Celanese Road Walmart Neighborhood Market back on Rock Hill's agenda

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 10, 2014 

The Rock Hill City Council could reverse a January decision to reject plans for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store on Celanese Road.

The proposal is on Monday’s council agenda.

Dozens of residents who live near the proposed grocery store site have lobbied City Council and city planning officials to keep the commercial development away from their homes. They are worried about increased crime and traffic and the effects on their property values.

City Council members who voted against the development cited their own concerns including worsening traffic on Celanese Road – one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

Walmart wants to build at the corner of Ebinport and Celanese roads.

Some road work and road safety improvements would be made if the Walmart is approved, the developer has said.

Rock Hill’s Planning Commission and the city’s planning and development department have approved the developer’s site plan for a 42,000 square-foot grocery store, a gas station and associated retail shops.

City Council members will need to vote twice on the request to annex the land and rezone the property for commercial development.

The land is outside city limits in York County. The county’s zoning permits commercial use, though most of the 14 acres is occupied by a single-family home, a vacant day-care center and remainder is undeveloped.

On Monday, council members will hear more details on the plan from the developer. A public hearing is not scheduled. The required public hearing on the developer’s request was held in January.

Mayor Doug Echols and Councilwoman Ann Williamson voted for the the Walmart plan in January.

The developer may have revised the Walmart plan over the past three months but city officials said Friday they haven’t received new details.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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