The owners of a dilapidated Fort Mill Township high-rise will present a plan to improve the tower's crumbling facade and, later, renovate the building, according to a release from York County Manager Jim Baker.
MorningStar Ministries will present the plan, which will include a timeline for construction and a plan for financing, to the York County Council at its March 5 meeting, according Baker's statement, released Monday afternoon.
Since 2004, MorningStar has planned to renovate the tower into a spiritually focused retirement community. The group runs the MorningStar Fellowship Church, camps, a school and a conference center at the former Heritage USA site off U.S. 21 near the state line.
The ministry entered a development agreement with the county that set forth deadlines for completing the tower. The agreement calls for demolition if the deadlines aren't met.
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The public presentation is the result of more than a year of closed-door meetings between MorningStar and York County, aiming to resolve, with help of a legal mediator, a dispute over whether the ministry should be given more time to make progress on the renovations or demolish the tower.
"York County has committed to seriously and objectively consider the MorningStar proposal" and will determine by no later than March 19 "whether this proposal is an acceptable resolution of the County's concerns," according to the release.
The York County Council can accept or reject the plan. A rejection will mean the two parties have reached an impasse and are free to pursue legal action to resolve the dispute.