Tega Cay approves annexation, paves way for apartments

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJuly 23, 2013 

— Unanimous votes Monday night enlarged Tega Cay by four potentially key acres, and paved the way for new apartments at Stonecrest.

Both final votes by the Tega Cay City Council passed without debate. The first annexed roughly four acres owned by Comporium Communications, which has an office and business center at the 2382 Hwy. 160 West site.

City leaders zoned the property to allowed for the same or similar continued use. In addition to bringing in a little more commercial property, city leaders say the move could lead to annexation discussions on a 550-home development just beside the property, which now becomes contiguous.

The Fort Mill Times reported earlier this month that in addition to Tega Cay’s interest, leaders in Fort Mill are in discussion to bring in property that would make the town contiguous, too.

The Tega Cay City Council also moved forward with an amendment to the Stonecrest master plan that will allow for apartments on the northern corner of Hwy. 160 and Stonecrest Boulevard.

The Stonecrest development approved in 2003 allowed for up to 20 apartments per acre at the site, up to 690 units. A revision in 2006 eliminated apartments as a potential use. Another in 2008 changed the zoning from high density residential.

According to the ordinance passed Monday, the latest move will “assist in meeting the original purpose of the district by accommodating a broad spectrum of residents and lifestyles.”

The new plan caps apartments at 18 per acre and 390 total. Buildings can’t exceed three stories or 50 feet. Units must be 700 square feet or more, and no more than 35 percent can be one-bedroom. Access to adjoining greenways and trails, once built, are required. A variety of amenities would be allowed.

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