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 Information Session for Construction Industry Companies

Cumberland County will host an in-person information session for local, regional, and national construction industry companies to learn about the Crown Event Center project and make connections to form teams to respond to future construction services solicitations. The County has chosen Construction Manager at Risk as the delivery method for this project.

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services building (First floor meeting room, 1225 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC). There will also be an option to join virtually and that information is posted to the Cumberland County events website here

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The Crown Complex is comprised of five venues, including a 2,440-seat Theatre and 4,500-seat Arena that opened in 1967, and a 10,880-seat Coliseum, 60,000-square-foot Expo Center and 9,200-square-foot Ballroom that opened in 1997.

Over the past two decades, the Complex has remained an important asset to the local community and the region, however the Theatre and Arena have undergone minimal capital improvements over the last half century, and the condition of the venues has deteriorated. A number of studies have been done including the 2015 Crown Theatre Modernization Study, which determined that significant upgrades were needed to meet current ADA standards and modernize the venue, and that the cost of those upgrades would approach the cost of building a brand new facility.

In 2018, the Cumberland County Civic Center Commission recommended to the Board of Commissioners that the Theatre be replaced with a new state-of-the-art venue and a feasibility study be conducted on how best to proceed.

The Board of Commissioners announced in early 2020 that the Crown Theatre and Arena will close by November 2025. The Board also engaged Convention, Sports & Leisure International (CSL), Steinberg Hart, and Public Participation Partners (P3) to conduct a Market & Financial Feasibility Study. The study, which was completed in September 2021, recommended constructing a new multi-purpose event center with a maximum capacity of 2,500 that can accommodate a variety of uses.

The Board of Commissioners hired MBP as the owner’s representative for the project and established a three-member Crown Event Center Committee, which includes Commissioner Jeannette Council, the committee chair; Commissioners Chairman Glenn Adams; and Commissioner Jimmy Keefe. Civic Center Commission Chairman Joe Quigg serves on the Committee in an ex-officio capacity. County government staff and representatives from Spectra, which manages the facility, also provide support.

The Crown Event Center Committee held a kick-off meeting for the new Crown Event Center project on April 20, 2022.

Information related to the project and the Crown Event Center Committee will be posted on this page throughout the duration of the project.



Crown Event Center Committee Considers Next Steps in Construction of New Multipurpose Event Center

May 17, 2022, 10:07 AM by Loren Bymer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Cumberland County’s Crown Event Center Committee met on May 16 to continue moving forward with the process of constructing a new multipurpose event center to replace the Crown Theatre and Arena. During the meeting, the Committee discussed the guiding principles for the project, along with the role and composition of the community engagement committee, and the process for narrowing down potential locations for the new facility.

Matthew DeSilver, senior project manager with MBP, which has been hired by County as the owner’s representative, went over a set of proposed guiding principles for the project and asked for feedback from the three Cumberland County commissioners who serve on the Crown Event Center Committee – Committee Chairwoman Jeannette Council and Commissioners Jimmy Keefe and Glenn Adams. He said the proposed guiding principles were intended to serve as a starting point for discussion with the Community Engagement Committee, which will be comprised of various project stakeholders and will be asked to provide input regarding the Guiding Principles and Programmatic Function of the new facility.

DeSilver asked the commissioners to review and provide feedback on the proposed guiding principles along with a list of additional stakeholders they wished to see represented on the Community Engagement Committee by this Friday, May 20.

Once the Community Engagement Committee is established, they will be asked to review the draft guiding principles and provide input and feedback during a workshop in early June. That feedback will then be reported back to the Crown Event Center Committee, which will recommend a final set of guiding principles to be sent to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners for approval.

The commissioners expressed a desire to be inclusive while also making sure the project continues to move forward. In addition to the Community Engagement Committee, community stakeholders and citizens will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on what they would like to see from the new facility, both electronically and during a public hearing in the near future.

Monday’s meeting also served as the kickoff for the site review process. Joe Hines with Timmons Group, which has been brought in to assist MBP with site review, outlined the process for the Committee.

During the site review geographic area analysis, Hines said Timmons Group will review four sub-areas across the areas included in the Market & Financial Feasibility Study. They will examine the potential benefits and drawbacks of each area and compile the information into a decision matrix to bring back to the committee. Hines said he is hopeful this will be done within the next 30 to 45 days.

He said he will come back to the Crown Event Center Committee with a recommendation on a general area and that once the Committee approves the general area, Timmons Group will go back and look at several parcels in that general area to recommend the best location for the facility.

In addition to finalizing the guiding principles and moving forward with site review, DeSilver said MBP is also working to finalize the design and construction RFQ in order to be ready to move forward with an architect once the guiding principles are established.

For more information about the feasibility study, visit crowncomplexnc.com/about/management/csl-market-and-feasibility-study or for Cumberland County government visit cumberlandcountync.gov.

  • Contact Us

    Phone: 910-678-7724
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    117 Dick Street
    Fayetteville, NC, NC 28301

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    Contact: Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager

    Contact Us

    Phone: 910-678-7724
    Email:
    email_envelope
    Contact: Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager
    Address:

    117 Dick Street
    Fayetteville, NC, NC 28301