Live updates: Fayetteville’s Murchison neighborhood renovation

Fayetteville city officials seek to renovate the Murchison neighborhood, home of a historically under-resourced community. This is a developing story, and we will update as more details emerge.
The proposed renovations focus on community and togetherness, but the older generations worry about having to go up several floors due to the appeal to apartment living. However, city officials have as of now agreed that residents could pick where to live.
The proposed renovations focus on community and togetherness, but the older generations worry about having to go up several floors due to the appeal to apartment living. However, city officials have as of now agreed that residents could pick where to live.
Itziar Carrasco Gomez
Fayetteville city submits formal request to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Updated 9:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 30, 2024 

Fayetteville city officials submitted a formal request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to grant $30 million in hopes of renovating the city.

Murchison neighborhood lies within Fayetteville and historically was the home of older generations, with a high concentration of low-income households. Older residents continue to worry about the increasing prices due to their livelihoods being at risk as they live off of pensions and most are retired. Many are for improving safety in the city, but now that the rebuilding of homes has come to the table many are starting to doubt if it is truly to help or push them out. 

City officials of Murchison held meetings to determine ways to improve the area for their citizens- landing on the decision to renovate the area. They hope the renovations will make Murchison more visit-friendly and boost business in the town.

The plan seems to be a positive change for city officials and locals alike, many of them feeling that this change was long overdue. However, many locals worry the costs of living and housing rates will rise with renovations. 

In 2021, Cumberland County received $172 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money allowed for improvements with sidewalks, traffic lights, accessibility, and parks to be built. All the renovations seemed to positively impact the area, but fearful residents worry that the town will become far too unfamiliar- and expensive. 

Now, plans are being discussed with residents to expand and renovate existing housing to improve the environment ensuring thriving citizens and businesses. 

The Plan will be centered on redevelopment of FMHA’s Murchison Townhouses, which includes 60 units of low-income housing. The [plan] will seek to replace 100% of those housing units within the neighborhood, or in other areas of opportunity as part of new mixed-income developments.

— Fayetteville City Government

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