Rock Hill City Council Monday formally approved what’s known as the Downtown East project.
The public-private partnership between the city and Rock Hill-based Comporium Communications includes a new office building, park and four-story garage on the site of the former King Funeral Home and Municipal Parking lot on East Main Street.
As presented last night, Comporium will build a 48,000 square-foot office complex and pay for the construction of a fountain at the future Downtown East Park, while the city will cover the cost of building a parking 196-space parking garage, and the park itself.
Comporium Chief Operating Officer Glenn McFadden tells WRHI the office complex is a model that he feels will bring new life to downtown.
City Council Monday learned that when completed, the office complex will be the first new construction in downtown Rock Hill in three decades.
McFadden says half the space in the office complex is already spoken for.
Plans also include building a new hotel in the coming years off Elizabeth Lane.
Funding for the city’s portion of the project comes from a $6 million bond paid for by a Tax Increment Financing district.