FORT MILL --
A rezoning that could reshape the upper end of Fort Mill's Main Street was granted initial approval from the Town Council Monday night, after members heard and at times admitted to concerns about the traffic flow and parking issues that an influx of new residents could bring.
Applicant Provident Community Bank wants to rezone 2.86 acres at the top of Main Street, on the intersection of Tom Hall and Springs streets, for a multi-family development. Current zoning uses include retail and services similar to whats on Main Street plus residential up to 10 units per acre.
The requested zoning would allow for up to 28 units per acre for up to 80 on the site. Apartments, condos, lofts and townhomes are possibilities with that zoning, which generally includes commercial uses as well.
Joe Cronin, assistant town manager and planning director, said specific plans for the property havent been presented to the town, but discussions have put the number closer to 64 units than the allowed 80. Weve seen some concepts, but we havent seen any firm or final plans, he said.
Any residential plans for the property still would require review and approval by the town.
The town planning commission and staff unanimously recommended the zoning change. According to the staff recommendation, the move meets several recently approved town goals in attracting residents to the downtown area and promoting higher density development there.
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