Rock Hill City Council Unanimously Supports Resolution That Could Help Restart Construction On Carolina Panthers HQ In Rock Hill

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On March 28th, the Rock Hill City Council unanimously supported the York County Council’s resolution to help restart work on the Carolina Panthers project in Rock Hill, according to a news release.

Read below for full details on the resolution and project.

Update (March 22, 2022):

The York County Council voted to approve a resolution to help restart work on the Carolina Panthers project in Rock Hill, according to a news release.

Over the last month, officials in York County say they have been working to find ways to keep the project moving forward.  This comes after construction on the Panthers new team headquarters and practice facility in Rock Hill came to a halt while the team and city officials blamed each other for delays.

The resolution passed on March 21st and requires no borrowing from any local government.  Instead, it requires the Carolina Panthers to fund infrastructure upfront for construction of the headquarters and practice facility, according to a news release.

York County says they will offer the Panthers special source revenue credits, paying the Panthers back through tax credits.  That means York County, the City of Rock Hill and the Rock Hill School District will forgo additional tax revenue from the project, according to a news release.

In order for local governments to avoid borrowing funds, officials say additional tax credits were necessary for the project.  However, this resolution has significantly reduced tax credits on all future investment after the practice facility and headquarters, which should make these terms better for taxpayers in the long run, according to a news release.

County officials say they believe the project will be dead if everyone involved doesn’t move forward with this resolution.  Officials say equally important is that construction of this transformational economic development project continues to provide jobs to hundreds of men and women who work at the site daily.

The City of Rock Hill and the Carolina Panthers must agree to these terms before this plan can move forward.

Original Story (Posted March 15, 2022):

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Rock Hill city leaders are firing back at the Carolina Panthers.

The two sides continue to blame each other for a pause in construction at the team’s new headquarters and practice facility.

“Any implication by the Panthers that the city did not do its absolute and professional best is simply not true,” said Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys, during a city council meeting on Monday night.

Gettys broke his silence after the Panthers announced last week it halted construction at the project site in Rock Hill.

The team says the city missed payments for infrastructure, the city insists that’s not true.

“Facts are stubborn things. I’ll say that again, facts are stubborn things,” Gettys said on Monday night.

Rock Hill leaders argue the city couldn’t secure $225 million in bonds because the team didn’t provide the detailed development plans needed to convince lenders.

City leaders also say they refused to secure money in any way that could hurt the city’s credit rating.

“Frankly, I hope those statements that were made last night doesn’t ruin this deal,” says York Co. Councilman William “Bump” Roddey.

Roddey says work is going on behind the scenes to find another way to secure the $225 million needed.

But he says it’s time for city leaders to stop blaming the Panthers.

“Those were very inflammatory statements directed towards Tepper Sports & Entertainment, that they were basically putting out untruths about this deal,” Roddey says.

He says the city, county, and the Panthers are working toward reaching an agreement.

“This deal has generational, transitional power coming to the city of Rock Hill. And we want that for our children, we want that for our grandchildren. But we can’t get there if both parties are pulling in opposite directions,” Roddey says.

WCCB Charlotte reached out to Tepper Sports & Entertainment, but a spokesperson says the company has no further comment beyond what it said last week.