It’s looking more likely that the Civil War museum proposed for Fayetteville will be built, and that Fayetteville State University will get a new fitness center.
State House budget documents released this past week include money for both projects plus money for the Fayetteville Regional Airport.
The House is expected to reveal and approve a complete version of its proposed 2017 to 2019 North Carolina budget in the upcoming week. Then the state House and Senate will work on a compromise among themselves. The Senate previously proposed spending $22.9 billion in fiscal 2017-18 and $23.4 billion in 2018-19.
Below are some items of interest to the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area that have surfaced so far.
Civil War museum
Local boosters asked the state to contribute $30 million to the proposed $65 million North Carolina Civil War History Center. It would be built on Arsenal Avenue near the Museum of the Cape Fear and the E.A. Poe House.
The Senate budget had no money for it. The House budget has $500,000 in planning funds for the transition of the Museum of the Cape Fear into the Civil War History Center. The $500,000 is a far cry from $30 million, but it signals that the legislature is interested in the project.
The House budget has $5.5 million to build a fitness center at Fayetteville State and $10 million to renovate West Hall at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
The House has $1 million for the medical residency program that Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville is operating with Campbell University’s medical school.
Another $4 million is allocated to the hospital for renovation or building costs associated with the 21 construction of new licensed inpatient behavioral health beds.
Fayetteville’s airport would get $2.6 million in 2017-18 and $2.1 million in 2018-19 for capital projects.
The Senate had a similar provision, but for only $1.1 million in each fiscal year.
Military Healing Arts
The House budget has $125,000 to create a Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grant Program.
The program “aims to increase access to the arts for North Carolina's service members, veterans, and military families” a budget document says. It would give grants to local arts councils and arts organizations to partner with military bases, Veterans Affairs hospitals and veterans service providers.
Cape Fear River
The budget has $840,000 for construction of a fish ramp on the Cape Fear River.
Fish ramps are structures that allow fish to swim over dams to reach their spawning areas upstream, and the Cape Fear River has three dams. The federal government several years ago built a ramp on the dam furthest downstream. The legislature last year began allocating money to continue with ramps upstream.
Staff writer Paul Woolverton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-486-3512 and 910-261-4710.