Success Stories

The Cotton Factory

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The Cotton Factory is often referred to as a local “textbook case” of urban redevelopment.  Now home to over 570 knowledge economy jobs, The Cotton Factory has been a smashing success as it blazes the trail for more urban redevelopment activity on the streets surrounding it.  The $12 million redevelopment project completed in 2008 is located at Dave Lyle Boulevard and East White Street.  The building is located in close proximity to the former Good Motors property, the former Bleachery, and the TownCenter Sites, all active redevelopment sites.


Old Town East

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Old Town East is a mixed-use development led by Comporium Communications located adjacent to the intersections of Saluda Street, East Main Street, Elizabeth Lane, and East Black Street.  Since 2010, Comporium has worked closely with the City of Rock Hill to develop multiple phases of the project.  Phase one will see the development of a 48,000 sq. ft. office building located at Elizabeth Lane and East Main Street and a public park encompassing the entire block bound by East Main Street, Elizabeth Lane, East Black Street, and Saluda Street.  A large fountain is the centerpiece of the park and the project.  Phase two involves the development of the first hotel within the Knowledge Park, on East Main Street facing the park.  Later phases include a mixed use building, offering retail, office, and/or residential uses, and a performing arts center.


The Hive

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The Hive is a workforce development/small business incubation program with an industry focus on Internet Marketing, Communications, and Technology.  The Hive serves real clients to bolster the success of those organizations while using the work as curriculum to train students.  The Hive serves our community also through economic development both by bringing more energy and people to the Knowledge Park and by training students for the new knowledge-based services economy.  The Hive is a collaborative partnership between York Technical College, Winthrop University, Comporium Communications, City of Rock Hill, Becca and Harry Dalton, RevenFlo, and the students who choose to and are qualified to participate.  Participating in the process of real-world outcomes is the basis of the program.


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139 Main LLC will construct a new 5-story building offering 42 market-rate apartments and commercial space at 139 East Main Street.  The Tuttle Company is the managing member of 139 Main LLC.  The building will offer one and two bedroom units targeted towards young professionals and faculty and staff at local educational institutions.  Winthrop University has committed to occupy the first floor office space, offering small business services.  The building will replace a former Woolworth’s store which will be removed.  The project has attracted investment from several civically-minded business leaders.  Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation is investing in the project as well.  The City of Rock Hill will build a pedestrian walkway connecting Main Street with the parking in the rear to improve pedestrian flow and synergy between uses.  Construction expected to start in 2013.


Winthrop University

participant-winthropWinthrop University continues to grow its student population and educational offerings.  To accommodate that growth, it has expanded its facilities over the last five years.

Winthrop’s largest building, the 137,000-square-foot Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center, debuted in August 2007.  This signature facility utilizes the latest in environmentally friendly construction techniques.

The 128,000-square-foot DiGiorgio Campus Center brings the heart of the Winthrop University campus to Scholars Walk. Within its walls are amenities that will beckon the entire campus community to gather, relax, and learn more about each other and the world around them.

Owens Hall is a 32,200-square-foot, $6.5 million building that stays true to Winthrop’s devotion to close interaction between students and faculty.

Vivian Moore Carroll Hall features the Carroll Capital Markets Training and Trading Center, a facility that connects students to global markets through interactive technology.

Winthrop plans to develop an alumni center, a new library, and arts offices and studios among other projects.


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The Courtyard at Winthrop, a privately owned 406-bed student housing facility adjacent to the campus of Winthrop
University, was built in 2002 through the work of the Winthrop University Real Estate Foundation (WUREF).  In addition to fulfilling an unmet need for housing Winthrop’s growing student body, the WUREF project was the first in Rock Hill to demonstrate how dilapidated textile facility sites could be re-developed for contemporary uses.


The Start Group

participant-startgroupIn 2009, The Start Group acquired an established customer support business to the Knowledge Park.  Under the Start Group umbrella, 110 people are employed in the Knowledge Park performing marketing, customer support, training services.

Start Corporation has been providing permission-based teleservices for some of the largest independent telecommunications companies in the Southeast for over 20 years.  Start Technical Support Center operates 24/7/365 and currently employs a team of over 100 agents, trainers, and supervisors.  Start inbound and outbound care agents provide a variety of calling services for telecommunications, B2B, financial, medical, and consumer clients.


Family Trust Federal Credit Union

participant-familytrustFamily Trust is leading the way for more development in the Knowledge Park with plans for a new headquarters on White Street.

The 36,000-square-foot, three-story building on 2.5 acres brings the credit union’s headquarters back to the area where it opened in 1957 in a storage room of the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. (also known as the Bleachery).  The estimated $7 million project will feature an atrium, a community room, and a terrace for employees.   The building will house an estimated 65 people, including administrators and back-office employees such as accounting, marketing and IT.  Construction is expected to begin in early 2014, after White Street beautification is completed by the City of Rock Hill.


Old Town Market

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The Old Town Market is an innovative public project designed to meet several City of Rock Hill Strategic Goals.  The project is located at the entrance to the White Street Parking Lot off Caldwell Street, between buildings located at 111 and 121-123 Caldwell Street.  The Old Town Market has revitalized both previously underutilized buildings.  The buildings have become vastly more attractive to retail and office tenants following the improvements.  The City of Rock Hill has created an attractive, multi-purpose public space suitable for special events, farmer’s markets, temporary retail, and social interaction.

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