The Town Council has rezoned 20 acres of county-owned land immediately north of Ting Park for a combination of affordable housing and a new headquarters for the local company My Computer Career.
MyCC is an information technology college currently headquartered in Holly Springs. Its new office building would be on the western side of the property, closest to N.C. 55. A retail building is included in plans, and MyCC also envisions having a performing arts theatre in the future.
The 124 apartments would be available for those earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income, which is $45,180 a year for a family of two or $56,460 for a family of four. The apartments will be built on the eastern side of the tract by DHIC, an area nonprofit organization that was founded in 1974. The units would have from one to three bedrooms.
Also at its April 6 meeting, the Town Council approved an economic development agreement and limited obligation bond financing for the FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies project, which Gov. Roy Cooper announced March 18 in Holly Springs.
The company’s planned $2 billion investment would establish the largest biopharmaceutical facility of its kind in North America and create approximately 725 jobs.
The Town will spend $21 million to buy 150 acres in Oakview Innovation Park for the facility. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies guarantees to pay the Town more than twice that amount over 10 years in property taxes or other payments if tax projections fall short.
Also April 6, the Council received an update on six projects that will be funded with transportation and parks bonds that Town voters previously approved. The Town also has received approximately $1.8 million in federal grants for the four road projects.
The projects include the Town’s largest roadway project ever – the widening of Holly Springs Road from Flint Point Lane to Sunset Lake Road. Construction is expected to start late this summer. Construction on the other transportation projects is slated to start next year. They include:
The parks projects are the Arbor Creek/Middle Creek Greenway, which is slated for construction in late fall, and a new 56-acre park on Cass Holt Road. The Town is preparing to use the remaining $8 million in parks bonds that voters authorized in 2011 to build the greenway, pay parkland costs, and partially fund the first phase of park construction.
In other action, the Council approved a contract to begin providing body-worn cameras for police officers. The contract with Motorola includes new in-car cameras as well. The Town will spend approximately $837,000 over five years, purchasing the cameras through a state contract for a better price.
Police Chief Paul Liquorie said goals of camera usage include:
- Meeting community expectations and best practices
- Strengthening public trust, transparency, and accountability
- Enhancing accuracy in reporting and evidence collection
- Improving officer training and evaluation
The Police Department has been researching body-worn camera systems since last June and field-tested cameras from three companies. Public rollout will begin in June, with full implementation by July.
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