A list of ideas designed to make Rock Hill a better college town will be presented next week at a joint meeting for City Council members, Winthrop University Trustees and local planning boards.
The public can attend the workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Palmetto Room in downtown Rock Hill.
For six months, a committee of 16 community leaders has held public forums and interviewed businesses to explore how to improve rundown areas surrounding the Winthrop campus.
Several themes emerged.
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The group called for pedestrian-friendly upgrades along Cherry Road, saying the poor physical condition hurts Winthrop's reputation among visitors.
An area of older buildings off Camden Avenue across from campus makes sense for a mini-village of cafes, terraces and street sidewalk displays.
The Bleachery textile site - now being demolished - could be reborn as a neighborhood with a green corridor connecting Winthrop and downtown.
Dedicated bike lanes on roads around Winthrop would help Rock Hill brand itself as a "bike town" with appeal for students and young professionals.
The ideas are aimed at creating energy around campus that appeals to students and young adults, said Sydney Evans, chairwoman of the school's Council of Student Leaders.
"It's being tailored to students as consumers," Evans said. "I'm optimistic there's going to be more places to hang out."
A team of consultants was hired to shepherd the committee. The city and Winthrop University split the $114,000 cost, with the city drawing half of its share from the Rock Hill Economic Development Corp.
A half-dozen group members paid their own way for a trip to Charlottesville, Va., to tour an entertainment district near the University of Virginia.
The group learned progress can be uneven, with stores opening and closing as trends change, said chairman Larry Bigham.
"They told us, 'You never finish; there's always something changing,'" Bigham said. "It's a never-ending process. It will always continue to keep going."
After the group disbands, Bigham said, several members might stay involved with a longer-term effort to encourage action on the recommendations.
Want to go?
What: Presentation of college town action plan
When: 4 p.m. Monday
Where: Palmetto Room, Old Town Rock Hill, 150 E. White St.