New apartments, retail, popping up across Fort Mill Township

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 25, 2014 

— New residential and commercial openings are expected in the coming months.

The Greens at Fort Mill, apartments atop Main Street, will have 64 units in four stories.

“We are making great progress at The Greens, with an expected completion date of early June,” said Dana Taylor, vice president of business development with Kuester Development Associates.

Apartments will be one to three bedrooms, at 741 to 1,317 square feet. They’ll have private balconies and patios, large closets and windows and granite counter tops. They’ll cost $850 to $1,400 a month. Developers are confident tenants fill the building.

“We have tremendous response,” Taylor said. “We have a dozen a week.”

On Tom Hall Street and Doby’s Bridge Road, another upcoming project is Family Dollar.

“We’re really excited to give the folks in Fort Mill a great, new Family Dollar store, with the newest shopping format we have to offer, and we look forward to continuing to provide great value and convenience to the local community,” said company spokesman Cliff Cermak.

Family Dollar will relocate from the former Food Lion shopping center on Tom Hall by late spring. Family Dollar stores are about 7,500 square feet. They each employ eight to 10 people.

“This is a relocated store,” said Cermak, an Indian Land resident, “so the staff from the current store in Fort Mill will move to the new location.”

Earlier this month, a Charlotte Observer blog reported construction would soon begin in Indian Land on the 7,000-square-foot Six Mile Commons II, including more than half the space for a Mattress Firm. The center will be in front of Walmart on Hwy. 521. The first phase of the Six Mile Commons center will be a Krispy Kreme, Gamestop, GNC, Verizon, Marco’s Pizza, NV Nail Salon and Friendly Neighborhood Dental Center.

The same developer, Merrifield Patrick Vermillion, announced several plans in January for Bailes Ridge, also in Indian Land. Chinese textile company Keer Group Co. will invest $218 million in a new 230,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on more than 100 acres. A 20,000-square-foot office building will serve as its U.S. headquarters. Overall, 500 jobs should come in the next five years. Construction begins this month.

Howe Roofs is relocating its Charlotte offices to a 6,000-square-foot building in Bailes Ridge. Construction continues on a 21-acre apartment community called Enclave at Bailes Ridge.

“The business fundamentals and strong leadership we found in Indian Land were some of the strongest we have seen and we knew it was a place we wanted to do business,” said John Ehrhardt, assistant vice president with Sterling Management, in a statement.

Project continue popping up throughout the area. Kuester, which includes development, property management and real estate arms, has a closing Friday for a national financial/insurance business coming to 114 Main St.

So many similar projects has Kuester looking to build a 13,500-square-foot office building at 127 Ben Casey Drive, just off S.C. 160 and Dave Gibson Boulevard. They’ll expand into that building by late fall.

“There is some real interest in this area that we just haven’t seen before,” Taylor said.

John Marks•  803-547-2353

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