Rock Hill’s Bleachery Redevelopment Gets Initial Approval


Ahead of a formal agreement likely coming in the months ahead, Rock Hill City Council Monday gave initial approval to the Knowledge Park development plan.

Last week, New Jersey-based developer Sora-Phelps debuted its plan to turn Rock Hill’s 22-acre former bleachery site into a thriving historic district. The plan detailed $134 million in private investment and the hope for more than 1,000 new jobs in a mix of residential, office, retail and green space between Winthrop University and Dave Lyle Blvd.

“I’m not sure in my career that I’ve seen so many groups and business come together and see a project through,” said Andy Shene, chairman of the Knowledge Park Leadership Group. That group, formed of business, community and civic leaders, recommended Sora-Phelps to Rock Hill City Council.

Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun says a master agreement is now in the works between the city and Sora-Phelps. That agreement is set to become public in the months ahead. Vehaun said expect a vote before city council in the next 60-90 days.

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