A motor racing team is considering Rock Hill for a new headquarters and operations center, city officials said Monday night.
It's not a NASCAR-affiliated outfit, and most people probably haven't heard of it unless they are major fans, said Stephen Turner, the city's economic development director, declining to provide more details.
The unnamed firm has identified TechPark as a possible location for a $2.35 million facility that would bring 20 jobs, city documents show.
"We are well into negotiations," Turner said. "We're trying to make our best offer."
City Council members approved an incentives deal Monday night in hopes of enticing the team, which has not made a final choice on a location. The company is still talking with York County and state economic development officials, Turner said.
The city could provide a reimbursement on $5,518 in impact fees, according to a memo.
The motorsports industry is largely based in the Lake Norman area and Mooresville, N.C., where several NASCAR teams operate shops, garages and souvenir stores.
The business eyeing Rock Hill would employ 20 people with wages averaging $22 per hour, city officials said.
Also Monday, Rock Hill approved incentives for Composite Resources, a company in TechPark that plans a new 60,000-square-foot building addition.
The $6 million expansion is expected to create 50 jobs over five years, according to an agreement. Composite Resources makes parts for industrial, military and medical products using carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass.
To sweeten the deal, the city agreed to reimburse $15,061 in impact fees - typically used to help pay for roads, fire protection and public services.
7-0 vote for Vehaun
City Council members voted 7-0 to offer a contract to David Vehaun, their choice to become Rock Hill's next city manager.
The deal would pay Vehaun $158,000 annually and includes the use of a city-owned car.
"The council has been through a lengthy process of about six months," Mayor Doug Echols said. "It's a pleasure on my behalf to be able to offer this contract to David Vehaun."
A 21-year veteran of City Hall, Vehaun oversees the finance department and serves as assistant city manager.
Also Monday, council members voted 6-1 to approve a financing plan for a cycling center at Riverwalk, a redevelopment project on the old Celanese industrial site. Councilman Kevin Sutton cast the lone dissenting vote, citing concerns over costs.
First pitched more than five years ago, plans for the $5 million park now include a bicycle racing track known as a velodrome, courses for BMX and Cyclocross and mountain biking trails.
The city will use federal economic recovery zone bonds that require construction to be substantially finished by December 2011.
Developers plan shops, offices and restaurants around the track, and the venue also could be used for concerts and public gatherings.
"With the possibility of job creation and recreational benefits, I'm glad we're on the fast track," said Councilwoman Kathy Pender.