Paving in plans for at least part of Regent Park area road

FORT MILL -- Paved, patched and patched again, the fate of the four-lane Regent Parkway that eventually could provide easy access for York Countians to Carolina Place mall in Pineville, N.C., appears headed for a resolution.

Coulston Enterprises is about to pave its end of Regent Parkway in the approximate 1,000-residence Emerald Lakes subdivision. But the future of the road's stretch through the Regent Park community remains undetermined.

Emerald Lakes will include about 850 single-family lots, 400 to 500 multi-family units, some light industrial and neighborhood commercial property when it is completed in five to seven years. The homes would sell for about $300,000 to $600,000.

When connected, the road would stretch through both subdivisions from U.S. 21 in Fort Mill to Dorman Road behind Carolina Place mall in Pineville.

But the Regent Park segment owned by Regent Carolina Corp. does not meet York County specifications. It is cracked, deteriorating and pitched at angles deemed precarious in some sections. The county has estimated that bringing the road to county standards would cost $400,000.

Both Coulston and MorningStar Ministries, which plans to convert the former PTL tower into retirement homes, have agreed to contribute to the cost.

Talks stalled

Meanwhile, the Regent Park Homeowners Association, which at one time mulled blocking regional access to the road to prevent heavy traffic through the community, is still negotiating with Regent Carolina. The association's Mike Sexton said those talks have stalled.

"Coulston is part of the package with the Regent Park corporation," Sexton said. "When we get an agreement on the table, we'll know what our options are."

Eric Greenway, president of Coulston Enterprises, said gating off the Regent Park end of the road is not an option.

"When we had this road graveled," Greenway said of the Coulston stretch, "you'd be amazed at the number of Regent Park residents that used it. I understand their viewpoint, but even if the road is not accepted by the county, we have an easement all the way to U.S. 21 for any property owner in Emerald Lakes. They can't cut it off."

Greenway said a Regent Parkway connector to Pineville has been in York County's regional plan for years.

The area has been troubled. It is the site of the former Heritage USA owned by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's now defunct PTL Ministries.

"The best thing that could happen to that road is to come into the county system," Greenway said. "They would pay for the maintenance of that road."