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Holly Springs leaders eye land for new business park

Posted December 26, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Holly Springs town leaders say they want to create another business park on 130 acres of undeveloped land near Friendship Road and U.S. Highway 1.

The town has already started showing the site to investors and marketing it as Friendship Park with brochures that tout it as "shovel-ready and certified."

New business for Holly Springs? New business for Holly Springs?

"Economic development is not really something that happens overnight. You really have to plan for it, and that's what we're trying to do here with the Friendship," said Holly Springs Town Manager Carl Dean.

The town did the same seven years ago with Holly Springs Business Park. Its actions helped draw in pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which is creating 450 jobs and investing $600 million in the town.

Dean said the town can do it again.

"The economy is down right now, but we feel very confident that it will pick up, and when it picks up, Holly Springs will be ready to go," he said.

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  • hunemolasses Dec 29, 2008

    I have lived on Friendship Road for 31 years. I agree with the young man who said it was once filled with trees. How can developers just come in and think they can build these "parks" right next to someone's home?? If Holly Springs wants to build these business parks then they need to do it in "Holly Springs" not Apex, the community of Friendship, New Hill, etc.. It's a crying shame that they don't even think about residents who have lived there all of their lives...who wants a busy road filled with traffic? No more afternoon walks thru the country, you may get ran over by a car speeding out of the business park. I can just see them trying to buy residents out for nickels and dimes, not happening. Build Holly Springs, not Apex and the community of Friendship!

  • NC is my home Dec 29, 2008

    One has to drive through either New Hill or Apex to get to this land. People in Friendship have a New Hill address. Why does Holly Springs think it is in their town? They don't provide any services. Why doesn't Holly Springs try to improve their own land? Holly Springs has got Cary-itis!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 26, 2008

    office park with a view of the landfill. How exciting.

  • bushisaretard Dec 26, 2008

    I guess that new landfill isn't such a detriment is it now, Mayor Sears?