Rock Hill schools buys Winthrop Lodge site

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJune 26, 2013 

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    Rock Hill school district buys Winthrop Lodge site

The Rock Hill school district has purchased the Winthrop Lodge property that sits adjacent to Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School.

The property between Park and Oakland avenues had been owned by Winthrop University. On Monday, the Rock Hill school board approved the purchase of the lot for $96,400. But asbestos will need to be removed and three buildings will be demolished, adding $300,000 to $475,000 to the cost for the district.

“The property was being offered for purchase as-is,” said Anthony Cox, associate superintendent for administrative services, at Monday’s board meeting.

Three of the four existing buildings, built in the late 1960s, were once a motel. Then, when Winthrop purchased the property, it was used for student housing.

The fourth building on Oakland Avenue served as a dining hall while Winthrop used the space.

Cox said the entire property has been vacant for the last 10 years.

“We are looking at marketing options,” Cox said of the fourth building.

Cox said the former residential buildings will be demolished to make room for additional parking for the elementary school, which currently has very limited space for cars and school buses.

Ebenezer Avenue Elementary has about 300 students, according to Cox, making it one of the smallest schools in the district. Its site is also very small, less than four acres, while an ideal school site has between 10 and 20 acres.

The Winthrop Lodge property will add two acres to Ebenezer Avenue Elementary’s campus.

Demolition of the lodge buildings isn’t scheduled yet because the district doesn’t have the “active resources” required, Cox said. But he said the district hopes to have the space clear of the existing buildings as soon as possible.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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