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Longtime farmer looks to sell last 7 acres for commercial use at Lake Wylie

The owner of 4 Bar C Farms on Hands Mill Highway is hoping to rezone the last remaining almost 7 acres of his farm for commercial use.

Steve Currence, 62, said the farm at 3972 Hands Mill Highway in York at Five Points, has been sold in pieces through the years, including land used for the Bethelfields subdivision. The remaining property includes the home where Currence was born and a livestock shed.

“It’s been a farm for four or five generations,” he said.

The farm once raised beef cattle and cut hay. As more farms became subdivisions, Currence had fewer customers. He sold off the last of his cattle in 2008.

“Since then it’s been chickens and pigs,” he said.

Currence has two sons who don’t live in the area, so he’s looking to rezone the rest of his land for commercial use. Most of the surrounding properties are zoned commercial. Currence said there isn’t a specific business planned for the property.

“It’s just trying to stay with the scope of the area,” he said.

The Tuttle Co. is listed on the rezoning application, which asks for a business development district. The zoning, according to York County code, allows for large-scale business projects like countywide or regional shopping centers, or a large business complex.

“This is the remainder tract from the previous sale of the residential component,” Bryan Tuttle said. “It will be marketed to traditional regional and neighborhood retailers and developers.”

The rezoning needs three readings from York County Council. A public hearing is planned Dec. 1.

Another rezoning request in Lake Wylie will have a public hearing Nov. 3. Evergreen Land Partners plans a 20-home subdivision on 7 acres west of Oakridge Middle School. The property at 5760 S.C. 557 was approved by the county planning commission. John Maxwell with Evergreen said homes should be priced in the $350,000-$400,000 range.