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York Tech Expansion Gets Approval From Rock Hill City Council

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It’s a bright, sunny day on the York Technical College campus and the faculty and students have a lot to be happy about.

“I think it’s a very good thing for the community and I think it’s a very good thing for the students,” said one York Tech student.

On Monday, the Rock Hill City Council OK'ed the schools request for a planned development district. That means, instead of York Tech adding buildings over the course of many years as they see fit, they can submit one complete plan, which can be revised.

“There is no opposition here,” said Rock City Mayor Doug Echols. “The entire council sees the benefit.”

Some of the major changes include expansion of classroom buildings, a new perimeter road at the campus entrance and more areas for the students to work, study or just relax.

York Tech’s president says all this is necessary to keep up with the school’s booming student population.

Today, enrollment hovers around 8,000 students. But these upgrades should allow for up to 3,000 more.

“When you begin to move dire and add buildings, it’s a manifestation of the success your institution is having and it does raise a certain level of interest and excitement in the community,” said York Technical College President Greg Rutherford.

Phase I is already underway and is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The master plan won’t be done until 2027 and is estimated to cost around $100 million.

“We are savers,” said Rutherford. “When we are able to, we put money back, knowing we will have these kinds of needs in these kinds of needs in the future.”

Most of the money will come from the school itself. But many generous donors are kicking in money as well.

“This provides tremendous learning opportunities for students at York Technical College and also continues to enhance that campus so it’s a beautiful and very productive part of our community,” said Echols.

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