Kingsley presents extraordinary opportunities to create a village of
distinctive character and lasting value for residents of the Town of Fort
Mill. Such wonderful places will build upon the Close Family legacy of
investment in the town and dedication to the inherent qualities of the
region. From the Springs textile industry to the dedication of the Anne
Springs Close Greenway to the establishment of Baxter as an authentic
Upcountry village, the Close Family has dedicated their time and
attention to the importance of place and connection of heritage to the
future for many years.
Just as the history of the Close Family and Fort Mill itself stems
from a rich and storied past, so do the future stories of Kingsley
featuring great Lake Patricia. And seated at the western edge of the
Greenway, Kingsley possesses rolling hills and woodlands that
provide an unique natural character upon which to build a new place.
Kingsley’s position as a gateway to the Town of Fort Mill also
presents an opportunity to tell the story of Fort Mill’s textile heritage
through new, distinctive development. Kingsley also presents the
opportunity to provide a needed sense of arrival to the growing area.
Kingsley will celebrate the industrial heritage of Fort Mill
and the region while providing unique addresses for corporate
offices, commercial, and residential buildings amidst the natural
amenities of the site. The beautiful Lancaster Mill once stood nearby,
and connecting back to the mill heritage and traditions of Fort Mill
will build authentic value for Kingsley. Office and retail buildings can
be constructed in a coordinated architectural vocabulary, ranging
from traditional to more modern forms within similar patterns. A
distinctive environment creates a sense of place attractive to corporate
users attempting to distinguish themselves from traditional
office parks found throughout the region.
A number of towns are rehabilitating former industrial structures
into uses differing from their original purposes. Cities that do not have
such character are rebuilding it due to demand for the authentic.
Kingsley can link this market demand to the forms and character of
Fort Mill. Retail and hotels will be organized in an urban environment,
reminiscent of the elegant brick mill yards of the textile industry.
In addition to the mill aesthetic, a number of other addresses may
be created, focusing on Kingsley’s natural environment. The lakes and
waterways become addresses for development, and preserving woodlands
should be a development objective. Sustainable, site-specific
strategies for stormwater management will also integrate development
with the features of the land. A series of walking trails will be developed
throughout the property as an amenity for workers, visitors, and
residents alike. Lake Patricia will maintain its natural edges with
office development hidden amidst the trees, overlooking the water.
Conceptual design of Kingsley is rooted in connection of development
to the natural features of the property. Lake Patricia and its
natural edges and wetlands will remain a core asset of the property.
Open space and the topography of the land g vern where development
occurs, and regulate development to be harmonious with the
natural beauty of the land. Sustainable development techniques will
be used to make these connections clear.
Kingsley will be developed as a mix of corporate and speculative
offices, retail, hotels, and residential development in various forms.