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Fayette-nam no more: Condos replace infamous Days Inn

Posted June 12, 2013

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— 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.

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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." 

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  • mustysteer Jun 14, 2013

    If you haven't visited Fayetteville in years, or don't live here now, then you have no idea of all the improvements that have been made in this city. I born and raised here and I am incredibly proud of Fayetteville, and appreciative of all those that have been responsible for these improvements. I love this city!

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Jun 14, 2013

    @ Sherlock-- Bonnie Doone (not Dune), hasn't just got that way-- ALWAYS been a problem in that stretch between sycamore dairy road and ft bragg.............

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 13, 2013

    $240,000 to $360,000. Methinks they will sell slowly, or not at all

  • SFSOLDIER Jun 13, 2013

    The town has gotten worse over the years..wonder why??

  • Sherlock Jun 13, 2013

    They just moved the "downtown" out to Bonnie-Dune area, the residence have the problems now and just up the hill from downtown, but with the mayor living in the downtown area everything will be driven that way to be upgraded and improve for his family, others will get it latter. Also what or who can afford the price of those houses, not your average person in Fayetteville.

  • joefurloughski Jun 13, 2013

    For those that only read and hear about Fayetteville from second hand sources, "ignorance is bliss."

  • delta29alpha Jun 13, 2013

    Still, I kind of have fond memories of partying on Hay street while stationed at Bragg as a young Airborne trooper in the late 60's. I'm sure many things have changed since then. I haven't been back there in a long time.

  • SFSOLDIER Jun 12, 2013

    Geeez, who would anything downtown????

  • SFSOLDIER Jun 12, 2013

    They "could" be robbed, should read "will be robbed getting cat food in the middle of the night...are you kidding me? This town is dead andits over. The crime is out of control. I would buy anything down there...

  • bluecanary Jun 12, 2013

    I'm all for anything that will gentrify this town. I'm not opposed to nice condos. But I think it will take more than more housing for rich people to take the "nam" out of Fayette-nam. Those people will still have to leave those condos in the middle of the night because they forgot cat food, and they could still get robbed in the parking lot of whatever grocery store they can drive to.

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