Progress on downtown development continued at the Jan. 16 Holly Springs Town Council meeting as the council adopted a resolution for closing of a portion of Raleigh Street from Main Street to Grigsby Avenue, approved a budget for the town’s expenses in the Town Hall Commons public-private partnership, and approved exchanging land downtown.
The closure of the portion of Raleigh Street behind the carwash will remove the unsafe "K" intersection of Main Street, Rogers Street and Raleigh Street. It also will allow for the realignment of the existing Rogers Street east of Main Street with the proposed extension of Rogers Street west from Main Street to Avent Ferry Road, part of the Town Hall Commons project.
In a previous meeting, staff discussed plans for Rogers Street to be one-way, allowing vehicles to travel from Main Street to Avent Ferry Road, similar to Center Street. Ballentine Street would be converted to one-way flowing the opposite direction, toward Main Street. As the town assumes maintenance responsibility for portions of Main Street from the state, the town would be able to install a traffic signal when the town determines one is needed.
The council approved a $6.6 million budget for the town’s costs in the Town Hall Commons public-private partnership. The partnership is anticipated to ignite development downtown. Already, interest in downtown development projects has increased significantly, staff said, and the project will bring up to 110,000 square feet of space that can be used for offices, retail, restaurants and more. The town is responsible for public infrastructure improvements downtown, including parking, a regional stormwater facility and the extension of Rogers Street.
Also at the meeting, the Holly Springs Economic Development Department announced an annual $10,000 innovator partnership agreement with WRAL TechWire. The partnership, part of continued efforts to nurture small businesses and entrepreneurship in town, will allow the town to participate at TechWire events and share sponsored content with TechWire’s audience.
The council appointed new members to the Planning Board: Mark Brady, Rick Madoni and Courtney Patterson. The council appointed Van Crandall to fill the Planning Board vacancy created when Councilman Dan Berry was elected. The council also appointed Board of Adjustment in-town members Erin Pare and Timothy Forrest. The council voted to recommend Lisa Semmens to Wake County to serve as an extraterritorial jurisdiction member on the board.