City of Rock Hill Knowledge Park Old Town Master Plan


Client: City of Rock Hill and Winthrop University

Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Status: Completed in 2013


  • Master plan for the redevelopment of a former industrial site and adjacent and nearby parcels
  • Recommendations include a variety of residential and commercial options that will support surrounding neighborhoods and Winthrop University


TSW led a multidisciplinary team to develop a master plan focused on the redevelopment of a former industrial site and adjacent and nearby parcels. The intent of the master plan is to provide feasible, developer-ready recommendations for land uses that complement the surrounding neighborhood while also supporting the proposed streetcar and Winthrop University with additional commercial and housing.

TSW developed concept plans for two main sites: Bleachery and Winthrop University/Cherry Road. The Bleachery site concepts explored adding multifamily residential (potentially senior housing) and supporting parking structures, office, retail, and park spaces. The Winthrop University/Cherry Road site concepts focused on providing student and Greek housing, integration of streetcar stops, pedestrian amenities, and a small grocery story and other neighborhood retail.

As part of TSW’s planning process, TSW’s Architecture Studio developed schematic designs for the renovation of several historic buildings in the study area: the existing Filter Plant Building, Power Plant Building, and Lowenstein Building on the Bleachery site. In addition, TSW developed a plan for the adjacent Laurelwood Cemetery to be better integrated into the surrounding community with event programming, historic tours, and multi-use trail access.

The City is now working with developers to begin implementation of the master plan. For more information about the project, visit: