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Lincoln Harris’ request for 360-acre rezoning approved

The York County Council approved a rezoning of 360.5 acres near Interstate 77 in South Carolina on land that once was a baseball stadium and now can be developed into a mixed-use project of office space, apartments and a hotel.

Council members approved the third and final required reading for the rezoning of the former Charlotte Knights baseball stadium at I-77 and Gold Hill Road.

No one opposed the rezoning before the council’s vote Monday night.

The developer, Fort Mill Land Development LLC, is a joint venture between clothing retailer Cato Corp., based in Charlotte, and Lincoln Harris of Charlotte, a commercial development, brokerage and management company. Cato bought the property in 2012, planning to build a distribution center.

But after the purchase was announced, the company was contacted by many developers with proposals, according to Richard Wilson, Cato’s executive vice president of warehousing.

After narrowing the field from seven to four, the company chose Lincoln Harris for the project. The company then purchased 185 acres near Porter Road on which it plans to build the distribution center.

The developers sought a planned development rezoning, which provides more flexible development standards to create a more cohesive and higher quality development, Stephen Allen, county planning services manager, has said.

It will be built in phases, and ultimately will include up to 5.2 million square feet of office space; 400,000 square feet of mixed uses; up to 600 units of a combination of apartments and townhomes; and a 150-room hotel.

The county has said that it will assess the project as it progresses and continue to analyze the traffic impact at the Gold Hill Road/I-77 interchange, where improvements are slated to be finished in 2018.

At that time, the county will restudy the traffic implications of any further development to determine whether any other road improvements are necessary.

The land had four zoning designations: agricultural; business development, which permits automotive, entertainment, sports and other uses; urban development, which allows various residential and business uses; and planned development.

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