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Ten responses filed for Knowledge Park RFQ

ROCK HILL — Eleven development groups filed 10 responses to a request for qualifications by the Tuesday deadline to participate in the planned $60 million, 90-acre redevelopment of Rock Hill’s abandoned textile corridor into the mixed-use Knowledge Park.

“It’s encouraging to see the RFQ so well-received after the downturn in the real estate industry,” Knowledge Park Development Manager David Lawrence said. The city is coordinating the project and owns much of the land involved. “The activity from developers validates our strategic vision and bodes well for our next steps,” Lawrence added.

Several large, national firms responded to the RFQ as well as local companies, said Lawrence, who also represents the 22-member public-private Knowledge Park Leadership Group.

Several of the responses proposed master-planning the entire development, while others were site-specific redevelopment proposals that would be part of the bigger picture, he added.

“We were happy to see a few national developers respond, bringing their strong capabilities and deep contacts to the project,” Lawrence said.  “However, the local developers appear to be further along with more project details addressed in their more targeted responses.”

The developers include Fairmount Properties LLC and Forest City Real Estate Services, both of Cleveland. And the Warren Norman Co. of Rock Hill teamed with Charlotte-based Collett to present a comprehensive plan.

Other Rock Hill respondents are Walk2Campus Properties and Lowenstein Development. Other Charlotte firms are Barwick and Associates LLC and Catellus Group LLC.

Bonterra Builders of Matthews, Forestar Group Inc. of Austin, Texas, and Sora Development of Greater Baltimore round out the list.

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