Grays Creek is located directly north of downtown Fayetteville and between Ramsey Street to the west, Ramsey Street Extension to the east, Hay Street to the south, and Garland Alley to the north.
The earliest residents in Grays Creek were a mixture of African American, Caucasian, and other ethnic groups. Many of these people were farmers who sought business opportunities during World War II. The neighborhood was a mix of African Americans, Caucasians, and other ethnic groups for many years.
In the mid-1950s, Interstate Properties Company purchased many properties in Grays Creek to build Interstate Highways 295 (I-295) and 485 (I-485). Due to Interstate Properties Company’s poor maintenance, the properties were condemned by the City of Fayetteville, and because of this, Grays Creek was abandoned.
The City of Fayetteville bought Grays Creek in 1965 and began restoring the community to a habitable state. In 2000, Grays Creek was annexed into Fayetteville by resolution. The City has since staked out various grants and sought various partnerships towards improving Grays Creek as a community.
Grays Creek Lanes were located along Hay Street, which joins Ramsey Street Extension near the Grey Creek Community Center on the northeast corner. It was built in 1978 and may have been one of only two bowling alleys in Fayetteville.
Census data show that the population of Grays Creek increased by around 5.6% between 2005 and 2008, and the median age has continued to increase over the last decade.
The area was home to many farms before Interstate Properties Company transformed the land into a commercial strip mall with a shopping center. The strip mall features a parking lot that had been used by Grays Creek Lanes previously and was later used by the Grays Creek Community Center on some occasions.
Grays Creek is the site of a historic landmark, Grays Creek Community Center, which is home to many community events such as potlucks and other social gatherings. It functions as a recreation facility for the community, offering fitness equipment and sports fields for youth to play soccer and basketball.
The residents of Fayetteville are just like any other city in America, but they have had to overcome many restrictions and stereotypes placed on the City due to its history.
The City has made many positive strides that include revitalization efforts with the Fort Bragg Redevelopment Committee, the Fayetteville Downtown Focused Revitalization project, and the establishment of several organizations.
if you want to explore another neighborhood in west of Fayetteville, check out Kingsford.
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