ROCK HILL, SC -- Drive along Cherry Road you can see the beginning of what could make Rock Hill the cycling center of the United States.

John Taylor drives around the 1,000 acre sight that used to be the Celanese Corporation Plant. The plant is gone now, but so are the pollutants that the plant left behind.

In its place, Taylor proudly points out the work that has already begun along the banks of the Catawba River that has been off limits to the public, almost since the days of the Catawba Indian Tribe.

At a projected cost of $600 million the plan is to build some 750 homes and another 500 town homes, all centered around what will be the Giordana Velodrome.

The velodrome will be a 250-meter-track with a 40 degree bank that is being built to Olympic standards by the city of Rock Hill at a cost close to $4 million.

We'll be able to have the elite of cyclists of our nation and there will also be grass roots programs for our community, said Taylor.

In addition to the velodrome there will also be a BMX supercross track and 7 miles of mountain bike trails.

And it is hoped the velodrome and bike trails and parks will generate $4 million a year for Rock Hill.

A bike and walking path already opened along the river bank is drawing thousands of people a week.

The velodrome is supposed to open next January and by then construction would already have started on some of the homes.

Taylor says when the economy does turn, the project and Rock Hill will be ready.

We feel like it is going to be big. It is a new venue and another piece of our puzzle in Rock Hill, he said.

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