FORT MILL — Construction on a new apartment building at the top of Main Street could begin this summer, with the first residents moving in by next spring.
On Thursday night the town planning commission gave unanimous approval for The Greens at Fort Mill. The four-story building will have 64 units just off of Main Street. Kuester Development Group is in charge of the project.
“A permit application and full set of construction drawings will be forthcoming,” said Joe Cronin, assistant town manager and planning director. “Based on our conversations with the applicant, we anticipate that a permit will likely be issued before the end of the month.”
The property is bound by a block at Tom Hall, Springs and East Elliott streets. It’s shaped like a staircase, wrapping through Hardees and Bank of America on the south and several buildings on the northwest.
The plan shows parking between Hardees and Springs Street. There’s more running the width of the property at its center, and still more along the northeastern side. There will be 104 spaces in all.
The apartments sit in a backward “L” shape north of Bank of America.
Shaw Kuester, president of Kuester Real Estate Services, said the apartments will have features like hardwood floors, balconies and nine-foot ceilings. They’ll be more luxurious than typical apartments, he said.
“It can’t stick out like a sore thumb,” Kuester said. “It’s got to look and feel the part.”
Kuester companies are responsible for numerous projects in Fort Mill like Shoppes at Town Square and Gold Hill Crossing. Kuester has one of its two South Carolina offices in Fort Mill. The plan is to “use downtown as our amenity,” Kuester said.
He foresees existing parks and business in downtown attracting residents, and those residents in turn attracting more business and visitor traffic.
“We’ve really tried to push to make it a better place,” Kuester said of work in Fort Mill. “You better make sure you’re going to do something that’s going to pass the test of time.”
An appearance review from the planning commission was the last major hurdle for the project. Earlier this year Fort Mill Town Council rezoned the property to allow for a project like The Greens at Fort Mill. No further action was needed from Council once Kuester presented the plan.
The planning commission deferred a decision on the project at its May meeting before approving the design Thursday night.
Kuester said he expects construction to begin in August and for the project to be complete next spring.