ONE FOR THE TEAM: In addition to voting to approve new "innovation" districts, Asheville Council members honored the winning team — the local minor-league Tourists baseball team, which who won the 2014 South Atlantic League Championship. Tourists owner Brian DeWine, right of Mayor Esther Manheimer, posed with Council. (photo by Cameron Huntley)

Council approves new innovation districts

Today, Oct. 14, Asheville City Council approved the creation of three municipal service districts (MSD) as a way to finance redevelopment and infrastructural improvements. The three MSDs — what city officials are calling “innovation districts” — will be in the River Arts District, the South Slope Extension and Charlotte Street Corridor. “The areas that have been selected have the opportunity […]

Holding on: Local child services weather funding cuts

Every nonprofit director has a horror story about the perils of relying on outside funding. “It’s a house of cards,” says Jim Barrett, executive director of Pisgah Legal Services. “Stressful,” says John Lauterbach, executive director of Caring for Children. “It’s competitive every year.” “I’ve done WIC for 28 years now,” adds Georganna Cogburn, nutrition program […]

Council preview: Innovation districts, Greymont Village continuation on Oct. 14 agenda

Asheville City Council will convene Tuesday, Oct. 14, to discuss the “innovation districts” mentioned by Mayor Esther Manheimer in her Sept. 30 State of the City address, as well  as attempt to settle a proposed rezoning on Sardis Road that Council members punted from their Sept. 4 meeting. Council also held an information session on innovation districts […]

Asheville City Council, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo by Cindy Kunst)

Bothwell questions APD surveillance; Council approves 56 S. Lexington incentive

Asheville Council members extended a graffiti-cleanup initiative and approved $250,000 to fund burying power cables for a residential/commercial project on S. Lexington Avenue. Council member Cecil Bothwell was the lone “nay” vote on both items and also said he was “totally ticked” about the Police Department’s filming of protests and protesters.

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty in the Sewing Department of Eagle Market Street Block-by-Block Industries

MED Week update: Social and economic improvement, one block at a time

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, president and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, was a 30-year veteran of “banking, finance and retail” when she switched gears and went to work for the nonprofit she now directs as an AmeriCorps intern. “I served them two years as an intern,” she said. “And then one thing led to another, […]

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Council, developer butt heads over rent rates in rezoning proposal

Contention sprung from unexpected corners at the Asheville City Council meeting on Sept. 9, as Council members and a land developer stared each other down on rental rates and safety commitments for a proposed residential development on Sardis Road. Complicating the debate was the fact that about half the development falls within the city limits. The applicant — Winston-Salem Industries […]

Preview: Buncombe County commissioners meet Sept. 2

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a very light agenda planned. The two main items before the Board are a road-closing petition and public hearing, and, in “New Business,” a “Commitment of Spec Building Proceedings.” The first item references Oak Street in Upper Hominy Valley. It’s an unopened road — mapped but never constructed […]

Republican Statehouse Rep. Nathan Ramsey and Democratic challenger John Ager. Photo by Alicia Funderburk.

Statehouse candidates debate: Ramsey vs. Ager

There wasn’t much tension between Nathan Ramsey  and John Ager at the Council of Independent Business Owners’s early-morning debate, Friday, Aug. 29 perhaps because of a personal history. “John’s my neighbor,” said Ramsey. “I’ve known John since I was probably about two years old.” Not only are the two candidates personal acquaintances, both grew up in the […]

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger. File photo

Buncombe Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger takes the heat for snow days

It’s been a hard few months for Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger. His office remains under intense scrutiny following the news that Reisinger, an elected official, closed the Deeds office in February during inclement weather and a governor-declared State of Emergency. No other Buncombe County department closed at the time. Buncombe officials later responded to the apparent […]