Lake Wylie rezoning could mean more homes

A property totaling nearly 180 acres in Lake Wylie is up for rezoning, and if the county approves, 178 new homes would be built on this land located between Three Points and the Pole Branch intersection at 457 Highway 274 along Mill Creek.

The current zoning of the property does not allow for apartments and only permits one home unit per lot “not on less than an acre each and the total site can’t exceed a two acre per unit average.” The potential rezoning, which will not be confirmed until mid July at the earliest, would only alter the rules pertaining to lot size, and would not “limit how many homes can be built by acreage.”  The goal of the rezoning is to build up the neighborhood and to expand the growth there.

The new community of homes plans to showcase and amenity area that would be facing the lake. Plus, residents could take full advantage of all of the perks of living in Lake Wylie, with endless recreation and easy access to all the area’s conveniences, as well as a simple commute to the big city of Charlotte.

For more details and information on this possible rezoning that would lead to a large residential development, as well as what it would mean for one of the busiest intersections in the Lake Wylie area, be sure to read the full article at

Popular restaurant opens new Lake Wylie location

The lake Wylie area just continues to grow and recently had yet another restaurant opening to add to its ever-growing list of dining options.

The much anticipated Sake Express Japanese steakhouse and Sushi just opened its fourth  location in Mill Creek Commons Center in Lake Wylie. This recent opening is the largest of the four locations that are currently open in Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia.

Totaling 4,900 square feet of cooking and dining pleasure, locals and visitors alike can take advantage of great Japanese food from 10 AM to 10:30 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.  The menu features creative sushi rolls, bento boxes, Teppanyaki noodles, and so much more. The restaurant prides itself on great food and fantastic service, and it is a wonderful spot for families or a date night.

Mill Creek Commons is strategically located at the intersection of SC Highway 274 and SC Highway 557 and is a 75-acre master-planned retail development anchored by Lowes Home Improvement and Walmart. The shopping center also includes a “proposed 14.59-acre junior box retail development and 10 outparcels.” Five outparcels have already been sold or leased to Bank of America, Wachovia, Walgreens, Zaxby’s and McDonald’s. There are still five out parcels left for sale or lease.
For more details and information on this new dining option in Mill Creek Commons, check out the article at

Plenty in the pipeline for Fort Mill

Plenty of potential new development is in the pipeline for Fort Mill, with a variety of proposals recently submitted to York County planners. One major proposal includes a 4-acre residential community located off of Sutton Road at 1879 Camber Woods in unincorporated Fort Mill between existing sections of Baxter.

Furthermore, an additional 147 townhomes may be built at Regent Park on a property that totals approximately 46 acres. Another residential development that may come to fruition is a single-family subdivision off of Kennel Road in Fort Mill between Springfield and Foxwood totaling approximately 29 acres.

As far as commercial development goes, there is a warehouse distribution center totaling 370,000 square feet that could potentially be moving to Lakemont Business Park on the 60-acre site near Carowinds. Also in the works is a convenience center at 2093 Fort Mill Parkway that will include a permanent trash and recycling center. There is also a plot of land on the corner of US 21 and Garrison Farm Road in the Fort Mill area that was an auto sales site and is up for redevelopment.

There are discussions of a new school located at 1894 Zoar Rosd near Tega Cay on a near two-acre plot of land, among many, many more potential projects. All of these projects have submitted preliminary proposals to the county and are waiting on approval.

For more details and information on what could be to come in Fort Mill and the surrounding area, be sure to read the full article at

Belmont’s new grocer to compete with local favorite

Belmont is soon to be home to a new Lidl, a German-based grocery chain that has been working on a significant expansion into the United States and is getting ready to open up a 4.3 million-dollar 32,000 square-foot store here.

With a new grocer in town, local discount supermarket favorite, Aldi, is really trying to step up its game so that it can compete with Lidl. The two Belmont area Aldi stores, located at 2108 Union Road in Gastonia and 6402 Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont that have been open for over 10 years are getting a makeover. The company has invested $1.6 billion nationwide to remodel and expand their existing stores and these two locations are part of the mix. The Belmont location, which recently reopened, has had the biggest makeover in the area so far. The Gastonia location has renovations underway and is expected to reopen in mid-May.

