The transformation of downtown Holly Springs into a vibrant town center continues to progress. At its Jan. 21 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved entering into a downtown development investment agreement with the Pimiento Tea Room, a southern-inspired tea room that is coming to downtown Holly Springs. The agreement is part of an initiative to stimulate private sector investment, economic growth, job creation and more downtown.
With the agreement, the town will reimburse development fees, and the business will preserve exterior architectural elements of the house and scenic significance of the property off Main Street. The tea room will be located at the corner of Earp and Main streets in a home built around 1840. The back room of the home once served as a post office. Mail was passed out a back window to residents.
Also at the meeting, appointments to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment were made.
For the Board of Adjustment:
- Morgan Wiley was reappointed as an in-town member.
- Jayson Greene was reappointed as an in-town alternate member.
- Elaine Crigger was selected to be recommended to the Wake County Board of Commissioners for appointment as an extraterritorial jurisdiction alternate member.
For the Planning Board:
- Van Crandall and Chris Deshazor were reappointed as in-town members.
- Thomas Urquhart was appointed as an in-town member to complete Councilman Shaun McGrath’s unfinished term.
- Mark Stuckey was selected to be recommended to the Wake County Board of Commissioners for appointment as an extraterritorial jurisdiction member.
Also at the meeting:
- The council approved annexing 73 acres on Woods Creek Road, which is planned for a future elementary/middle school.
- The council accepted a $15,000 donation for greenway improvements from the Holly Springs Half Marathon. The Holly Springs Run Club has partnered with the town to host four annual half marathon events.
- Mayor Dick Sears recognized the Holly Springs High School football team for their athletic talent and for their character.
- Mayor Sears introduced Chante Pickard who recently was named the new executive director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.