2010 to be big year in Fayetteville


The city also has the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Next year, more changes are on tap for downtown to help celebrate the city's military connection.

"It's a beautiful downtown," said Mayor Tony Chavonne. "We get a lot of compliments on it."

Chavonne lives and breaths Fayetteville. He's been here all his life and has been mayor for three terms. The mayor says 2010 is going to be a critical year for the city. A lot of it has to do with the relocation of thousands of troops along with their families and civilian department of defense employees because of the federal base realignment plan or BRAC.

"And we think very likely in 2010 is when people are going to make their decisions where they're going to live. It's important for Fayetteville to be putting on our best face during that period and recruiting them and inciting them to come here," said Chavonne.

Chavonne is proud of changes planned for downtown. Additional multi use dwellings are on tap and next month the city breaks ground on the first phase of the State Veteran's Park.

"It'll be a respectful place for veterans to come back and families of veteran's to come back and reflect on their service to our country. Veterans of all of North Carolina," said Chavonne said.

The mayor says during the past 10 years the city has spent about $72 million fixing up downtown. He says that's a drop in the bucket compared to the investment that's about to be made.

"We think almost 200-million will be spent. So it's going to dramatically change our downtown," he said.

The first phase of the State Veteran's Park is scheduled to be completed by the 4th of July in 2011.

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