Fuquay-Varina, NC: An Award Winning Community
Founded in 1999, Fuquay-Varina Downtown's mission is to promote the thriving business and residential historic districts of Fuquay-Varina, NC. We promote preservation, educate the public, support the business environment and grow our sense of community.
Our organization's story …
In 1992 the Town of Fuquay-Varina and community leaders started looking for ways to bring positive change in our downtown historic districts. The area was starting to show signs of decline as development started to sprawl away from the Town’s center.
In early 1993, the Town of Fuquay-Varina and a new steering committee hosted a technical assistance team from the NC Downtown Development Association to perform an assessment of our community.
As a result of the assessment an organization, named “Fuquay-Varina New Century” was incorporated. This group of leaders was tasked with setting a course for our downtown’s future success.
For ten years, Fuquay-Varina New Century identified community development goals and brought together the resources to achieve them. One of their goals was for Fuquay-Varina to become part of the NC Main Street© Program. In order to be eligible the group worked towards meeting rigorous standards set by the state of North Carolina.
On January 4, 1999 Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association, Inc., a private non-profit was established, and its first manager was hired. In 2007, Fuquay-Varina was selected to participate in the North Carolina Main Street© Program, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that promotes downtown revitalization within the context of historic preservation. Today, Fuquay-Varina Revitalization, also known as Fuquay-Varina Downtown, is a fully accredited NC and National Main Street© Program. The organization works within the context of Main Street’s Four Point Approach® and brings about positive change within the Town of Fuquay-Varina’s historic districts.
Over the past 5 years the storefront vacancy rate has been reduced dramatically, a rebranding campaign has been launched to show the pride within our downtown and more than $9 million has been invested in public and private rehabilitation and new construction projects. By emphasizing downtown’s historic assets, downtown Fuquay-Varina has experienced positive economic growth and is recognized as an award-winning Main Street community.
Fuquay-Varina Downtown, funded in part by the Town of Fuquay-Varina and Private Fundraising through our Friends of Downtown Campaign, Downtown Sponsors/Events and Proceeds from our annual fundraiser “Dinner on Depot”, is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors, chaired by James Spidle. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown office, located at 108 Raleigh Street, is managed by Executive Director Naomi Riley and Promotions Director, Linda Wood.
Whether you’re looking to shop or to setup shop, we invite you to explore our Web site then visit downtown Fuquay-Varina in person. For local business related information, call 919-552-0848. Visit NC Main Street© Center to learn more about the Main Street© Program.