In 2002, the City of Fayetteville received a $75,000 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant for a planning study for Downtown Fayetteville. The City hired the team of Urban Collage, URS and Robert Charles Lesser to do the study. The planning process included over 100 citizen participants.
In 2003, the City of Fayetteville received a $1.45 million grant to begin implementing the plan for Downtown Fayetteville. The City hired the team of EDAW and URS as its engineering consultant for the project.
In December of 2009, the City was awarded additional funding in the amount of $30,000 for a supplemental study to help with completing goals from previous work within the LCI boundaries. The City hired the Urban Collage consulting firm to assist with the supplemental study. Work began in January of 2010 and was completed in May 2010. The results of the supplemental study revealed the need for a tax allocation district (TAD) to help make many of the recommendations economically feasible. In November 2013, a TAD redevelopment plan was adopted to help achieve these goals.