2018 has been an active year in Holly Springs. While we prepare to move forward into 2019, here’s a look back at Holly Springs highlights from 2018:
Construction Began on New Downtown Development
- Construction began on the first of a couple projects that will transform downtown Holly Springs.
- Town Hall Commons and The Block on Main will add about 35 businesses (with an additional 60 businesses in expanded Coworking Station space), create about 500 jobs, and have an annual $49.7 million economic impact on our Town.
- Development also includes public investment to add parking and build road improvements and stormwater management.
Seqirus Announced $140 Million Expansion
- Town leaders celebrated groundbreaking on expansion of the cell-based influenza vaccine producer’s manufacturing facility in the Holly Springs Business Park.
- The expansion is expected to generate 120 jobs over the next three years, adding to the current workforce of 550.
More Healthcare Options in the Works
- The Holly Springs Town Council approved the development plan for UNC REX Healthcare to build a 236,130-square-foot, seven-story hospital building at the intersection of South Main Street and the N.C. 55 Bypass. Construction is expected to begin early next year. The first patients could be served in 2021.
- Duke Health continued construction on its 72,291-square-foot facility at the intersection of the N.C. 55 Bypass and New Hill Road, expected to open soon.
Voters Approved Transportation Bonds
- The Town is beginning work on projects targeting main areas around Holly Springs with known transportation issues.
- Upcoming improvements include wider roads, sidewalks and bike lanes that will benefit residents.
- The projects will make Holly Springs a safer community, reduce congestion, build connections and allow us to invest in the future.
Ting Park Hosted Special Events
- The National Club Baseball Association World Series returned to Ting Park for the second consecutive year. The national intercollegiate baseball organization plans to hold the weeklong event at Ting Stadium next year, as well.
- The National Youth Football Organization’s 7v7 tournament attracted several thousand participants to the park and included a free football camp.
- The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Collegiate baseball tournament was held at the stadium.
Wayfinding and Gateway Signs Installed
- Installation of a series of “wayfinding” signs began. The signs welcome visitors and new Holly Springs residents, showcasing and directing people to the wide range of facilities, parks and attractions around Town.
Tree Advisory Committee Formed, Tree Preservation Ordinance Approved
- In addition to forming a Tree Advisory Committee, the council passed a tree preservation ordinance. Goals of the ordinance, which primarily affects new development projects involving 2 or more acres, include preserving forest canopy integrity and natural space, and protecting the Town’s natural character. The preservation of natural areas could reduce the visual impact of development and expand the amount of preserved and protected natural habitat areas.
Innovative Drone Program Announced
- Flytrex, the Israeli start-up responsible for launching the world’s first autonomous urban drone delivery system in Reykjavik, Iceland, announced plans to begin operating in Holly Springs, beginning with food deliveries from Holly Springs Towne Center to a location in Ting Park.
- With the Town as a host, Flytrex is working with a team of industry and government partners, including the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration on this part of a broad-ranging, three-year national program to safely test innovative uses of drones.
New Town Manager Joined Community
- The Holly Springs Town Council announced Randy Harrington as the new Holly Springs town manager. In late August, Harrington came to Holly Springs from the city of Charlotte, where he served as chief financial officer and as director of Management & Financial Services.
Recognition received by Holly Springs this year included:
- Holly Springs ranked #1 as the safest city in N.C. in a comparison of FBI Crime Report and population data compiled by the home security company SafeWise.
- Capital Area Preservation honored Holly Springs with an Anthemion Award for Historic Preservation. The award was in recognition of outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in historic preservation in Wake County.
- Main Street was recognized as a Great Main Street in the Making by the N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association in its 2018 Great Places in N.C. awards program.
- The Holly Springs Farmers Market was voted North Carolina’s Favorite Farmers Market for the seventh year in a row according to the 2018 American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration contest. The market ranks 8th nationally in various categories.
- The Town’s Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program was named Program of the Year – Small Program by the N.C. Sedimentation Control Commission.
- The Town received national and state recognition for the Holly Springs Police Department recruitment video, and state recognition for the Town-produced video advance promoting Finding Patience play.
In 2019, Holly Springs looks forward to continued work on many of the initiatives listed above, as well as:
- Community engagement in updating the Future Land Use & Community Character Plan, which guides decisions on future land uses and the look and feel of our community
- Construction and opening of Sportsmanship Way connection with N.C. 55 Bypass at Ting Park. In addition to improving access to Ting Park, the connection also will help move traffic by providing a much-needed additional east-west connection with the bypass.
- Development of a strategic plan that will provide focus and direction for our community. The council is leading this initiative to set strategic priorities for our Town.