Fort Mill Times

Scenery changing at Tom Hall, Springfield Parkway

Dirt is turning all around the Tom Hall Street and Springfield Parkway intersection, in a sign of continued growth to come.

Much of the work involves roads, prepping what will be a connection point for Springfield and Fort Mill Parkway. Lanes are being widened and the coming bypass construction is visible from the intersection.

But new development could come soon, too. The town planning commission has a proposal in to subdivide the almost 23-acre Avery Plaza into five parcels. The site now has the Food Lion shopping center, and vacant land at the Tom Hall and Springfield intersection.

The commission deferred a decision last month. The submitted plan shows the shopping center property on more than 11 acres, and three new parcels in the wooded area at the intersection ranging from almost an acre and a half to nearly four acres. A new, almost five-acre parcel would be created on the opposite side of Avery Plaza.

The properties are zoned highway commercial.

More development is coming to the opposite side of Tom Hall. Chris Pettit, assistant planner for the town, said at the May commission meeting he expected a request by June for three new buildings beside the A Lock-It Self Storage.

Pettit said developers wanted to begin by removing a berm approved when the storage facility was built.

“The plan is to start grading the site and put up a retaining wall,” Pettit said.

The planning commission wanted to see the full plans for the new, brick construction before allowing the berm’s removal. The berm was a requirement for the storage facility to hide its metal buildings from view on Tom Hall.

“That was a big caveat in approving (the storage buildings),” said Commissioner Chris Wolfe.

The look of new construction again will be key with the new buildings along the highway.

“I think we’re going to be fairly particular,” said Chairman James Traynor.

York County Council also has a say in land development near Springfield and Tom Hall. At its June 15 meeting, Council had the second of three needed readings scheduled for a 3.25-acre rezoning at 1480 Tom Hall St. It sits on the Avery Plaza side, opposite the main intersection from the grocery store.

County planning staff and its planning commission unanimously recommended a residential-to-business rezoning. A staff write-up noted the move is not consistent with the county comprehensive plan there, but could be soon. There is a “significant amount of similar uses in the vicinity,” it read.

“The location is within 2,000 feet of the future intersection of (S.C.) 160 and the Fort Mill bypass and could be considered a location of a small mixed-use node during the comprehensive plan update,” it read.

John Marks •  803-547-2353