New apartments planned for Steele Creek behind RiverGate

Current view of the end of Walker Branch Road in Steele Creek.
Current view of the end of Walker Branch Road in Steele Creek.

MPV Properties is planning to develop up to 400 apartment units in Steele Creek, behind the RiverGate shopping center on South Tryon Street.

The plans, filed as part of a rezoning request, show a fairly low-density development, with units spread in separate buildings over 41 acres off South Tryon Street, behind the RiverGate Shopping Center. The land, owned by a company affiliated with Sarah Belk Gambrell, is currently vacant and wooded, mostly zoned for single-family residential.

Rezoning documents show the site would connect to existing roads behind RiverGate, including RiverGate Parkway and Walker Branch Road, and would also feature connections to the Walkers Branch Greenway.

A 207-acre vacant tract behind the site is owned by developer Lennar, property records show.

Other land belonging to Belk Gambrell’s company, Steele Creek Limited Partnership, has played a part in recent nearby development. The Charlotte Premium Outlets, which opened in 2014, were built on land the company once owned, for example.

Charlotte City Council will hold a hearing on MPV Properties’ rezoning petition in the coming months, and then vote on the proposal.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo