Fort Mill Times

A new swim center, a growing Catholic church, a cell tower. York County keeps moving.

A SCUBA diving facility is in discussion for Fort Mill at 170 Grant Farm Road, behind the former Sonic drive-in.
A SCUBA diving facility is in discussion for Fort Mill at 170 Grant Farm Road, behind the former Sonic drive-in. Herald file photo

York County planners have been busy in recent weeks meeting with property owners looking to add to the county. While the projects aren’t official, there’s at least discussion on everything from a swim center and church additions, to a cell tower and new subdivisions.

Here’s what folk are bringing to talk over with the county:

▪ A new SCUBA diving facility is in discussion for 170 Grant Farm Road in Fort Mill. Xplore Sports, LLC bought a little more than two acres there last April for $275,000. The new facility isn’t a new plan. About a month after that sale, Xplore Scuba staff at their Regent Town Center shop told the Fort Mill Times they planned on building a pool facility behind the former Sonic drive-in. The group intended to have a swim center focusing on children, swim lessons and infant rescue. At the time, staff said the facility would be 7,500 square feet with a 75-by-30-foot pool.

▪ One of Lake Wylie’s larger churches could be adding space. All Saints Catholic Church representatives met with county planners Feb. 1 to discuss a site plan and permitting for a possible addition. All Saints has about nine acres at the intersection of S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road in Lake Wylie.

▪ TowerCom applied for a public service use allowing the company to put a 195-foot cell tower at 148 Flint Hill Road, in the Fort Mill area. The company is partnering with T-Mobile, though competing wireless providers could use it, too.

▪ A former printing site in the Fort Mill area soon could be printing again. The owner of 1029 Spratt Street applied for a rezoning after the long-time form printing company there was rezoned to a residential use without the owner’s knowledge. It was in operation until the 1990s. Now the plan is to bring letterpress printing back there. The representative petitioning the county to go back to the site’s earlier use works for a company specializing in high quality printing and foil stamping.

▪ A therapy office and yoga studio is proposed at 1824 Gold Hill Road. A company bought the site Feb. 5 from former Tega Cay Mayor Bob Runde. The site is immediately west of the Evolve at Tega Cay Apartments complex.

▪ The One Sixty East commercial development in Fort Mill could be expanding. The current commercial center is a little less than four acres, off S.C. 160 east of its Fort Mill Parkway intersection. The property backs up to the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Now it adds less than two more acres just east of the property, sold for $170,000 in January 2017. Owners are talking with county planners about changing the long-time home there to a commercial space.

▪ Continued discussion involves a possible church and retreat facility on Old Eury Road. The waterfront site on Lake Wylie, on the Rock Hill side, sits on more than 13 acres. The property fronts Little Allison Creek. County records show Whitehead Investment Properties took ownership from Conservation Land Trust in 2012.

▪ A couple applied for a rezoning to allow commercial horse keeping on almost seven acres along Willow Pond Road in Lake Wylie. The site would still have their home, and they keep horses there now. The new zoning would allow up to seven horses to be kept there “for commercial purposes.”

▪ An open air storage facility is in discussion for 3183 Handsmill Hwy., on 12 acres. The site was purchased by S&R Investments last May for $194,500. The site is just off the intersection of Hands Mill and Concord Road.

▪ The new physical therapy facility planned for Haire Road and Fort Mill Parkway, just outside of Fort Mill, remains in discussions. Spring Haven Development bought more than an acre along the intersection there on Dec. 7 for $160,000.

▪ Southwest Lawn Equipment could be building in Lake Wylie. The long-time Steele Creek business has property, a little more than two acres, on S.C. 49 just east of Montgomery Road. The developer and county planners have spoken on a possible site plan and the permitting process.

▪ The commercial building at 3605 Centre Circle near Fort Mill could be expanded. Owners of the food services company there have met with planners. The site is near the North Carolina line, on less than two acres off Springhill Farm Road.

▪ Christ Ridge Presbyterian Church is looking to add to its building at 1070 Gold Hill Road. The site is more than four acres, between Knightsbridge and Pleasant roads.

▪ Other discussions involve a possible wedding venue west of Rock Hill, and Oak Park and Milling roads, along with a dog grooming business at 145 Dellas Way and a smart storage facility on Big Oak Lane. Also, possible site renovations to a building just beside Kings Mountain State Park, in the Clover area.

▪ In the York area, Utopia Designs is looking to get started on Coltons Ridge and Utopia Place. Those two subdivisions combine for 18 homes on almost 25 acres.