Fayetteville, N.C. — City leaders in Fayetteville broke ground Wednesday on a fashionable new housing development on the site of an infamous symbol of the town's rougher past.
Park View, a $15 million project at 301 Bragg Blvd., will see 47 condominiums and townhouses overlooking some of Fayetteville's biggest points of pride: the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park.
It is the vision of Ralph Huff, owner of H&H Homes, who could see past the property's past. Where once a Days Inn stood, where call girls prowled and where reports of gunshots disturbing the peace were not uncommon, Huff plans a community of swanky new homes close to a downtown on the rise.
After years of complaints, the city acquired the property in 2006 and tore down the offending hotel.
"I just looked at the site and looked at the site and looked at the site for years, trying to figure out exactly what would work here," Huff said.
The new homes will range from 1,500 to 2,900 square feet, with prices of $240,000 to $360,000. The first phase of the project includes two buildings.
“Completion is going to depend on sales,” Huff said. “Eighteen months from now, when you ride by here, you’re going to see what really looks like the final product.”
Park View is just a few blocks from another blossoming condo complex at 300 Hay Street.
Mayor Tony Chavonne cites the residential growth as good for business.
"I never had a prospect come to our community that didn't want to see the downtown," Chavonne said. "And there were times we didn't want to bring them down here, to be quite honest with you. Now it's one of the first places we bring people."