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City Council Approves Land Purchase for New Steele Creek Police Station

(November 17, 2010) At its November 8 meeting, the Charlotte City Council approved funds for the purchase of land for a new station for the Steele Creek Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

According to Captain Allan Rutledge, Steele Creek Division Commander, the department is currently in negotiations with a property owner to purchase a three-acre plot at the corner of S Tryon St and Westinghouse Blvd. "While in attendance at community meetings, I consistently heard community members request that the police station be located closer to the actual Steele Creek area.  We heard those requests." Captain Rutledge said.

The money approved out of this year's fiscal budget is only to purchase the land. The Steele Creek Police Station construction is on the list of Capital Improvements for next fiscal year. In essence, if all goes smoothly, the city will purchase the land in the next few months, begin construction of the new station sometime around fall of 2011, and occupy the building in late fall or winter of 2012. 

The Steele Creek Division currently is located at the old Police Academy Building behind the new Police and Fire Academy at the corner of Shopton Road and Beam Road. This building is grossly inadequate to meet the needs of the division as well as being located near the edge of the division territory.

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