In 2006, downtown Fuquay-Varina became a North Carolina Main Street Community and has been designated a Nationally Accredited Main Street Program since 2010. Building on downtown’s unique character, the Town has taken great efforts to strengthen, preserve and enrich our downtown districts to ensure they are a dash more inviting, vibrant and business friendly.
Over the past few years, the Town has made significant investments in downtown Fuquay-Varina.
Three streetscape projects in 1998, 2005 and 2010 improved sidewalks in the Varina, Fuquay and Link Downtown Districts. A tree replacement project took place in 2016 in the Fuquay Downtown District.
- The Police Station, Fire Station #1 and DMV are conveniently located in the Fuquay Downtown District.
- In 2015, the Town purchased and began refurbishing a former Belk Department Store to serve as the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center.
- Centennial Square, a combined parking lot and green space, was added to the corner of Academy and S. Main Streets in 2009.
- The Town has worked with the Friends of the Museum to locate three museums in the heart of downtown.
- Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, a property for which the town is named, was purchased in 2009 and completely renovated over the past several years. Additionally, the town refurbished the home on the Fuquay Mineral Spring property and it now serves as the Town’s administration office, housing the Mayor and Town Manager.
Planning for the Future of Downtown
The town actively plans for downtown’s future in a variety of ways, including:
- Master Plan (adopted in 2006)
- Town Center Plan (adopted in 2012)
- Master Plan to extend Varina Downtown District (adopted 2014)
- Downtown Mixed Use Study through the Development Finance Initiative (2015)