Gold Hill Road rezonings continue busy trend

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJune 12, 2013 

— Two potential projects could further change the face of Gold Hill Road, but they aren’t likely to be the last.

Next month, York County Council is expected to see two rezoning requests along Gold Hill Road. M/I Homes is looking to rezone about 72 acres to a planned development for its Hawk’s Creek subdivision just outside of Tega Cay, at 2040 Gold Hill Road. On another project, a little more than three acres at 1371 Gold Hill Road would be rezoned to small-scale business use.

Both applications have public hearings planned for July 15.

“We acquired a small parcel at the entry of our community, and as a result, this recent rezoning request was for the purpose of modifying our community entrance,” Tamara Lynch, with M/I Homes, said of the Hawk’s Creek property.

Lynch said the development will have 159 home sites. Work will begin this fall and take several years to complete.

“We expect homes to begin construction in October and be built out in 2017,” she said.

The company previously announced two homes styles, larger ranches starting in the low $300s and two stories starting in the high $200s.

The 1371 Gold Hill Road property would be rezoned to a listing that “will principally serve residential subdivisions, and permit small scale professional offices” within them, according to the petition. That property is located at 1371 Gold Hill Road.

The two rezonings are the latest, but hardly the only, activity going on in and around Gold Hill Road. The owners of the smaller property are the same family that owns a goat farm on Hwy. 160 West that’s currently being sold as commercial. There’s a QuikTrip gas station being built on Gold Hill. Publix opened last fall, bringing more than 100 jobs. About a half dozen for sale signs mark property on Gold Hill.

Transportation planners are seeing the activity, too. According to the state transportation department, Gold Hill Road between Hwy. 160 and I-77 saw 20,500 vehicles per day in 2011, the most recent year for statistics.

That same year, York County voters approved a Pennies for Progress campaign that includes more than $11.6 million for an interchange improvement at I-77 and Gold Hill. That project has an engineer selected but not yet a construction company.

Phil Leazer, program manager with Pennies, said a federal review process on projects like the interchange typically take 24 months but he believes it could be completed in a year. The “pie in the sky” outlook for the double crossover diamond interchange is to be purchasing right-of-way in 18 months and begin construction in 24.

“We are chipping away at that process,” Leazer said.

The 2003 Pennies program put aside $1.5 million for the Tega Cay-Gold Hill connector road that Leazer said is getting closer to construction.

“We feel like we could be starting construction on that project in 2014,” he said. “That’s an 18-month construction.”

While signs point to increasing activity elsewhere in the county, the Gold Hill corridor and southeastern Fort Mill, where the Southern Bypass is ramping up, rank among the busier spots for new activity.

“Those two areas seem to be generating a lot of interest,” Leazer said.

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