Holly Springs is a town in Wake County with a population of over 15,000 and just received the title of "The fastest growing town in The Carolinas". Triangle growth started heading South as Cary began to boom to the North. From 1992 to 1998 Holly Springs grew from 900 to an estimated 6000 in 1998.
Holly Springs continues to grow and evolve as the town becomes more accessible for commuters into Research Triangle Park. Road work that will make this possible includes the new 55 Bypass, widening of HWY 1, and access to the future extension of I-540. The Town now boasts two public elementary schools a middle school, and the new Holly Springs High School. A Wake County southwest branch library and a cultural arts facility opened in early December 2006.
One of the most recent focuses for the Town is the development of Commercial Growth in Holly Springs. The Holly Springs Business Park and other retail establishments are beeing built on a regular basis. On July 18, 2006, it was announced that the pharmaceutical giant Novartis would be building a manufacturing facility in Holly Springs employing approximately 350 to produce flu vaccines using new technologies. The manufacturing facility will go on 167 acres in Holly Springs Business Park off N.C. 55 Bypass. Construction will begin in early 2007, with the first phase scheduled for completion by late 2008. Novartis' investment would be at least $267 million and eventually could reach $600 million.
Now with a brand new High School, Holly Springs High School , Holly Springs has new room for growth. New neighborhoods are to be built near the school, and a strip-mall is being built because of it. Many of the students that attend Holly Springs High School live in the super neighborhood complex of Sunset Ridge , a now thriving home subdivision that has spawned its own private water park, a restaurant, and a whole host of other small businesses. The entire area of Holly Springs has grown tremendously between the years of 2004 and 2006. The town has received a new strip mall with an Ale House style restaurant, a Mexican Restaurant, a Lowe's Foods, a Dollar Tree, and several other fast food chains including Quizno's, and a Chinese food chain. In another area of town, off a main road (Holly Springs Road), a Harris Teeter strip-mall was built with other restaurants and stores opening. A new strip mall featuring a Wal-Mart Super Center is also being constructed off Highway 55. New growth has expanded the population, and growth yet to come will enlarge it even more. Holly Springs is one of the few municipalities that provide team sports directly by the town for residents including football, baseball (served by four professional fields), basketball and recreational soccer. There is also a non-profit challenge soccer league called the Holly Springs Futbol Club.
Holly Springs is truly one of the "fastest growing towns in North Carolina".
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