The crumbling white building in downtown Rock Hill – once a bustling newsroom for The Herald – will now become a mixed-use development, officials said Thursday.
The developers are considering plans for the site, 132 W. Main St., to include residential and commercial spaces, restaurants, an amphitheater and a playground, according to a press release. There will also be parking on site.
Construction is expected to be completed sometime in 2024, the developers said.
The building was purchased by White Point, a private Charlotte-based real estate development company. This is the same company that built Optimist Hall, a popular dining site in the NoDa section of Charlotte. White Point also carried out work in Raleigh and Charleston, officials said.
While the building once served as a newspaper printing site and a hub for writers and journalists, it has been vacant for years and is in poor condition. It will be demolished by the end of the year.
“It’s the last big building we see downtown that needs to be developed, needs to be remodeled,” Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys said.
At Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Gettys called the building “the last domino to fall” as officials at Rock Hill scramble to modernize the city center.
“I can remember many years of going to this site to get copies of old paper,” Gettys said. “I remember coming to the site for interviews. I remember coming to this site and seeing people who really loved Rock Hill and wanted to tell this story. For generations, the people of Rock Hill have been employed here. In today’s world, we are all worried about our stories, but seeing The Herald building collapse doesn’t mean we lose the ability to tell our story.
This story was originally published October 14, 2021 2:00 p.m.