As a key stakeholder in the revitalization of the Murchison Road Corridor, FSU has embraced its role as an
agent and catalyst for change. As such, the University and its affiliate entity, the Fayetteville State University
Development Corporation (FSUDC) are facilitating collaboration and investment in its surrounding environs,
partnership with municipal government, adjacent neighborhoods and business organizations interested in
seeing their resources leveraged for the positive economic benefit of the entire community.
The Washington Drive Mixed Use Development Project site is located between Murchison Road and Bragg
Boulevard, near the southwestern tip of the FSU campus. The site is less than a mile north of downtown
Fayetteville. It is 3.6 miles south of Fort Bragg. Presently both Bragg Boulevard and Murchison Road carry
public traffic through the Army base to points north. However for security purposes, the Army plans to close
public traffic on Bragg Boulevard leaving Murchison Road as the only north-south public road through the base.
This will significantly increase traffic on Murchison Road.
The Washington Drive Mixed Use Development Project site is comprised of three contiguous tracts of land totaling nearly 20 acres. The core property within the proposed development site is the FSU-owned Washington School site, 5.94 acres. The site’s buildings are a former school, its additions, a gym and cafeteria and a metal storage facility formerly used by a local non-profit for bicycle repair and distribution. The Old Washington Drive School is the main building on the site. The University will demolish the facility in the near future.
The FSUDC and Fayetteville State University envision this project as a new state-of-the-art academic and research center and a community amenity for the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the University. It is our hope this development acts as a catalyst for further redevelopment throughout the Murchison Road Corridor and serves as an appropriate complement to the Fayetteville State University campus.
We see the project accommodating a range of mixed use development and academic and research facilities, to attract a diverse population and supplementing inclusion of some University related program components. Beyond the benefits of civic engagement integrated into the Master Planning process itself, the redevelopment initiative envisioned may also create co-curricular opportunities for FSU in community service, service-learning and civic engagement in a wide variety of areas such as education, business, healthcare, the environment, literacy and senior services. Opportunities for special education programs specifically tailored for the needs of the new military (for example an international language or culture programs) and space for private defense contractors, defense and military-related businesses may also be an appropriate response to the congressional Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)-related growth at Fort Bragg.