Fayetteville Commercial Facade ProjectPDF
With the assistance of the City of Fayetteville, FMS applied for a $100,000 grant through the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) in 2015. Following award from the State, FMS accepted applications from FMS member businesses to make façade improvements. Owners were required to match the grant with 25% of their own funds, but were able to choose their own activities and use their own style. Thanks to a grant contribution from the City of Fayetteville, all applications were funded.
In total, 19 businesses and their building owners participated in the grant program. Nearly $147,000 were spent on the improvements. Most of the contractors and suppliers utilized were from Fayetteville or the surrounding area.
Carol Foster, Main Street Director noted, “Once activities were underway, we began to notice that businesses who were not participating in the grant were starting to make their own improvements.” She continued, “We [FMS] consider this as one of the greatest accomplishments of the project. The impact reached beyond the grant. Business owners are taking pride in their buildings, maintaining and improving the charm of our City. Efforts like this are essential to the vitality of our community.”
View the Before and After Pics here,
Old buildings. New attitudes.
Why Main Street?
• Our central business district is a prominent employment center
• Downtown Fayetteville is the historic commercial/government core of our community
• Our downtown represents a vast amount of public and private investment in our community
• Our downtown provides a sense of community and place
• Downtown Fayetteville is a tourist draw for Lincoln County
• A significant portion of our community’s tax base comes from the downtown
• Main Street is a good incubator for new small businesses which are the building blocks of a healthy economy
The Main Street Approach
Design means getting our downtown into top physical shape. Capitalizing on our assets such as historic buildings and the traditional downtown layout is just part of the story. Main Street also strives to create an inviting atmosphere through parking areas, signs, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping.
Promotion means selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the district’s unique characteristics through advertising, retail promotional activities, special events and marketing campaigns. Fayetteville Main Street hopes to forge a positive image to shoppers, investors, new businesses and visitors. (Please refer to the back page of this brochure for a Calendar of Events for Fayetteville Main Street.)
Organization means getting everyone working towards common goals. The tough work of building consensus and cooperation among the groups that have an important stake in our downtown can be eased by using the common-sense formula of a volunteer-driven program and an organizational structure of board and committees.
Economic Restructuring means finding new or better purposes for Main Street enterprises. Helping existing downtown businesses expand and recruiting new ones. Fayetteville Main Street converts unused space into productive property and sharpens the competitiveness of its businesses.
Governor Haslam has proclaimed the month of April as “Fair Housing Month” in Tennessee.
“In accordance with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as expanded by the Fair Housing amendments Act of 1988, it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability in the sale or rental of housing or residential lots; in advertising the sale or rental of housing; in the financing of housing; or in the provision of real estate brokerage services. Blockbusting is also illegal.”
The Governor calls on Tennesseans to be “aware of the importance of equal housing opportunities” for all citizens.