Urban Development

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For more in-depth Urban Development information, please visit the Rock Hill Economic Development website at www.rockhillusa.com.

In 2001 the City of Rock Hill in conjunction with six other partners came together to begin the creation of the Old Town Renaissance Master Plan. Winthrop University, York Technical College, Rock Hill School District 3, York County, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation began planning what the future of our urban core would become. This planning process, led by the International Economic Development Council, developed six strategies to guide the future of Old Town. The six strategies include: Downtown, College Town, Hometown (neighborhoods), Trolley Town (transportation), Textile Town (former textile mills), and Technology Town.

Community development and re-development projects are underway in three main areas of the urban core.

Downtown
With its historic charm and unique character, Downtown is a welcome change from the routine. The rebirth of Downtown is firmly rooted in its history and guided by the Downtown Redevelopment Master Plan.

Public and private investment continues to be strong as the revitalization of downtown moves forward. With vacant properties redeveloped and renewed, new development planned, and public amenities expanded, now is a great time to invest. With wide sidewalks, public artwork, premium landscaping, and dedicated maintenance, Downtown is the place customers will enjoy and business can thrive.

Textile Corridor
The Textile Corridor offers opportunities for private capital investment, public sector support, and a wide array of living, working, and recreational options.

The area is comprised of approximately 250 acres within the urban core which includes, among other things, the Bleachery complex, Springs Industries, the Cotton Factory, private residences, small businesses, and portions of the Winthrop University Campus.

The Textile Corridor has been divided into five development zones designed to organize and prioritize the construction within this area. The Plan’s vision of a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, urban village began to transpire with the completion of the historic Rock Hill Cotton Factory in the summer of 2007.

Old Town Neighborhoods
Projects are currently underway in four Old Town Neighborhoods within the urban core of Rock Hill. Each neighborhood is rich in history, having celebrated success during the textile era in Rock Hill. Mill villages in decline and old mills in ruin are being transformed and restored into vibrant areas that will serve as a catalyst for continuing private investment.