At its April 16 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a development plan for a 138,504 square foot Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and Garden Center, and a 99,000 square foot Wegmans grocery store, proposed near the intersection of N.C. 55 and Ralph Stephens Road, subject to finalization of greenway location.
As part of the project, the developer will widen Ralph Stephens Road and Wildwood Farm Way, construct a superstreet intersection on the N.C. 55 Bypass near the development, and install a traffic signal at the Ralph Stephens Road and Wildwood Farm Way intersection, at completion of the developments.
Strategic Plan Approved
Also at the meeting, the council approved the 2019 Strategic Plan, which outlines the town’s vision, priority areas, goals and initiatives designed to meet the current service needs of the community and prepare for the future.
The vision statement, written with council's guidance, reads:
“Holly Springs offers an unmatched quality of life that reflects the joys of small town living in a safe, family-friendly community that residents and businesses are proud to call home.”
Town Manager Randy Harrington said that a strategic plan outlines the direction of an organization. The plan articulates what is most important and guides resource allocations, policy direction and efforts of the town. Since November 2018, the mayor and town council have been developing the plan through council workshops and the annual planning retreat.
The five strategic priority areas defined by council are:
- Economic Prosperity & Diversity
- Engaged, Healthy & Active Community
- Organizational Excellence
- Responsible & Balanced Growth
- Safe & Friendly
Harrington said the strategic plan will be updated periodically and reviewed at least annually with the mayor and council to ensure alignment with council expectations and direction.
Also at the meeting:
- The council awarded grant money to local civic nonprofit organizations. The Holly Springs Food Cupboard received $2,500. Holly Springs Community Band and Golden Hawks Band each received $2,000. Holly Springs High School PTSA, Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs and Southwest Wake Lions Club received $1,500 each. InterAct received $1,000. Hawktimus Prime Robotics, Holly Grove Middle School PTSA, Holly Springs Martin Luther King Committee, LaunchHOLLYSPRINGS, Sense of Play and South Wake Conservationists each received $500.
- The council also awarded state-funded grants from funding presented to the town late last year. School safety programs, the Mayor’s Anti-Bullying Campaign and the Youth Advisory Board were awarded funding.
- The council tabled a decision on a development plan for Holly Springs Place to discuss compliance with the site plan. The proposed multi-family residential development is part of the Holly Springs Towne Center Master Plan and is proposed to be located at the intersection of Old Holly Springs Apex Road and Bennett Knoll Parkway.
- Staff highlighted the upcoming Holly Springs Farmers Market season. The market’s 13th season opens on May 4 in its new location at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. The market plans to launch an app that will allow preorders of market goods. Upcoming market events and activities include customer appreciation drawings, kids’ activity tents, live music and food truck rodeos. Visit the market website for details.
- Holly Grove Middle School students were congratulated for winning $110,000 for their school through Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Competition. The students developed an invention to improve school bus stop sign safety.