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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Council Rezones Land for Research and Technology Development

Rendering forFriendship Innovation Park

The Town Council has rezoned more than 200 acres in northwestern Holly Springs for research and technology development adjoining where the biotechnology company Amgen is about to build a half-billion dollar manufacturing facility.

At its Oct. 19 meeting, the Council rezoned and annexed 225 acres south of U.S. 1 at Friendship Road. The land is within the previously-approved Friendship Innovation Park, where Amgen will be located. The Oct. 19 rezoning includes 14 acres for community businesses to support the business park.

In early August, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that Amgen would invest $550 million in a facility that is scheduled to be operational by late 2024. It will employ more than 350.

Also Oct. 19, the Town Council approved the annexation of 42 acres for a new elementary school. Wake County Public Schools intends to open Rex Road Elementary in fall 2024. The school will likely serve families who live south and southeast of Rex Road.

The Council also directed Town staff to draft for consideration a resolution to protect residents from discrimination. On Oct. 18, the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted an antidiscrimination ordinance. The county ordinance applies only to unincorporated areas unless municipalities independently adopt it.

Other business Oct. 19 included the following:

  • The Council opened and closed a public hearing for Green Oaks Tech Center at the corner of Green Oaks Parkway and Holly Springs New Hill Road. The Council will consider a rezoning request and a developer agreement for the tech center at its Nov. 16 meeting.
  • The United States Tennis Association of N.C. presented Holly Springs Parks and Recreation with its annual award for Outstanding Parks and Recreation Department. The award is given to the department that made the greatest impact on its community during the past year through programming, events, and partnerships.
  • The Council amended the Town Code to require that the Mayor provide a report to the Council at its next called meeting following a mayoral state of emergency declaration. The Council removed a formal requirement for a recommendation to the Mayor from the Town Manager.
  • The Council also recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a proclamation issued by the Mayor.

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