City of Fayetteville
File #: 23-3683    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Administrative Reports Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/6/2023 In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 11/13/2023 Final action:
Title: Administrative Report - Feasibility of a Co-op on Murchison Road
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TO: Mayor and Members of City Council

THRU: Kelly Olivera, Assistant City Manager

FROM: Christopher L. Cauley, MPA, Economic & Community Development Director
Derrick McArthur, Economic Development Manager

DATE: November 13, 2023

Administrative Report - Feasibility of a Co-op on Murchison Road

Council District(s)
Districts 2, 3, and/or 4

Relationship To Strategic Plan:
Goal I - Safe & Secure Community
1.3: Ensure low incidents of property and violent crime.
Goal II - Responsive City Government Supporting a Diverse and Viable Economy
2.2: Community Revitalization - Invest in community places to ensure revitalization and increase quality of life.
2.3: Leverage partnerships for job creation and retention, with focus on local and regional workforce to increase per capita income.
2.4: Economic Development: Sustain a favorable development climate to encourage business growth.
Goal III - City Investment in Today & Tomorrow
3.2: Manage the City's future growth and strategic land use.
Goal IV - Desirable Place to Live, Work and Recreate
4.5: Neighborhood Vitality - Ensure a place for people to live in great neighborhoods.

Executive Summary:
City Council shall be briefed on information obtained by Economic & Community Development about the feasibility of a co-op grocery store being developed on the Murchison Road corridor.

Community economic development professionals routinely engage in retail recruitment efforts to address socioeconomic issues or increase economic activity. During the Murchison Choice Planning Grant, the community spoke of the need for healthy eating options. Food insecurity is closely correlated to obesity, mental health issues, high poverty, crime, and neighborhood security. Currently, grocery shopping along the Murchison Road corridor is limited to dollar stores and a local neighborhood store with meager food selections.

When considering actions t...

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