There may be unanswered questions about the construction of the Fort Mill Southern Bypass, but one thing's for sure - it will disrupt the Hensley Road community.
Building the 1.5-mile road will require the demolition of as many as five houses, depending on the exact route, which will likely be voted on by the York County Council in February. Some longtime residents, including Bill Hensley, plan to fight the route, but others are looking forward to the road and the paycheck they will receive from the county in exchange for leaving their homes.
"We've never been against the road," Butch Myers said.
"The only thing I want to know is when it's coming," Kitty Moore said.
"We've been dangling three years since we were first notified. We're prepared to move," Myers said. "I've got grand kids in the Fort Lawn and Richburg areas - that's where I'm heading."
Moore and Myers and some of their other neighbors are ready to move - as long as they get what they consider to be a fair price for their properties from York County.
According to York County records, the market value of property along the road ranges from $18,000 to $184,500. There are parcels of less than one acre and some considerably larger, up to nine acres.
Hensley said despite the expected compensation, not everyone is eager to cash in.
"Taking folks out of their homes and moving them somewhere they don't want to be is torture," Hensley said. "The major concern is, what's the property going to be worth now [and] how to relocate?"
Since the bypass route through the Hensley Road area was first decided, the national economy has imploded and home prices are falling all over the country.
"I have mixed emotions about it, but I was thinking about selling and moving before the road came along," Myers said. "I want a fair price but I'm not going to fight the county."
Had it not been for a "clerical oversight" Hensley Road would have never even been affected by the road. In 2005, the county notified the Town of Fort Mill of the proposed corridor for the bypass and told the town not to approve any new development or rezoning in the corridor. Around the same time, a group of developers approached the town with a plan to develop a high-end residential community called Kimbrell Crossing. Even though the road corridor ran through the middle of the development, the town approved the annexation and development plan.
Officials later said it was an oversight. It was also decided by the county that because the development had been approved and the property carried a much higher market value, acquiring the right-of-way through Kimbrell Crossing would be too expensive.
The county will hold a meeting at Fort Mill High School on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the commons area to present the final alignment the council will be voting on in February.
Since its inception, the projected cost of the road has more than tripled from $15 million to $46 million.