Rock Hill City council approves $70 million Catawba River project

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Rock Hill City Council has approved a planned $70 million Catawba River development.

The council voted in late April to annex the 32 acres of the future Riverside on the Catawba into the city, then approved a planned development zoning for the property. The vote paves the way for construction to start on a mix of retail shops and apartment buildings on the site, Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Current plans would allow for between 1,084 and 1,281 parking spaces, about 20 percent less than the city would usually allow for a development of this size.

Planners hope fewer spaces will be necessary because residents of the 300 planned apartments and condominiums will double as employees and patrons of the stores and restaurants in a planned 235,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
Premier Design Solutions Inc. (PDS), a Fort Lauderdale, FL.-area engineering and planning firm, would develop the site along with the Porter family.

“We consider this property to be the gateway to the city of Rock Hill,” PDS president Luis Jurado said in an earlier interview with the business publication. “We’re looking to make a statement, a very positive message of how the city is moving forward in enhancing riverside living.”

The developer has also agreed to install a traffic signal “when warranted” by the S.C. Department of Transportation and “triggered by buildout of this project, if that occurs prior to the signal being triggered by development in (neighboring) Riverwalk,” according to the staff report. Jurado said he’d prefer a “joint effort” on the traffic signal with the Riverwalk development.

A traffic study prepared by PDS estimates the worst-case traffic scenario would be an additional 13,000 trips per day. Plans call for a dedicated right-turn lane at the Spratt St. intersection and aligning Riverside Dr. and Dunkins Ferry Rd. into one intersection.