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Fayetteville seeks to expand downtown feel beyond Hay Street

Residents are urged to share their vision for a new downtown footprint during a meeting Thursday.

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The city of Fayetteville is seeking feedback from the public on a plan that will expand the downtown footprint beyond Hay Street.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The Arts Council is at 310 Hay St.

The Downtown Urban Design Plan looks to create a district experience downtown versus a main street, the city said in a news release.

“Development Services staff will use the downtown plan to create new guidance for streetscapes, buildings, residences, parking and more,” the release said. “In the future, people should feel more engaged with streetside surroundings and inspired to stay and explore.”

The City Council adopted the Downtown Urban Design Plan in February 2020 to guide development in the downtown area.

The initial phase of the plan includes the community meeting and proposed changes to the downtown footprint.

“City planners are excited about this process and believe community conversations will help with the transformation and growth of the area,” the city said in the release.

The city wants residents, business owners and downtown stakeholders to share their ideas for expanding the downtown feel beyond Hay Street and its intersections, the release said.

Participants, who can choose to attend in person or virtually via Zoom, will be able to brainstorm ideas with city staff members.

Those attending in person are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

The downtown district footprint proposals can be viewed online.

Go to https://www.fayettevillenc.gov/urbandesignplan to learn more about the initiatives and to access Thursday’s meeting.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

Fayetteville, downtown, Hay Street, City Council

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