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Fayetteville plans to use land from Fort Bragg to develop new athletic complex

Posted October 26, 2020 5:28 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2020 6:22 a.m. EDT

— A field of young pine trees off McArthur Road in Fayetteville will look different in the relatively near future.

The land belongs to Fort Bragg, and military leaders are ready to give the city 90 acres to develop a sports park right off Interstate 295.

The 35-acre complex would have six sports fields with parking, bathrooms and other amenities.

The Memorandum of Understanding with between the city and Fort Bragg gives the city the land and would allow military leaders to use if without cost.

The project is part of a 35-million-dollar bond referendum approved by voters in 2016 and would not impact the city's fight against COVID-19.

"We've already taken this to the local government commission and bonds have been sold to raise this capital," said Fayetteville mayor Mitch Colvin. "So it's not anything that will [change] the current state of affairs with COVID... this is a commitment we made... and we have to get these projects moving."

The city will also be considering plans tonight to work in collaboration with Methodist University to improve Jordan Soccer Complex.

The recreation department would have new lights installed and would also renovate the existing soccer fields. The University gets the upgrades, while the city hopes the improved facilities would reel in tournaments with out-of-town visitors that would generate revenue for the city.​

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