A new water tank for downtown Rock Hill won’t have an elaborate lighting system after all.
City Manager David Vehaun told City Council on Thursday that installing and maintaining the proposed system was too costly. Initial projections for the LED lighting system on the stem of the tank were $250,000. Cost estimates are now more than $1 million, Vehaun said.
The new concept for the 750,000-gallon tank is to paint stripes on the stem and incorporate two logos at a cost of $28,000.
Four poles with LED lights will be installed near the base of the tank and could illuminate it from underneath. The estimated cost for those lights is $103,000.
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Vehaun presented the change to the City Council at its monthly work session. No vote was taken on the revised project, but Mayor Doug Echols said the new plan “accomplishes what we hoped would happen. It will make the water tower a feature. For us to do it less expensively is always good.”
Replacing the Laurel Street water tank is one of several projects the city is undertaking to support the Knowledge Park, the city’s plan for redeveloping the former Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co. textile site into a high-tech corridor.
The tank would be at the gateway to Knowledge Park. City officials have discussed having the tank serve as an “icon” for the project.
The water tank’s new projected cost is about $4.8 million. Original estimates were about $5 million.
City officials had anticipated using funds from Rock Hill’s hospitality tax to pay for the lighting. Tax funds are still included in the budget, but Vehaun said the project could be done without hospitality funds.
The city council is expected to consider the revised plan in September.