Lake Wylie SC 2022 economic development on hotel, healthcare

Susan Bromfield has been president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce for the past 30 years.

Susan Bromfield has been president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce for the past 30 years.

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Editor’s note: Today The Herald starts a series of articles looking at economic development activity in some key areas of York County, both in 2021 and into 2022. Responses have been edited for space.

Lake Wylie is a growing stretch of real estate between Charlotte and northwestern York County. It’s a connection point with direct routes to Clover, York and Rock Hill, along with Gaston County in North Carolina. Recent years continue a trend of more people and more new business.

Susan Bromfield is president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. She has three decades with her finger on the business pulse of the unincorporated area of York County.

From healthcare to assisted living, a new hotel and more new home construction, here is what Bromfield sees in her area:

What are some of the biggest business openings, projects or success stories in Lake Wylie for 2021?

The biggest success stories about businesses at Lake Wylie for 2021 I believe have been how our businesses have navigated, adapted and worked through the challenges created by operating, growing and flourishing during a pandemic year. We began 2021 without a vaccine and not knowing exactly how to plan and adapt. As the year progressed, plans were made and businesses adapted to meet the circumstances. Our restaurants expanded to make permanent attractive outdoor dining space. River Hills Country Club adapted and created a like cruise-ship-in-the-backyard atmosphere with its creative outdoor activities for kids and adults alike. There were movies on the green, viewing Christmas décor by golf cart along the cart paths, date nights with wine tasting along the cart path, take out meals nightly with a theme and atmosphere to compliment the daily choices. There was no end to the ideas to safely offer meals, activities and recreation as folks were working from home or staying nearby to their homes. The grocery stores and pharmacies ramped up the delivery and pick up options.

The challenges across the community were met with creativity, thinking out of the box and creating a business and community attitude of helping each other and supporting each other and our less fortunate neighbors. The generous spirit shined brightly throughout the community as our businesses and neighbors helped others and each other. There were food drives and the “Blessing Boxes” that were built and filled and refilled so folks in need could access food and other items. Lowe’s expanded and added onto their building to open a rental department with a lot of large equipment that can be rented reasonably. Tractor Supply Co. purchased land and built a new business at Lake Wylie that opened on Dec. 18. Papa Doc’s Shore Club adapted and created more outdoor space and offered food delivery service to boats at the dock. Copper Premium Pub expanded the outdoor dining areas creating a permanent ambiance that attracts diners from all around. One major addition to the community was CaroMont Healthcare opened a new Urgent care facility in rented space at Village Harbor near the new Starbucks. How timely for this opening during 2021 when the community needed to have local easy access to urgent care or to make an easy appointment for care. Commercial land has been sold and several projects are in the works for 2022. 2021 began with uncertainty and ends with many of our businesses being stronger, more creative and thriving and poised for more growth and prosperity in the coming year.

As the calendar turns to 2022, what’s the biggest ongoing economic development project in Lake Wylie? How will it change Lake Wylie?

Two significant projects come to mind that show a trend and both are meeting a need in our fast- growing community. Land was purchased next to the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce on Latitude Lane to build an assisting living facility. As members of our community age or have their aging parents and family members nearby that need help with daily living, this facility will allow our neighbors and family members to remain in the community and will enable families to remain close by with a little help with their daily living.

The second is for land that was purchased by CaroMont Healthcare on Nautical Lane next to Arby’s is slated to build a medical facility that will house an assortment of doctor’s offices and for urgent care. With our fast-growing community having more medical offices nearby will be a huge benefit for the entire community. This year, CaroMont Healthcare expects to break ground on the new facility and hopefully will open the new medical offices in the second half of 2022.

A new hotel/motel is slated to be built in 2022 located behind Dunkin Donuts. A new Jiffy Lube is in the works. Another commercial (project) known as The Meld will be built in 2022 by the Walmart on Highway 274 with commercial office space and space for a restaurant.

More projects are slated for 2022 and are not ready to announce their plans until the process is followed.

A variety of businesses have opened, and many have expanded showing a strong and steady economy in Lake Wylie. Projects are planned for the future and growth continues. (All while a moratorium has been in place to slow residential growth to allow time for planning by county.)

What’s a major business development effort that will happen in 2022 that people may not know much about yet?

CaroMont Healthcare plans to build a medical facility at Lake Wylie bringing in more physicians, services locally and easy access to the whole community. This will create some new job opportunities as well.

The new assisting living facility will create new jobs, as well as help the community and its aging population. Overall, real estate, mortgage business and growth-related businesses are strong and continue to grow.

What’s the biggest business challenge Lake Wylie faces in 2022?

I would say at this point with the COVID variant, businesses will continue to navigate to safely operate and to flourish and grow in 2022. Supply chain shortages are expected to lessen as we enter 2022.

Workforce development will remain a priority and challenge at the same time in 2022. Hiring and having ample employees is and will be a challenge in 2022. The Lake Wylie Chamber, Clover School District and other partners will be working to do job fairs and to publicize jobs in order to help businesses and to help those needing a job.

What businesses will folks see more of in Lake Wylie at the end of 2022 than they do now?

Healthcare related and assisted living, service businesses and many new businesses that support auto care locate in this busy corridor where more than 40,000 vehicles travel daily.

The obvious sector that is strong and grows is driven by growth is construction, and all that goes with home building, landscaping, yard care, cement work, plumbers, electricians, mortgage lenders.

On top of all this, Lake Wylie Field Day Park opened in November 2020 and has been a huge asset to the community already. In 2021, the new special tax district voted in in November 2020 has already secured land for public recreation and preservation at the Van Avery/Lance Cracker land and also at the Goat Farm that is also slated to utilized for farmers markets, community use and preserved from development. These projects are important to the community and also bring folks out to support the restaurants and other businesses.

Lake Wylie continues to experience growth, prosperity and a strong economy.

This story was originally published December 30, 2021 11:42 AM.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education mainly in York County and Lancaster County. The Fort Mill native earned dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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