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Close to 500 acres near Crowders Creek up for residential rezoning

LAKE WYLIE Crescent Communities set the ball rolling for development on hundreds of acres at Crowders Creek. But it’ll be a while before dirt moves.

The company has two rezoning applications submitted to York County staff. A public hearing on both rezonings is scheduled for the April 7 York County Council meeting. Together, the properties total almost 500 acres. The properties will be used for residential development.

“A groundbreaking date has not been set for either project,” said Laura Edwards, spokeswoman for Crescent. “However, development is not likely to begin before 2015.”

The properties are part of the Crowders Creek Planned Development, which then Councilman Tom Smith worked on in 2007 and 2008 as a master plan of more than 2,000 acres on Crowders and Allison creeks. Smith referred questions on the latest development to Crescent.

The larger property up for rezoning is more than 396 acres at 260 Bethel School Road. The parcel has frontage on both Bethel School and S.C. 49, and runs along more than half of the southern bank of Crowders Creek. Crescent owns the property, currently zoned as a planned development. The new zoning would allow for single- or multi-family residential, or a variety of commercial uses.

The property borders land owned by York County, a 27-acre space on the widest bend in Crowders Creek and another 50 acres being considered for a public park.

The smaller rezoning includes almost 90 acres on two properties. New Center Development out of Clover owns both 5488 and 5422 Hwy. 55 East, though Crescent is the listed applicant for rezoning. The properties have three zonings now, but would be zoned for residential use pending the change. Attempts to reach New Center Development for comment were unsuccessful.

Specifics on the number or types of homes weren’t available.

“Crescent is committed to building thoughtfully planned communities, and as with all of our projects, we are taking a meticulous approach to how these tracts of land will be developed,” Edwards said.

James Martin, company vice president, oversees the Lake Wylie projects. Martin last week outlined a development slated for the Catawba River banks south of Lake Wylie Dam to Fort Mill Town Council, looking for annexation into town. He gave Chapel Cove and The Sanctuary in Steele Creek as cases for the company’s sound development on the water. The new Fort Mill project will have up to 650 homes, including up to 150 townhomes on about 280 acres. It will likely have a riverfront amenity building and pool similar to what’s at Springfield in Fort Mill.

The Lake Wylie rezonings will need three Council readings in addition to the public hearing.

John Marks •  803-831-8166
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