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Holly Springs Zoning Board To Vote On WellStar's Plans

A proposal to develop a hospital, hospice and health park will be considered tonight by the Holly Springs Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Holly Springs Planning and Zoning Commission could decide tonight whether to recommend approval of a proposal by WellStar Health System to establish a presence in the city.

The commission will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Holly Springs Municipal Court chambers to consider a request by the company to rezone about 62 acres at the southwest corner of Sixes Road at Interstate 575 from general commercial and mixed use to entirely general commercial.

The company is also asking for the city to grant a conditional use permit to operate a hospice facility or personal care home on the city.

WellStar told about 60 residents on Monday that it would like to build a 100-bed hospital, a hospice facility and a health park with outpatient services.

The commission tabled making a recommendation last month.

Once it makes its decision, WellStar's proposal will go before the Holly Springs City Council to be considered for approval during its March 18 meeting. 

The health park, which would include a free-standing emergency center would be developed first, followed by the hospital and then the hospice.

The emergency center would treat patients without being attached to an actual hospital.

WellStar in January initially filed a letter of intent with the Georgia Department of Community Health to build a $21 million off-site emergency center on Sixes Road at Interstate 575.

However, the company decided not to file for a certificate of need review to move forward with their request. The CON has to be filed 30 days after a letter of intent is filed with the department. The CON Program evaluates proposals for new health care facilities or services. 

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