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Fayetteville leaders consider downtown baseball stadium

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Fayetteville leaders toured Durham to get a closer look at downtown development success. Fayetteville leaders toured Durham to get a closer look at downtown development success.
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Some Fayetteville leaders would like to copy a few pages from Durham's playbook when it comes to downtown revitalization. Some city council members and administrators toured Durham on Tuesday to see the city's successes in downtown.

They focused a lot of their trip on the area around the American Tobacco Campus because it has lots of what Fayetteville leaders hope for.

For example, there is a new intermodal transportation hub like the one Fayetteville is just beginning to build in downtown. There is also a performing arts center, which has been a consideration and topic of research for quite some time in downtown Fayetteville.

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is also of interest. Mayor Pro Tem Kady-Ann Davy confirmed a downtown baseball stadium with a minor league professional team is a consideration. At this point it is nothing more than an idea, but Davy said the tour of Durham helped city leaders understand more about how ideas became reality.

“We're hearing a lot from the developers, the mayor here, that we need to find something that's a big catalyst site – a big push to kind of continue the redevelopment.”

In addition to looking at significant development in downtown Durham, the Fayetteville leaders also sat down and talked in-depth with an advisor from UNC’s School of Government.

Davy said public-private partnership would be vital to developing a big project in downtown Fayetteville.

“We want to make sure we’re doing our due diligence and our research to make sure whatever project it is, it does make a big enough impact that can draw other opportunities to come nearby,” Davy said.

Davy said if anything develops, it would likely happen in the area near the Airborne and Special Operations Museum where Murchison Road connects to downtown.

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