The Project

University Center is being developed on a 23 acre site that will thread the history of this Mill town into a modern mix of:

  • Commercial office space
  • An indoor Athletic Complex with competitive courts
  • 120 room hotel and banquet center
  • Market Pavilion with retail and food vendors
  • Restaurants and an indoor stage complex
  • 500 bed student housing
  • Market rate apartments as well as Active Adult living
  • Outdoor Festival spaces

Rock Hill, SC

Rock Hill was born from the railroad, thrived in the innovative teens and twenties, boomed in post-war textiles, and was crippled when the mills shut down. It was only with great collaborative leadership that Rock Hill rallied to become a well-stewarded, successful community, excelling as a suburb economy to Charlotte, NC – one of our nation’s great thriving cities.

Today, change is once again at Rock Hill’s doorstep. And once again, Rock Hill is ready. At the center of this new success, is Knowledge Park – an area that stretches from Winthrop University through the textile corridor and to the southern tip of the revitalizing downtown. University Center is at the core of Knowledge Park both physically and symbolically, serving as the critical link between the university and the walkable urban district.

The Vision

Sidewalk/Rock Hill, LLC is producing a Bold New Vision for a long-vacant textile factory adjacent to the beautiful campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Located just 20 minutes south of Charlotte, this development team is creating a community that will change the city forever - a project being born of a new economy! The project fosters the quest for Lifelong Learning for all generations, and offers those who want to be a part of innovative technologies a great walkable environment to live, learn, and play.

Known as University Center, this new development stretches from the southern tip of the revitalizing downtown through the textile corridor to Winthrop University - offering a factory of ideas and innovation.

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The Buildings

• 1 Lowenstein Building

160,000 SF Oce Space + Restaurant
210 Parking Spaces Below Grade

• 2 Indoor Athletic Complex

157,000 SF competition courts

• 3 Hotel

120 Room Hotel
Banquet Center

• 4 Market Pavilion

15,000 SF of Retail
Food Vendors

• 5 Power Plant

26,000 SF of Restaurant
Indoor Stage Complex

• 5A Outdoor Festival Space

Band Stand

• 6 Student Housing

200 Beds of Student Housing

• 7 Student Housing

300 Beds of Student Housing

• 8 Apartment Building

65 Units of Rental Apartments

• 9 Active Adult Apartments

90 Units of Apartments
6,000 SF Retail

• 10 Apartment Building

50 Units of Rental Apartments
4,500 SF Retail

• P1 840 Car Parking Deck


• P2 480 Car Parking Deck


• P3 480 Car Parking Deck


The Team

Sidewalk Development, LLC

Sora-Phelps, LLC

Tim Elliot



Tim Elliott is a partner with Sidewalk/Rock Hill LLC responsible for the vision, planning and entitlement process for this project. Tim brings more than 25 years of experience in architecture, design, administration and project management across developments ranging from $20 million to $220 million in value.

Tom Fore

Development Team

Tom Fore

Tom Fore is the Founder and Director of Sora Development and is part of the development Team for Sidewalk/Rock Hill LLC. Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the construction and real estate development industry in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and South Carolina. As a developer, property owner and project manager, Tom has extensive experience in project financing, planning and construction of residential development and urban in-fill projects.

Lowenstein Development, LLC


Partner - Sidewalk Development / Rock Hill LLC


In addition to serving as a Partner with Sidewalk / Rock Hill LLC, Mr. Williams is also Chairman of Williams and Fudge, an accounts receivable company with a focus in higher education.
He also serves as Director of Winthrop University Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization responsible for private gifts from alumni and friends of the University.
He is a member of the Knowldege Park Leadership Group and the owner / developer of The Cotton Factory, an historic mill building also located in Rock Hill, SC.


Partner - Sidewalk Development / Rock Hill LLC


Mr. Tuttle is the Owner of Tuttle Company, a commercial brokerage and real estate development firm in Rock Hill.
He is the past Director of Winthrop Real Estate Foundation and began his career in Rock Hill as the Director of Finance for Winthrop University.

The 411

For leasing opportunities, contact Skip Tuttle at
Tuttle Company:

For media inquiries, contact Pauline Harris at