Legal battle continues over old Heritage U.S.A. tower in Fort Mill – WSOC Charlotte

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County leaders opened up Wednesday about the debate over a 21-story tower in Fort Mill.

MorningStar Church wants to turn the property, into senior housing, but its plans have led to a near decade long legal battle with York County.

In February, the church complained, saying the city agreed to drop litigation in 2020, but then sent a notice later saying it planned to reinstate the legal battle.

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On Wednesday, the county sent a statement saying that lawsuit was never dropped.

“On August, 21, 2020, the parties submitted a joint stipulation to the Court under Rule40 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, which removed the case from the active trial docket for one year to allow MorningStar additional time to submit a building permit application for completion of the Tower,” the statement said. “Between August 31, 2020, and August 30, 2021, Morningstar failed to submit a building permit application to the County for completion of the Tower and failed to provide any evidence that the Tower could be funded or completed.”

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For this reason, “York County made a motion to have the case reinstated.”

In February, dozens of church members attended a York County council meeting, asking leaders to drop the litigation.

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