for students and parents in the public school system.

New residential development is expected to add 8,000 to 10,000 new students in Steele Creek over the next ten years and to contribute to crowding in local schools. Charlotte Mecklenburg School System's long range plans call for building as many as five new elementary schools in Steele Creek by 2014. (Link to news story.)

Linda Blackwelder and Doug Youngblood of the Steele Creek Library Association will speak on the efforts of that association to raise funds to supplement collections and equipment at the new Steele Creek Branch Library, which is expected to open in summer 2004. Their goal is to make the Steele Creek Library the best branch in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system. (Link to Steele Creek Library Association web site.)

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commissioner Karl Froelich will talk about a local group's efforts to promote the establishment of a community trail system in Steele Creek. Routes are expected to follow currently designated Mecklenburg County Greenway corridors as well as utility and highway rights-of-way and will connect schools, parks, employment centers, and shopping areas, as well as the new planned residential communities in Steele Creek. (Link to more information.)

Representatives of the new Steele Creek Family YMCA will provide information about the new facility now open in Ayrsley at Highway 49 and I-485 and plans for a future full facility within Steele Creek. (Link to more information.)

Four major residential developments are planned in Steele Creek: Ayrsley, Berewick, Palisades, and Sanctuary (Island Pointe), and representatives of the developers have been invited to give updates on their progress.

Southwest Middle School opened in August 2003. This will be the first chance many area residents will have to see this new facility, and the Residents Association is pleased to be showcasing it at its meeting. (Link to school web site.) It is located at 13624 Steele Creek Road (Highway 160), about one third of a mile north of the intersection of Highways 49 and 160. The school is located on the left (if heading north) behind the new Steele Creek Branch Library site. The meeting will be in the Southwest Middle School Dining Room, which is at the right front of the building.