Remodeling plans include open ceilings, a new modern design, plenty of natural light and environmentally friendly building materials. The company is also making changes to their food products, including removing added MSG, synthetic colors and partially hydrogenated oils from all of their store branded and private label products.

For more details and information on the Aldi makeovers as well as the new Lidl opening and what it means for Belmont as well as Gaston County, be sure to read the full article at

New eateries and more at Kingsley in Fort Mill

The new Kingsley Village Town Center in Fort Mill is in a prime location for restaurants, and plenty of chain eateries have taken notice and are getting ready to move in. Located just off of exit 85 from Interstate 77, the shopping center is now home to one of its largest anticipated restaurants, Carolina Ale House, which can seat up to 350 guests inside as well as an additional 150 guests outside. It is a convenient location for families with kids to eat at and then walk around a bit, and there are patrons who frequent the restaurant for drinks after playing golf nearby. Furthermore, Carolina Ale House is perhaps the largest restaurant employer in Fort Mill. With 70 TV screens and a diverse menu, the restaurant has a little something for everyone.

In addition to the newest 7,000 square-foot Carolina Ale House, additional upcoming restaurant tenants include a Starbucks coffee shop, a Smashburger, a Panera Bread, a Clean Juice bar, A Brixx pizza place, and a Corkscrew Winery, for now.

Kingsley Village is a mixed-use development occupying 626 acres and a recently opened new Courtyard Marriott hotel with 125 guest rooms. Additionally, 200 apartments are also planned for the development, and 48 of which will be located above retail shops in the town center. Kingsley Village is also home to Lash Group, which plans to employ 2,400 people at its facility, as well as LPL Financial, which expects 3,000 employees at its Kingsley facility.

Kingsley is a rapidly developing area, and for more details and information on what is to come, be sure to check out the full article at

Steele Creek is home to one of nation’s most thriving zip codes

A suburban community in Steele Creek just outside of Lake Wylie has made‘s list as one of the countries hottest 50 ZIP Codes for home sales.
Throughout the entire Charlotte region, home sales have been on the rise as have new construction projects. New home construction, however, “is moving at a faster pace in the Steele Creek area compared to the city as a whole, according to Metrostudy, which tracks new home construction.” All of this new development means the booming Steele Creek community is drawing plenty of home buyers.

Current inventory available in this region is at just the right price point to continue to attract those ready to purchase a new home, but potential buyers have to act quickly if they are interested in a property because homes here are not staying on the market long.

The median sales price of homes here in March was $193,475 compared to the $220,950 price point for the overall Charlotte region. The greater affordability os good for buyers, plus, with the speed at which homes are selling, owners are even more tempted to put their homes on the market, with much more confidence that they will sell quickly. Thus, the market is good for sellers, too.

There is a ton of growing potential for this area because there is so much land available for new development projects.

For more details and information on one of the hottest ZIP Codes in the country, be sure to read the full article at

More potential development for Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and more

Plenty of residential and commercial development is on the horizon in Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and all over York County. Many projects are still in the planning phases, but locals  could expect some big changes around town.

Lake Wiley’s Mill Creek Commons could be the potential new site for a new apartment community right across from the Harpers Green subdivision. This will be a significant residential addition as Mill Creek Commons is already home to many commercial retailers, including Walmart, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Bank of America, Wachovia, Walgreens and Zaxby’s.

Furthermore, the 13-acre Public Storage site at the corner of Bonum Road and SC 49 could be home to even more new mini warehouses.

Fort Mill may be getting a new vet clinic at the North Carolina state line just off of Hamilton Place. Also in Fort Mill, a 5,000 square-foot space at 3004 US could undergoing a change from retail space to restaurant space.

There are also talks of building a 157-lot subdivision in the Rock Hill area just east of Hands Mill Highway. County planners are also discussing expanding another home subdivision at Shadow Lane and Brush Creek Road, and expanding a single-family subdivision west of SC 901.

