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Commissioners Approve Baseball Funding Agreement

Feb 05, 2018

FAYETTEVILLEDuring their regular meeting this morning, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Fayetteville for funding the development of a downtown minor league baseball stadium.


As part of the agreement, Cumberland County will contribute 100 percent of increased revenue from property tax collections from the stadium district for five fiscal years starting the first fiscal year following completion of the stadium, followed by 75 percent of increased revenue for the next 15 years.


Prior to approving the baseball agreement, the commissioners unanimously approved amending a separate interlocal agreement with the City of Fayetteville and the Public Works Commission for tax-increment funding of the Franklin Street parking garage, located downtown. The original agreement was approved in 2010. The amendment redefines the boundaries of the district to exclude the stadium redevelopment site; adds a provision to treat formerly tax exempt property in the same manner as non-exempt property, and changes the terms of the County’s obligation for the parking deck to Dec. 31, 2030.


The agreements have been forwarded to the City of Fayetteville for consideration.


“A lot of hard work has gone into working out the details and we are looking forward to joining with the City in seeing a successful baseball stadium in place,” said Chairman Larry Lancaster.  


The Board of Commissioners also took the following action:


  • Unanimously approved changes to the Economic Development Incentives for Campbell Soup Supply, LLC (Project NANO2) and the re-subdivision of Cedar Creek Industrial Park.
  • Unanimously approved holding a public hearing for the consideration of a change in the governance structure of a Health and Human Services Agency. A public hearing to receive citizens’ comments is required by law. 
  • Unanimously approved a resolution and submission of an application in support of “Project Copper.” The project calls for Cumberland County to apply for funding through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Building Reuse Program for the renovation of an existing building on Tom Starling Road. The project has received preliminary approval for up to $37,500 of grant funds and is part Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation recruitment effort to land a manufacturing operation from Pennsylvania-based Cambridge-Lee Industries.


The meeting will be rebroadcast on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETV), Spectrum Channel 5 Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The meeting can also be viewed online at


The Board of Commissioners meets twice a month. The meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m.


The meetings are held in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse at 117 Dick St. The meetings are broadcast live on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETC), Spectrum Channel 5 and Agendas and minutes are available online at