Rock Hill OKs plan for 150 new homes off Celanese Road

The Rock Hill City Council on Monday gave final approval to a residential development plan that calls for 150 new homes in a neighborhood off Celanese Road.

The new Lakewood Forest neighborhood will take up about 100 acres at Twin Lakes Road and Homestead Road. Monday’s vote was to annex the land into the city limits, allowing the builder access to Rock Hill utilities.

Some City Council members have raised concerns about how much traffic the development could add to Celanese Road – Rock Hill’s busiest thoroughfare and one of York County’s most congested roads during rush hours.

On Monday, council members Kathy Pender and Kevin Sutton voted against developer Kent Olson’s residential plan.

The City Council’s approval comes after Olson revised his plan by reducing the number of homes in the development and increasing the size of home lots. Earlier this year, the council rejected Olson’s annexation request and a request to allow him to deviate from the city’s building design standards.

Olson, the owner of Development Solutions Group of Charlotte, has said that his development would be a “low-density” neighborhood aimed at an active-adult population older than 55. The tweaks he has made to his plan to satisfy city requirements, he said, means the new homes will be more expensive than he originally planned.

Construction is expected to begin early next year.

Herald reporters Anna Douglas and Bristow Marchant contributed