Hello my name is John Russell, I am a 43 year old African American business owner in Fayetteville NC. I am a proud resident of Cumberland county and have lived in Fayetteville 30 years of my life. I am what you call a true civilian of Fayetteville. I have no affiliation with the military. My family is originally from Brooklyn NY. My mother decided to relocate from a abusive relationship with my father when I was young with my 2 younger sisters and baby brother. She did her best to raise us, but with only homemaking as a skill she fell victim to hardships of drug abuse.I can say that she is 15-20 years clean now ( : but this did leave a scare in our growth mentally, and physically as a family. After decades of trying to get my family back on track, I can say,I finally see a bright future in a project that I am working on that can help a lot of people in a lot of ways. I notice a lot of issues submitted asked about involvement and problems in the community. Somewhat in the same sentence. Dogs help our police dept, serve in our military, best friend you will ever have, help our handicapped, the are rehabilitating our prisoners.... they would be more than willing to work with our troubled youth. exposing youth to a youth/canine sports league would do so much for the community. it would have to be amateur and i could target our inner city youth. the shelter has plenty of dogs ready to play, and i'm sure the police dept canine unit would love to do the outreach at the community centers. teaching the kids about basic dog care. we already know they volunteers would come out the wood work. i already have sum good people ready to start this project. and i am hosting a event to raise awareness to dogs in the animal shelter with hopes of getting people on board for my canine league. Picnic in the park. june 29. cross creek fountain park.
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By providing a safer way to cross our high traffic streets we can reduce major accidents in our roads.
Turn the Historic Prince Charles along with the AIT building into a convention center for the downtown area. The hotel is a long standing part of history and can be restored. The AIT building is an eye sore and a waste of valuable space for the city. By doing this we would bring people and money into the downtown area. It would boost the downtown area and the possibility for more people to open resturants downtown. I feel like it would increase the interest in clients for the building at Festival Park.
Business incubators are great for boosting small business, it gives the chance for micro businesses to gain affordable office space. A lot of the local commercial real estate that's available for lease is too large and too expensive for a micro business owner who may only need 2-400 square feet for an office, while most spaces are over 1200 sq ft. Having one of these positioned downtown would showcase the city's support of small business, as well as bringing more business downtown to the shops and restaurants.
An Incubator would ideally include several small lightly furnished office spaces available for monthly rent, event space for rental [banquet hall and a few conference rooms] and at the base SBA [Small Business Association, or other similar non-profit organization] offices where classes and training can be held. Members could purchase an office and with their monthly fee they could receive access to the conference rooms and discounts on renting the larger meeting facilities. Members can also choose a virtual office option to use the building as a mailing address and they can use the conference rooms when available. The second floor or the front side of the ground floor could also be reserved for shops and small restaurants. These spaces would have built in kitchens or racks and display cases already provided, so that they are move in ready. Having a large commercial kitchen on the basement level or on the back of the building with loading access for catering businesses to rent would also be beneficial.
Money made through the rental of the meeting facilities [which could be open for rent for non-members at higher rates] and the office spaces could go towards city funding so that we can continue to grow this community. This building could produce hundreds of businesses and jobs that would help our local economy.
We have several large vacant properties downtown. If a building like the Philips Loan building was given the ability to "work for the city" I believe it would be not only financially beneficial to the city, but beneficial to the community as well. This way future entrepreneurs and micro business owners have a better chance at success, which would inspire many to pursue their dreams, instead of worrying they will never be able to afford their own store front.
Utilize empty lots in the downtown area by creating pop-up parks that could potentially become places where people will want to congregate and spend time in. A case study in Boston, MA showed that a small investment (putting a few pieces of furniture and other low-cost equipment) can turn a vacant parcel (such as the park beside the Prince Charles) into a property that will add value to the downtown and increase the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
To be a city and have a sense of community we need more sidewalks it connects us to our neighbors and allow to be healthy and walk to stores and places. We also need marked crosswalks and lights, the markings will alert the traffic that there is a crosswalk.
The Fayetteville Wonderland Festival at Festival Park would be a collection of all participating local artists and their unique talents. Their would be a maze of art highlighting popular local and global issues, technology, fashion, music, photography, etc. Local participating bands and maybe even the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra could participate. This is a big project that I would like to see the City of Fayetteville complete for the benefit of all. I have plenty of people who are interested in participating. I feel that this would be a great opportunity for the Arts Council as well as other non-profit organizations in this area. I would like to donate a large portion of the proceeds to the Cumberland County Public Schools arts and music programs. I would also like to take the top performing students to be able to submit their ideas and work for the maze of art and have them be able to volunteer and participate in the event itself; as well as the preparation and clean up process.
I am 25 years old and a Fayetteville native. Growing up when this city was not so big was a great experience for me. But as I got older with no means of traveling to other cities to have fun, I began to club a lot. Being that is not my style, quickly the movies, bowling and skating rink became very old. So now I travel to other cities just to have fun. We need more places like Dave and Busters, Adventure Landings, and family oriented places. Fayetteville is the perfect city to live just no entertainment for those who do not want to be in a club setting every weekend. Even having a permanent city carnival. This is why so many military and college students hate living hear. Nothing to do.
There are too many drivers not respecting other drivers or the law and putting lives at risk.