In 2002, the City of Fayetteville adopted the Downtown Renaissance Plan, a cumulative result of past development efforts and a strategic plan flexible for Fayetteville’s ever-growing needs.

Investment at a Glance

Over $118 million has been invested in construction since 2002:

  • $42 million from public entities
  • $76 million from private business
  • Over 450 building projects

By most accounts the 2002 Renaissance Plan was a success and included exciting projects such as Festival Park, the Transportation Museum and streetscape improvements to Person Street, Green Street and Franklin Street. Other projects including the Franklin Street Parking deck, the Hope VI project, NC Veterans Park, the 300 Block of Hay Street housing project and more also helped change our downtown landscape.

In 2013, City Council adopted the Renaissance Plan update with a set of new goals and priorties. This new plan had several key components based on a “Fayetteville Crescent” connection between Fayetteville State University, the central core and the Cape Fear River, housing, safety, Fayetteville State University, open spaces, our gateways, access to Cultural Arts and more.

Studies and conversations are already underway as we look the first of the priorities including the Prince Charles hotel project, a Visual and Performing Arts Center, a permanent Farmer’s Market and more. It’s an exciting time to be involved downtown!

We have so many things to be proud of downtown and have made such strides, here are a few:

  • Streetscape treatments – Our beautiful brick-lined sidewalks, underground power, overhead lamp lighting, tree canopies and Hurley pots are by no accident. Hay, Person, East Russell, Green, Gillespie, Old and a couple of other streets have received attractive face-lifts as will a few others in the coming years.
  • Festival Park – Home of our award-winning Dogwood Festival and International Folk Festival as well as Fayetteville after Five, outdoor movies and concerts and more.
  • NC Veterans Park – This is the first state park dedicated to military veterans from all branches of the Armed Services: Army, Navy Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard and downtown was chosen as the grounds for this all-important, world class park.
  • Airborne and Special Operations Museum – ASOM, as it is affectionately known, attracts thousands of people every year from all over the world to look at impressive displays of military history.
  • Franklin Street Parking Deck – We are lucky to have our International award-winning Franklin Street Parking Deck with 200 spaces for your convenience and three electric car charging stations.
  • Festival Park Plaza – This addition downtown serves as a centrally-located office and retail space next to Festival Park.
  • Freedom Memorial Park – Sitting across from ASOM at the corner of Hay Street and Bragg Blvd., Freedom Memorial Park serves as a reminder that freedom is not free with a glorious tribute to America’s heroes.
  • Hope VI Revitalization – This project overhauled antiquated low-to-moderate housing and replaced with attractive apartment complexes in neighborhood settings. This project will also include a Business Park.
  • 300 Hay Development – Most do not realize that downtown there are apartments and condos above almost every shop and restaurant and with the 300 Block. We truly have luxury urban living with a new mix of townhouses and condos.
  • Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum – A wonderful restoration of the 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Rail Road depot downtown turned into a two story exhibit of transportation and local history as well as a starting point for local history tours. In June of last year, we also saw the opening of an annex to the museum.
  • Our Downtown Parks – Linear Park and Cross Creek Park are landscaped beauties with water features and lush scenery perfect for an afternoon picnic or evening stroll, especially on the Linear Trail.
  • Downtown Fayetteville Farmer’s Market – Now located at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, our Farmer’s Market features a variety of vendors twice a week (Wed. 3-7 and Sat. 9-1).
  • Fabulous shops, restaurants and entertainment – If you cannot find something you like downtown, you are not looking hard enough! From delicious patio restaurants to interactive museums, painting pottery, fencing, yoga, rock climbing to fashionable clothing shops and fabulous furniture and gift shops, downtown has something for everyone in your circle of friends.
  • Even more events every year – There is something every week going on downtown for every walk of life!

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Community outreach efforts since September 2012 have included stakeholder interviews, a week-long “storefront studio,” online surveys and social media, marketing/advertising in print and broadcast media, presentations and workshops with the Fayetteville Planning Commission and multiple public workshops.

The new Fayetteville Renaissance Plan was adopted on May 28, 2013 by the Fayetteville City Council.

Click here for a copy of the Renaissance Plan: Renaissance Plan Update

About the Downtown Renaissance Plan:

Fayetteville has updated its Downtown “Renaissance Plan,” establishing new goals and action items for the next 10 to 20 years. The current study updated the 2002 Renaissance Plan, a 10-year plan that has largely been implemented through streetscape improvements, the 300 Hay housing development, the Franklin Street parking deck and several other projects.

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.

“Thanks to the 2002 Renaissance Plan, Fayetteville’s downtown is experiencing a historical transformation,” former Mayor Tony Chavonne said. “Considering that our citizens and small businesses have invested millions to revitalize our downtown, the three-day storefront studio in December 2012 was Fayetteville’s recognition that the success of downtown hinges on our citizens.”

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On June 26, 1978, the Fayetteville City Council created a Municipal Service District for the downtown area pursuant to Article 23, Chapter 160A-536 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The purpose of the Downtown Municipal Service District is to finance and support downtown activities in addition to or to a greater extent than those activities financed, provided or maintained for the entire city.

The North Carolina General Statutes does not set a time limit on how long a municipal service district may exist. The Fayetteville City Council chose to limit the authorization for the Downtown Municipal Service District to five years. Since 1983, the Fayetteville City Council has reauthorized the district every five years. The current five-year authorization of the Downtown Municipal Service District was renewed in 2013. A copy of the existing boundaries for the Municipal Service District is available in the City Clerk’s office for inspection. No changes to the boundaries were proposed for this reauthorization.

Included in this packet is information for the boundaries and the renewal process as well as the information on the tax rate and budget. These are separate processes and have separate opportunities for comment.

For questions regarding the boundaries or the renewal process, please call Karen Hilton, Planning and Zoning Manager, at 910-433-1996.

If you have any questions or comments on the upcoming budget, please call Jami McLaughlin, Downtown Development Manager, at 910-433-1599.

MSD Renewal

MSD Budget Information

Map of taxable properties

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