Downtown development continued to be a focus of the Holly Springs Town Council at its meeting Sept. 5. The council approved a master plan for Town Hall Commons and public parking, as well as a development agreement involving a portion of the project.
The plan approved at the meeting establishes the framework for a public-private partnership that could serve as the catalyst for future downtown development. The area involved primarily is located between Avent Ferry Road and S. Main Street, between Ballentine and Oak streets in the core of downtown Holly Springs. Two multistory buildings are planned to create about 95,000 square feet of office and retail space. The town is funding a two-level parking area, creating additional parking along adjacent roads, providing stormwater treatment, and making additional improvements.
As part of the project, the town plans to extend Rogers Street from Main Street to Avent Ferry Road. The new portion of Rogers Street would be one-way, allowing vehicles to travel from Main Street to Avent Ferry Road, similar to Center Street. Ballentine Street would be converted to a one-way road flowing the opposite direction, toward Main Street. As the town assumes maintenance responsibility for portions of Main Street from the state, the town would be able to install a traffic signal when the town determines one is needed. Additionally, the portion of Raleigh Street behind the car wash, between Grigsby Avenue and Rogers Street where Raleigh Street intersects Main Street at a sharp angle, is planned to be closed due to safety concerns.
In other development action at the meeting, the council approved the development plan for Downton Square Townhomes. The council previously tabled the petition until a full access drive to W. Holly Springs Road was included. The applicant revised the plan and included that road connection, which will enable vehicles full access into and out of the development. Also, the council tabled an amendment for a one-story office/retail building at Main Street Square.
The council retained a firm for a development fee study to meet the requirements of a new state law and to expand water and wastewater planning efforts.
The Holly Springs School of Dance was recognized for celebrating 20 years in town.
"In 1997, not many people believed in Holly Springs with its 5,000 or so people, a single elementary school and one grocery store. But a talented and creative young couple, Chris and Marilyn Chappell, did," the council agenda stated. "They invested in the lonely business community here. They opened Holly Springs School of Dance. … Holly Springs School of Dance has become an iconic symbol of our town, as Marilyn has encouraged her talented students to always represent their hometown with pride and respect."
Also at the meeting:
- New Board of Adjustment alternate ETJ member Jeremy Hudson took the oath of office.
- Holly Springs Fire Department Chief Smith invited the public to a ceremony to unveil and dedicate a memorial with steel from the World Trade Center North Tower. The ceremony is set for Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Fire Station 1.
- The mayor proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Holly Springs. Holly Springs High School students Megan Forrestal, Katie Kitching and Haileigh West plan to decorate a tree near the Cultural Center and be at the town Farmers Market to show support and raise awareness about childhood cancer.