C-T: Demolition on The Block makes way for revitalization project

The Asheville Citizen-Times highlights the early stages of a six-story project that will provide 62 affordable-housing units, as well as commercial/retail space, for The Block, downtown’s historic African-American business district.

“The site that will become Eagle Market Place has been stripped down as part of the process of putting a new, six-story building in [The Block].

The facade, a few beams and a rear wall are about all that remains from [a 1930s building] and the back of another has been demolished. Next comes the process of literally blending the old with the new, building the new structure while keeping as much as possible of three older buildings on the property.

Physical work on the project began in early October with 62 affordable apartments scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014 and more than 10,000 square feet of commercial and community space to open a few months later.

That would be more than 20 years after one of the partners in the venture, the nonprofit Eagle Market Streets Development Corp., was formed with the goal of revitalizing the area known as The Block. …”


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