The Marietta-based WellStar had their attorney Richard W. Calhoun write the six-page response on their behalf to the mayor and council.
Ahren’s letter, dated March 8, outlined seven concerns the commission had with the requests to rezone land at the intersection of Interstate 575 and Sixes Road and to receive a Conditional Use Permit for the land to possibly build a health park, hospital and hospice facility.
The commission unanimously voted March 5 to have Ahrens write the letter to the city of Holly Springs.
In WellStar’s response, they thanked Mayor Tim Downing and the city council of Holly Springs for providing them with a copy of Ahrens’ letter.
Ahrens’ first concern the letter addressed is that the site of WellStar’s proposed facilities lies in a what the county views as a “primarily residential corridor” and that “to allow full-blown commercial and/or 24-hour operation” on this land would interfere with responsible land use as well as the “quiet enjoyment of residential property owners.”
In WellStar’s letter released Thursday, they argue that comparable projects were planned for the same land (or portions of it) in 1999 and 2005 and that residents from a subdivision adjoining Cherokee County’s new aquatic center, which sits in proximity to the proposed WellStar site, claimed their concerns were ignored by the county.
Ahrens also made mention of the county’s concerns about traffic any such facilities might cause, saying that the site’s close distance to the aquatic center could cause problems.
He also suggested that emergency vehicles running all day and night, with lights and sirens, would be disruptive to homeowners nearby and that one of the two water lines which WellStar has mentioned making use of near the site “has been abandoned by the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority.”
WellStar responded by saying that “consideration of traffic patterns has already been given in connection with the proposed 1999 and 2005 developments” and that they have hired a firm to evaluate traffic concerns and the contractor confirmed the “ability of existing infrastructure to accommodate” future traffic by the WellStar development.
In regard to emergency vehicles, WellStar stated that they’d already been told by their EMS providers that sirens at the intersection of Sixes Road and Gresham Mill Road could be turned off.
As for the water-line issue, WellStar said in the letter that the Cherokee County Water and Sewage Authority has told them that sufficient water and sewage capacity is available at the site.
Ahrens closed his letter to the city of Holly Springs by saying that the county continues to review the situation and may have more concerns to present to the city. He also acknowledged that, while the decision on WellStar’s requests is up to Holly Springs, they wanted to have their concerns heard.
WellStar closes by stating that the property is “an appropriate location for a medical campus and hospital” and that they were confident that Holly Springs would “make the correct decision.”