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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Norris-Holland-Hare House Designated as Historic Landmark

Norris-Holland-Hare HouseThe Norris-Holland-Hare House is now an official historic landmark. At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance designating the house – which dates to the early 19th century and is one of the oldest in the county – as a historic landmark.

Landmark designation is an honor bestowed on only a few of the county’s significant historic properties each year, and this designation was recommended by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission at its public hearing earlier this month. The designation allows for a 50% deferral of County and Town tax assessments, aiding the property owner with rehabilitation and maintenance.

Certificates of Appropriateness are required for any changes to the exterior of the property, and property owners must ensure all work is completed in accordance with Wake County Design Guidelines.

The Town Council had directed staff to acquire the house in 2017 to preserve the structure and prevent its demolition. The Town began publicly advertising the sale of the home in February 2019 with restrictions to ensure its historical preservation. The sale of the house to a local family closed in September.

More about the Norris-Holland-Hare House.


Also at the meeting, Holly Springs Police Captain Jay Bruner presented the department’s annual report to the Town Council, highlighting impressive statistics that show why they are ranked at the top. Even though the town’s population has been growing, the overall crime rate has not. Police credited their success to active community outreach programs, engaged residents, supportive elected officials and a workforce of educated, experienced officers who love what they do. Click here for more information.

The council also:

  • Approved the development plan for a 61,740-square-foot, four-story, 103-room Holiday Inn Express near the N.C. 55 and Ralph Stephens Road intersection.
  • Approved awarding a contract to update the Parks, Recreation & Greenways Master Plan. The process to update the plan will include multiple avenues of citizen engagement.
  • Approved the development plan for conversion of a historic residential structure off Holly Springs Road into an office building.
  • Accepted the donation of a 7-acre tract off Rex Road, which could become a strategic site for a future Town facility (such as a fire station) as the Town grows.
  • Received the fiscal year 2018-2019 financial report.
  • Approved a voluntary annexation of about 11 acres on Sunset Lake Road near Optimist Farm Road.

Also at the meeting:

  • Former Councilwoman Cheri Lee was recognized for her service on the Town Council. First elected in 2011, she served two terms.
  • The Parks & Recreation Department recognized the 12U and 14U boys all-star soccer teams for winning the Statewide Athletics Committee state championship.

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