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Recreation complex, Banks St. Gym in Fort Mill could change hands

York County Council approved a contract with the Fort Mill School District to purchase the former district office at 120 E. Elliott St.
York County Council approved a contract with the Fort Mill School District to purchase the former district office at 120 E. Elliott St. Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill’s growth isn’t limited to new construction lately.

Several older properties are being discussed for new or extended uses.

On Sept. 6, York County Council approved a contract with the Fort Mill School District to purchase the former district office at 120 E. Elliott St. The county will pay $800,000 for the property, allow continued use of a storage building by The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools for 25 years, keep adult education in its existing space for 25 years and allow Affinity Health Center use of its present space for another three years.

The combined dollar value for the sale and space agreements is $1.05 million.

The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools space is 1,953 square feet. The adult education space is 1,989 square feet. Affinity, which offers medical services for low income/uninsured residents, only takes up 819 square feet. Council voted to move forward without discussion at the recent meeting.

Discussions leading to the agreement date back to November.

Councilman Chad Williams said at a York County Regional Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday morning that a magistrate office will move into the site.

Recreation complex in discussion

Fort Mill Town Council also is looking toward the future for well used properties. Council has been in discussion with Leroy Springs & Co. and Clear Springs Development Co. about acquiring the recreation complex on Tom Hall Street. On the same night York County Council approved its agreement with the school district, Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage addressed the school district on the possibility of using money from last year’s school bond approval to expand and improve the complex.

The complex includes a regulation swimming pool now used by Fort Mill’s two high schools and complex members, should the town take ownership. Nearly $10 million of the district’s bond money could be used to build a swim center.

The town doesn’t own the property now. Savage said “productive” discussions between the town and the not-for-profit Leroy Springs & Co. began when many Fort Mill residents expressed concern over the complex potentially closing in coming years. The town has a recreation agreement with the complex, long a focal point for area recreation, through 2020.

Another recreation site, the Banks Street gymnasium, was part of another town discussion. On Aug. 29, Council discussed details of a proposed contract with Scott Development Group in executive session. Details weren’t given. Savage said shortly after there was no vote taken or decision made.

“We did not (decide),” she said.

“Sometimes executive session is to get all the facts before you can make a decision. And we still have some questions.”

She said something could come up for a public decision as early as the Sept. 19 Council meeting, but likely after. The agenda for Sept. 19 didn’t include any vote on the gym.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Savage said.

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