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Redevelopment Area Reduced To 2.9 Acres

Residents can now relax and feel secure improving homes

October 01, 2010
After 13 years, residents in the buyout area at the northwest corner of Manchester and McKnight roads can settle down and feel comfortable making improvements to their homes.

The Rock Hill Board of Aldermen on Sept. 21 passed a bill reducing the footprint of the former 27-acre development area to 2.9 acres and removing the blight designation from the rest of the properties.

Calling the legislation "landmark," Mayor Daniel DiPlacido said he was "delighted that we have rescinded the blight designation that has affected our neighborhood that was targeted by the city for development for so long.

"As we move forward, our efforts at economic development must always respect the property rights of others," DiPlacido said.

David Chiodini thanked the board for passing the bill. Over the past 13 years, he has represented his mother, Becky, who lives on North Rock Hill Road which was in the redevelopment area.

"Everyone has gone the extra mile to get this bill passed, and she (mother) appreciates all the work you have done," he said.

"My mother is very excited," he told the Times. "She has always believed you shouldn't use public money to develop private (land for) corporations for their private use. She's excited to have her own home back and she can live there the rest of her life. It's been an interesting 13 years."

Al and Joann Hayden, who have lived on North Rock Hill Road since 1997, breathed a sigh of relief when the bill passed.

"Now we can do something with our house that we couldn't do when all this was going on," Al said. "We've been through Sansone, THF, Browne and Hutkin, and now we can relax."

A Clean Audit For Rock Hill

Michael Williams of Hochschild, Bloom and Company reported that the city of Rock Hill has a "clean audit" for 2009.

The general fund, which is the basic operating account for the city, showed net earnings for 2009-10 of $110,132, and a fund balance of $2,491,573.

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