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Holly Springs Faces Possible Housing Boom

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HOLLY SPRINGS — Holly Springsis about to sprout hundreds of new homes. The developer of Sunset Ridge wants to build 700 more homes in the golf course community. The project could add more traffic on already crowded roads until a Highway 55 bypass and a section of the Outer Loop are completed. The Sunset Ridge subdivision accounts for almost a third of the homes in Holly Springs.

Sunset Ridge credits its success in part to its neo-traditional trappings: homes in a variety of price ranges and centrally located golf, parks and playgrounds. The subdivision will also have a new aquatic center.

"Instead of getting in their car and drive somewhere to do fun activities with their families, we give them an opportunity to enjoy their life here," says Scott Dixon, project manager.

Now the subdivision that kicked off residential growth in Holly Springs a decade ago wants to double in size, adding 700 homes.

The problem is Highway 55, the town's main road, has just two lanes and is clogged during rush hour.

Richard Self, Holly Springs town manager, believes the situation will improve when a Highway 55 bypass around town is completed in two years.

"It will not be the final solution but it will be a big step in the right direction," Self says.

Some of these homes could be built before any Highway 55 improvements are completed.

Holly Springs says theDepartment of Transportationhas also promised that within the same time frame, parts of Highway 55 north and south of the bypass will be five-laned, but Self admits even more measures may be necessary to make it a smooth commute.

Town leaders will discuss the expansion plans next month.


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