At its Jan. 6 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a contract for design work to widen Avent Ferry Road from N.C. 55 to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road and approved a list of Town roads to be resurfaced this year.
Design work to widen Avent Ferry to four lanes, divided by a median, from N.C. 55 to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road will cost $185,731. The Town Engineering Department secured a grant for $144,000 of federal funds administered by NCDOT for the design, and the Town will pay $47,731.
“They help us, and we appreciate it,” said Mayor Dick Sears of NCDOT.
While the median will prevent vehicles in the Trotter Bluffs neighborhood from turning left onto Avent Ferry Road, neighborhood roads will connect with the Morgan Park subdivision that’s under construction, allowing vehicles to travel the new Morgan Park roads to turn left onto Avent Ferry at a stoplight.
In addition to the design grant, the Town recently secured a right-of-way acquisition grant for $80,000 that requires a $20,000 Town match for the road widening. Acquisition of right-of-way is to occur in 2016. Click here to download a concept drawing.
The council approved a list of streets to be resurfaced this year, paid for by $400,000 in Powell Bill funds. The streets include Holly Meadow Drive (Sycamore to Holly Branch Drive); Sturminister Drive, Thorton Green Place and Chillmark Drive in the Ballenridge Subdivision; and Hyannis Drive (entrance block) and Osterville Drive (entrance block) in the Arbor Creek subdivision.
The streets were identified based on a pavement condition survey conducted a few years ago that prioritized Town streets in need of resurfacing. Each year, the Town uses available Powell Bill funds to resurface city streets.
Southpark Village outparcel lot approved
The council approved an additional outparcel lot within the Southpark Village plan, allowing a larger lot within the shopping center's plan to be divided into two lots. The shopping center, located off Avent Ferry and Ralph Stephens roads, is adjacent to N.C. 55.
The property owner spoke about the shopping center development and how it was his vision to construct the shopping center with a Main Street feel but that, "even from the beginning of the planning of it, I never really knew how strong the respective markets for outparcels would be against the market for (connected) shops would be."
He said the possibility to have multiple shops in one building remained.
“I see the reality of the market and the people who hold that land and hold the cost of the land,” said Councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams, noting that she also saw the vision of the original plan. “I am not ever in favor of trying to stifle economic development.”
Councilman Tim Sack said the property owner had been filling the Southpark Village shopping center piece by piece while other similar properties remained vacant nearby, and that he wanted Southpark Village to be successful.
Councilwoman Cheri Lee stressed the importance of aesthetics and traffic flow through the shopping center.
Staff recommended the council stick to the original Southpark Village plan approval that favored a pedestrian scale development along the north side of Village Walk Drive. The Planning Board recommended approving the additional outparcel as the board felt another outparcel wouldn't be a major detriment to the overall center, according to a meeting agenda document. The Planning Board also was satisfied that both the Southpark Village guidelines as well as the Town’s strong architectural requirements would ensure a high quality building, the document said.
Other meeting news
The council approved a development options subdivision on more than 150 acres on the south side of New Hill Rd. In this type of subdivision, the Town requires the developer to provide a higher quality product and features, including additional open space, more sidewalks, and improved residential designs with variations in building materials, decorative garage doors, covered porches and more, in exchange for smaller minimum lot sizes. Homes are expected to sell in the $350,000-$500,000 price range, and the development will be connected with the Town's reclaimed water system, which allows residents to use treated wastewater for non-potable uses, including irrigation. Among other benefits, using the reclaimed system conserves our water resources.
At the meeting the council also approved an agreement with Ingenco, which will use the Town's reclaimed water for tank cooling. Four non-residential sites use the Town's reclaimed water: Twelve Oaks Golf Course, Green Oaks Parkway median, Novartis and the Town’s wastewater treatment plant (for processing).
Also, the council adopted a policy for mutual assistance with other law enforcement agencies, putting into writing what typically has been done in practice for years.
The council extended the plan approval expiration dates for the HPC Flex Phase 1 and the Bridgewater West Townhomes.