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The fence surrounding Fayetteville’s Market House has been removed

Fencing around the Market House, which surrounded it for nearly two years, has been taken down and pedestrians can once again walk around the structure's first floor, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

For the first time since vandals tried to melt away down the Market House in May possibly 2020, Fayetteville people can walk around the initial floor of the building.

The city put a fence about the historic construction when repairs had been created. On March 28, the Town Council voted to just take it down. 

The removal lets community obtain to the exterior locations of the structure, which include the “open terrace place at road amount,” in accordance to a assertion produced by the metropolis previous week. Town employees would apparent the spot and perform expected inspections to make absolutely sure the place was harmless just before the fence was eradicated, it said.

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Fencing around the Market House, which surrounded it for nearly two years, has been taken down and pedestrians can once again walk around the structure's first floor, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

The Market House is a park facility managed by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation. It is open to the community from dawn to dusk.  

“At the way of Council, Metropolis leaders are continuing work on feasible designs for repurposing the Market House. Over the last calendar year, representatives from the United States Office of Justice and the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Fee have gone through an extensive process to gather numerous feed-back and build group-oriented suggestions for repurposing,” the launch reported. 

Fencing around the Market House, which surrounded it for nearly two years, has been taken down, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

The destiny of the Sector Dwelling, which sits in the coronary heart of downtown in the heart of a visitors circle emblazoned with murals reading “Black Lives Matters” and “Stop Racism Now,” has been substantially contested. Some want to see the developing razed for the reason that of its past as a place in which enslaved men and women ended up marketed. Other folks would instead the space be repurposed as a museum or artwork middle. 

Fencing around the Market House, which surrounded it for nearly two years, has been taken down and pedestrians can once again walk around the structure's first floor, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

When a hearth was set at the developing on May perhaps 30, 2020, it came on the heels of a day of tranquil marches in the metropolis seeking justice in the killing of George Floyd. Floyd, a native of Fayetteville, died in Minneapolis law enforcement custody just after an officer knelt on his neck for far more than eight minutes.