Public meet

The City of Fayetteville and The Walker Collaborative (TWC) will host a public meeting Thursday evening, Oct. 3, in the auditorium of the Municipal Building at 110 Elk Ave. South.

The meeting, to get underway at 6 p.m., will include an overview of existing conditions, a summary of public input results, and presentation of the concept plan, which TWC is developing.

In May, the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to hire the Nashville-based firm, at a cost of $74,307 to develop a master plan for the city. Funded out of city tourism dollars, the plan is expected to emphasize downtown revitalization and historic preservation, much like many of the other cities for which the firm has developed plans.

Among the many cities that the firm has worked with in developing plans are Natchez, Miss., Russellville, Ark., Wetumpka, Ala., Hopkinsville, Ky., Beaufort, S.C., Natchitoches, La., Tryon, N.C., Oxford, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., and in Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, and Lewisburg.

TWC is assisted by three sub-consulting firms, each having expertise closely aligned with downtown Fayetteville’s specific planning issues. Those firms will include Common Ground Urban Design + Planning, Ragan-Smith Associates, and Randall Gross/Development Economics.

The process got underway in July with a kick-off meeting, followed by research, study tours, assessments centered on physical conditions and economic and market analyses, and stakeholder focus group meetings.