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Riverwalk transforms textile plant site

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Just like Greenville, South Carolina has some brownfield sites of old textile mills, nearby Rock Hill had one that has been transformed into a showcase village called Riverwalk. It sits nicely along the banks of the Catawba River.

The old Celanese Corp. of America textile plant had environmental concerns because it used to make a synthetic fiber called cellulose acetate. Assured Group of Companies out of Cincinnati spent $40 million over two years demolishing the 2.5 million-square-foot factory and remediating the soil and groundwater. They joined up with two builders, Saussy Burbank and Evans Coghill, and have an engineering firm letter that third-party
testing shows it is a clean site now.

The site borders three miles of riverfront next to Rock Hill, S.C. which is 25 miles south of Charlotte, N.C. and growing. It was incorporated into the City of Rock Hill for bonds for streets and utilities and tax increment financing. The city created the Giordana Velodrome for cycling events on the 250 acres donated by Assured Group plus 2.5 miles of paved riverfront trails, mountain biking trails, 10 acres of greenspace and a kayak and canoe launch. 10,000 people a month use the facilities.

Plans include a YMCA, industrial space, professional offices in a business park, a town center, and athletic fields. The residential neighborhoods connect with pedestrian- and cycle-friendly trails and streetscapes. View some of the available homes for sale.

The houses are Environments for Living certified by Masco Home Services guaranteeing lower than average energy bills. Strict covenants cover massing and porch depth, and materials, doors, windows and colors selections. Saussy Burbank homes range from 1662 square feet to 3156 square feet in the low $200s to the high $300s. Evans Coghill's range from 1800 to 2650 square feet from $235,000 to $385,000. Out of 46 homes in phase one, only 8 remain unsold. In November 2013, townhomes with lower prices and less maintenance were begun.

To see more pictures of Riverwalk, visit the website or the Facebook page.

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