Major Project Updates
TOWN CENTER PROJECT
In November of 2017, the City of Holly Springs and the Downtown Development Authority entered into a Development and Management agreement with Stonecrest Homes GA, LLC for the Town Center Project (TCP). Since then, Stonecrest Homes and the City have worked to prepare the 22-acre site for construction.
On July 20, 2020 the City accepted proposals for the Holly Springs Mixed-Use Site Work and Infrastructure Project, which includes site development for the new City Hall, the residential over retail component, as well as the city and town home components of the TCP. The Notice to Proceed is scheduled to be given to the chosen contractor in the fall of 2020. This project is scheduled to take 15 months to complete once the Notice to Proceed is delivered. At that point, the Town Center Project site will be ready to go vertical!
The development will truly be a “Live, Work, Play,” project. Housing options will include lofts, townhomes, and cottage homes. There is space for retail and office space. The center of the development will be the new City Hall, which will overlook an event green. We are looking forward to being able to hold all of the City’s special events, like the Easter Egg Hunt, Autumn Fest, and Christmas Parade in the heart of the City.
There is not a specific list of retail businesses for the TCP yet. However, a 2015 marketing study completed by Bleakly Advisory group found that there are opportunity gaps for the types of businesses that generally comprise successful Atlanta-area town center developments within a two-mile trade radius. The study specifically noted that there were opportunity gaps for restaurants, clothing stores, and general merchandise stores.
HOLLY SPRINGS PARKWAY WIDENING PROJECT, PHASE II
The City of Holly Springs has been awarded state funding to complete Phase II of its Holly Springs Parkway Widening Project.
On June 23, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp announced that the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) awarded over $25 million to various transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB). The City of Holly Springs will be receiving a $1.25 million grant award as well as a $3.5 million loan award. Grant applications were evaluated on a competitive basis, and criteria included engineering and economic merit, availability of matching funds, and feasibility. Loan awards, in addition to the criteria for grant awards, were also evaluated based on the creditworthiness of the community.
The project will widen Holly Springs Parkway from Rabbit Hill Road to Ronnell Road with two new travel lanes, and will also include the extension of a concrete box culvert, installation of a raised and grassed twenty-foot median, installation of curb and gutter, installation of five foot sidewalks, and installation of pedestrian lighting. At its completion, the project will provide connectivity between the pedestrian sidewalks recently installed in front of The Darby and Sixes Ridge apartment complexes and the sidewalks installed during Phase I of the project. The City’s Tree Commission will use its tree preservation funding allocation to plant trees within the designed streetscapes area.
In addition to improving pedestrian connectivity throughout the City, the project will also improve commuter access to local businesses and reduce demand on I-575.
Preliminary engineering began in June 2020 and construction is expected to begin in the Winter of 2021.
HICKORY SPRINGS PARKWAY PROJECT
At completion, Hickory Springs Parkway will divert traffic from the Town Center area, allowing traffic to travel from Hickory Road to Holly Springs Parkway near Exit 14 on I-575. Plans include five-foot sidewalks and two-foot buffer on the east side of the bypass, and 10-foot shared-use paths with a five-foot buffer on the west side of the bypass.
Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Study will take place 2022-2023. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin late 2023 and will take approximately 30 months to complete.