In 2006, downtown Fuquay-Varina became a North Carolina Main Street Community and has been designated a Nationally Accredited Main Street Program since 2010. Utilizing the combined resources of the Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association, a talented town staff, and a committed Town Board, the town has built upon the characteristics that are unique to our town to create two vibrant business districts that meet our community’s needs.
Over the past few years, the Town has made significant investments in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Three streetscape projects in 1998, 2005 and 2010 have improved sidewalks in the Varina and Fuquay business districts. Centennial Square, a combined parking lot and green space, was added to the corner of Academy and S. Main Streets in 2009 and in that same year the town worked with the Friends of the Museum to locate three museums in the heart of downtown. Our police station was located in downtown in 2005, as is our fire station and the Department of Motor Vehicles. In the fall of 2010, the town purchased the Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, a property for which the town is named. In 2012, the Town Board adopted a Master Plan for the Mineral Spring Park which will begin Phase 1 improvements in 2014.
The town has actively worked to plan downtown through the development of a Master Plan in 2006. In August 2012, the Town Center Plan was adopted by the Town Board. The plan encourages mixed-use development that will help maintain downtown Fuquay-Varina’s historic heritage by providing guidelines on architectural details, density and other key factors to enhance continuity between newer and older buildings. In 2014, a Master Plan to extend the Varina Streetscape was adopted.
For more information on downtown events, shopping, starting a business in downtown and Fuquay-Varina Downtown, please visit Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association is a non-profit tasked with administering the town of Fuquay-Varina's Main Street Program.