Fort Mill residents' gain is Rock Hill residents' loss.
While township residents will soon have a much shorter drive to the DMV office, some in Rock Hill will have to travel further than they used to. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is closing its field office on Rock Hill's Heckle Boulevard and moving to a bigger facility in Fort Mill.
The Fort Mill facility, at 3071 Hwy. 21, near Regent Park, is scheduled to open Monday, Feb. 23.
State officials said the Heckle office, located in the York County government complex, is too cramped and doesn't offer room to expand. Last year, the venue handled 144,876 transactions, DMV officials said.
"DMV officials felt that the Fort Mill location was well positioned to serve the fastest growing population of the surrounding area," DMV spokeswoman Jean Smolen said.
According to Smolen, the DMV was planning to relocate the Heckle Boulevard office for about four years and "settled on the Fort Mill location a little over a year ago."
The new office will offer more than twice the number of windows -- 15 instead of six -- and will provide a venue for driver skills testing, Executive Director Marcia Adams said.
Two examiners will be on hand to conduct road tests for Class D (passenger car) licenses.