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Fayetteville City Council sees updated plan for downtown

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Fayetteville City Council members got a look Monday night at an updated version of the downtown "Renaissance Plan."

The plan calls for continued redevelopment of the downtown area, with focus extended beyond Hay Street and its Market House neighbors -- Person, Gillespie and Green Streets.

Consulting company Studio Cascade, Inc., which helped compile the plan, calls the area that is part of the plan the "Fayetteville Crescent," because it stretches from central downtown to the Cape Fear River to the east and to Fayetteville State University to the North.

The plan is the result of work by city employees, Studio Cascade and public feedback from approximately 300 people over the past several months. Goals are broken down into phases of revitalization -- four years, eight years and 12 years into the future.

Some major projects included in the upcoming four-year phase are finding a permanent home for the farmer's market and figuring out if a visual and performing arts center can be built. There is also hope of developing Russell Street, which is two blocks south of Hay Street. Russell is key to linking the heart of downtown to a future proposed park site along the Cape Fear River.

"I think if you look at the downtown areas, Russell Street is the next most logical place to expand," commented Jeff Thomson, who works at Bell's Seed Store on Russell Street.

Also included in the four-year phase is new development and other improvements to Murchison Road between downtown and Fayetteville State University, Bill Grimes, with Studio Cascade, said. He said some development is already in the incubation stage. So visible changes in that area may be possible within the next four years he said.

After taking time to review the plan, Fayetteville City Council is scheduled to vote on the updated "Renaissance Plan" on May 28.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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