University Center is a new development in Rock Hill, being built on the site of, and in the remaining buildings of, the Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Company (known locally as “The Bleachery”), once the largest cloth printing and finishing plant in the world. The redevelopment of this site will include interpretive elements to tell the stories of the Bleachery, its employees, and the role of this facility in the growth and development of Rock Hill. The interpretive plan for the site also includes the story of the Anderson Motor Company, an early 20th Century automobile manufacturer that was the predecessor of the Bleachery on the property.
As part of this development, the artist team is designing a public plaza and outdoor sculpture that will be a primary focal point at University Center
The first community engagement workshop involves gathering stories from residents regarding the past, present, and future of Rock Hill. Those who participate will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a downtown business.
Schedule an interview by calling (678) 829-7305 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have signed up you will be contacted by the team to set up a video meeting or phone interview.
Not available to share a story? No problem! There will be a series of events hosted by the artist to encourage community participation and engagement. You can find updates by checking this site.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
September 19th from 2-4pm
In this meeting, we will give a brief presentation and overview of the interviews we conducted and host an interactive workshop activity. The activity seeks to engage participants in imagining and describing the types of activities and interactions they envision happening at University Center. The discussion will also involve the community's ideas for the placement of the interpretive elements and how to best represent the history of the site and stories gathered from the interviews.