The Holly Springs Town Council approved two downtown investment agreements at its March 3 meeting, waiving fees and development requirements for the Mims House, which is being renovated for an event venue, and a counseling business, which is to open in a historic home.
The Town’s downtown investment program prioritizes projects that help create a vibrant and growing geographic Town center by stimulating private sector investment, economic growth, housing opportunities and job creation in the downtown Village District.
Councilman Tim Sack noted that the council was trying "to get development downtown and minimize costs for people willing to invest downtown."
For Mims House business owners, the council approved waiving Town development-related fees and reimbursing up to $25,000 for public infrastructure that is required to be upgraded and added as a part of the development plan.
Staff said the Mims House project is expected to boost economic activity in downtown Holly Springs, potentially bringing hundreds of people downtown monthly and adding jobs. The project creates a gathering spot, increases pedestrian activity, preserves a historic structure and enhances downtown, a staff document noted.
Also, the council approved a downtown investment agreement to waive Town development fees for the owners of 300 W. Earp St., who plan to use the existing house on the property as a counseling center. Staff said the business would preserve an existing historic structure, the Johnson House, provide additional daytime traffic and add part-time jobs.
The council also approved the petition to convert the existing single-family dwelling into an office building. While no exterior changes would be made to the structure, a small parking lot and landscaping would be added to meet Town requirements. The council waived requirements to build sidewalks, relocate utilities, and add curb and gutter in the parking lot. The council also allowed a delay in road widening in front of the business.
Other meeting news
The council approved an infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the developer of the 342-lot Burt Tract subdivision off New Hill Rd. for reclaimed water infrastructure. The developer also will pay a fee-in-lieu for a traffic signal at the intersection of Green Oaks Parkway and New Hill Rd. and for a median.
The council approved annexing about 174 acres along Rex Rd. and zoned the property to residential conditional use. Town transportation plans call for a connector road from Rex Rd. to Avent Ferry Rd.
The council approved a preliminary plan for a 150-lot subdivision on the north side of New Hill Rd. and to the east of the Twelve Oaks subdivision, adjacent to a recently approved elementary school expected to open in 2016.
Also at the meeting, the council approved an additional canine for the Police Department unit, renewed a software maintenance service agreement, entered into a contract for interior design services for the Law Enforcement Center, and approved purchasing a portable building for offices and bathrooms at the North Main Athletic Complex.
The council also approved minor revisions to the Unified Development Ordinance.