A mixed-use development could be in the works on 15 acres on Gold Hill Road around McHale's.
The York County Council last week approved the second reading of a rezoning request by property owner Brendan Kuhlkin, who also owns McHale's, a pub between S.C. 160 West and the entrance to the city of Tega Cay. A third and final reading is scheduled for Monday.
No definite plans have been submitted for the parcel, but county officials said ideas floated by the land owner include a mix of homes and retail development.
Dave Pettine, the county's interim planning director, said his department initially recommended denying the rezoning request, but he can also see benefits for developing the land.
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"We did have general concerns about a good amount of commercial land already available in the area," Pettine said.
"We had some general concerns, but the one big benefit from a traffic standpoint is better controlled access where McHale's is, and road improvement to Old Farm Road. If it gets that, that's a good benefit because it's in poor shape."
He said road improvements could mean better pedestrian access to the nearby Stockbridge Commons shopping center.
Kuhlkin could not be reached for comment.
According to Pettine, the rezoning will allow "more flexibility" for developing the property, including multi-family housing. He would not speculate on how many homes could be build there, but said, "I think they can get creative and get fairly decent density there."
York County Councilman David Bowman, who represents the area, voted for the request "because it's really consistent with the zoning around (the parcel)."
He said he did not see any negative impacts on the school district. Bowman said apartments likely will be developed on the site.