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Leaders in Fayetteville revitalization efforts recognized as Downtown Visionaries

Molly Arnold, Bruce Daws and Mac Healy honored with 3rd annual CityView awards


Three champions of the revitalization of downtown Fayetteville were honored Thursday during the presentation of the third annual Downtown Visionaries awards sponsored by CityView magazine.

The awards were presented during a luncheon at Segra Stadium.

The recipients are:

  • Molly Arnold, owner of Rude Awakening coffee house on Hay Street and Cursive retail complex on Franklin Street. Arnold has been a leader in the Downtown Alliance, Cool Spring Downtown District and other organizations that promote the preservation and redevelopment of downtown.
  • Bruce Daws, retired historic properties manager for the city of Fayetteville, who is recognized for his knowledge of city history. During his years with the city, he worked to save historic properties and helped found the Fayetteville Transportation and History Museum.
  • Mac Healy, the owner of Healy Wholesale beer distributorship who in the 1990s helped lead a civic group that worked with a nationally known consultant on the Marvin Plan, an ambitious roadmap for downtown revitalization. He also was part of the development of Festival Park and the effort to locate the Airborne & Special Operations Museum downtown.

The awards were presented by CityView publisher Tony Chavonne. CityView columnist Bill Kirby Jr. was the emcee.

The program also included a presentation by Cumberland County Commissioner Glenn Adams and Assistant County Manager Brian Haney on plans for the new events center that will be built downtown.

Bianca Shoneman, president and CEO of Cool Spring Downtown District, reviewed the booster organization’s 2022 “State of the District” report that cited economic and civic gains for downtown.

Contact Editor Bobby Parker at editor@cityviewnc.com.

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