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Public Invited to Final Downtown Workshop on Feb. 18 2/8/2013

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The public is invited to the final workshop regarding the Downtown Renaissance Plan update on Monday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at SkyView on Hay (121 Hay St.). Studio Cascade will be back to lead the workshop as a final step in the draft process. 

“There has been a lot of work done to date from interviews and online surveys to the storefront studio drop-ins and workshops, so come hear the culmination of those efforts as we move towards a final version,” said Jami McLaughlin, downtown development manager. “We hope that anyone interested in downtown’s livability, increased retail activity or the future of the heart of Fayetteville will plan to attend this next workshop.”

The downtown planning area extends approximately one mile in all directions from the Market House, encompassing 3,000 acres. Fayetteville State University is also within the planning area, as is a portion of the Cape Fear River, representing two very important components of the emerging downtown strategy. This study will update the 2002 Renaissance Plan, a 10-year plan that has largely been implemented through streetscape improvements, the 300 Hay housing area, the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum, the Franklin Street Parking Deck, the Hope VI development and several other projects such as N.C. Veterans Park. 

“The plan will build on more than a decade of investment in downtown, concentrating on retail vitality in the core and improved connections to the neighborhoods that surround it. While Hay Street has emerged as a retail center, this plan will address much, much more,” says lead consultant Bill Grimes. “We’ll present the draft plan’s recommended blueprint for the next 20 years and run an exercise to see how well it fits.”

All community members from the greater Fayetteville area, including Fort Bragg, are encouraged to attend. 

“I’m excited about the public having a final opportunity to provide input on their vision for downtown’s future,” Mayor Tony Chavonne said. “The 2002 Renaissance Plan helped downtown experience a huge transformation, and I’m positive that the updated plan will pave the way for more exciting changes. I look forward to what the future holds for downtown and our hard-working merchants and residents.” 

For more information, contact Downtown Development Manager Jami McLaughlin at (910) 433-1599 or visit the Downtown Fayetteville website at www.visitdowntownfayetteville.com.