Charlotte City Council rejects Steele Creek senior living project

CHARLOTTE — In a rare move, Charlotte City Council rejected a rezoning petition before them on Monday night.

A developer out of Buffalo, Clover, wanted to build more than 100 senior living units off of Steele Creek Road near Erwin Road. Charlotte City Council voted it down -- one of the few no votes since 2017.

“The badly needed widening of the NCDOT 160 improvements are nowhere on the horizon,” Councilmember Victoria Watlington said.

The project’s density and funding challenges at the state level that put Steele Creek Road’s scheduled expansion on hold played a role in council’s decision, according to at-large member Dimple Ajmera.

“The NCDOT plan and especially the infrastructure and how a lot of the state projects are getting delayed because of the funding crisis at the NCDOT level,” Ajmera said.

Many people who live in the nearby Huntington Forest neighborhood opposed the project.

The president of the Steele Creek Residents Association said his group is fine with the outcome but also said there is a need for more senior living units in that part of town.

“This was a project that we saw had minimal impact to schools and to traffic,” he said.

But Lopez said he understands why it was voted down.

“We’re just in a world of, of congestion and traffic that’s just getting worse,” he said.

As a penalty for the failed vote, the land cannot be rezoned for two years.

The council warned the developer about this before the vote. The developer said he understood the consequences.

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