At its Feb. 3 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved an amendment that strengthens buffers, lessens the amount of commercial development, and decreases residential density for the Rhamkatte Village development.
Originally approved by the Town in 2001, Rhamkatte Village includes residential and commercial areas and is located on both the north and south sides of Holly Springs Rd. at the Bass Lake Rd. intersection. It includes the existing Holly Springs Crossing shopping center and bank.
The Town will require the developer to widen Holly Springs Rd., add a median and an additional lane in front of the property, and make improvements at the Holly Springs Rd. intersections with Bass Lake Rd. and Main St.
The development plan amendment passed in a 3-2 vote with Councilmembers Jimmy Cobb, Tim Sack and Linda Hunt Williams voting for the amendment and Councilmembers Cheri Lee and Hank Dickson voting against the amendment. Both Lee and Dickson said they wanted a better transition between neighborhoods with lots of the same size on the border of Rhamkatte Village as those on the borders of already-existing developments.
If the amendment had not been approved by the council at the meeting, the developer could have submitted plans under the 2001 zoning approval with weaker buffers, a higher density, and apartments backing up to already-existing neighborhoods.
Also at the meeting, the council approved revised building elevations for the theater complex proposed in Phase 2 of Holly Spring Towne Center off N.C. 55. The building will offer nine dine-in theaters of varying sizes, seating between 66 and 251 people each.
The applicant described the development as “not your traditional theater.” He said, after entering, visitors will see the indoor service counter to the right where customers buy tickets and a bar with a sitting area to the left. Inside the theaters, 6.5-foot aisles would have large recliners. Visitors can order meals and eat in the theaters, and meals are delivered before movies begin. But visitors don’t have to eat dinner to see a movie, he said. Construction is expected to last about a year.
Also at the meeting, the council approved annexing 134.5 acres along Woods Creek Rd. and preliminary plans for 12 Oaks Phase 9 and the 11-lot Logan’s Manor Phase II subdivisions.