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Kenneth Mayner, Graphics Manager, Corporate Communications admin almost 2 years ago
Small2_river

The City of Fayetteville should encourage development on the Cape River River in East Fayetteville and the areas of the City east toward I-95. There should be a corridor plan to encourage growth the area. The area shapes a lot of the first impression many have of our City and the river and the area bordering I-95 is an untapped resource for the arts, recreation, retail, lodging, restaurants, etc. Attached are images what Greenville, SC has done with their river area (riverwalk, pedestrian bridge).

There is lots of development on the westside of the city and more focus needs to be placed on the east side to balance out growth, improve aesthetics, increase tourism, and help combat negative perceptions of Fayetteville. The Cape Fear River Trail could also be extended further down stream connected via a river walk. It would also improve the City's case in future plans connected to the Cape Fear River basin if the City of Fayetteville was aggressive about riverside development.

The widening of NC 24 between Fayetteville and Jacksonville (the major route that connects Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune) through eastern Cumberland County and Sampson County should also be a factor to consider.

Visit Greenville, SC (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZqj5FrbyJY

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Small2_phillips

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.

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