Three months after the Holly Springs City Council voted “no” to allowing Marietta-based WellStar Kennestone to construct a hospital and hospice facility at the intersection of Interstate 575 and Sixes Road, the company has announced that it is moving ahead with another project on the land.
Michelle Robinson, spokesperson for WellStar, said Friday that the company finalized the purchase of the 62-acre plot this week and plans to build a 150,000-square-foot “health park” there.
The facility will house between 25 and 30 physicians with varying specialties and will bring between 125 and 150 jobs to Cherokee County, Robinson said.
The complex was one of three projects WellStar hoped to build on the same 62-acre plot when applying to the city of Holly Springs for rezoning and permitting earlier this year.
But in the midst of strong opposition to the company’s plans from residents — and competitor Northside Hospital-Cherokee — the Holly Springs City Council denied the hospital’s request for a conditional use permit, which would have allowed the construction of a hospital and hospice on the land in addition to the health park.
Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan said Friday the health park would be allowed under the current zoning of the land and would not require a conditional use permit.
WellStar could come back to the city and ask for the permit again if they choose, Logan said.
“They could come back and request a conditional use permit again,” he said. “That’s at their discretion, but under our rules, they’d have to wait a year.”
Robinson said there are no plans to go back to Holly Springs for the permit and no plans to build a hospital or hospice facility on this property.
“Right now, our plans are just to move forward with the health park,” she said.
Construction is expected to begin some time in 2014 for the complex, which will be similar WellStar’s health park opened last year in Acworth, Robinson said.