Rock Hill gives final approval to 2nd Main St. apartment building

Workers prepare an area Monday for apartments at 139 Main St. in downtown Rock Hill at the former Woolworth’s site.
Workers prepare an area Monday for apartments at 139 Main St. in downtown Rock Hill at the former Woolworth’s site. aburriss@heraldonline.com

Downtown Rock Hill could soon have up to 100 new residents after the City Council approved the final sale of a half-acre to a developer for a four-story residential building.

The council passed its second and final reading Monday to sell the city-owned parcel at the corner of East Main Street and Dave Lyle Boulevard. The new building will not only change the landscape of Main Street, but it could also change parking patterns across downtown.

The lot will be sold to Lat Purser & Associates of Charlotte and the Tuttle Company of Rock Hill, the same developers building the 139 Main apartment building under construction on the site of the old Woolworth’s building.

“The foundation is going in as we speak,” said Skip Tuttle, president of the Tuttle Company, said of the 139 Main project. “Everything’s on schedule... it should be done by the end of June.”

The Dave Lyle property, which developers are calling 108 Main, will sell for $525,000, a price based on what the companies paid per square foot for the 139 Main site.

Tuttle said now that the city has approved the sale, his company will begin meeting with consultants to do soil testing on the site and start architectural work.

Once complete, the apartments will include between 75 and 100 units, and a parking agreement between the owners and the city could reserve an equivalent number of parking spaces in the Black Street parking deck in the rear of the building. A portion of an open-air parking lot would be included in the property sold for apartment construction.

The Black Street parking garage has more than 200 public spaces.

Tuttle cited early interest in leases at 139 Main, which will feature 37 units, as an incentive to build even more residential spaces downtown. The planned four-story building will be similar in design and appearance to the 139 Main property, with apartments and balconies on both the street and rear side of the building. The floor plan calls for apartments with 750 to 1,000 square feet.

An agreement between the city and the developer has already reserved 40 spaces for apartment residents at 139 Main in the public White Street parking lot, out of 193. That has prompted some downtown business owners to call for completion of plans for another parking garage on the White Street site to boost the parking available downtown.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome