Plans for the area along South Franklin Street, near Rogers Road, were announced last week. Initially approved in 2007, plans for Holding Village have been delayed until now.
Holding Village is a new community that is designed to provide residents with a lifestyle reminiscent of the days when the pace of life was a bit slower. Families passed their leisurely time together & a friendly conversation with your neighbor was the norm. Situated on the former site of the Holding Dairy Farm, this new community promises a place where “Genuine family fun is found at home again.” And according to the website, “don’t let all this nostalgia fool you – Holding Village will be a 1GB community and will offer state-of-the-art “Fiber to the Forest” technology to all homes. ”
The community is being developed by Reader & Partners, in partnership with Wheelock Communities. Scheduled for release in spring/summer of 2015, the first phase will 124 single family homes. We’ve got 3 nationally known builders offering a variety of home sizes and types. John Wieland Homes, Ashton Woods and Drees Homes will continue to shape the landscape & history of Wake Forest. The plans call for many homes to include traditional styles with prominent front porches & rear garages served by alleys.
Other plans for the community include highly sought amenities & conveniences such as 5 pocket parks, a multipurpose ball field on the lake’s southern shore…wait a lake? Yes, there is a lake! Named in honor of the Holding family, Holding Lake is stream and spring fed & will naturally fill on its own in December. The lake is 13 acres and is being called the centerpiece of the community. The central amenity which includes a pool & play area (that happen to overlook the lake), is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. Holding Village will also be home to several walking trails around the lake & the perimeter of the property that will connect to the town’s greenway system. The site plan incorporates residential and commercial uses and an extensive open space .
When planning for growth, traffic is always a consideration. Plans indicate that Franklin Street will be built through the project to connect to the bypass, and the state Department of Transportation has approved the connection with super-highway design. This design will allow for right in/out turns on both sides of Franklin Street & left turns requiring a separate U-turn.
In total, the plans indicate an estimate of 1,350 homes nearly 4,000 new residents. Consider this, in the 2010 census, Wake Forest had a total population of 30, 117. In 2007, the town was listed by Forbes magazine as the 20th fastest growing suburb in America, with a 73.2 percent increase in population between 2000 and 2006. As published in the Wake Forest Newcomer’s Guide, the town was ranked by Fortune magazine as the number one region to find knowledgeable workers, one-third of the Triangle’s population, 25 and older, hold
bachelor’s degrees or higher. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector employs more that 80,000 workers skilled in producing computers, medical devices, food products, communication and electrical equipment, precision fabricated metal products and industrial machinery.
I have to tell you, if you’re asking me, all of these are proof that Wake Forest is a fantastic place to live. You can’t grow without people & it’s clear that people want to be here…and for many a good reason!