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Fayetteville to Build New Army Museum

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The new Army museum
FAYETTEVILLE — Supporters of revitalizing downtown Fayetteville landed a major museum,luring it from Fort Bragg, where it ran into access concerns and militarybudget cuts.

The Airborne and Special Operations Museum will be built on Ray Avenue,taking out part of the street, a city building and a bank. The six storymuseum will cost up to $15 million. It will showcase the accomplishmentsand tradition of the army's elite forces.

Henry Holt, museum vice president, said the museum will be the finest oneoutside of Washington.

The museum is expected to draw up to 350,000 people each year. It fits inwith plans for a huge downtown park.

The museum announcement comes at a time when private and public investmentis picking up downtown. A new brew pub opened over the summer in a renovated building.

Look for the museum to open in 1999. As for its costs, the museum foundation has already raised more than $9 million for the project and the city isexpected to help pay some of the bill.

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