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Fort Bragg soldiers temporarily banned from troubled Fayetteville apartment complex

Posted June 26
Updated June 27

Cambridge Arms Apartments is one of the largest complexes in Fayetteville, and city officials say crime has become too common there.

— Military officials have temporarily banned Fort Bragg soldiers from living at Barrington Place Apartment Homes, formerly known as Cambridge Arms Apartments, a troubled complex that has been plagued with crime in recent years.

Soldiers are not allowed to enter new leases or renew existing leases at the complex, the military said. Military personnel already living at the complex are not required to move unless a lease renewal occurs while the ban is in effect.

During the ban, the owners of the apartment complex, Gastonia-based Southwood Realty, will plead their case before the Fort Bragg Armed Forces Disciplinary Board as to why soldiers should live there, the military said. Fort Bragg will then decide whether to remove the ban or make it permanent.

“This action was taken to keep our uniformed service members and their families away from the criminal activity and behaviors that we at Fort Bragg have been monitoring for some time,” Ben Abel, Fort Bragg spokesman, said in a statement.

The 700-unit complex, at 301 Barcelona Drive, has been the site of a wide range of crimes, including burglaries, armed robberies, assaults, domestic disputes, drug deals and reports of gunfire.

The complex is also the site of two double-homicides this year.

The ongoing crime prompted city officials in April to file a nuisance lawsuit against the property owner.

But the suit isn't the first time the city has taken legal action against the complex. A lawsuit last year resulted in the installation of an iron fence around the complex, along with security cameras and signs encouraging residents to report suspicious activity.

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 27, 2:50 p.m.

    Good move Bragg officials. Have heard of this happening before when I was in the military and was stationed in KC MO.

    It makes no sense to spend all the money training US military personnel to a point of readiness in whatever MOS they are performing, only to have them then get killed in their homes or on the streets by US civilians.

    Praying for the safety of them all, and of their families and loved ones.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 27, 2:48 p.m.

    Why would anyone want to go there anyway ?

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    Cause it's cheap, and often, our country's uniformed personnel, especially within the lower ranks, aren't well paid.

  • zonk Jun 27, 9:39 a.m.

    Why would anyone want to go there anyway ?

  • mindmyownbusiness Jun 27, 9:39 a.m.

    I think this is a good move on the part of Fort Bragg officials. Soldiers and their families should be in a more stable environment. I think that it is also in the best interest of military wives whose husbands are overseas to live in a military based community as it offers more in the way of support and potentially better safety. It is not to say that soldiers do not contribute to the crime in this complex, but there are a lot of things to consider such as the rise of PTSD in soldiers which may be aggravated when living in volatile conditions. This complex has been a volatile entity on it's own for quite some time and serious attention needs to be made and action taken to get it under control.

  • lyteoflife Jun 27, 8:55 a.m.

    This is nothing new nor news worthy! Every base I have been at has a stay away list (including used car dealerships). There are many more than this listed for Fort Bragg - was when I was there anyway. This is just a 'news story' because it may be newer or you are just figuring it out. NEXT....

  • scubagirl2 Jun 27, 8:02 a.m.

    Just out of curiosity, and I mean NO DISRESPECT to the soldiers, but how much of this crime is committed BY the soldiers and/or their families? Not saying ANY is just wondering. Since I don't live there I don't really follow those stats.