KNOWLEDGE PARK WILL BE A SUCCESS IF:
Redevelopment of underused sites and buildings continues in a way that knits together the entire Knowledge Park area as a unified, coherent urban district
The Development Action Team reviewed and discussed the University Center project and the next phases of the Fountain Park development area. The team recognizes that these are highly valuable projects that will have great impact on the community. However, the team chose not to include these projects in its recommended action steps. The reason: both of these projects have already established strong foundations for success with major investments completed, committed developers/owners in place, and strong public-private partnerships formed. These projects are thus likely to be successful without any special focus provided through the Knowledge Park Action Plan. The Development Action team has selected as priorities projects that are at a very early stage of planning and development or, in some cases, projects that are not yet even on the community’s radar. It is by focusing community attention on these nascent projects that the Knowledge Park Action Plan can have its greatest impact on the success of the Knowledge Park strategy.
1. Obtain site control, overcome barriers to development and prepare vacant and obsolete development sites along either side of Dave Lyle Boulevard for new development; integrate the planned pedestrian bridge and pedestrian systems into these development sites; market these sites for new investment: Good Motors, The Herald, Towncenter site (Main/Dave Lyle corner to White Dave Lyle corner).
2. Invest in parking, transit, roadways, pedestrian systems and other public improvements as required to facilitate the redevelopment of the 400,000 square feet Baxter Mill (the Springs Creative Distribution Center) and other development sites along West White Street.
3. Encourage and support through incentives and public investments new development that positively impacts neighborhoods, particularly economically distressed neighborhoods, on the edges of Knowledge Park; connect these neighborhoods to the economic and employment centers of Knowledge Park. Recommended focus areas include: a) the creation and implementation of a redevelopment plan for the Saluda/Johnston area that will connect the Saluda corridor to the energy of Knowledge Park; b) the planning and implementation of a public-private development project designed to serve as a catalyst for renewed development interest in the West Main/West Black Street corridor.
4. Attract the development of at least 300 new residential units to Knowledge Park within the next 5 years. Ensure the creation of housing that is suitable for a broad range of income levels. Create policies and incentives for inclusion of workforce housing or mixed income housing in new development projects that include a housing component.
5. Complete and implement the Oakland Avenue development plan with the goal of making this area a vital part of the urban fabric of downtown Rock Hill. Provide support and incentives for new development and business uses that aid in the realization of the City’s economic development goals.