New developments spring up in Steele Creek

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJune 25, 2013 

— A new retail center proposal, coming park and assisted living center are three of the latest additions changing the drive along N.C. 49 near Lake Wylie.

Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners last week approved the 2013-14 budget, including money to open recently constructed parks. County Park and Recreation Department’s attention now turns to the next set, including Palisades Park to be built next to the new elementary school under construction across from McDowell Nature Preserve’s entrance.

The neighborhood park is one of 31 projects for the department’s fiscal year beginning July 1. Palisades Park was approved in a 2008 bond. Most of the 31 projects will begin in the coming year and be finished in the summer or fall 2014. The next closest project is money for the already developed Berewick Park on Dixie River Road.

“It is likely Palisades Park will be master planned, designed, permitted and constructed in (the coming fiscal year), but likely would not open until fiscal year 2015,” said Michael Kirschman, deputy director for Park and Recreation. “And that is when we would start receiving additional operating funds for it.”

Final, overall acreage will be determined by the school footprint. The department budgeted $311,518 for the park, and will manage facilities, including a ballfield, playground and parking lot while also building nature and hiking trails.

The school and park on N.C. 49 aren’t the only coming changes. Dirt is turning on almost nine acres between Wrights Ferry Road and Greybriar Forest Lane where Charlotte planners in the fall approved a Queen City Health Investors rezoning for a 90-bed assisted living facility.

The site plan there shows Queen City Manor with two entrances on N.C. 49 and 10 lots on the western side, fronting Greybriar Forest.

On the other side of the highway, according to a current rezoning petition, property at 13115 York Road would combine with another parcel to create 3.5 acres for “up to 40,000 square feet” of retail space between Grid Iron and CMC-Steele Creek. Currently there’s a home on the site.

The submitted plan shows three buildings, with parking and landscaping between them. The complex would have entrances on both Steelecroft Parkway and Old Steele Creek Road, as well as N.C. 49.

A public hearing is expected July 15.

The latest application continues a busy year for development in the Steele Creek area.

In March, Charlotte planners approved rezoning of more than 43 acres at Steele Creek and Shopton roads for use as a six-building, 525,000-square-foot industrial park. A Rock Hill firm received approval in May to rezone 2.63 acres south of York Road, at Grand Palisades Parkway and Langston Drive, for two buildings totaling 25,000 square feet. In the proposal are likely a bank and office buildings.

April saw one rezoning of 114 acres east of I-485, between Sandy Porter and West Arrowood roads, for use as an industrial park and another for a retail outlet center at I-485 and Steele Creek Road, on 82 acres.

Along with the elementary school, there also are multiple new or expanded residential developments.

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