1,500 homes and 600,000 sq. ft. of retail. That’s the plan for the Rock Hill Town Center development proposed for 500 acres stretching from Rock Hill Drive up Glen Wild Drive in Rock Hill, according to an article in the Sullivan County Democrat. (See Article). A project of this scale will certainly change the character of Rock Hill, and local opposition is living up against it. It does, however, fit what I’ve been saying for the past year or two — that the corridor from Monticello to the Orange County line just south of Wurtsboro — is prime development territory. When people looking for a quiet country getaway ask me about that area, around Glen Wild up to Mountaindale and Woodridge, I often reply that there is often surprisingly affordable property in that area, but that its an area of the county where the rural character is most threatened. Its just too convenient to Route 17 (Future I-86), Middletown and NYC (its just 85 miles).