McDonald’s withdraws Rock Hill rezoning request near Celanese Road

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 9, 2013 

McDonald’s Corp. has withdrawn its rezoning request for property near Celanese Road to accommodate for a new restaurant.

The company and its local developer, Bryan Tuttle, have been working on plans for the restaurant for nearly a year.

The rezoning proposal will appear on the Rock Hill City Council’s agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Residents in the Oakwood Acres neighborhood are concerned that a fast food restaurant would draw outside traffic to their residential streets. Some residents said they are concerned that a fast food restaurant would diminish their property values.

Tuttle and McDonald’s revised their design plan and met with neighbors in hopes of addressing traffic and safety concerns.

Tuttle could not be reached for comment on the withdrawal.

Five people from the Oakwood Acres neighborhood attended a Rock Hill traffic commission meeting in January. They convinced city staff members to conduct a traffic study on Monterey Drive – a street McDonald’s proposed to use for customer traffic.

Part of the property McDonald’s intended to purchase and build on is already designated for certain commercial use. McDonald’s proposed that a residential lot in Oakwood Acres be rezoned to commercial so that the neighborhood would have a buffer from the restaurant.

McDonald’s, or any other developer wanting to buy the land, can still apply for a building permit on the lot already zoned for commercial use, said Bill Meyer, Rock Hill’s planning director.

A used car dealership is located on the corner of Celanese and Mount Gallant roads. McDonald’s had plans to buy the car lot and the residential property nearby.

A new building on the commercial lot would have to comply with city design standards and the city would need to approve exceptions if construction plans did not meet those standards, Meyer said.

By withdrawing its request, Meyer said, McDonald’s will have to start over in the rezoning process if the developer wants to build on the residential lot. Tuttle first applied for the rezoning in October 2012.

At Tuttle’s request, city council members have voted twice since October to defer voting on the rezoning matter.

A new McDonald’s on the corner of Celanese and Mount Gallant Road would create about 100 new jobs and bring an estimated $3 million to Rock Hill’s tax base.

The City Council meets in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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