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.
In February 2021, the City Council and the Downtown Development Authority awarded the Holly Springs Town Center Demolition Project to Complete Demolition Services, Inc. who came in as the low-bidder at $109,000. The scope of the project included building and flatwork demolition, concrete crushing, haul-off and grading. Buildings at 100 Hickory Circle, the former locations for Cherokee FOCUS the Holly Springs Public Works building, as well as Building A and the pole barn at 411 Hickory Road were demolished in May to make way residential structures in the TCP and the future Hickory Springs Parkway.
In July 2021, City Council and the Downtown Development Authority awarded the Holly Springs Mixed-Use Sitework & Infrastructure Project to Vertical Earth and Alliance Engineering + Planning. Project costs will total approximately $6.7 million. This project will include grading, excavation, construction, and installation of various utilities. The project is scheduled to take 15 months to complete.
The development will truly be a “Live, Work, Play,” project. Housing options will include lofts, townhomes, and cottage homes. There is space for restaurants, 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.
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HOLLY SPRINGS PARKWAY WIDENING PROJECT, PHASES II & III
The City of Holly Springs has been awarded state funding to complete Phases II and III of its Holly Springs Parkway Widening Project.
Announced by Governor Brian Kemp, the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) awarded funding to various transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB). The City of Holly Springs received a $1.25 million grant award as well as a $3.5 million loan award for Phase II of the project, and a $6 million loan award for Phase III of the project. 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.
Phase II 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 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. Construction is anticipated to be complete by spring of 2024.
Phase III of the Project, identified as a priority in the City’s most recent five-year Capital Improvement Plan, will widen Holly Springs Parkway from Ronnell Road to Childers Road and, just as Phases I and II, will include the installation of a raised and grassed median, curb and gutter, five-foot sidewalks, and pedestrian lighting. Phase I of the project was completed in May 2019 and included the construction of four travel lanes from Sixes Road north on Holly Springs Parkway to its intersection with Rabbit Hill Road.
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.
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 on the east side of the bypass, and 10-foot shared-use paths on the west side of the bypass.
The City is currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for permitting to upgrade Hickory Road at its intersection with Hickory Springs Parkway. Plans include raising Hickory Road approximately four feet out of the floodplain and constructing a signalized intersection with Hickory Springs Industrial Drive after realignment. The City is also working with Patriot Rail to construct an at-grade rail crossing near P. Rickman Industrial Drive.
Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Study is currently under way. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring of 2024 and will take approximately 36 months to complete.