City Directories and History: 1908 – Samuel Baily – Barber, at (433 Railroad Ave., or South Dave Lyle Blvd.), 1917 – George Azer and Brothers, 1946 – NA, 1963 – Azer Lunch and Grocery
The City of Rock Hill began their urban renewal project to transform the city in the late 1960s and it continued into the early 1970s. It
involved the demolition of hundreds of homes and private businesses in the African American area as well as the East Black, West Black, Johnston, Hampton, and Trade Street corridors were all affected. Within a short span, nearly 40% of Rock Hill’s older downtown buildings were destroyed to provide economic opportunities, benefiting a few businessman. As part of this action, the railroad lines were moved and a new bridge crossing over Black Street was built to also alleviate traffic jams created by trains but in doing so, the old Rock Hill Depot building was also razed.
But the most transformative aspect of the move was to add municipal buildings to the landscape; the Rock Hill City Hall, the Center for Aging, the Library and the Rock Hill Police Department buildings.
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