These are just a few of the projects that county and city planners are deliberating over. For more details on these potential developments and others in the area, be sure to read the full article at


Philly food comes to Lake Wylie

New dining options seem to be popping up all over town in Lake Wylie, and it is always exciting when there is a new type of food for residents to enjoy that wasn’t previously easy to find.
A new restaurant just opened that will make Philadelphia transplants and cheesesteak lovers alike very happy. Now, Lee’s Hoagie House has roots in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

It is the first franchise for the company to open outside of the Philadelphia area, and with Lake Wylie not having a cheesesteak and hoagie dining option, the company thought the town seemed like a great fit to move to. Furthermore, Lee’s plans to open a location in Asheville in the next three months, with a possible Charlotte location on the horizon as well. The Charlotte region is known to be home to many transplants from the northeast region, so the move for the company to this area of the country seemed only natural.
The Lake Wylie location of Lee’s Hoagie House will be located at 312 Bulkhead Way, Suite 101, in Lake Wylie Commons.

Lee’s Hoagie House has been serving cheesesteaks and other hoagie sandwiches in and around Philadelphia since 1953.  For more information on the new sandwich shop in town, be sure to read the full article that

New infrastructure projects are happening in Lake Wylie

Many new developments are on the horizon for Lake Wylie, particularly infrastructure projects, which are great for the city, its residents, and the local economy. Most recently, a $1.75 million construction contract was awarded by York County Council for an intersection realignment at SC 557, Griggs Road and Bate Harvey Road, right beside Griggs Road Elementary School. The project should help with the traffic and safety of the area, and it is slated for completion by the end of 2017.

A lane-widening project is also underway at SC 274 and 279, and the $25.7 million  project is expected to be completed in 2020. Another multi-lane widening project of SC 557 that only totals about $4.3 million will also be completed in the same year. As far as this year is concerned, residents can expect a shoulder-widening on Paraham Road, with completion anticipated for this fall.

These infrastructure projects are part of the Pennies program, which has been very successful overall but has faced cost estimate issues. Many projects have turned out to be more expensive than anticipated, and there are discussions on how to fix this. There is a new staff in place overseeing the program, which could assist in making better cost estimates, as well as utilities assessments.

Overall, there is plenty of positive change in the pipeline for the infrastructure of Lake Wylie, and the Pennies project has been widely successful in helping to implement this change. For more details on these infrastructure projects and others and what it means for Lake Wylie as well as York County as a whole, be sure to read the full article at

Much-anticipated McLean development pushes forward

McLean is one of the most talked about and highly anticipated residential developments in Belmont, North Carolina on Lake Wylie. The 670-acre development covers five miles of shoreline along the border between North Carolina and South Carolina.  The community will include 800 homes, as well as a marina with a waterfront restaurant, a public park, 10 new miles of trails that will connect to already existing trails, and a pool clubhouse in each of the three primary neighborhoods of the subdivision.

The current breaking news on the development regards the 37 of the 800 new homes that dip into York County in South Carolina. While York County has already approved the plans for this part of the neighborhood, The company behind the new development project has asked for an extension, as currently construction is only allowed to continue through August 10 of this year. County planning staff is recommending a one year extension to guarantee completion within a preapproved time frame. Because these York County homes will have no access from York County, the roads, water and sewer infrastructure will be served by Belmont, as this is where the majority of the development sits.

The three primary neighborhoods of the development are South Shore, the Conservancy, and Overlake. Construction on South Shore homes has already begun and homes in the neighborhood will range from approximately $400,000 to over $1 million. Homes in the Conservancy are slated to be ready this spring and start at approximately $240,000. Home construction in Overlake is not slated to begin until later this year,  and the marina will be built as part of a much later phase. The entire McLean project, which includes not only the homes but also the marina, restaurant, park, trails and more is not expected to be completed in its entirety for approximately 8 to 10 years.

For more details on the McLean project in Lake Wylie, be sure to read the full article at