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Posted on: July 16, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Projects see new life, development continues in Holly Springs

Holly Springs continues to be an attractive place to live and work as evidenced by current growth and an average sale price of homes that’s up $20,000 from last year. Residential growth is prompting commercial growth, a new elementary school is scheduled to open in Holly Springs in 2016, and a diversity of projects is underway.

At its July 7 meeting, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved purchasing land for a new elementary school in Holly Springs. The school, to be located at the New Hill Road and Green Oaks Parkway intersection, is to open in 2016.

The Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, part of the second phase of the Holly Springs Town Center, is expected to open in fall 2015.

The Village Centre Shoppes shopping center near the intersection of Main Street and Holly Springs Road also may be seeing a new tenant soon. Tapline Growlers recently submitted an application to the Town to allow a craft beer outlet in the shopping center. Planning & Zoning Department Director Gina Clapp said the opening of Tapline Growlers could attract other businesses to the shopping center.

An assortment of medical offices, IHOP and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill are also in the works.

The non-residential growth is spurred by residential growth. While the number of residential building permits issued in Holly Springs is slightly lower than last year (194 this year compared with 238 this time last year), Town Planning & Zoning Department staff say older projects approved or partially developed years ago are being brought back to life.

That includes construction on the vacant lots for two townhome buildings in the Twisted Creek development off Sunset Lake Road. Twisted Creek was halfway built, and the lots for the townhome buildings were cleared, but development ground to a halt shortly after the last construction permit was issued during the recession. For years, vacant cleared lots remained adjacent to new homes. Now a different builder is completing construction of the neighborhood.

Similarly, in Brook Manor off Bass Lake Road, streets and utilities ran through cleared land, everything primed for construction. The land sat, ready, for years. Now, construction is beginning at Brook Manor as it is in Morgan Park, a project approved years ago and beginning construction now.

The average sale price of new and pre-owned homes in Holly Springs is up $20,000 from last year, and new residential developers are building homes to sell at a variety of price points in Holly Springs. While each development offers something different, the Town recently approved the construction of ranch-style houses on 122 lots in the 12 Oaks subdivision. The houses offer primarily single-floor living with no or few stairs.

“The Town has been getting requests for years for senior housing,” said Planning & Zoning Department Director Gina Clapp. “Although the ranch-style houses are not age restricted, they are going to be designed with seniors in mind.”

One way to stay informed about growth in Holly Springs is the Town’s What’s Coming to Town page on the Holly Springs website. The page is updated with developments pending construction as well as those under review. Subscribe to receive an email or text message notification when the page is updated using the Notify Me feature on the Town website. Visit the Notify Me page and subscribe to “Department of Planning & Zoning” under the Notify Me heading. The page also allows subscriptions to other categories, including news releases and events.

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