Charlotte’s Steele Creek area is located in southwest Mecklenburg county. While the boundaries have changed over the years, the Steele Creek area is bordered by Lake Wylie to the south, I-77 and South Carolina to the east, Charlotte Douglas Airport to the North, and the Catawba River to the west; encompassing the zip codes of 28273, 28278, and a portion of 28217. The northern boundary is less than 5 miles to Uptown Charlotte, making it a popular community to for Uptown workers to call home.
Originally settled in the late 1700’s, Steele Creek was home to textile mills, ferries that crossed into Gaston and York counties, and plantations. Steele Creek Presbyterian was organized in 1760, is the second oldest church in Mecklenburg County, and it’s cemetery is home to the parents of evangelist Billy Graham, Revolutionary War patriots, and even a Mecklenburg Declaration signer.
In 1904, Lake Wylie was formed by damming the Catawba River for a hydro-electric power plant. It was expanded in 1925 to the current 13,400 sq. ft. size. Today, it’s a popular destination for fishing, and boating with a public boat launch located off Cowley Lane. There’s also the McDowell Nature Preserve, which is a 1,100 acre camping facility with 7 acres of hiking trails, 56 camp sites, and a boat launch into Lake Wylie.
In the 1943, the U.S. Rubber Company opened a factory in Steele Creek to help support the allies in WWII. The plant was located near the intersection of S Tryon St and Westinghouse Road, approximately where the Boy Scouts of America have a store. The factory covered nearly 2,000 acres and remained a source of employment in Charlotte well beyond WWII. Today, Charlotte’s Steele Creek area are home to many business including Siemens, BASF, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, Frito-Lay, and CoaLogix just to name a few.
Residentialy, Steele Creek developed later compared to neighborhoods closer to Uptown. While there are older neighborhoods that were constructed in the late 60’s and 70’s, most of the housing in Steele Creek was constructed since the late 1990’s. Within the last 15 years, mega neighborhoods like the Palisades, the Sanctuary, Ayrsley and Berewick have all flourished, which has bought on a further wave of development near Dixie River Road.
Today,, Steele Creek has some of the Charlotte area’s newest schools, newest mall, and fine dining spots are opening daily. Mall shopping can be done at either the Carolina Place Mall, Southpark Mall, or at Steele Creek’s own Carolina Premium Outlets off Hwy 160.