The Town Council has approved plans for additional research and technology development in northwestern Holly Springs where pharmaceutical giant Amgen announced plans for a half billion dollar facility last month.
The master plan for Friendship Innovation Park includes the Amgen site, plus additional acres for research and technology on the south side of U.S. 1.
The 345-acre master plan details the transportation network, utility layout, lot lines, overall landscaping, and master architectural guidelines. Council approval at its Sept. 7 meeting is contingent on approval of rezoning and annexation requests, which are under review.
In early August, Gov. Cooper announced that Amgen would invest $550 million in a new facility that is scheduled to open in 2025 and provide more than 350 jobs.
The Amgen announcement has further solidified Holly Springs’ reputation as a preferred location for life sciences companies. It came 4½ months after FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies said it would build a facility in Holly Springs that would be the largest of its kind in North America.
In other business at its Sept. 7 meeting, the Council:
- Heard an update on GoTriangle’s Route 305 bus service connecting Holly Springs to Apex and Raleigh. The bus has stops on Main Street near Town Hall and on Sportsmanship Way at Ting Park. Currently, rides are free.
- Appointed Ginny Suever to fill an opening on the Town’s Tree Advisory Committee. The term ends June 30, 2024.